I have worked very closely with Raila Odinga for over 10 years in my political journey. Many people will claim that it is Raila who nominated me to parliament, that is far from the truth. My nomination to Parliament was well deserved, and even when Raila wanted me removed from the party list, Anyang Nyongo, Janet Ongera, Jakoyo Midiwo and Henry Kosgey are the ones I could credit for defending me. After CORD lost the Presidential election, again Raila went to the IEBC to have my name removed. When that didnt work, we were called at his home to have us resign but we refused.
One of the reasons why RAILA will never be president is that, he doesnt value Youthful candidates because they do not have money to bribe the party leadership for nominations tickets. This way all youthful candidates will fall off, along the way and will not be on the ballot and hence, their peers and relatives will have no reason to vote. Look at the turnout in Rift Valley, it was purely because of fielding youthful candidates. I have seen some serious youthful aspirants in ODM the likes of Edwin Sifuna, Anthony Kibagendi, Sylvanus Osoro, Ahmed Papa, Babu Owino and all the others, they are foot solidiers and defenders of the ODM party and Raila, but they will be dealt a serious blow when nomination day comes. I remember Sifuna made Ababu Namwamba’s exit from the party look like child play, while Osoro and Kibagendi have defended the ODM party in Kisii to the man. Now these young people are to be sacrificed at the alter of the highest bidder. Good performers like Kibra’s Ken Okoth, David Ochieng, Agostino Netto and others from luo nyanza must be allowed to serve only one term lest they threaten the Odinga dynasty.
In ODM, there is a systematic scheme by the party leadership to lock out any promising youth. Raila only believes in using the youth, not empowering them. When you are seen to be too intelligent and independent minded, you are shown the door just like they removed us from the party register and all the parliamentary committees. When you ask you are told ‘Baba’ must cane individuals. Now thats the greatet height of dictotorship.
Secondly, Raila defends mediocrity. CORD governors have performed dismally. They have looted their counties dry, and share their loot with the party leadership. This is why they want to get direct tickets to defend their seats. The same governors such as Joho, Nanok, Kidero and Ongwae are dictating to Raila on who should get ODM tickets for MPs’ and MCAs’ positions in their respective counties. Remember the old adage “he who pays the piper, calls the tune”.
Fourthly, having been in ODM, and now deeply in Jubilee, I understand the levels of disorganization in ODM, and being the biggest partner in NASA, they will definitely infect Wiper and ANC with that very disorganization. Raila is a truly disorganised person who largely survives on the sheer force of personality. He thrives in rallies, but does very little planning on how the entire process should run, yet politcs 101 states that you must plan all the way to the end. Raila will cancel all his meetings, that would add alot of value to his campaign, if you hurriedly presented him with an opportunity to address a mammoth crowd like the one Jubilee has just had at Tononoka grounds. He recruits some of the the best brains, but never wants to spend his money on them. He wants people to work for him pro-bono. Thats why he ends up having only afew Luos working their backs off, indeed slaving for him in order to take him to the elusive state house.
Kalonzo and wetangula are being treated as unwelcome guests in NASA, now that they seem to have outlived their usefulness. Raila and Mudavadi are thinking NASA while Kalanzo and Wetangula are still in CORD. Now which way forward?? Its very clear that the former are rekindling their failed dream of 2007, and at the minimum, thinking of a coalition govt. Thats why they are promising each other non existent positions that would need a bipartisan approach if the suggested referendum was to go through. In there lies the hidden dagger just like it happened within the NARC coalition. Do you think that if Mudavadi were to be the flag bearer, he could by decree cede his power to an unelected prime minister? And if Raila were to be president, would he shed some substantial mandate to an ambitious premier? His close ally John Pombe Maghufuli has already done it in Tanzania, by abadoning the constitutional review process in order to retain an imperial presidency. As they say, tell me your friends, and I will tell you who you are.
Finally, RAILA long lost the reform agenda. He banks on his hey days of the 90s but Kenyans have since moved on and his brand of politics have been overtaken by time. He creates a storm indeed a crisis for purposes of giving him political mileage after solving it. Remember the recent IEBC fiasco after the Okoa kenya one failed. He thrives in telling ‘vitendawili’ and propaganda, which Kenyans have now become soo used to.
He needs to have an agenda of his own.
Raila is definately not what Kenyans are looking for. His party hawks nomination certificates to the highest bidder essentially selling leadership of our dear country to boot lickers, crooks and hangers on!!
He has hijacked the reform mantra only as a posture to his brand of politics of subterfuge and iconoclastic deceptions.
Looking back, I see Governor Miguna Miguna was very right in the assessment of the man in his book, ‘Peeling off the musk’.
It is for these reasons that I will be running on a JUBILEE Party ticket. I have more space, I speak my mind and in any way, theres no pretence of some obscure messianic transfornation like it is with the ODM power seeking sloganeering.
Raila looks attractive from afar, but when you get to know him, he is not only a non reformer, but the quintessential politician per excellence like any other. In fact, a two faced individual who you will find so hard to trust when you get to know him better.
As a shrewd politician, i respect him. Thats why when I made up my mind to move on, I had the courtesy to inform him in person. He later on called a big meeting at Orange house to attack me. After careful analysis, I have come to the conclusion that Raila is definately not the solution for Kenya. Thats why most politicians who know him and his antics are leaving him in droves….
With Raila, you can never be too sure for he doesn’t keep his word….”
*Hon Dr. Isaac Mwaura*