NAIROBI, Kenya-We took a short break to digest and swallow the decision of Kenya’s Supreme Court, which upheld the “victory” of president Uhuru Kenyatta in a repeat presidential election on October 26, 2017.

Other weighty matters, including the swearing in of the people’s president, PM Raila Amollo Odinga, which has been postponed more than a couple of times, added to a host of issues we needed to process.

As we approach the New Year celebrations, we have identified five questions we believe Mr. Kenyatta and his deputy, NASA and Kenyans, must answer quickly. The country does not have very much time.

And here they are.

Is the jubilee regime of president Kenyatta able and willing to resolve the conflict surrounding its ascendancy to power peacefully?

Will Raila Odinga be sworn in as the people’s president?

When PM Raila Odinga is sworn in, how will Jubilee react and what will this mean for the government?

What is the future of NASA and Kenya if Raila Odinga fails to be sworn in?

Are Kenya’s foreign friends paying attention to the crisis in the country and do they fully understand it?

Let us start with the last question.

It is clear the United States, itself experiencing a leadership crisis under Mr. Trump, is not able to do much, even if the president’s handlers had any idea what is happening in Kenya.

Mr. Trump is today facing similar legitimacy issues that president Kenyatta is facing, and is unlikely to survive the onslaught of the Mueller Special Counsel investigation into the conduct of his campaign before, during, and after election in 2016.

It appears the Special Counsel investigation of president Trump for possible collusion with Putin, and subsequent obstruction of justice, will lead to his impeachment.

The debacle of the Trump presidency has created not only a national, but a family, headache as the Mueller investigation has included his son and son-in-law.

The latter was hand-picked by the president to be his special advisor, a position that does not require formal Senate confirmation hearings and approval.

Already the president’s former national security advisor, Mr. Michael Flynn, has been fired and subsequently pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI over his interactions with Russia.

Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager, has been indicted for tax evasion, money laundering, and other charges related to collusion with Russia during the presidential campaign.

Mr. Trump’s legal predicament would place him in a position that is morally equivalent to that of Mr. Kenyatta, who has a history with the ICC for crimes against humanity, and is currently facing a legitimacy crisis for fraudulent ascendancy to power.

Therefore, Mr. Trump is in no position to call Mr. Kenyatta’s credibility into question.

Mr. Trump’s firing of all the Obama State Department staff around the world, with virtually no replacement, has left the department of State severely understaffed, or with inexperienced, unqualified personnel.

Under the circumstance, looking to Washington for any meaningful intervention by a president who has shown lack of passion for Africa, in a crisis of Kenya’s magnitude, is a pipe dream.

This leaves Britain, Kenya’s former colonial master, as the only viable partner.

What this means is that the people of Kenya are virtually on their own.

Now let us turn to Jubilee. Is it willing and able to resolve the conflict peacefully?

The short answer is, no. It created the problem.

Mr. Ruto gave the campaign his all, because he sees it as his ticket to State House in 2022. The man has never polled more than five percent independently as a presidential candidate.

His boss, Mr. Kenyatta, has already announced that those who want to negotiate any issues surrounding the 2017 election should forget it.

Instead Mr. Kenyatta has redirected such people to Mr. Ruto, not for 2017 but 2022 elections!

No more needs to be said about this.

What about the other three questions?

We have chosen to answer them together. Because the three questions are like two sides of a coin; you cannot have one without the other.

Mr. Odinga has no choice but to be sworn in as the people’s president. Why?

Because all ingredients are in place to secure his legacy, slay the dragon of authoritarianism once and for all, or preside over a secession that will bring together like-minded Kenyan nations and end perpetual strife every election cycle.

Failure to do so will mean Mr. Odinga’s unparalleled and legendary fight for justice, equality, freedom, and democracy, ends in 2018.

We do not see how or why the enigma of African politics would allow such a serious anticlimax to define his legacy.

What are we saying?

Before we answer that, we will let three statesmen from Ambassador Godec’s and Yamamoto’s America say a few words to them.

First, one of the most celebrated American civil rights leaders, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., once stated that until a man finds what he is prepared to die for, he has not yet started living.

Secondly, Patrick Henry, in an argument for the colonies to mobilize and prepare for military action against Britain, said to the Second Virginia Convention on March 23, 1775, at St. John’s Church in Richmond, Virginia, that “as for me give me liberty or give me death.”

Finally, and for for full measure, we have selected two of Frederick Douglass’s incisive wisdom, namely, “the thing worse than rebellion is the thing that causes rebellion”; and “power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and never will.”

That is what they said. We are saying to Mr. Godec that the time has arrived for Kenyans to take a stand against authoritarianism.

Ambassador Godec and Mr. Yamamoto should take a flying leap with their “legacy” argument for continued dictatorship in Kenya.

If it was right for America to take a stand against oppression by the British more than two centuries ago, it is right for Kenya to do so as well, to root out the black colonialists.

However, Jubilee, especially Mr. Ruto, will not take the swearing in lying down.

The regime is likely to engage in a bitter fight to protect the so called “victory” which Mr. Ruto believes he contributed significantly to, and which entitles him to State House in 2022.

What this means is the whole nation of Kenya will split, based on the voting blocks, into two separate countries.

That means secession.

Whether this will be a bloodless, or bloody, revolution, remains to be seen, and depends on Mr. Kenyatta and Mr. Ruto’s choices.

NASA and Kenyans have already made their choice.

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