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Sunday, 3 August 2014


Within what is now being seen as a conciliatory tone and approach to the hostile political temperatures in the country, Cord leader Raila Odinga, in a surprise and stunning move, placed a phone call to President Uhuru Kenyatta last week before the head of state flew to the US for the US-African Leaders Summit.

According to well-placed sources, Raila who fondly refers to Uhuru as “ndugu yangu” had to put aside their political differences with Uhuru and wished him a fruitful tour in the US.

What Kenyans must now know is that Raila and Uhuru’s differences are not personal but political and ideological as the two; we can now reveal, reach out to each other on national issues and sometimes discuss private matters. During the Westgate attack, Uhuru and Raila were united in grief.

Those who have been keenly following political events since Raila left Kenya for a two-month tour to the US will agree that Raila has no problem with Uhuru but has been bitterly complaining that his deputy William Ruto is the stumbling block between him and Uhuru.

Before Raila left for the US, he placed a call to Uhuru informing him of his two month’s absence from the country. This was revealed by Raila at Uhuru Park during his homecoming party.

Analysts say that even with his fierce competition for the presidency, Raila has never lost respect for Uhuru. By calling Uhuru to wish him well, Raila was being  courteous by accepting that Uhuru is the president.

Uhuru in return extended a courtesy by ensuring that Kenyan embassy accorded Raila befitting treatment as former PM of Kenya. During his tour, the Kenyan diplomatic apparatus treated Raila’s tour stately on orders from Uhuru.

A few days before Uhuru left for the US, political temperatures were at low ebb in what is now being seen as a diplomatic way to reduce political tension between Cord and Jubilee ahead of the US tour.
During the Mathare by-elections campaigns, Uhuru did not attack Raila as had been expected but kept on referring to him as “my brother Raila” and Raila a day later, went public and said he recognises Uhuru as the president. Kenyans will appreciate that Raila never openly discusses the legitimacy of Uhuru’s presidency outside Kenya.

“I want to tell my brother Raila Odinga to respect the presidency. If he was elected the president, I would not be standing by the roadside to insult him,” Uhuru said.
Raila in a quick rejoinder replied: “I respect my brother Uhuru and I also respected the court’s decision. If I did not respect him, I would not have asked for dialogue. The president should stop demanding that I respect him, he should earn his respect,” Raila said.

Sources say Raila and Uhuru had temporarily called a truce ahead of the US tour and it is against this background that Uhuru graced the NGO celebrations knowing that most of the NGOs operating in Kenya are funded by America.

We have also gathered that during his US tour, Raila at one time told his audience Massachusetts that he had a lengthy conversation with Uhuru before he left for the US tour. “I called the president and he was surprised when I told him I would be away for two months. But I told him I would be a good ambassador for Kenya,” he said.

Last month, Uhuru also made a surprise contribution during Raila’s mother-in-law’s fund raiser at a Nairobi hotel where he sent his political adviser Joshua Kuttuny with his personal contribution of Sh200,000. What surprised many is that it was highly expected that Kuttuny would also deliver Ruto’s contribution but that was never to be. This shows that Raila and Uhuru still do not see eye to eye. What is being whispered is that Uhuru had at one time agreed to have a national dialogue which Cord had demanded but Ruto reportedly dissuaded Uhuru against it.

Sources now say that Uhuru allies are not happy with Ruto saying the referendum call Cord is now pushing could have been avoided had Uhuru met with Cord leaders as demanded. Reports further indicate that Cord leaders had given instructions that they were ready to meet Uhuru in private in the absence of Ruto before structured dialogue could be held.

Sources say Ruto is scared that by allowing Uhuru to have a dialogue with Raila, Cord may decide to work with Jubilee through TNA leading to him being sidelined. By rejecting the talks, Ruto was merely guarding his political interest.
Back to the phone call, this is not, however, the first time Uhuru was receiving a phone call from the opposition leaders. Early this year, WDM leader Kalonzo Musyoka also made a surprise call to Uhuru at night.

To Uhuru, the American tour with the first American president to come from Africa finally has the majority of the continent’s heads of state and government exactly where he has wanted to have them for a long time: in his hands, which are also the hands of the USA system. Obama is out to push for the renewal of Agoa which is set to expire next year.  

The 50 leaders of the African Union will be barely four days in Washington, but by the time they leave, the American state-within-the-state that the world only sees in spy thriller novels, movies and screaming headlines about bugging German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s phones and emails, among other world leaders will be at home with them.

President Barack Hussein Obama, the 44th president of the United States of America, the world’s biggest economy and also militarily, is the product of a Kenyan father and an American white mother.

He was born the same year, 1961, as our very own fourth president, Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, whom he has invited to the US despite all odds  in the shape of ICC trial.
Obama was born on August 4 and Uhuru on October 26. Both men are tall, lean and left-handed.

Obama, who has a Luo heritage on his father’s side, but who is otherwise all-American, has wanted to have the African leaders in America for a while, for all sorts of reasons, some of them not exactly good – or safe.
Obama has four geostrategic calculations carefully prepared for feeding to the 50 African leaders and delegations. They are:

The anti-China card: Obama and his key advisers want to drum the fact into the African leaders and their most strategic advisers, in both government and private sector, that China is not the only show in town, globally-speaking. Obama is horrified by China’s newfound wealth and growing economy, which saw it overtake Japan and Germany several years ago and now is said to have overtaken America.

The West lives in mortal fear of China’s growth and clout, and will do anything to prevent what they used to call, in a racist phrase, “the Yellow Peril” from becoming the world’s second superpower. China is now US’s biggest creditor and it is said should China demand that the US pays its USd600b debt in another currency other than the dollar, US would collapse economically.

The homosexual agenda: Two days before he was to jet out for the US-Africa Summit, Ugandan strongman Yoweri Kaguta Museveni gave his Constitutional Court the nod to annul his country’s controversial anti-gay legislation. The position is that Uganda’s Attorney General will have the final word on the matter at a later date.

But the real reason the law was technically temporarily withdrawn was that Museveni has an excellent intelligence service and diaspora network that he actually listens to and which cautioned him not to come to America with that law in place. The US media would have eaten Museveni alive in terms of bad publicity and questioning his democracy credentials. Now, he can face any US media cameras and microphones and confidently point out that the anti-gay laws, including the death sentence and years of imprisonment, are no longer in place, by constitutional court order.

Why has it taken the first African-American US president to make the gay agenda a platform of US domestic and foreign policy? Why is the world’s superpower suddenly terrorising everyone, including world powers Russia and China, with gay rights as human rights, and even imposing sanctions and aid and military programme cuts such as Uganda suffered recently?

The answer is simple: it is all mind games and psychological advantage. The moment the ancient and traditional sanctions against the gay agenda are lifted by a society and a nation, a country is ripe for all manner of other decadent possibilities.
 A culture that allows open demonstrations, movies, music, websites and books of homosexual behaviour is ripe for democracy, US style. It cannot be a totalitarian society. Yet what is called democracy in America is a variant of the real thing because a country with only two parties is not pluralistic in the democratic proper sense.

What’s more, if one is born in a home that is Republican party, he is likely to die a Republican and same if he is Democrat which raises the question as to whether there is democratic understanding at individual level. Indeed, it is said this lack of ‘democratic enlightenment’ is why America has virtually had only two parties for nearly a century. It is a mechanical exercise that some have called zombie democracy.

Many ordinary Kenyans and other Africans do not know it, but the homosexual agenda includes gay baths and cinemas where public gay sex practices of every description take place. About the only freedom Americans have is freedom to marry someone of their own sex. As we speak, the American press is the most unfree in the world as you report only that which will project an image of America as a perfect society. Deadly tornadoes, wild fires, landslides and floods wipe helpless Americans like flies but CNN would rather show a typhoon in China or landslide in Uganda than the devastation in North Florida. Reporters now live in fear in America and have to censor themselves or find themselves in jail yet the image America gives is that of a beacon of freedom.

It is impossible, however, that the gay agenda will ever find place in Russia, China and Africa.
The economic agenda: Africa now has more than a billion people and is producing middle classes with increasing disposable incomes. The continent is becoming exponentially even more resource-rich than it has historically ever been. The eastern Africa countries of Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia have untapped, recently discovered riches of oil, gas, water aquifers and coal. China’s hunger and thirst for these resources will produce even bigger and more prosperous African middle classes.

In fact, even before the oil, gas and water aquifer discoveries begin to flow, German luxury automaker Porsche has opened an outlet in Kenya to target the growing number of local high-net-worth individuals.

The Porsche franchise, the first one in our regional neighbourhood, will serve the East and Central Africa market. The automaker is set to bring direct competition to the doors of other luxury brands already in the market such as Jaguar and Land Rover.

The declining Western economies, particularly America’s, also want a bite of this growing African pie. General Motors-Kenya recently introduced a luxury 4-by-4 model in the regional market, which is awash with Japanese and German models.
Obama and his handlers want to get the 50 African head honchos and their powerful delegations to buy American in a serious way.

The anti-corruption card: Our leaders gathered in Washington will hear a lot about runaway corruption in Africa and about how the ruling government and private sectors’ elites that they lead feast on the public purse to the detriment of the majority of the one billion African masses.

The West was built across the centuries by feudal lords, mad kings and, barely 175 years ago in the case of America, by racist robber barons. However, the West has a serious point about African corruption – it is truly toxic. If African grand corruption continues in its present form it will spoil the feast of newfound resources and prosperity for everybody, including China, the West and, of course, most of all, a billion Africans.

Like Museveni and Uganda’s gay laws, Uhuru decided to strike decisively against the one evil that his administration is getting the worst publicity for, after insecurity and negative ethnicity, massive land-grabbing. 

Uhuru jetted out to the US only after he ordered the repossession of illegally acquired 500,000 acres of land in instability infected Lamu county, an action that was immediately opposed by a shocked opposition and its supreme leader Raila. Cord obviously does not want to see the ruling Jubilee being seen to solve anything.

The conspiracy factor: Finally, the fact that Obama now has Africa’s leaders where he has wanted them for a long time, under his own roof in the extended Washington area, is attracting attention from this continent’s and other continents’ intelligence, diplomatic and conspiracy communities.

The African presidents, prime ministers and other VIPs in the massed delegations to Obama’s high table had better be very careful what they consume, ingest, touch, and where they go and what they do and with whom.

The statistics will not be ready or available for years, but Obama and his state-within-a-state intelligence and diplomatic operatives have organised a massive spying operation on the African leaders. Every African head of state who has a real intelligence service that has a North American presence, either through a diaspora or hired private presidential security consultants, will have been reminded, before departure, of Hillary Clinton’s extraordinary orders of a few years ago. 

Clinton, who is expected to make a bid for the Obama succession, was secretary of state when she ordered American officials to spy on high-ranking UN diplomats, including British representatives.
Eritrea’s Isaias Afwerki and Zimbabwe’s Robert Gabriel Mugabe were deliberately not invited to Obama’s high table.