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3 things that have turned Central Kenya into a theatre of confusion

Ndung'u Wa Gathua.
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President Uhuru Kenyatta accompanied by a section of Kiambu leaders during the issuance of certificates to recovering alcoholics in the county. [Source/ Gathoni Wamuchomba Roberts]

And the Lord said, "Behold, they are one people and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do, and nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them."

"Come, let us go down, and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another's speech." (Genesis 11: 6-7, Revised Standard Version).

The above quotations are from the biblical story that tells of how the Babylonians wanted to make a name for themselves by building a mighty city and a tower 'with its top in the heavens'.

And as the Bible documents, the tower came to be called 'Babel because there God confused the language' of the builders thus scattering them apart.

In the Kenyan political landscape, this biblical story couldn't be more sensible to anyone else than to Central Kenya residents.

Politically speaking, Central Kenya currently, from the leadership to the subjects, everything seems to have gone the Babylonian way turning the region into a tower of Babel if not a theatre of confusion and absurdity. Here is why.

1. Uncompromising leader

There is no doubt that besides President Uhuru Kenyatta being the Head of State, he is also the reigning Central Kenya kingpin.

However, Uhuru's unbecoming character and dictatorial tendencies recently have left many residents in the region more confused if not awed. They simply cannot fathom that it is the same leader that in less than two years ago they came out in numbers to elect twice.

And as Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri noted on Tuesday, Uhuru has become 'abusive' and intolerant to Mt Kenya local leadership and residents' discontentment.

"This is so unlike a person who holds the title of a president. Resorting to abusing elected leaders because they have told him their people's needs is not good at all. We were also elected," Ngunjiri said.

2. Divided regional leadership

It is evident that Central Kenya leadership is sharply divided into three. There is that group of elected leaders who feel that Uhuru has sidelined the region on matters development and demands that he does the necessary.

There is also that group that feels that the president has done much more than just issuing certificates to rehabilitated alcoholics. Yet still, there is that group that is neither here nor there. They have maintained silence as they wait to see to which side the wind blows strongest before joining the wagon.

3. Confused residents

The outcome of the 'stand-off' among the above groups can only serve to create confusion among the area residents. But as you would expect, the residents are aligned to any of these leaders of the 'confused' Babel. Whether the prevailing situation will reach to a point of 'scattering', only time can tell.

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