By David G Maillu
Published June 17, 2017
In the history of Kenya’s politics, the nation is going through the hottest electoral campaign ever. But I have a point of grave concern. Whether Raila Odinga will become the next President of Kenya is not the issue in my statement. First of all, I have never shared any table or communication with Raila Odinga directly or through proxy.
If Kenyans want to be honest away from tribal sentiments fueled by hate and material things among Kenyan politicians, the country owes Raila Odinga the greatest appreciation for his outstanding and relentless fight in establishing the fact that the government has a big hand in engaging in criminal manipulations of the masses and should be held accountable for mega corruption.
It was Odinga who fired the first shot regarding the multi-million shilling scam through which the National Youth Service (NYS) was looted; he put the blame on the Anne Waiguru, the then minister for Devolution under whose docket NYS fell. It was Raila Odinga’s demand that snuffed life out of the last corrupt Electoral Commission. It was Odinga who was most vocal in questioning the Euro Bond scandal. It was Raila Odinga who has raised a red flag regarding the inflated cost of building the new standard gauge railway (SGR). It is Raila Odinga who has been screaming loudest about the latest maize scandal and if the cost of maize flour has gone down the credit should go to Raila Odinga.
Over and above, it is Raila Odinga’s patriotic fight which has kept the government on its toes. It has been Raila Odinga taking the lead in educating the masses about the people’s political rights. In other words, Raila has been acting religiously in defence of the rights of the masses. Unfortunately, there is a tribalist storm of vultures, hyenas and wolves which want to eat him up alive.
It was not long time ago that Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, the immediate former President of Tanzania, said something to the effect that being a leader is an incredibly thankless thing. I should end this statement by saying that if Kenyans can’t see what Raila Odinga has been doing, God will see it and reward him.