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Denzel Musumba

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Right now, Mr Chirau Ali Mwakwere probably feels like Larry Holmes did way back in 1980, after beating boxing great Muhammad Ali on an eleventh round technical knockout in a Las Vegas, Nevada ring, and who can blame him. Just like Holmes, Mwakwere’s victory over ODM’s Hassan Mwanyoha in the Matuga by-election was a shocker, mainly because political pundits expected a closer contest. But that is where all comparisons end. Larry Holmes was inducted into the world boxing hall of fame in 2008. In contrast, Mwakwere’s stint as Transport minister was lacklustre, to say the least. Everything that could go wrong in the Public Transport sector happened. Now that he fully expects to regain his ministerial flag in the same docket, what is likely to change? The abandoning of the so-called ‘Michuki rules’ gained pace when he took over and the matatu industry is once again a law unto itself. Why Mr Dzipapa’s ‘secret’ winning formula for elections never rubbed off on his ministerial portfolio remains a mystery in his political notebook that only he can unravel. Maybe if Mwakwere switched off his dismissive attitude to concerns raised over a variety of issues, something may just give...but then again, that is a big if. Boxing history Muhammad Ali once proclaimed: "I’m not the greatest; I’m the double greatest. Not only do I knock ‘em out, I pick the round." But Ali lived his dream. Despite his loss to Holmes, he is still the greatest heavyweight champion: not even the man with the deadliest left hook in boxing history could knock him out cold on canvas. Unfortunately, if Mwakwere’s ministerial checklist were to be used to judge his performance as a minister, his biggest victory, the Matuga by-election, would not count.