HON KURIA: Why Kenyatta’s Jubilee PG is giving birth to one one party dictatorship

Budding dictatorship?

By Hon. Moses Kuria

Today marks another sad milestone in the race for deconstruction of our democracy. The Jubilee Parliamentary Group meeting to be chaired by President Uhuru Kenyatta appears good from far but it is actually far from good.

I will attend this meeting to record for my children and grandchildren the events that culminated in the death of our democracy and institutionalization of dictatorship.

This will form additional chapters to the stories I give my children of how I was in the frontline in the streets in 1990 during the Saba Saba demonstrations and the subsequent second liberation movement that ushered in multiparty democracy.

It will add to the epic stories of how I joined others at a small room at Ufungamano in 1994 to launch the Citizens for National Convention in a struggle that took 16 years and culminated in the 2010 Constitution to which I actively contributed.

And today more than ever before I will be at KICC to witness the flagging off ceremony for the reversal of those gains

Make no mistake. Today’s Parliamentary Group meeting is no ordinary event. Jubilee as a party met three weeks ago, for the first time since the 2017 elections.

Firstly today is all about the Building Bridges Initiative. In contrast to 2010, we do not have a constitutional moment. Kenyans do not feel it. There is no oomph. The pregnant air of expectation and optimism that greeted the 2010 process is not there. T

I am in no way suggesting that all the intended changes are bad, but Kenyans simply are not in the mood. The economy is on its deathbed. Kenyans are hungry and broke.

In this mix, the only safety net for the boring BBI is parliament. The ongoing purge is meant to secure that. Its over in the Senate.

Today we will have Amos Kimunya as the new Majority Leader who will move the BBI Bill in the National Assembly. We will have Muturi Kigano as the new Chair of the Justice & Legal Affairs Committee (JLAC) who will scrutinize the BBI Bill at the Committee.

And we will have Kanini Kega as the Chair of the Budget & Appropriations Committee that will pass a supplementary budget to divert the Ksh 57 Billion meant for Economic Stimulus and appropriate the same for a sham Referendum.

That is the essence of today’s PG. For some reason this is such a high stakes game to be entrusted to Aden Duale, William Cheptumo and Kimani Ichungwa.

Secondly after this ‘Dictatorship Express’ will move to the hallowed corridors of justice at the Judiciary. The failure to appoint the 41 judges is a smokescreen. The real issue is the replacement of the Chief Justice David Kenani Maraga whose term ends in December this year-2020.

A Deep State Chief Justice will be unveiled to not only agree to a repeat of the hiring process but also work on two other deliverables- The complete weaponisation of the criminal justice system and the politicization of the war against corruption.

In the BBI Report, the Chief Justice will be removed from the Judicial Service Commission. This will facilitate full stranglehold of the Judiciary by the Deep State. With the 2022 General Elections in 2 years time, one will have to be out if their minds to want to file a petition in such a judiciary.

The third terminal for ‘Dictatorship Express’ will be at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). The demonization of Chairman Wafula Chebukati and the two remaining commissioners will shortly begin in earnest.

Fourthly and finally, to ensure the first three stops for ‘Dictatorship Express’ are as smooth as possible, going forward we will see zero tolerance of any form of dissent. The militarization that has been carried out successfully in Nairobi County through the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) will be rolled out in other sectors in quick succession.

So today, fellow Kenyans, as we go for the PG at KICC you can choose to get some popcorn and enjoy the show. Or you can be very worried for yourself, your children and our collective future.

(This is an abridged post by Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria, which he first posted on his Facebook page)