BY NDUNGU GACHANE
A photo bearing genuine and fake food from the office of Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichungwa and the William Ruto foundation.
They say politics is a dirty game but the interpretation of the phrase changes with the context of the debate and in the environment where the topic is discussed.
As we try to solve the riddle on what exactly happened in Kikuyu Constituency where poisoned food was distributed to unsuspecting Kenyans its good for netizens never to be too quick to believe different narratives being perpetuated by the political class through bloggers, media houses and their representatives.
While we can’t authoritatively announce which political affiliation is to blame for the evil plot, it is good that we continue relating with past political occurrences where politicians responsible with a certain strategy benefits with the same by getting political sympathy and at the same time taints and smears the name of his arch rival .
For lack of a better word, we may describe the acts of the politicians as sympathy for the devil and this has happened in Kenyan politics and we have some of the incidents.
Nominated Senator Isaac Mwaura, during 2017 elections shocked the whole country when he claimed that a bullet had pierced his ear and continued to describe the scenario ass an “assassination attempt” by his opponent.
The ‘fearful ad sobbing Mwaura’ also claimed that the opponent had not only plotted to kill him but had gone ahead to pull down his posters.
In 2013, Senator Moses Wetangula who faced off with Musikari Kombo before claiming that he was attacked by unknown assailants in Nairobi while he was on his way home and that his attackers wanted to kill him near City morgue for easy transfer of his body by the police men.
The Senator said the bodyguard saw the saloon car with the assailants driving on the opposite direction as they approached the City Mortuary roundabout. They then drove on to a nearby roadblock on Ngong Road, and sought the help of police. The officers directed them to Kilimani Police Station, where they reported the matter. But the then Inspector General of Police, David Kimaiyo, said preliminary investigations showed senator Wetangula car was not shot at, instead it had hit an ad banner on the roadside.
In 1997 Gatundu South Parliamentary elections between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Moses Mwihia, Mr Mwihia faked death to work for him and against the young Kenyatta who had just joined politics.
A narrative was created, media houses broadcasted that a candidate was allegedly kidnapped and probably murdered only for him to resurface a day before elections when all electorates had lost hope with Uhuru Kenyatta.
In 1992, Norman Nyaga who faced off with Gachoka ‘went missing’ with his father veteran politician Jeremiah Nyaga blaming the late President Moi over his so’s disappearance.
The young Nyaga only resurfaced later as the controversy raged, and when the counting was done, Norman who vied on a DP ticket had won.
These old tales of using near-death experiences to woo voters were rekindled when a bullet-riddled car belonging to Charles Chege Gitau, a parliamentary aspirant for the Kabete seat, was found abandoned near Rungiri Dam in Kabete at dawn, on the eve of his much-hyped manifesto launch. Two bullet holes were visible on the left rear door of the vehicle, indicating the person who shot at him could have been aiming at the back-left seat, where many VIPs sit.
A drowsy Chege, popularly known as ‘Chege Fresh,’ was found in Narok by the roadside.
That is what is described as reverse psychology, a technique involving the assertion of a belief or behavior that is opposite to the one desired with the expectation that this approach will encourage the subject of the persuasion to do what is actually desired.
Before you believe Tanga Tanga or Kieleweke’s narrative on Kikuyu controversy kindly think twice, politics is a dirty game.