In Summary

  • The opposition appears only keen to recreate the magical moment of 2002 that saw Mr Mwai Kibaki sweep to power through the euphoric wave of a united opposition after Mr Raila Odinga declared “Kibaki tosha” at Uhuru Park, Nairobi.
  • Kenyans must remember the infighting and the vicious backstabbing that occurred during the Kibaki years as a result of having a motley of politicians who did not necessarily share a common vision come together because they wanted political power.

An alternative government must, of necessity, have an alternative agenda to that of the government of the day.

It should sell a competing vision of how the country should be governed. In other words, any opposition worth its name should at all times, through a coherent narrative, articulate what it would do differently were it to be in power.

So, if the National Super Alliance (Nasa) wants to supplant the Jubilee administration, then it follows that it is legitimate for Kenyans to expect, nay demand, an alternative vision of the country’s governance architecture.

We are six months away from the General Election, and yet any discerning potential voter will be struggling to decipher what the nascent opposition alliance is bringing to the table.

Economist and Nation columnist David Ndii, who appears to be one of the key advisers to the opposition, has argued that any alternative, just any, is better than the Jubilee administration.

The opposition appears only keen to recreate the magical moment of 2002 that saw Mr Mwai Kibaki sweep to power through the euphoric wave of a united opposition after Mr Raila Odinga declared “Kibaki tosha” at Uhuru Park, Nairobi.

JUBILEE FATIGUE

For this to happen, then the circumstances today must mirror those of 2002, but do they? First, 15 years ago, the country was suffering from a heavy bout of Moi fatigue. Many felt then that voting for Mr Uhuru Kenyatta, the Kanu candidate, would just be an extension of the 24 years of Daniel arap Moi’s rule.

One question the opposition leaders should ask themselves is whether the perceived Jubilee fatigue is real or imagined. Secondly, it is true that Mr Odinga’s hand in declaring “Kibaki tosha” changed the course of the election in 2002, but it also mattered that it was Mr Kibaki who was the opposition candidate and not any other person.

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