PRESIDENT Mwai Kibaki should have read the mood of the public when his inner core Cabinet decided to walk out from the National Constitutional Conference at Bomas.
But instead, he squandered the opportunity thinking that those who were opposed to what the delegates wanted included in the constitution were merely peddling lies.
Immediately Kibaki took over the reigns of power, it seems he never thought for a while why he had been elevated to occupy the top seat.
He forgot that delivering a new constitution was one of the core issues during the Kanu regime, and when he promised a new constitution this made him the most popular presidential candidate in the 2002 General Elections.
But what he thought, as had always been the case was that Kenyans are a forgetful lot, who could simply be manipulated and then be forced to endorse an unacceptable document to the populace.
That was after the so-called Sulumeti Report, which gave Mwai Kibaki powers to rule up the year 2012, which delegates refused.
Worse still, a few people close to the president thought that they could rough shoulder everything and do away with it.
Now political pundits say that had the National Rainbow Coalition (Narc) not promised Kenyans a new constitution within a time frame even the so-called Wako Draft, which was recently ditched into the dustbin of history would not have seen the light of the day.
Immediately Narc parties signed the pre-election Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), post-election politics involved schemes to concentrate power in one centre.
Then a section of Cabinet ministers begun to armtwist delegates at Bomas, to have the constitution written in a way favourable to the new political dispensation.
This was followed by the change of guard at the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC), with Nyachae taking charge, taking the process through the contentious Kilifi process, and ultimately the Wako Draft.
It has become clear now that the government side at first refused to hasten the constitutional process after they realised that the pressure to have the new constitution was because the people had wanted to be governed in a certain way.
At one time, the saboteurs outrightly abused delegates saying they did not have the capacity to debate issues about constitution. Worse still, the group walked out on the delegates.
But when the meeting finally took off, battles had to be fought again for the Bomas delegates to come up with a document, which could be endorsed as constitution.
However, when things went against their scheme they resorted to threats, intimidations and bribery to ensure that delegates endorsed what they wanted but even this failed.
That is how politics can really backfire. One just has to keep to some agreed positions, at least for the common good of the society.
This is what can help our country rather than seeking self conceited moves that ends up helping only a few people under the guise of loyalty pledge