My Response to Another Luo Anti-Railaist Regarding Misconceptions About Raila and Other Issues

06 Sep

This is what I am hearing you saying:

1. Luos like you and X have broken from “slavery and blindness.”

2. People will be shocked and “maybe some will collapse dead [if Raila] is not elected president.”

3. If Raila is not elected president this time, he is done with in politics.

4. Miguna Miguna has “secrets” you are hoping he “spills.”

5. Tuju is an authority on the Odingas and apparently knows something Kenyans need to know or find out.

6. Given all of these, you therefore conclude and urge the young people (Luos, by inference) to support and vote for Ole Kiyiapi because he is “tribeless, woships true God, does not drink, has passed tests of intergrity and humblessness where he has worked, he is strong willed against evil (you will get a sack if you are not serving meaning zero tolerance to impunity  even if you are his friend)

7. You urge people not to listen to the media because they serve as “stooges for status quo” and act as “saviors.”

8. You then dismiss RAO and HMK as having “negative/oppressive/selfish dictatorial measures”

Here is my take on all of this:

First, you are perpetuating a myth that Luos have been “enslaved” by the Odinga family.

While it’s true those who have dared challenge the Odingas have not fared well, this has nothing to do with slavery but has everything to do with the colonial system we inherited from independence whereby you had a local “boss” at the household level, then a hierachy of other “bosses” from there on through Chiefs, area MPs, and all the way to the President.

In every tribe, bar none, there always has been and will continue to be a dominant leader or family; you challenge them at your own peril.

I can list them here but let me give you that as an assignment to find out who they are in each community, if you don’t already know.

The Luos are therefore no more “enslaved” than any other tribe in Kenya so the point you are trying to make in your charge is lost in this reality.

The question one should ponder and analyze is one not whether there is a dominant politician or family in any given community, but one whether such politician or family has utilized its power to advance the welfare of its community and the country at large.

On that measure, the Odinga family scores very high and much higher than any similarly situated family anywhere in the country.

Indeed, what endears Raila to most people is, even though he comes from a prominent family, he was willing to, and in fact, personally sacrificed for his stance and fight against the Moi regime and quest for reforms he and his compatriots agitated for and continue to.

Equally impressive, Raila shows no bitterness or want mentality on account of his suffering.

Instead, you find in Raila, a humble, easy going and deeply caring person, undetered in heading where he believes he must get to in his fight for reforms in our country and more.

This is what endears him to a lot of people and was largely the reason he was elected as president in 2007 but not sworn.

Second, while its true some may be shocked if Raila is not elected, I doubt anyone is going to drop and die over that.

Raila is a seasoned politician who understands fully well that in politics, anything is possible but would be the first one to tell you he never thought outright stealing of elections as we witnessed in 2007 was or can be possible but Kibaki proved him wrong.

I doubt we’ll ever see a repeat of 2007 style election theft but every indication is, instead, we shall for the first time have a fair and transparent elections in 2012.

If in the unlikely event Raila is not elected in a fair and transparent election, like any politician, I am sure he will be disappointed  but that will come to pass.

As the statesman he is, I am confident he will still find ways to help our country reap the benefits of the new constitution, including using his international recognition and influence to bring investment and other benefits to the country.

The money, however, is on Raila being elected president and therefore the concern should be what will happen to those so vehemently opposed to his election, especially the haters.

Those are the people one should be concerned about and hope they’ll recover from their respective shocks and help join hands in rebuilding our country under the leadership of President Raila Amolo Odinga, if he, indeed, gets the nod as expected.

Third, it is not true that, if Raila is not elected president in 2012, he is done politically.

Far from it. at the healthy 67 he is, Raila is going to be a political force in Kenya for a long time to come, regardless of what happens in 2012.

Many a politician has been written off, only to come back and lead their nations to greatness.

Raila has already proven he can be a come-back kid and, in fact, has been in more than one occasion.

In other words, like the cat, Raila has ten political lives.

He is only on his second or third, if you count surviving and overcoming the stolen elections of 07.

Fourth, you are going to be terribly disappointed, if you are hoping that Miguna Miguna will “spill the beans” on Raila.

That will not happen because there are no beans to spill about Raila.

Fifth, I know Tuju and would even say we have been friends.

Tuju is no “authority” of the Odinga family anymore than I or anyone else is therefore there is nothing new he can tell us about Raila or his family that we don’t know as you seem to suggest.

Tuju can’t even tell us anything new about what happens when one becomes disloyal or thinks he is suddenly better than to those who help him get anywhere politically.

We know that very well and in politics, its called you get the boot.

Sixth, when you say you want the youth and others to support Ole Kiyiapi because he is “tribeless, woships true God, does not drink, has passed tests of intergrity and humblessness where he has worked, he is strong willed against evil (you will get a sack if you are not serving meaning zero tolerance to impunity  even if you are his friend),” you have not done your man any good because thousands of Kenyans have those exact qualities, yet none of them is running for president.


Because it takes more to be elected president not the least of which, is political experience and skills to effectively deal with other politicians.

Good a technocrat Ole Kiyiapi may be, and even as intelligent as he is, he lacks this fundamental quality which is a must have for any president to succeed in governing any country.

In other words, one must prove they know how to work the political class for needed outcome, which only comes from experience gained from holding elective political office or otherwise being actively engaged in party politics.

Lack of this experience alone disqualifies Ole Kiyiapi, in my book.

Seventh, you are simply wrong that the media are “stooges for status quo.”

Remember, all media’s #1 objective as in any business, is making money.

If one is slanted one way in the pursuit of that objective, you’ll be sure to find one slanted the other way for the same reason but on balance, Kenya media is doing a much better job compared to many other countries in trying to be objective, even as they each obviously have their own agenda and preferences.

With the projected increase in Internet access and therefore more sources of information, the media cannot but be more objective, if it’s to continue appealing to broad following, or be markedly biased, if their target is enough to sustain its business objective.

This is the trend everywhere.

Finally, I don’t know what you mean by Raila having “negative/oppressive/selfish dictatorial measures” but the Raila I know is contemplative, accommodating and fair.

Those who characterize him otherwise, simply don’t know him.

Peace, Love and Unity



Posted by on September 6, 2011 in Politics


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2 responses to “My Response to Another Luo Anti-Railaist Regarding Misconceptions About Raila and Other Issues

  1. Rindi

    September 13, 2011 at 3:11 PM

    Omwenga, i find your articles very refreshingly spot on. you capture both thought and spirit of the politics of my region. Above that it refreshes to read factual, unbiased reporting! Thank You. Rindi

  2. Samuel N. Omwenga

    September 14, 2011 at 6:15 AM

    Thank you very much Rindi; it’s comments such as yours that make it worthwhile to burn the proverbial midnight oil to pen these blogs!


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