A President Under Siege

*Concerned Comrade John Gwambo*

Is President Uhuru Kenyatta a man under siege from his own quarters?

Having bagged the opposition chief and Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga through March 2018 ceasefire deal commonly referred to as handshake, the government sponsored bills are receiving little or no opposition in the flow of both houses as Opposition Members of Parliament have been reduced into agents of executing government agenda. President Uhuru Kenyatta has also managed to enter into a post-election agreement with some of the political parties that were earlier deemed as alternative voices for the common mwananchi latest being Wiper Democratic Movement of former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka and Chama Cha Mashinani Isaac Rutto.

The civil societies in Kenya are a no going concern as they have been rendered useless by the government through threats, arrests, blackmail and intimidation. Their numerous attempts to seek justice at the Courts as neutral habitat have also been thwarted by the same government which in the recent past has treated court orders as mere pieces of paper.

The Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya David Kenani Maraga has taken issue with how the government has continued to disregard law and order lamenting that it could be setting a bad precedence in both local and international domain. He has specifically singled out President Uhuru Kenyatta’s refusal to appoint the 41 bench judges to head the Courts of appeal in the various parts of the country as stipulated in the constitution.

Finally, the President has been able to tame his restless Deputy William Ruto by sidelining him as far as implementation of government agenda is concerned. President Uhuru Kenyatta first appointed Interior and internal security cabinet security secretary Dr. Fred Matiangí to supervise all government projects in the whole country and access his fellow cabinet secretaries after which he reports to him – the President, work initially delegated to the Deputy President, a move that many considered to have thrown Ruto into disarray.

On 2nd of June 2020 the President had convened a first Parliamentary Group Meeting for his Jubilee party, which saw him assume an iron grip over the ruling party sending fears to his critics that he may be preparing grounds to succeed himself. The meeting saw Ruto’s closest allies Kipchumba Murkomen and Susan Kihika being dropped off as both Majority leader and Chief Whip in the senate respectively. ‘’ I will be happy to know that the person I will be passing the baton to is part of my agenda,’’ Uhuru told the MPs.

He proceeded to warn them that he will not hesitate from shoving away any politician who will undermine his leadership and national unity agenda. At some point Uhuru is said to have banged tables vowing to firmly deal with those acting in a manner likely to suggest that they are disrupting his agenda. Affordable housing, manufacturing, food security and universal healthcare are the four key pillars of the President’s legacy projects termed the Big Four Agenda. Uhuru also has another nine-point agenda with Raila to ‘’cure” the country’s recurrent challenges by embracing national unity as manifested by the handshake on March 9 2018.

‘’Why do you go all over abusing me and hauling all manner of insults at me, for once, if you do not respect me why then can’t you respect the institution of the presidency? Some of you have gone as far as saying that I don’t know what I’m doing and that they are the ones who have done all the development projects in the country,’’ Uhuru said, reaffirming to the audience in bold and fearless terms that he will fight off any attempts to turn him a lame-duck president.

With projects at his heart and the remaining less than two years to the expiry of his term, Uhuru has painted a picture of a man under siege by selfish politicians in constant politicking but with little regard to his legacy.

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