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Miguna’s Allegations Are Problematic But Should Be Investigated Nonetheless

Miguna Miguna has made a very serious allegation about threats to his life and has reported this to the police, which should conduct and quickly conclude its investigation of this matter, given Miguna says identifiable people actually went to his relatives to make the threats.

I take him for his word that these threats were made.

The best thing for all of us to do, is to pray for him and hope he is not harmed but it would be idiotic to even think that threatening or harming Miguna is something Raila or anyone in ODM would condone, let alone direct as Miguna insinuates.

Why? What for?

Eti because of his articles?

Please.

For every critical or harsh article Miguna has written or can write, there are a thousand worse by others, including right here in these fora and none of those Raila bashers have been the the object of physical threats or harm of any kind from anyone.

Why would Miguna be different?

Any number of people, including Raila’s enemies and opponents or even Miguna’s own enemies that have nothing to do with Raila and ODM could easily and more plausibly be the culprits.

Indeed, it could even be Raila or ODM supporters acting on their own and that is even more plausible than to insinuate that Raila or ODM would even think about such yesteryear way of dealing with critics.

Again, let the police do their work and if what Miguna says is true, then the police should have the culprits in custody by now or in days as it’s Migori we are talking about not New York or Hong Kong or even Nairobi for that matter.

This is the time to let the police do its work and not the time to unnecessarily invoke past instances of political assassinations or attempts that have ZERO parallels to this allegation.

Finally, Miguna’s contention that “My life is more sacred and more important than someone’s delusional belief that he has a God-given right to the presidency of the Republic of Kenya” and demand for reinstatement of his security detail totally undermines his claim regardless of the outcome of the investigation.

Kenyans from all walks of life are threatened with their lives and/or are actually attacked and even killed for reasons that have nothing to do with politics but their lives are no less sacred than Miguna’s to warrant any less protection from our government.

This kind of assertions introduce politics to an otherwise serious allegation making it easily dismissible as another political stunt even when it may be an isolated case of criminal conduct by individuals acting on their own and not at the direction of anyone at worst.

Peace, Love and Unity

Omwenga

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Posted by on November 19, 2011 in Politics

 

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My Response To A Netter And His Misconceptions About Raila And Being Wrong on Tuju

I am not Luo but let me speak for them because in my country, there is no Luo, Kisii, Kikuyu etc when it comes to matters of national interest.

First, there is no need to pray that Tuju be given a shot; he was and missed it wide. If you are praying for Tuju to have a second chance, then this should start from him and him alone by going back to the people who rejected him on his re-election bid and make good. One cannot make a persuasive case or even one at all of being a national leader if he is incapable of convincing his own people that he is worthy the honor of being their leader.

As a political analyst, I would say the best way to do this, is not pulling up in an entourage of buses and other vehicles  and thumbing your nose infront of the very people you have annoyed to the point of rejection of your leadership and beyond; rather, I would start by small entreaties with the same people and then work your way up.

Second, these analogies of RAO to Messiah are old and really should be retired by now. The same references have been made by Obama haters because they can’t stand the fact he is such a charismatic and popular person. It is neither Raila’s wish nor Obama’s wish to be referred to as a messiah and neither has done or said anything to even give that impression; ditto for their supporters: Just because these leaders have passionate supporters does not mean they are on that account messiahs but it does obviously mean they are not your average Joe!

In other words, do not elevate someone to superhuman just because they are popular or are admired, even adored.

It is possible within the realm of humanity for that to happen.

No on in history has crossed in that respect to the level of messiah, except the Messiah himself so people should really put a lid to this nonsensical references.

As I have previously noted and on numerous times, being extremely popular and liked is, in fact, a good thing not a vice to be condemned I have never quite understood the logic of those who believe otherwise.

Third, I of course agree with you and have earlier posted my comment that the rock pelting of Tuju should be condemned by all of us.

However, when you say, “If this is the way they are acting towards another Luo we will also pass the same message,” this is extremely unfortunate thinking or reasoning; you cannot take the conduct of a few and ascribe it to a whole community, or its leaders for that matter, unless the community or leader or leaders condone the act.

Indeed, this is at the very core of tribalism, namely, judging people not by their individual abilities and character traits  on the basis of what tribe from which they hail or are associated with.

Wrong, wrong, wrong and totally unacceptable.

We must learn to separate individual from the community and the community must learn to separate and rid itself of individuals who would lead them astray or otherwise in the direction which brings or aids in the further enhancement of division, rather than building the unity of our people as a nation.

Again, one does not do this by an in your face approach mpende msipende but through a systemic approach that minimizes further tensions and hostilities while effecting peaceful rapproachement and Tuju going to the very spot he at the very minimum insulted a whole community and essentially repeating the insult by saying, “yes, I said I am ashamed to be part of you but I am here to tell you why I am better than Raila to be your president” is not wise, not even prudent objectively analyzed.

That does not mean he deserves the rock pelting; not at all.

It simply means people who wish to be known as leaders should know better than take that approach.

Again, there are many ways to skin a cat.

Finally but not leas, your assertion that Raila should be confined to campaigning in Luoland is obviously wrong for it’s based on the false premise I have analyzed above, and that is, you cannot ascribe the conduct of a few bad apples on an entire community or its leader or leaders unless the community or leader or leaders condone the conduct.

Neither the Luos nor Raila condones the rock-pelting of Tuju therefore your argument fails on that simple fact.

Peace, Love and Unity

Omwenga

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2011 in Politics

 

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Kenyans Must Be Vigilant Against Old Politics

KANU may be moribund as party but some of the politics the party introduced or perfected from Kenyatta days through Moi days are likely to linger around for some time notwithstanding the new political dispensation.

We are all too familiar with the concept of “divide and rule” introduced into our psyche by the colonial beasts and later perfected by KANU.

The various alliances that have been formed, disbanded, regrouped, and now in some state of limbo are all but intended to divide the country primarily to block the ascendancy of Raila to the presidency

Unfortunately for them, however, they have only been able to figure the first half of this colonizer’s equation: the “divide” portion.

They are yet to figure the rule part as part of that requires for them to select one among them to be their flag bearer oddly enough because of the very tribalism they are trying to exploit!

Recently, it was reported in the news that Rafael Tuju and his entourage were pelted with rocks in Kisumu.

This is obviously conduct that cannot be condoned anywhere in the country and Prime Minister reiterated as much when he issued a statement after this incident saying there is no room for violence in politics in Kenya and that resorting to violence in politics will set us back in the gains we have achieved in thus far becoming a more democratic and free nation.

Even as PM Odinga was condemning violence in politics, reports emerged that the stone pelting may have been staged by Tuju himself.

Although one is inclined to give Tuju the benefit of doubt one cannot also rule out that possibility as it is nothing new or one that has not been tried before, namely, staging events to either show force or seek sympathy in certain situations.

That’s straight from KANU’s old Playbook.

Sometimes restraint on the part of everyone is the best way to avoid further misunderstandings and conflict and this is one of them.

This incident, as many before it and surely others to come, will be fully understood and appreciated in actually what transpired and who is behind it 40 years from now.

I say this for this because, even if ODM were to produces 10 witnesses that say they were each paid $500 by Tuju to stone his entourage, there are others who would not believe them, saying they have been paid to says so!

Moreover, if the same 10 witnesses on further questioning were to disclose they did not actually get the money directly from Tuju himself but from his agents and if on even further questioning they admit they don’t know whether those were Tuju’s agents who paid them and asked them to pelt the Tuju entourage, others will be even more less inclined to believe them.

All we’ll be left with then in this scenario is the fact someone was paid to pelt Tuju with stones but by who or why cannot be ascertained, except people would likely believe that which lines up with the political side they are on or lean towards.

40 years from now is a different story, however, especially if people are talking from their graves via secrets left with their loved ones or close associates: what are you going to do to them; kill them?

My advice is let’s all be vigilant against those who would use these types of tactics to advance their political cause regardless of party or party affiliation or even how insignificant they are in the large scheme of things.

Let’s have a Kenya where politicians can run and be elected on the merits of their character and leadership ability and not these divisive and ultimately backward tactics and with that I include tribalism, which goes hand in hand with this kind of ill-advised tactics.

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2011 in Politics

 

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My Advise to A Raila Basher And Why Raila’s Record As Lang’ata MP Is A Non-Issue

This blog has been migrated here from my other blogs for archival purposes…

Do you know the difference between my tenacity and yours? Hint: One builds on the positive, the other builds on the negative; one sees the glass as half-full, the other sees the glass as, well, not even half-empty but completely empty even though it’s either half-full or half-empty, depending on who is doing the description.

No amount of Raila bashing is ever going to elect any of his opponents; do you know why?

Because people have had enough of it and no longer give anyone credit for it no matter how good or lousy they are at it.

You’ve got to take the No.1 slot among Raila bashers and I must give it to you, you are good at it but even you would agree sooner or later this is a strategy you must abandon and try something new for it’s not working!

Start from associating or identifying yourself with an alternative to Raila as our next president.

The list of those who have expressed their interest is long but in reality, there are only a handful of candidates from among which our next president is going to be elected.

Pick any of them and use the energy you are expending ranting and railing against Raila to make a case for them why they are better than Raila and why they should be elected instead of Raila.

Start by listing their accomplishments before you demand to know Raila’s here, which, in fact, you know fully well what they are but would rather have everyone believe you don’t; only those who know nothing about Kenya would not know what Raila’s accomplishments are.

But this rant about Raila “doing nothing” for his constituency “Kibera” is one I and others have addressed a thousand times, starting with pointing out Raila is an MP for Langata, not just Kibera.

Indeed, earlier this year, I penned a blog An Online Comment By A Kenyan Regarding Raila and Kibera in which I posted some of the specific things Raila has done for residents of Kibera, which is a part of his constituency and recently, in responding to someone making the same old but factually incorrect claim about Raila and his accomplishments, I noted the following:

The “ODM supporters and other supporters” you were with were either closet PNUs or moles of G7 or whatever the latest G is, if they could not immediately and rapidly tell you at least 5 Raila accomplishments as co-CEO last four years, which include (1) leading in the campaign for, passage and promulgation of our new Constitution (2) Stopping Kibaki from abusing the freshly minted new Constitution and thereby ensuring the indelibleness of the constitution (3) Saving the Mau forest (4) Starting to reverse the culture of corruption (5) Re-establishing Kenya’s good name and stature globally, after the dark days of PEV, through his network of connections and state visits, resulting in more investment in the country; an ongoing process (6) Ensuring implementation of road projects across the country he initiated even way back as Minister of Roads, Public Works and Housing (7) Overseeing the Task Force on energy that is ambitiously pursuing and so far successfully implementing an energy policy that is aimed at making the country energy sufficient besides helping in the overall growth of the economy (8) Having the government focus on the plight of the youth and yes, thus far successfully implementing KKV, whis is one of his initiatives working in conjunction with the World Bank (9) who can forget his vitendawilis and jovial self, which the country needs because it cannot always be grim, grim and doom as reflected by his opposition and lastly but not least (10) Successfully thwarting efforts by PNU to render him irrelevant in a country he was elected but not sworn as president, which is a solid plus on leadership ability.

It is for these reasons and more that Raila is gaining, not losing support across the country and ditto for the reason I and others strongly believe RAO will be our next president.

These are but some of the highlights of Raila’s accomplishments.

As I have previously said and you echoed in your post, the campaigns are ahead: Raila will make his case for his accomplishments and why he is the best qualified to lead our country forward, and if his opposition will join you in listing his “wrongs” as their ticket to State House, please do so.

BTW, did you know that if you showed up at Treasury and asked UK to drive you to his constituency, he’ll be unable to do so and wouldn’t even recognize it, if you dropped him off somewhere within the constituency beyond where he is accustomed to stopping by and sipping some ahh, tea? LOL.

My point being, Raila will put up his record as MP against anyone, let alone as PM which no one comes even close to having anything to compare; not even the Minister for Finance who can’t account for billions still disappearing from Treasury, while Raila has been vigilant and dogged in his continued fight against corruption.

Peace, Love and Unity

Omwenga

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2011 in Politics

 

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My Response To Another Blogger Regarding Raila’s Electability in 2012

This blog has been migrated from one of my other blogs here for archiving purposes…

The following is my response to someone who posted a number of accusations against Raila and from those accusations the writer attempts to create the impression Raila is not electable as president. I have previously responded to similar but somewhat different accusations elsewhere on my blog but have done so her again as they seem to be in a continuum.

My response to the accuser:

First, allow me the pleasure of quoting you about something you have said in response to someone else on this forum that is apt as applied to your own posting below and that is, as you said, “Now brother, did you ever hear of a fellow who was asked to provide evidence for the Resurrection of Christ and he tabled thirteen pieces of serious evidence, only to be told: Apart from these thirteen, do you have any other?”

I like what your point in this quote, namely, some people you just can’t convince no matter what evidence you put before them on an issue and this is precisely my point in my blog Some People You Just Can’t Satisfy No Matter How Good A Leader You Are. For example, in the US, where “birthers,” more recently led by their chief birther, Donald the Dump Trump have been demanding for a long time that President Barrack Obama produce his “long form” birth certificate to prove that he was born in the United States. When he finally did so recently before ending the life of Osama Bin Laden, a survey conducted after he produced the legal document proving he was born in Hawaii, the 50th state of the United States, 14% still believed he was not born in the US!

So, let me not try to put forth the evidence here as to Raila’s accomplishments as a student, engineer, lecturer, businessman, party leader, nationalist, reformer, uniter, MP for Langata, Minister, Prime Minister, and Peace Maker for there are those who may still want me to table some more in order to accept the fact he is presidential material but I don’t have the time to and neither is it necessary.

I am nonetheless sure most of those reading this here now know what that evidence is but as in all campaigns, I am also sure Raila will serve himself well by informing those who don’t know what that evidence is is, while reminding those who have forgotten what it is and otherwise making the case why his record clearly shows he is the more qualified and prepared candidate to be elected president among all those who seek that office last time and this time around.

Having said that, let me try and respond to some of your concerns, accusations and charges:

You say, “He [Raila] has failed in all his terms of being in government to bring any visible or meaningful change in the lives of the people he claims to represent, viz, the Kibera people. The development in Kibera and the efforts to bring change there are largely the work of NGOs.

I will not insult your intelligence to say Raila is not an MP for Kibera but an MP for Langata, of which Kibera is a part of. Both the rich and poor of Langata Constituency have elected and re-elected him ever since he first sought to represent them.

As to tabling evidence of this, please note what I have said above. You may also want to read a blog I have posted about An Online Comment By A Kenyan Regarding Raila and Kibera which is a comment from a fellow Kenyan addressing a similar accusation against Raila.

You say, “Raila seriously failed to unite the country at the most difficult time in our history when he had the power to[sic]. We are looking at the P.E.V of 2007-2008. Instead he was calling for mass action.”

I have to believe you say this in all sincerity and not just lobbing a baseless charge against Raila. I am also surprised you have either fallen victim of lies, distortions, misinformation and propaganda or you have refused to accept truth as reality. Just so this is absolutely clear for those who have been equally confused and led to believe otherwise, ODM’s call for mass action in the face of flagrantly stolen elections in early January 2008 was not a call for violence; never was and never would it have been. Rather, Raila and ODM initially planned but ultimately did not call for peaceful demonstrations across the country intended to jolt Kibaki and company to reality akin to what we have seen recently in Tunisia and Morocco where the citizenry said enough is enough for being exploited and abused by a government that had no respect or regard for them.

As an aside note, I have often told my friends the story how on one of the days a peaceful demonstration was to take place in early January 08 in Nairobi, a Maasai friend of mine and I went downtown ready to demonstrate, parked our car at Serena, walked across to a sea of GSU along Uhuru Highway and I remember my friend confronting a number of them and questioning why they were even there; I mean one by one down a line but none would say a thing.

My friend and I concluded two things from this brief peaceful encounter: One, having looked at them close face as we did–fearless I may add; I less than my Maasai friend:-)–we noticed even in their riot gear these were young boys and girls, not the hardened soldiers we had expected. Two, you could sense many of them did not want to be there to begin with, something that gave us heart.

But I digress. My point is, Raila only intended to call for mass action for peace. The violence that ensued had nothing to do with his desire to have the nation tell Kibaki he could not deny the will of the people at will.

You say, “I have a letter I wrote pleading that the two of them, he and Kibaki, tour the country and hold peace rallies, but it did not happen when it was most needed. Thus, I was convinced he did not have the will nor the ability to do so.”

I commend you for writing a letter asking the two leaders to hold peace rallies during that difficult time. Although it is not clear whether that letter was sent or that it ever reached either of them, Raila was already calling for peaceful demonstrations from day 1 so it is not true that “he did not have the will nor the ability to do so.”

The sum of this tragic stain in our history is this my brother, but for Raila’s quest for peaceful resolution of the crisis and ultimately his willingness to compromise far more than Kibaki ever did, we would not be talking about the same Kenya today; we probably still be at war that’s why we ought to be ever so grateful for how things turned out and let’s not be foolish again as we head into the next elections for history does have the uncanny ability to repeat itself.

Let’s hope and pray not; above all, let’s just be smart about this and conduct our affairs in a peaceful, orderly manner and may the best candidate be elected and sworn as president this time and for all future elections.

You say “We have been testing several leaders on the aspect of nepotism/tribalism. Raila is literally worshiped by his community and we need evidence that he has been free from nepotism in his government departments.

Two things I can say about this: (1) I think you meant to say Raila is greatly admired and liked in his community; this is, in fact, a good thing and one indicator the person is likeable as a leader (2) if your criteria for electing our next president is one free of nepotism, I am afraid we may have to amend our Constitution to allow foreigners to run for president for there is not a single Kenyan holding any office with responsibility to hire can be free of this charge or prove otherwise in the case he or she has hired someone simply because of merit and the person happens to be from his or her village.

This is not to say we should not strife to end nepotism as a vice; we should and must do so. As in many of the problems we need to fix, including corruption, Raila is the better qualified candidate to fix these problems.

You say, [Raila’s] comments on the Ngilu scandles [sic] have left many of us appalled. I wish he came out strongly on the issues of graaft as to demonstrate he is against them [totally].

Raila’s record for fighting against corruption and graft is clear and most Kenyans know and support him on his efforts and that’s all I really need to say about this.

You say, “[the] way he approached a serious document of our nation such as the Constitution was wanting. He did not operate within a democratic position. His remarks during that period were extremely partisan.

I actually need to post a full blog on this but let me not and just say this: you are wrong. Both Raila and Kibaki get major kudos for working beautifully and effectively together to pass the new Constitution and so does the resiliency of our people.

I remember attending one of the rallies held at Afraha Stadium just before the big vote and being simply happy to see the two principals there like old friends notwithstanding what happened in 07/08 and since. It was to me a refreshing reminder even in dire straits, there is hope.

After the Constitution passed and I returned to Nairobi on August 27, 2010 for its promulgation, a bit of the same sense of nationalism and euphoria we experienced in 2002 returned with me as well.

Unlike you, I am grateful for Raila and Kibaki having prevailed in getting the new constitution passed into law and I am confident we can surpass the euphoria of 2002 and the 2010 promulgation in the coming elections but only if people can pause and reflect what a beautiful and desirable occasion that is than its alternative.

You say, “No wonder the document remains difficult to implement.

Difficulties in implementing the Constitution have nothing to do with Raila but everything to do with those who never wanted the new constitution passed to begin with but the news for them is this: they had better wake up and smell the coffee. The train left the station a long time ago and is headed to its destination nothing will stop it; not them not anything else for the resolve and will of the people is monumental and unbreakable to overcome now and for generations to come.

You say, “[Raila] does not operate on principles but power games. His track record in moving from one party to another when his way did not go, is worrying.

Please worry no more; Raila’s party affiliations like any politician is to advance his political objectives but unlike most if not all of these politicians, his party affiliation or affiliations has always been and continues to be national in scope and nature which is just fine and acceptable by all.

You say, “I could go on, but I need to go back to my books.”

I hope one of those books is, Raila: An Enigma In Kenyan Politics by Oseloka Obaze. You might learn one or two new things about the man in the book.

Peace, Love and Unity.

Samuel N. Omwenga, Esq.

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2011 in Politics

 

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Memo To All My Subscribers

Dear friends,

Starting from today and for the next few days, I’ll be migrating a number of my blogs from other blogs to this one. Some of you may have read or have seen the blogs I’ll be migrating in that case simply ignore or treat them as read. I am archiving these blogs here for easy access to those who search for them.

Also, for those interested in American politics, I am a blogger at Technorati and post some of the blogs from there on one of my other blogs American Politics Today where you can subscribe and receive automatic updates as you do from this one about Kenyan politics. For those of you with children 14 and under, I’ll soon make public another blog exclusively written by my 12-year old which she tells me is in “development” stage.

Thank you for your readership!

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Posted by on November 19, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Some Basic Truths About Mr. Raila Amolo Odinga, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kenya

Some Basic Truths About Mr. Raila Amolo Odinga, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kenya:

  1. He is funny
  2. He is serious
  3. He is courageous
  4. He is cautionary and circumspect
  5. He is an original thinker and visionary
  6. He is always underestimated and second-guessed
  7. He is the object of hate and vitriol
  8. He has the gift of what has been described as “encyclopaedic” memory, yet
  9. He is as forgiving a politician as you are going to find anywhere
  10. He is humble
  11. He has suffered and endured the most physical and psychological pain for the sake of our country none of his opponents and enemies have
  12. He is a loving and caring father and husband
  13. He knows and readily admits his limitations as a human being
  14. His enemies claim he is “demi-god” worshiped by his admirers and supporters
  15. He is intelligent and a master strategist
  16. His advisers and strategists are dismissed as sycophants
  17. He is as honest a politician as you are going to find
  18. He has inspired a whole industry that shamelessly thrives on peddling lies and distortions about him
  19. He is clean and free of the worst of corruption that has plagued our country
  20. His corrupt opponents and others who benefit from corruption do not want him as president
  21. He is the most qualified of all those running for president to be elected as one.

Copyright © Samuel N. Omwenga, Esq. 2011

 
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Posted by on November 18, 2011 in Politics

 

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