Wednesday, July 2, 2014

IN KENYA, JULY 7TH COULD BE THE ARMAGEDDON AND DOOMSDAY ALL ROLLED INTO ONE

Next Monday - July 7 - is Kenya's "D" Day:  D for Decision; D for Destiny, and D for  Doomsday.

It is the day the increasingly restless opposition group, the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD), under Raila Odinga, has set as the country's equivalent of Armageddon.

It will be the day when oppositionists will decide how to handle the Administration of Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto; whether to proceed in peace or to embrace unconventional means to bring the System to its knees.

It is also assumed that that day of Saba Saba (the seventh day of the seventh month) will be when CORD will officially begin its journey for the country's so-called Third Liberation.

Given that CORD had given Uhuru enough time to convene a national dialogue over matters of security, devolution and the disbandment of the electoral commission - which Uhuru has tactically ignored - much should be anticipated before, during and after that much-touted rally in Nairobi.

In May when Raila returned from a three month sabbatical in the United States, he gravely disappointed his supporters by failing to issue orders for a grand march to State House. A huge mass of people left his welcoming rally at Uhuru Park dejected and annoyed.

This time around Raila is under pressure to announce a Decision for a grand plan aimed at making the country ungovernable. If he fails to do that, his political career could be as good as dead. On the other hand, if he succumbs to populist pressure, Raila's action could lead to Destruction of lives and property. It would be the beginning of Doomsday; and none other than Raila Amolo Odinga will be held responsible. In brief, the Kenya's Destiny is partly in his hands.

So, the former political detainee is damned if he calls people to action and damned if he doesn't.

There is no doubt that the decision to hold country-wide rallies has polarised the nation. The issue has rocked the Jubilee Government and divided even CORD itself. It has caused a split of opinion in religious denominations and elicited divergent positions within the world community of nations.

What will happen on Monday - and the Government has pledged full security support - will determine whether Kenya moves forward as one nation or splinters into a tribal, partisan grouping.

And it only needs a spark from a hateful tongue, or a stone from a deranged element, to plunge the country into a state of anarchy.

And that is my say.