NASA Demonstrations: For who, for what?

NASA Demonstrations: For who, for what?
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American football is a brutal sport. To partake in the sport, players must invest a gazillion hours in the weight room, run quick dashes and toughen their bodies for brutal hits.

The sport is one of the most brutal sports in the history of sports. Many a player have died from injuries sustained in their playing years. In turn the National Football League (NFL) has fine-tuned the rules in order to shield and protect the players. From helmets to shoulder pads, the NFL has tried to mitigate the physical damages that often give the league a bad name.

Reports of former and current players suffering from illnesses occasioned by brain damage continue to be on the rise despite the stringent rules that some complain that have “softened” the game.  American football entails hard hits on any offensive player reaching out to catch the ball or running with the ball. The architect on offense is the quarterback, a guy who is tasked with the responsibility of taking the signals from the coaches calling plays on the sidelines through the earpiece embedded on his helmet and then running the play to the offensive players on the field while the opposing team’s defense lays in wait for the guy with the ball to waylay him in a bid to stop him from scoring.

On the other hand, NASA, realizing that they have been outflanked, outgunned and outmuscled, have resorted to singing melodies to the faithful. The tunes have been like the high notes of Luciano Pavarotti to the local Ohangla soloists.

In the 1995 draft, the Philadelphia Eagles had a tough year, as such, they landed a huge offensive prospect who was importuned with the responsibility of carrying the offense to the playoffs and on to the national championship.  The superstar prospect, Ricky Watters had the burden of lifting the whole team and the city of Philadelphia to glory. However as fate would have it, the Eagles were playing the Tampa Bay Bucs in a decisive game but the Eagles were trailing in a decisive fashion but on a play that was all academic and was not going to change the outcome of the crucial game, the quarterback, Randall Cunningham, facing oncoming pressure from the Bucs defense, threw the ball to Ricky Watters, thus exposing him for brutal hits from the defenders but Ricky demurred on the play and nobody touched him and the ball ( which was catchable) hit the ground as an incomplete pass and with that, the Eagles lost the game and were effectively out of championship contention.

The notorious Philadelphia media and fans all wanted a piece of Watters. They were furious! But they were not ready for Ricky’s post-game press conference! When asked by reporters why he did not stretch his hand to catch the ball, Ricky delivered what is now a Philadelphia sports artefact: “for who, for what?  Lamenting that even if he would have reached out for the ball, the oncoming Bucs defender was poised to level him at a point where even if the Eagles scored, it would not have made any difference in the game. They would have still lost the game anyway.  In other words, knowing that the game was essentially over, Watters chose to preserve his body for the next season! Predictably, Philadelphia fans were furious, accusing Watters of selfishness but the young player stuck to his guns and went on to play two more seasons with the Eagles. But he is forever remembered for uttering the classic “for who, for what” refrain as a way of exonerating himself from unnecessary pain in a meaningless endeavour.

NASA is a political juggernaut, no doubt. The team has given the Jubilee administration nightmare after nightmare and if it wasn’t for the sheer muscular nature of Jubilee, there could have been a regime change in Kenya.  Jubilee has successfully utilized the power and perks of incumbency to retain power.

On the other hand, NASA, realizing that they have been outflanked, outgunned and outmuscled, have resorted to singing melodies to the faithful. The tunes have been like the high notes of Luciano Pavarotti to the local Ohangla soloists.

The Luo community are now making light of the whole thing thus: “If he can’t carry the bible to be sworn in, let him hoist a hymn book.” Yes, it has come to that!

“Nyinyi pigeni kura, zingine niwachieni.”

“muhula huu, wakihesabu, tunahesabu, wakitangaza, tunatangaza.”

“Wakati huu sitawakujia eti nimeibiwa.”

There were more classic reassurances delivered to the faithful and acted like a clarion call to action.

As fate would have it, the people voted and the even though there was a tactical vow not to hit the Supreme Court, a case was presented and history was made. But even then, the powerlessness was palpable. The supreme order to open servers was rejected with zero consequences. Later on, that very Supreme Court gave a clean bill of health to yet another lame electoral process and went on to swear-in the ‘victor.’  It was like the blatant contempt of court in not opening the servers never happened.

Still, the NASA faithful kept the faith. They heeded the calls to boycott the polls, participated in demos and were cruelly rewarded with brazen shootings of minors, toddlers, babies and adults. The Jubilee government set out to use deadly force and generously took out targets regardless of age and gender. The tactic worked.

The upshot was hundreds of dead bodies and no concrete points on the board for NASA. They have serenaded the faithful with tunes of a mythical swearing-in ceremonies that are now turning into a joke. The Luo community are now making light of the whole thing thus: “If he can’t carry the bible to be sworn in, let him hoist a hymn book.” Yes, it has come to that!

From the many grandiose pronouncements to the swearing in political strip tease, NASA leaders are flirting with the possibility of confronting a tired constituency. A people sick of empty promises that they know all too well. Some have lost siblings, some parents, some children and some, like baby Pendo’s family, a six-month old baby! Yet, they continue to hear more leaders piping up oath-taking events!

At this rate,  the next time NASA’s top brass asks it’s  supporters to come out and demonstrate, don’t be surprised when the faithful come out with a different clarion call: “for who, for what?”

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