Friday, November 02, 2007


Finally, ODM shows its hand in its sale of devolution. Self-appointed propaganda expert, Mr Jack Onyango, is impressed by the party’s decision to abandon the emotionally loaded majimbo in favour of ugatuzi. This — and the ‘seven lies’ campaign — will knock the legs right off PNU propaganda, he says. "Imagine how much farther along we would be in this debate if ODM had started selling Bomas Draft ugatuzi from the get-go!" he adds. Those that have frothed at the mouth in support of federalism would have been saved much trouble.

Some cheeky lady calling herself Nyayimbo is not too certain that remaining "the toothless one" is a useful differentiation tactic for a man with the national profile of Mr Norman Nyaga.

"With the high salaries and untaxed perks that Members of Parliament receive, couldn’t he consider implants or partial dentures, rather than walk around with a huge pengo? she asks. Or does he save (return to the bank) all the money as he does with Kamkunji CDF cash?

Trust our voluble neighbour, President Yoweri Museveni, to dispense some of his rough wisdom on the $5 million Mo Ibrahim prize for well-behaved presidents. M7, who has wrangled Uganda into some semblance of growth and stability, says he cannot be bribed into retiring before he "accomplishes his mission", because he is not a poor leader!

And finally...

Guess who else is talking about sharing power with the people? It’s President Hugo ‘Bush-is-the-devil’ Chavez. The flamboyant leader is suggesting changes to Venezuela’s constitution to create Popular Power — devolved as Municipal Power, State Power and National Power. Clearly an idea whose time has come!

What being an Expert means
A person who knows a lot about very little; and who continues to know more and more about less and less until he/she ends up knowing almost everything about almost nothing.

The poignant point Kenyans should come to note is that elections are all about victory and defeat. That is why the President is no longer talking about pumbavu (fools) but has switched to nawaomba kura zenu (I am begging for your votes).

The great Scottish novelist and poet, Robert Louis Stevenson, long advised us: "Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant."