Once upon a time, he was a force to reckon with. He was tough as steel, bold, powerful. Every time he spoke, Kenyans listened; those who loved him with awe and admiration and the opposite for those who did not. Our little general was poised high in the political platform of our country. Against many odds, and despite strong opposition from even powers-that-be in his party, he ascended to the coveted position of Secretary General of the strongest party in the country. No, he was not nominated. He fought his way up, campaigned and was elected by party delegates. Even the hired goons, “Men in black”, could not stop his rise. Little general was doing well for himself. In no time at all, his word could have been law in the entire Mulembe Nation. But he blundered.
General Ababu Namwamba decided to fight the Enigma (you know there is only one in Kenya). The problem was not the fight, but his strategy. He chose to leave his party and fight from outside. He should have known that this was suicide. Even in marriage, when you are having ‘domes’, you do not bring in your ‘mpango wa kando’ to fight for you. Not unless you have made up your mind that it is time to call it quits; but then you should weigh your losses before making that decision. Well, little General did that thinking that the children born out of their union would back him up. Alas! A close friend (Otuoma) of his incited him to walk out of the union, but again you know what they say in the ladies’ cycle about that close friend who always tries so hard to impress your man even when you are around but all of a sudden when you are having issues with him she becomes your number one inciter to ‘Just leave him. Who does he think he is?!!’ Little general left, announcing their divorce in a widely publicized press conference.
Word went round that he had been bought. The quoted figures were just absurd, I couldn’t believe his suitors thought he was worth that much -not in their right mindsets. I know that there was this impression of him being the next ‘big thing’ in Mulembe Nation’s Politics; which could have happened had he been a little more patient. I was expecting him to be the next governor of Busia County and I’m sure had he stuck home and run for that seat in 2017 nothing could have prevented him from clinching it. But see now, even his constituents rejected him. I am not God; I do not even pretend to be a fortune teller. That is why I do not want to write him off just yet. He was a promising young man (still is); one with great potential to even snatch supremacy from a Mudavadi-Wetangula combination. He was the next ‘big thing’ of western region after Baba’s retirement from politics. I do not know how he will redeem himself, but I know that little general’s smartness still dwells somewhere within the scalp of his head. I expect him to rise again one day and become the General that he once was.