Opinion | Jubilee Supporters Must Maintain Focus on an UhuRuto Victory in the First Round of Voting on Monday, 4 March 2013!
By Wanaruona Anarumenya
First, Avoid the Many Distractions!
The ODM propaganda machine has been put in overdrive, supported by a partisan, amoral Kenyan media. That machine aims at distracting us as we enter the home stretch of the elections. We, the eager and highly charged supporters of the Kenyatta-Ruto presidential ticket, know only too well that the outcome of the elections will be determined by our voter turn-out. The propagandists are desperately marshalling other factors to determine this election: a partisan Chief Justice, in the most unprecedented, most weirdly ‘unlegal’ manner announced before TV cameras on 13 February 2013 that he had received threats from Mungiki against giving any judgments against Uhuru and Ruto, thus openly declaring war on Uhuru and Ruto, probably hoping that the ICC might step in, arrest Uhuru and Ruto and clear the way for Odinga to become president without suffering the agony of a real electoral competition; there is the new myth being propagated by media including the Nation that there is a “Raila-Uhuru poll tie” (Sunday Nation, February 24, 2013) that will be difficult to break—guaranteeing a run-off, which presumably Odinga will win by typically mobilizing anti-Gikuyu hostility; there will be multiple polls demonstrating the “poll-tie” and distracting Jubilee supporters from focusing on victory in the first round; such polls were published in the Daily Nation of Wednesday, February 27, 2013, designed to leave in people’s minds the expectation of that poll-tie; there were concerted innuendoes against Kenyatta during the presidential debate of Monday, 25 February 2013 over the issue of land injustices, although the Kenyatta family acquired land when Uhuru was a minor; there may be more of those nasty, loathsome cartoons in the Nation essentially aimed at demonizing Kenyatta and Ruto, and causing despondency in us their supporters; there may be articles by the likes of Makau Mutua which distill nothing but hate and prejudice against Uhuru and Ruto—articles utterly devoid of either intellectual or moral content; there will continue to be that partisan coverage of the ODM and allied campaigns, a coverage that is consistently blind to the blunders of that supposedly invincible team. Read more