On Tuesday morning, President Uhuru Kenyatta held a Parliamentary Group meeting for Jubilee Party members at Statehouse in Nairobi.
The meeting came barely a day after Madaraka Day celebrations, where there were some elicited reactions after the President was seen with his Deputy, William Samoei Ruto whom they held a meeting.
Whilst many expected a new call after today’s meeting, that did not happen as the usual expected purge took place, with Aden Duale surviving the axe. During the meeting, however, President Uhuru promised changes in Parliament in the next two weeks.
The purge today saw Tangatanga allied members Ben Washiali, who was the Jubilee Chief Whip removed from the seat together with Cecil Mbarire. They now follow the corridors of Kipchumba Murkomen, Susan Kihika, Kithuke Kindiri among others who were all axed for the very same one reason: being allied to DP Ruto.
Some of the Jubilee Party National Assembly officials who were retained include Parliament Speaker Justin B Muturi, Hon. Moses Cheboi, Hon. Jimmy Agwenyi- (Deputy Majority Leader).
Hon. Aden Duale remains to be the Majority leader, Hon. Emmanuel Wangwe the Majority Whip and Hon. Maoka Maore the Deputy Majority Whip. But how did Duale survive the house of cards system?
Before the handshake, Aden Duale was very ‘loud’ in rallies and other public gatherings, calling out political opponents and stood very firm supporting Deputy President William Ruto.
However, with the coming in of the handshake, when the political waves stopped coming as floods but as storms, is when Duale sensed danger and had to retrieve.
Just like the check game, when you see your opponent making funny moves, don’t easily fall for them but rather, wait, observe, study before making your own moves. Have you not seen a player given two mates at a go only to lose five?
Duale, being a smart checkmate game player, saw the Tanganga group was riding on the wave of funny moves made through the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga.
Since the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) reggae songs started to increase their volumes, Duale, being smart enough to know that too loud noise is not good for the ears, retrieved back to a corner, not singing or dancing, but rather just observing.
When an axe is cutting a Mugumo tree, you never know which side it will fall. Duale played smart, knowing the tree could fall on his side, moved far away. His silence and patriotism to the Jubilee course has been repaid today.
Of course, the tree cutters will be watching his moves as 2022 approaches. For he to be on the safe side, it is my hope that he will keep staying at the same corner and leave the songs for the Deejay to play.
Otherwise, this is not the right time for him to make a political sacrifice!