I’m sure you’ve all read about the sackings by now. I’m reading the political tea leaves like everyone else so I have nothing much to add to this. By the way, after recently moaning about poor standards of journalism in the major newspapers, I’m really feeling Macharia Gaitho, his analysis on the Cabinet sackings is spot on. Big debate now is whether he’ll start with a clean slate or whether some reviled characters (Murungi and Murungaru heading the list) will make it back. Wako’s position is apparently next. If I was the ‘baks I’d start by trimming the Cabinet drastically to less about 11 positions (fewer bozos to worry about). Of course, nothing else will dominate conversations in Nairobi for the next two weeks…and as much as we’d all like to move on, get set for non-stop politiking until 2007.
An aside: the Orange side is already getting delusional, I think this was a vote against the Wako draft and the government etc. but not exactly a mandate for the Orange team to “head” the review process…if they start getting to carried away, they will meet the electorate’s wrath, just like everybody else. And then…I’m also very perturbed by the glaring absence of women on the Orange team (Kilimo aside and she didn’t even feature in KICC the other day). If Yes, signified the old boys network, Orange is nothing more than the boys network. Why does this worry me? For more than just reasons of representation…it is a fact that some members on the Orange team campaigned strongly against Wako on the basis that women will be allowed to “take all the land” and other inaccuracies that do not augur well for the role of women in Kenya and in Kenyan politics, still to early to make a call but I hope my concerns are unwarranted.
I’m back on the road tomorrow for the next few weeks…still not over the travel bug that bit me after I left the U.S. Blog updates might be spotty over the next few days.