Kenya foremost blogger Robert Alai has expressed his reasons for abandoning Cord leader Raila Odinga in a long post on social media.
Alai, who was Raila’s staunch advocate until recently, poured out his frustration in a lengthy post that revealed the extent ODM had betrayed him.
He went on share how he had been a state guest for a record 21 times with no support from the ODM top echelons.
The blogger made it clear that he will not follow Raila and co. blindy-‘ Since Jubilee came to power, I have been arrested more than 21 times because of what I write. In all those instances, ODM has never paid my bail or even assigned a lawyer’ wrote the blogger.
However, some see his latest outburst directed on the person of Raila Odinga to have been informed by a visit to State House. It is claimed that Alai received a ‘fat brown envelop’ allegations that we cannot independently verify.
Here is what Alai shared:
Bloggers, there is a price you will have pay if you chose the political blogging path. You must be ready to be left alone and crucified especially if you choose the straight and narrow route of blunt honesty.
Since Jubilee came to power, I have been arrested more than 21 times because of what I write. In all those instances, ODM has never paid my bail or even assigned a lawyer. The one or two instances I have had Orengo appear for me, he has never followed up beyond the mentions. From all those, I now only have 1 case after winning all the others.
It's a fight.
I don't have any bad feelings towards ODM, Raila or Orengo. This is the path I chose. But I will correct my party whenever it deviates the course. I fight my wars with a strategy. The party has NEVER paid for or appreciated what we do.
Being associated with Raila also means that I can't get any govt business, nor can I be employed in most private and govt entities. Corporate entities fear political antagonism. It's a pathetic life being a social justice activist or political blogger who values honesty.
In all that I do now, there are many factors I have to consider. I can't act like I used to.
When insulting a blogger for "deserting baba," you need to ask yourself what sacrifice you have made that you want others to continue sacrificing for you. What have you done? Do you contribute even a single sweat, shilling or resource to the struggle?
I have been stabbed 4 times, attacked and followed home. It's not as easy as you assume. But we have to fight.
Let's be candid.