In Summary
  • Mr Nyoro is among politicians who accuse Dr Kibicho of being used to frustrate those in Jubilee supporting DP Ruto.
  • The handshake Mr Kenyatta had with his former arch-rival has blurred the line between the opposition and the government.

The political truce between President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga in early 2018 continues to gift the country with ‘opposition’ from the unlikeliest of quarters.

With the clock fast ticking toward the next General Election, more voices from within the ruling Jubilee Party are becoming bolder to directly take on Mr Kenyatta and his regime in what signals both the setting in of lame-duck syndrome and realignments.

On Friday night, and following the incarceration of Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria at the Kilimani Police Station in Nairobi, Kandara MP Alice Wahome, in the company of her colleagues, in a brief address to reporters before they were violently dispersed by the police, declared that the country was sliding back to the dark repressive days of the Kanu regime.

“Unless we are careful, we are going back to the old days of a police state,” she said.

This and other sentiments from sections of the majority party are no ordinary developments, given Ms Wahome hails from President Kenyatta’s own Mt Kenya backyard.

KIBICHO BLAMED

In fact, someone who left the country before the 2017 General Election would be forgiven for assuming that these are members of ODM — the party at the heart of opposition politics for 15 years now.

“Kenya does not belong to a few monarchies. It belongs to all of us. The high and the lowly, dynasties and sons of nobodies,” Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro said in reference to the perceived isolation of Deputy President Willian Ruto by the deep state.

Mr Nyoro is among those who strongly feel that Mr Kenyatta appears to be going back on his promise to support his deputy for the top seat in the next polls.

“While heaping all the blame on Dr Karanja Kibicho, the Interior principal secretary, what Mr Nyoro and others in the Ruto group shy away from acknowledging is that however powerful he is, the PS is still a mere public servant who could hardly have the freedom to run his own political agenda.

If he is doing all that he is accused of, it would only be as a mere functionary serving the interests of a higher authority,” political commentator Macharia Gaitho notes.

Mr Nyoro is among politicians who accuse Dr Kibicho of being used to frustrate those in Jubilee supporting DP Ruto.

REPRESSIVE STATE

But analysts are quick to point out that while the handshake may have created a vacuum in the opposition, with a weak civil society following a brutal crackdown by Mr Kenyatta’s regime ahead of the 2017 polls not helping the matters, what most of the renegade Jubilee politicians are engaging in are acts of self-preservation.

“Of course with a dead civil society they have to come out and speak for themselves. And the imminent retirement of President Kenyatta is also a factor; they feel they may not need his endorsement in the next polls to secure seats and hence can challenge his authority.

However, this does not qualify them as the opposition. If they resigned from their positions to hold the government to account, I would take them seriously,” argues Tom Mboya, political science lecturer at Maseno University.

The don says even the media was not spared in the assault against civil liberties.

MIGUNA'S RETURN

Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen, a close ally of the DP, has been one of the most vocal whenever he disagrees with actions by their own government.

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