By Kenya Confidential Political Editor, Nairobi – May 7, 2020
A Secret document, circulated among Deputy President Willian Ruto key 2022 presidential bid strategists, portends bloodcuddling prospects if fully implemented. The author says objective of the strategy is to provide a roadmap by which Ruto can regain momentum and win the 2022 presidential election and the plan should be read and understood together with the ‘Masada Complex’.
The documents states. “His Excellency the Deputy President launched his campaign for 2022 immediately after the 2017elections. The plan was to use the next five years to campaign vigorously so that he would have a decisive head start over other presidential candidates. The plan also entailed a deliberate separation with Uhuru Kenyatta for strategic reasons. The DP’s campaign was to be focused on the Rift Valley & Mt. Kenya regions with a view to consolidating the Jubilee Party’s strongholds in 2017.”
For a period of 2 years, explains the document, the DP has campaigned well in both regions, holding many harambees in churches, attending funerals, sponsoring girl poets, buying Uber cabs for single mothers, sponsoring Kikuyu and Kalenjin musicians to compose campaign songs (praising him), facilitating MPs and MCAs to organize rallies in their regions and attending numerous TV and Radio shows and interviews, in addition to influencing (read buying) key journalists for positive coverage.
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The documents reveals further that, “His Excellency has also put together the most formidable army of digital strategists headed by Dennis Itumbi, the digital genius who once claimed to have hacked the impregnable ICC. To separate William Ruto from the failures of the UhuRuto government and in order to present William Ruto as the logical solution to the problems facing the country, this team has sustained a campaign against the government on social media while delinking His Excellency from the campaign.”
The strategy author adds, Since the handshake of March 9, 2018, and the formation of the rudderless BBI, however,matters took a different turn, and our opponents appeared to have sensed that our campaign was more formidable than had been initially envisaged. The rapprochement between President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga gave Uhuru’s government an unexpected lease of life, and scuttled our initial leverage over Uhuru Kenyatta due to our overwhelming strength in parliament. It is for this reason that we decided to focus our attention on the BBI and adopted a strategy of supporting the initiative by opposing it.
At one of our meetings mid last year, we decided to disregard the good aspects of the document (BBI) and focus instead on the structure of the executive, which is an emotive issue in Kenya. We came up with the mantra that BBI was a scheme to expand and divide up to seats for top politicians. In response, attacks on William Ruto became more brazen. Our campaign upped the ante as a result, and was doing very well until the current crisis precipitated by the coronavirus ensued, giving our detractors much-needed reprieve.
However, they are still very determined to use state resources to stop us. A shadowy coterie of unelected old guards fronted by the likes of Francis Atwoli, Raila Odinga, David Murathe and Maina Kamanda has focused their combined firepower on His Excellency the Deputy President.
It is in light of the recent developments, where cabals of power are determined to frustrate the Deputy President’s presidential bid, that we have formulated this strategy. It provides an outline on how to strengthen the DP’s 2022 presidential bid amidst prevailing and anticipated constraints.
This plan should be read and understood together with the ‘Masada Complex’, which you all know is a plan to instigate orchestrated mass protests by DP’s fanatics as a last-ditch separation from the Jubilee government.
Masada Complex offers a grim reminder of the importance of compromise. According to the historian Josephus, in the year A.D. 73 a band of trapped zealots faced a terrible decision. After a long siege by the Roman Flavius Silva, it became apparent that Masada, the rock fortress sheltering the zealots, was doomed (as is Ruto’s 2022 presidential bid). The terrible decision then was to decide between death or surrender to the vengeance of Rome. The zealots of Masada chose death by their own hands – suicide.
Masada is one of the great stories of a people’s struggle against tyranny. However, the incident also has been used to symbolize man’s tendency toward self-destruction when faced with hard choices. In a considerably less dramatic sense, but nonetheless important, our nation Kenya, occasionally seems bent on succumbing to a “Masada Complex” in the choices we make. The choice between short-term prosperity and long-term survival is most often fraught with danger and complications rooted in CORRUPTION.
The prospect of short-term profit is very appealing, and there are always those willing to jump on the bandwagon, no matter what the long-term costs. Despite repeated warnings from patriotic leaders, questionable policies, decisions and strategies do emerge on a regular basis. Over the years Kenyans have watched politicians turn a deaf ear to warnings of impending problems and then heard shouts of anger when regulators or courts slammed the door on such schemes.
In 1927, poet Yitzhak Lamdan wrote Masada, a poem glorifying the heroism and self-reliance of the early Zionist movement. The poem helped transform the remote hilltop fortress, largely forgotten since the writings of the Roman-Jewish historian Josephus, into an enduring symbol of the young State of Israel. Lamdan’s most famous line, “never again shall Masada fall,” became a rallying cry for a generation of Israeli soldiers who repeated these words in countless inauguration ceremonies.
But there is another meaning of the Masada fable: That compromise is intolerable. Masada was the last chapter in a bloody and self-destructive campaign that started during the siege of Jerusalem. The Zealots refused to negotiate with the vastly superior Roman Army, turned against those Jews who sought compromise and later burned the food stocks of their compatriots in a misguided effort to motivate resistance. At every turn, the Zealots refused to alter their course of action.
Kenyans are familiar with Uhuru’s numerous appeals to his deputy to halt premature 2022 campaigns but all that has fallen on deaf ears. It is common knowledge that burning of food stocks in parts of the Rift Valley whenever there is ethnic conflict is a regular feature.
As Jerusalem stood in ruin, its temple sacked, a handful of surviving Zealots, led by Elazar ben Yair, fled to Masada. They held out for three years as the Romans laid siege. When defeat was inevitable, ben Yair gathered the survivors.
Josephus recorded his rousing words: “I cannot but esteem it as a favour that God has granted us, that it is still in our power to die bravely and in a state of freedom.” The account of the carnage that followed is quite vivid: husbands cut the throats of their wives and children and then proceeded to kill themselves. Nine hundred and sixty men, women and children died.
But not all of ben Yair’s followers were moved by the prospects of mass suicide. The seven survivors who provided Josephus with their accounts of the slaughter are a testament to this. According to Josephus, ben Yair “cut off short and made haste to do the work, as full of an unconquerable ardor of mind, and moved with a demoniacal fury.”
Despite dissent, ben Yair would not “think of flying away” nor would he “permit any one else to do so.” Is that what awaits Kenya?
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