Raila Odinga is one of the most loved if not misunderstood Leader in Kenya. He has missed the Presidency by a whisker twice. The first time he was rigged out in the most blatant fashion you can ever imagine. The country plunged into chaos but he, unlike other African leaders, decided to let go and play second fiddle to Kibaki who constantly humiliated him.
Our contributor Tobby Dante takes a look at the man who should be the President of Kenya….
Forget the nonsense by Miguna Miguna hurriedly written Peeling the Mask and Kidneys for the Kings that criticise Raila Odinga. It is rightly said that with greatness comes opposition and the presence of an enemy only proves that at one time he stood for what he believed in.
Raila is the best president Kenyans could ever have, the great leader has already been to hell and back for the country, there is no greater sacrifice than a man who sacrifices his own privileges for the sake of others. Isn't that why we constantly thank Jesus, for his sacrifice? So it’s no one but Kenyans loss for not having him as the President they would have been lucky to have.
For the country, he has given up personal interests. First, through detention, torture and exile in the 1980s and 1990s. Secondly, the sacrifice he made for Kenya by giving up his 2007 election victory and agreeing in 2008 to come in a National Coalition in the national interest. What sacrifice has the son of Kenyatta made for this country?
Even Mandela, Africans hero did not want Uhuru at his funeral. This was communicated through his wife Graca Machel.
On the other hand Rt Hon Raila Amolo Odinga received his invitation from South African President Jacob Zuma and Mandela’s Funeral Committee to attend as a dignitary in the celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The letter glorified similarities of Raila’s sacrifices for democracy, justice, human rights, change, unity and nationhood to that of Mandela.
It’s sad that other states recognize Raila worth except Kenya.
Uhuru's standing with KANU in 2002 with Moi being his endorser shows that he stood for the status quo in Kenya. Through his action, Uhuru Kenyatta is clearly perpetuating former President Moi kleptocracy and poor governance.
Uhuru now pretends that he is for the poor, how could he understand what poverty is? It takes a person who has been through hell to understand the suffering of others. Raila had been the leader of Langata since time immemorial representing the biggest slum in Kenya Kibera, and through his torture and detention he has seen a day or two without food.
Raila is way more than what Kenya deserves and Kenyans should have jumped at the opportunity to have a leader like him but if they could not see this then they deserve all the Uhuru government is bringing their way with corruption scandals everyday.
Doctors are on strike and the President, instead of looking at their plight, is busy purchasing machine of deaths.