By Charles Kipkulei The past few days have been characterized by the absence of a national crisis which has starved the opposition of a cogent message with which to mobilize the masses against the regime while also allowing the UhuRuto duo to steady and reassert themselves on the campaign trail. A few weeks ago, UhuRuto
By Charles Kipkulei
The past few days have been characterized by the absence of a national crisis which has starved the opposition of a cogent message with which to mobilize the masses against the regime while also allowing the UhuRuto duo to steady and reassert themselves on the campaign trail.
A few weeks ago, UhuRuto were sweating from a myriad of seemingly unending challenges which followed each other in a sequence that was making the 2017 campaigns a nightmare for the ruling coalition.
If it not a major corruption scandal, it was major workers strike and just when the dark ominous cloud seemed to be passing, a major drought and famine hit and when the rains opened to a sigh of relief, food prices skyrocketed threatening to throw the country into food riots.
For a few days now, all seemed okay but it seems that the cycle of bad luck is here again.
The nurses strike which has kicked off today threatens to cripple the healthcare system across the country and the armyworm menace has struck at the heart of the Jubilee core support base and threatening to annihilate upto half of the country’s maize production potential for 2017/18 and causing a 50 Billion loss to maize farmers.
These latest crises have two characters that are creating further complications for Jubilee:
One, is the fact that the nurses’ strike is a matter which the national government is unable to fully address as health is a devolved function and which requires total cooperation from the council of governors which is in disarray due to campaign confusion and whose leadership is now in the hands of an opposition leaning governor.
Two, the armyworm menace is a natural occurrence which while manageable, the scale with which it has hit the young maize crops across the country is massive and is something really outside the full control of government.
Could bad fate be conspiring to complicate the reelection of UhuRuto???
Be that as it may however, somehow, UhuRuto seem to have nine lives and they have always surmounted the challenges facing them. I look forward to how they shall address this latest combined challenge because opposition shall milk tonnes of political capital out of them.