President Uhuru Kenyatta ends 50-year jinx at Madaraka Day fete in Kisumu

President Uhuru Kenyatta in Kisumu

By Jackson Kairu

Ever since founding father President Jomo Kenyatta officiated the opening of the Russian-built New Nyanza hospital in Kisumu in 1965, no major function has ever been officiated in the area by Kenya’s head of state.

Jomo Kenyatta had crossed swords with his then-vice president Jaramogi Odinga, Raila’s father, barely 3 years after Kenya’s independence. Jaramogi had confronted Kenyatta at the same function, engaging him in a fierce exchange almost coming to blows! A furious president then drove off to escape an angry crowd baying for his blood! The furious crowd threw stones at the president’s motorcade forcing bodyguards to open fire killing and injuring many.

The British colonial government pushed Jaramogi, Tom Joseph Mboya and James Gichuru to form the first government in 1963, Jaramogi declined

What a contrast that today Uhuru has received a rousing welcome everywhere he has gone in the region from the same people who chased his dad away some 51 years ago! The British colonial government pushed Jaramogi, Tom Joseph Mboya and James Gichuru to form the first government in 1963, Jaramogi declined. However, on becoming president, Jomo Kenyatta appointed him his VP, Mboya Economic Planning and Gichuru to head a key parastatal.

In 1971 for example when Dictator Idi Amin overthrew the civilian government of Dr Milton Obote (both men are deceased), spontaneously erupted in central Kenya as Kikuyus “toasted” the fall of a “Luo president

Odinga senior however only managed 3 years before quitting the government to form opposition Kenya Peoples Union (KPU).  For close to 4 decades, Odinga embarked on an elusive crusade to becoming the president.

Uhuru’s warm “handshake” ties with the son of a man who opposed his dad to the bitter end is sweet music among his fanatical followers in the region, the relationship between the two has also forged close ties between the Kikuyu and Luo. The two have feuded for decades with differences even going across the border!

In 1971 for example when Dictator Idi Amin overthrew the civilian government of Dr Milton Obote (both men are deceased), spontaneously erupted in central Kenya as Kikuyus “toasted” the fall of a “Luo president”! Bars in Nairobi were filled up and groups talking vernacular drunk late into the night!

Decades of political isolation have ended as many watchers told The Weekly Vision that the 50-year jinx is now no more after Uhuru presiding over the 58th Madaraka day celebrations today in Kisumu.

This should assure the country and “our central Kenya brothers” said Siaya senator and a close Raila confidante, James Orengo, that going forward it’s their time to “return a favour!” Will central Kenya return the favour and elect Raila in 2022?

Raila is widely seen as having put his political career on the line when he agreed to end the paralyzing weekly street protests and running battles with police, and engaged to work with Uhuru despite swearing himself in as  “Peoples President?”

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