Politics is a dirty game, if at all using someone’s father as a prop still passes for a game. Yesterday, as the Independence party KANU convened a delegates meeting to endorse its party leader Gideon Moi as the outfit’s flag bearer in next year’s polls, the showpiece of the event wasn’t one of the founding fathers, or even Gideon’s father, Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi. Instead, it was none other than, Kihika Kimani, father to Nakuru senator, Susan Kihika.
For the whole length of yesterday afternoon, following KANU’s delegates meeting, the clip that was put on rotation on the stations owned by Standard Group, which is in turn owned by Gideon Moi, was that of Kihika Kimani pandering to Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi, and declaring his undying support for the party.
In KTN News particularly, the clip would be played after every break, and spaced after an average of about every ten minutes. In the clip, Kihika is seen declaring that KANU will go on to rule for the next a thousand years.
Suaan Kihika, the senior Kihika’s daughter, happens to be one of the stalwarts of UDA, and an unflinching supporter of the Deputy President. She has strongly defended the DP in the past, and even lost her post of Senate Chief Whip due to this. She is rumoured to be planning on vying for the Nakuru gubernatorial seat.
Kihika Kimani was a known staunch KANU member. It was once reported by the Daily Nation that he and Stephen Ndichu had allegedly vowed to use members of the outlawed Mungiki, a quasi-religious ethnic Kikuyu sect, to take up arms and attack those opposed to Moi’s choice of Uhuru Kenyatta, son of Kenya’s founding president, Jomo Kenyatta, as his preferred successor.
The MPs, who were reportedly addressing a public gathering at a weekend in the country’s Central Province, urged members of the outlawed sect to take up arms and attack those opposed to the Uhuru-for-president campaign, according to the paper.
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