The stand-off in CORD’s party nominations and elections is a clear indication that democracy is truly on trial! As the people on the fence, we expected to see the man who is in the fore front in fight for democracy lead the way, starting with his own party, even when it means putting his political neck in a noose.
The CORD leader is the man who is known for standing for what is right. I guess many of you would say otherwise, but in my say, he has shown the power of understanding and humility where none expected him to. He has stood for what he believed to be right and even supported his political rivals into power, compromising his own chances of reaching there. In other words, a true patriot in our time!
However, every time we have party elections something else has stood out that goes contrary to what he fights for. Lack of democracy and transparency are two things that raises questions, as to why he is not in control of his own party. At least to show other political parties how the game should be played. So sad that ODM party elections have, in most cases, been marred with violence and chaos. The men in black have always played a bigger in whenever the party officials feels not ready to go ahead for real change.
Okay that aside, now that ODM is no longer standing alone, the bigger and powerful CORD coalition has internal wrangles that should be sorted out before election time or else, fall out and lose against to the ruling alliance, JAP.
The dilemma facing the three CORD leaders is the fact they have not agreed on who should be the flag bearer of the coalition party in two years time. Raila Odinga and his counterparts, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula have been categorical that they all will appear on the ballot paper. Now, this puts CORD at the cross-road since they all need each other if they want to make it.
With three people understanding Kenya’s politics well, they should not let their ego take control, instead they have to do something that could lead to positive fruits. This is only possible if they let the party delegates to decide. A vote is the way to go.