CS’s ‘encounter with Olivia Pope’ stirs up social media

By: NG’ANG’A MBUGUA

Just six days before Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru announced that she was resigning from her position on health grounds, a blogger, Mr Pharis Kimaru, published a post in which he imagined that Ms Waiguru had met Olivia Pope to discuss her political problems.

Olivia Pope is a fictional character who stars in the popular American political drama television series, Scandal.

Her role is played by Kerry Washington, an African-American actress.

In the series, Olivia manages political crises in Washington DC, the heart of American politics.

In the imagined scene between her and Ms Waiguru, which first appeared online last Monday, the CS walks into Olivia’s office because she is desperate to keep her job in the face of calls for her sacking and prosecution in the wake of corruption allegations dogging the National Youth Service.

“I want to keep my job,” Ms Waiguru says. But Olivia’s answer is short and sharp. “That’s not possible. Make another choice.”

When Ms Waiguru insists, Olivia tells her: “There is no way you are going to keep your job You will resign or you will be fired”.

In the end, Olivia gives Ms Waiguru a resignation letter and advises her to read it, sign it and hand it over to her boss.

“Don’t make this thing longer than it needs to be,” says Olivia.

As Ms Waiguru leaves her office, Olivia dials a number on her cell phone and says only two words: “It’s handled”.

No prizes for guessing the recipient of the call.

THE PIECE THAT DID THE JOB

When the blog post started going viral last week, no one would have thought that what started out as a creative piece would mirror reality so closely so soon.

“I was just expressing my opinion,” the author said in an interview with the Nation. According to him, the article had been read by 70,000 people by Sunday morning.

“A lot of people think the article did it,” said Mr Kimaru.

It could also have been the doctor’s advice, or a combination of the two and an equally lucid article by Mr David Ndii published in the Saturday Nation.

The headline of the Ndii piece, If we can’t let go the corrupt, let’s kiss and say bye, played on the title of Barry White’s song, “Let’s Just Kiss And Say Goodbye”.

“This has got to be the saddest day in my life,” the song goes. “I called you here today for a bit of bad news. I won’t be able to see you for a while because of my obligations”

After Mr Kimaru’s article was shared by Ms Caroline Mutoko of Kiss FM, it reached an even wider audience and was trending on Twitter by Saturday. It was still a talking point on Sunday.

“You have to read this,” Mary Kihagi wrote on her twitter handle, @MaryKihagi.

“Maybe she did meet Olivia Pope,” tweeted Ferdinand Omondi, a television journalist.

Mr Kimaru, who started blogging in July, took it all in his stride, attributing the serendipity to pure coincidence.

“However, I will be lying if don’t say that I feel a slight sense of vindication, a bit of awe as well,” he said. “For me it is a one in a million kind of thing.”

SOURCE: DAILY NATION