By Dorcas Sarkozy
Ms. Esther M. Passaris,
Normally on Sundays, I pen a piece titled â€śDorKuSpeaksâ€ť where I try to â€śdrop some knowledgeâ€ť on visitors to my wall.
Today, this Sunday, I will eschew that and address you directly.
Dada, letâ€™s not kid one another, it has been a duas hebdomades horribilis â€“ a horrible two weeks â€“ for you and by extension, your loved ones.
Literally and figuratively, youâ€™ve been disrobed and exposed as a conniving underhanded two-faced slay queen who readily uses what her mama gave her to get ahead.
In other words Bi. Esther, youâ€™ve been exposed as an opportunistic politician willing to do whatever it takes â€“ to get what she wants.
There are so many takeways from your tiff with Mike Sonko that I donâ€™t know where to start so in no particular order, here goes. Do note that some of these lessons overlap so take away whatever salient point you can glean from them:
LESSON #1: When in a hole, stop digging. Take a deep breath and figure out a way to extricate yourself. Ask for help if must but stop digging.
LESSON #2: When you wrestle with a pig, in shithole no less, both of you get dirty only that the pig enjoys it! Esther, you are wrestling with a pig, an overweight one at that â€“ in a cesspool no less. They are having fun â€“ at your expense. Stop and heed Lesson #1.
LESSON #3: Whatever misdeed is done in the dark, behind closed hotel room doors, eventually become exposed.
Crisis Management 101:
Own your story; your narrative. If you donâ€™t define yourself, others will to wit: If you donâ€™t tell your story, others will and the â€śothersâ€ť in this case includes an ex-con.
LESSON #4: Politics is a blood sport â€“ especially in the shithole that is Kenya â€“ which brings me to the next lesson:
LESSON #5: Those who refuse to learn from history are doomed to make the same mistake. Go back in Kenyaâ€™s history and confirm Lesson #4.
LESSON #5: Beauty is not only skin-deep, it is fleeting â€“ and can only get you so far. Sooner or later, you are bound to be exposed as someone lacking in depth and in intellect.
LESSON #6: One that I have harped on and written about as recent as this week: No permanent friends. Just permanent interests â€“ in politics that is. Additionally,
LESSON #7: It is never personal. Donâ€™t take slights, especially in the political arena, personally. Besides,
LESSON #8: Consider the source. Seriously? Sonko actually got you riled up? An ex-con with his reputation and thuggish comportment got you all twisted? NKT!! Side-by-side, with neither of you saying a word, who do you think an alien would trust or seek to know?
LESSON #9: If you cannot stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen. Once again, politics is a sport for big boys and big girls â€“ metaphorically that is. So â€śwoman upâ€ť and face the music.
LESSON #10: Never let them see you cry â€“ or even see you sweat. Animals such as Sonko smell fear â€“ and pounce!
LESSON #11: For all the hue and cry and #MeToo gains women have made over the years, it is still a manâ€™s world â€“ one theyâ€™ve effâ€™d up royally â€“ but they are still the dominant force. You and I have gotta be twice, even three times as good as them to get half or even a third of the recognition they get!
LESSON #12: Own your shit â€“ literally. See Lessons #9 and #10.
LESSON #13: Politicians have the reputation of lawyers who are just above used car salesmen in integrity. You made this bed â€“ See Lesson #12.
LESSON #14: Animals are at their most dangerous when they are wounded and/or cornered and you, Ms. Passaris, are now dealing with a wounded (and arguably unstable) animal.
Youâ€™ve been warned.
LESSON #15: You are the company you keep or to let you down easy, if you lay with flea-infested animals, itâ€™s inevitable that youâ€™ll end up with some â€“ fleas that is.
Youâ€™ve shown us your friend/s. Now do the right thing.
LESSON #16: See Lesson #14. There are some folks who have little to lose and have zero chills about taking everyone and anyone down with them. You are dealing with one such person.
LESSON #17: What do you want your legacy to be? See Lesson #16.
LESSON #18: Yes, your middle name does give you a modicum of entitlement but unless your bloodline extends to those from families who can say / ask, sans batting an eye, â€śMta Do?â€ť, you owe your constituents an explanation. See the lessons about getting ahead of a developing scandal involving you and owning the narrative / storyline about you â€“ warts and all.
LESSON #19: Similar to some of the earlier lesson: All you have is name and reputation â€“ which is on life support. Your opponent on the other hand, doesnâ€™t give a flying fig about his name and/or reputation. He has neither to brag about.
Finally, LESSON #20: As trite and contrived as this one sounds, that which does not â€śkillâ€ť you only makes you stronger though I offer this with the caution:
You are dealing with folks who eat their young!
Hon. Esther Muthoni P, OGW, YNBW (Youâ€™ve Now Been Warned).
Like those with zero vested interest in the economy say:
En Kamano. Awacho kendo Atieko.