Could Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta be handing over his power as a president to the alleged people’s President? This is the multimillion dollar question that every Kenyan is having in their minds after the preeminent handshake outside Harambee House in March 9th 2018.
This issue has also hit the academic confabulation with one of my learners while lecturing on emblematic Interactionism topic challenged me to use that theory to educate Kenyans and the globe, on the symbolism in the handshake between Uhuru and Raila.
As a matter of fact, the student dared asking me, “could the handshake and what is currently happening in the country mean that the president could be handing over his powers to the people’s president?" The student persiflaged the NASA saying “Wakiiba tunawanasa, nasa Uhuru” insinuating presumably NASA made their threat good by “Nasa-ring” president Uhuru!
However, i mentioned that Kenya is a democratic country governed by a constitutional and as such, such thoughts have remained a concoction of personal ingenuity. The latter belongs to the instinctive realm of actuality, which can sometimes be more real than actuality itself.
Moreover, Kenya has a very dynamic history full of allusions and mumbo-jumbo with contemplation of our protocol towards sophisticated democracy.
From independence to the time of multiparty democracy to the Post Election Violence with the late Dr Kofi Annan mediating for peaceful co-existence, to the stand-off between Jubilee and NASA on the presidential polls that were nullified by the Supreme Court of Kenya leading to a repeat of the presidential polls which NASA leaders boycotted.
The glamour and intimations of NASA brigade are still fresh in our brains as exemplified by popular explications such as “Wakichora, Tunachora” (When they plan we plan) “Wakipiga, Tunapiga” (When they vote we vote) “Wakiiba Tunawa NASA-NASA Hao! (When they steal the votes we catch them, Catch them!) and “Wakiapisha, Tunaapisha” (When they swear a president we also do so).
However, two things have happened in the history of Kenya. First, a loser in presidential elections won a case against the obligatory through the nullification of the presidential election by the Supreme Court of Kenya. Second, is the fact that the presidential election loser, Hon. retired Prime Minister Raila Amolo Odinga, goes ahead to swear himself as the People’s President in Uhuru Park, Nairobi county.
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