ODM missed the point on Miguna
Sarah Elderkin, an ODM media consultant, has penned a well thought out article on former ODM hatchet man Miguna Miguna, now turned foe. In it she describes Miguna as belligerent and subject to emotional fits, delusional, untrustworthy and having a distorted sense of self.
Those are powerful adjectives that beg the question, why did they hire him ab initio and why did they not book him into a lunatic asylum once they discovered these character flaws?
Elderkin goes further to allege Miguna was arrested and charged with sexual assault in Canada, a matter which has been on the blogosphere for years. What is the import of this at this point in our history? Is ODM about to drown and hanging on anything to avoid being swept downstream? Is it not akin to a person being arrested and arraigned for a crime then pleading in his defense that his neighbour is also a criminal? It just doesn’t wash!
Many patriotic Kenyans concur that Miguna by his acts and omissions is egoistical, undisciplined, and temperamental and is a walking loose cannon. On more than one occasion he has behaved like a bull in a china shop or a demented ox.
What is surprising and unconvincing is that ODM is discovering these characteristics now. We have reason to believe their memory is incredibly selective or that they collectively suffer from amnesia.
While it is not our business to interfere with them as they destroy themselves they must be honest and forthright. Miguna was good for them for as long as he was “taking the battle to the other political players”. Now that he has turned his gun on his former colleagues, he is described with adjectives bordering on his insanity. After all what goes around comes around.
The process of ODM self-destruction has clearly commenced. Before it self-destructs absolutely, we must request them to address and respond to issues and desist from launching useless and senseless personal tirades. Kenyans want them to respond to issues of corruption including the maize, oil and KKV scams as raised by Miguna.
Kenyans want to know the origin of the PM’s and cronies’ sudden immense wealth. They want to know whether electoral violence was on their agenda as alleged by Miguna and the same should be swiftly and independently investigated.
Then there are disturbing reports in the book that the PM is “a disastrous negotiator” always outwitted by President Kibaki. Were we to trust him with the presidency, how would he fare against sly, shrewd, cunning leaders? Miguna has also hinted at the PM’s poor diplomatic skills and lack of proper and efficient management at his office.
These are weighty matters that ODM needs to effectively address, instead of attacking Miguna.
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