Let me start with a disclaimer that am not trying to say we are any better than the former Vice President Hon. Kalonzo Mosyoka son of Saikuru village. The reality is, we are a deeply divided nation, down in the middle. The only grip that is holding us together is the fact that we are a bit civilized and economically advanced and not to mention we learnt a myriad of lessons from the infamous 2007-08 Post election violence. This is unlike our sister nation South Sudan which for over 3 months have witnessed a silent massacre of its people barely a year after the same citizens celebrated the birth of a nation that they fought for decades.
Now, the sentiments of Kalonzo are very unfortunate coming from a public figure who purports to be a national leader. Two wrongs do not make a right, its self-defeating .Him being a seasoned politician should know better than any of us that these reckless statements are akin to what has made South Sudan degenerate to civil war killing thousands of innocent civilians.
The last time I checked, CORD fraternity created the impression that it is a coalition built under strong pillars of reform, democracy and a champion of human rights. What human rights are being championed when its top brigade discriminate a fellow Kenyan due to his last name and even afford to find it funny to laugh about it.
Am not suggesting Jubilee government have performed very well, neither am I trying to justify profiling Somalis is legitimate nor Hon Duale’s infamous comments two weeks ago. My point is, no politician should be allowed to run away with such draconian and retrogressive statements at this day and age. That is why am ridiculed by anyone supporting Kalonzo on this matter. The lame excuses led by one Robert Alai were that Kalonzo said what we all hold onto our minds.
In the last two elections Kalonzo campaigned to be the president of this great nation. Simply because your fellow politicians or citizens are or make such statements does not justify you to take cue. What is in a ‘leader’ if he is led and conforms to the subjects mediocrity. A leader should inspire not to scorn people.
I have a problem with anybody abusing the principle of an apology, Kalonzo did not apologise he simply did what can only be construed to be a ‘PR’ gimmick. I wonder what’s in an apology if you go ahead to say you did not mean what you said. It should be simple and clear; “I regret for the unfortunate remarks I made earlier ….” or something close to that, not escapism.
Former Presidential candidate, Martha Karua tweeted “something wrong cannot and must not be justified because others are doing it”.