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Way To Go HMK (Hon. Martha Karua)

HMK or Opondi as another blogger calls her now says she will back Raila in run-off, not Uhuru.

I have maintained there will be no run-off so let’s hope our friend forgets about a run-off and declares her support for Awambo now for Round One.

She’ll be in good company and better positioned to take over as our first lady president.

I’ll be her #3 surrogate then ;D

Here is the news story:

Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta suffered a major blow on Wednesday after Narc Kenya presidential hopeful Martha Karua said she will not support Uhuru even in a presidential run-off.

In an interview with one of our local radio station, Karua who is also the Gichugu MP said she will only partner with those with similar political ideologies.

“I cannot go into such coalitions or partnerships just because one is my brother or from my tribe. It must be based on principles and ideologies which put our country first,”Karua said.

She said she may support Prime Minister Raila Odinga because he has a lot of history on reforms though corruption in his office is tainting his image.

On the issue of election illegibility of the five presidential candidates, Karua urged Kenyans to let the court handle the integrity case file against Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Vice president Kalonzo Musyoka, DPM’s Uhuru Kenyatta and Musalia Mudavadi and Eldoret North lawmaker William Ruto, saying the judiciary is currently independent and can deliver an impartial ruling.

http://mwakilishi.com/content/articles/2….ays-karua.html

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2012 in Politics

 

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Nothing Other Than The Predictable In the So-Called Miguna Book Tour In Kenya or Elsewhere

Never interfere with the enemy when he is in the process of destroying himself, so goes a popular political refrain many successfully heed.

I applaud the Kisumu police for making sure no scene occurred beyond what did, which I am sure Miguna and his handlers were hoping it did.

He can now move on to the rest of the country where there will be little or no confrontation.

In some areas, he will be welcome with wide arms–and even complete with red carpet.

But Kisumu and what they had hoped to milk it for is over–but not completely as I would not be surprised if they don’t plot to return or give it another crack.

In case you are wondering what I am talking about, I posit Kisumu was deliberately selected so that if there was a serious incident, it would have become a fuse to activate this volcano that has proven to be so stubbornly dormant and not activatable at all.

If that didn’t work, nothing else will.

Update:

I said here before and would repeat Raila could not have been more fortunate to have Miguna as the former aide who wrote this book for the man is not only self-destructing before our own eyes, he is also doing a good job in making him the character of interest in connection with his book, not Raila or his other real or perceived enemies.

Napoleon once said never interfere with an enemy while he is in the process of destructing himself and this counsel has been gleefully applied in all kinds of political settings much to the chagrin of those self-destructing.

Miguna is self-destructing there is no need for Raila, ODM or any of his targets to interfere or help him at all.

Let them watch from a distance and even enjoy the charade.

Supporters should also be encouraged to watch from a distance.

They definitely should not do anything that Miguna and his handlers are salivating they do so that they may pounce on it in hopes to revive this dead horse.

When it’s all said and done, however, Miguna would have actually helped Raila get reelected.

That’s true odd as it may sound because it’s Miguna we are talking about.

A Miguna sycophant posted on the Internet how there was a crowd of 500 at the Kisumu venue naively or ignorantly trying to create the impression this means something to write home about; it’s not.

As one blogger responded, he (the blogger and staunch ODM) was among those in the audience.

I always laugh when I hear this fallacious touting of how many people were at some audience–and this really applies even to rallies as well because those doing the touting forget or assume everyone there is there because they love them and can’t wait to hug and kiss them.

False.

Many may be there as in this case just curious to have a peak at the madman.

It’s no different a phenomena than this: Madman Thrills Crowd

In other words, even a madman draws a crowd.

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2012 in Politics

 

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I Am Not A Raila/ODM “Gun for Hire.”

I have repeatedly and on numerous times addressed this false claim that I am paid by Raila and/or ODM to do what I do. Indeed, so much so, I have even previously blogged in Why I Support PM Raila Amolo Odinga For President giving specific reasons why I support Raila the much I do but this claim about being paid continues to be thrown around.

I earlier today came across this same bogus claim that I am a paid gun posted in various Kenyan fora by someone I know very well and responded to him as follows:

Two things:

First, nobody pays me to do what I do.

Nobody.

Two, as I have repeatedly said but obviously people like you are deaf of hearing or hear but choose to believe what you want to, I do what I do for the love of my beloved country and Raila and ODM happen to be the beneficiaries because they are aligned with my philosophy about life and politics.

When I labored for hours a day for  weeks back in 1994–all for free and voluntarily so campaigning for a little known politician and former professor at my alma mater University of Maryland, College Park by the name Parris Glendening, my friends thought and insisted I was getting paid otherwise I would have had to have been crazy doing so.

I was not getting paid and neither was I crazy but I was very happy when my former professor and friend was elected as Governor of Maryland.

When in 2004 I joined efforts–at my own expense–to have a little known politician in Illinois seeking to be elected as US Senator, same friends wondered why I would waste my time trying to help someone from Illinois elected as US Senator.

I even recall people I called on to attend a fundraiser for him telling me he was not of Kenyan origin because the name Barrack Obama did not sound Kenyan.

When I organized and funded the launch of the Nyachae campaign in the US back in 2002, everyone except those who like me would do the same thing assumed and said I was given money by Nyachae to do the US launch.

I was not.

When I campaigned for Raila and spent several months at home during the 2007 elections, everyone except those who like me would do the same thing assumed I was in the pay of Raila or ODM.

I was not.

As I continue to support Raila and ODM, I have heard and actually now tired that I am a “hired gun” for Raila and ODM.

I am not.

On the other hand, I have on several occasions including as recently as a few days ago been approached by the same people to abandon Raila and join their losing team.

I have declined and will continue to, not because they’re on the losing end, but because they don’t offer anything I believe in that I can support with the same fervor for if I were and it was greater than what I have for Raila, I would do it for free.

My point is this: For me, it’s not about money or getting paid but believing in a cause.

That cause right now is helping Raila getting reelected as president as well as having ODM once again sweep the country for Raila is the best qualified of all those vying to take our country to the next and higher level of progress and accomplishment and ODM is the party to do this under.

Rather than wasting time on non-issues and irrelevancies as to whether I am a paid gun or not, focus on discussing things that actually matter.

That’s what I do.

I could care less whether you or others against Raila are paid to do what they do for if they are, someone better demand a refund for they are not doing a dime’s worth–which is a good thing for those of us who support Raila.

Let me hope this is the last time I hear about this nonsense of being a Raila/ODM gun for hire for I am not.

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2012 in Politics

 

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The Kibaki Succession Game: Unfolding Truth and Other Revelations–Update

Kibaki and Raila

In The Kibaki Succession Game: Unfolding Truth and Other Revelations Part IV, I noted the following:

The schemers have put the overall price tag for their invidious scheme to retain control of the presidency at 9 billion, 900 million, with 6 billion of that already pledged by one individual who is key in KSG.

The rest is to come from—guess where?

The tax-payers.

Supporters who have for a long time been strategically placed in various ministries, starting from Treasury are under instructions to start stealing and piling in a fund to finance this scheme.

It is feared that the theft has long since started and is underway.

The rest of the money will come from a list of about 100 individuals who are each tasked to raise 100 million each.

Other plans include maximizing the use of tribalism and other divisive tactics to deny Raila the vote not to forget the good-old massive rigging.

End quote.

The Standard in a story titled Kibaki Administration Pays Out Billions As Election Nears is now confirming this to be, indeed, the case underway consistent with what was reported in that blog.

I am sure they are saying mta do?

I am also sure something can be and must be done to yank the thieving hands off the till.

Surely this must be done otherwise we’ll be in for another dirty and dark general election.

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2012 in Politics

 

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Ganging Up Against Raila Is Ill-Advised, Devious and Undemocratic So Buyer Be Aware Part I

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The first time I met Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta was back in November 2003 during the Kenya Consultative Group Meeting at Safari Park hosted by Hon. David Mwiraria, then Minister for Finance and Mr. Makhtar Diop, then World Bank Director for Kenya, Eritrea and Somalia. The two would after the morning session have me kicked out of the meeting but I had by then heard quite a bit of good stuff.

What actually happened was my attendance at this crucial donor meeting was arranged through the World Bank, Washington, DC office in my capacity as a representative of the Kenya Diaspora Network (KDN), an organization I and others were approached by the World Bank to form in efforts to organize Kenyans in the diaspora with a view to provide an avenue to contribute in our country’s economic growth beyond the disjointed and ineffective manner we do this to this day.

Some sharp eyed dude, and I believe it was PS Nalo, spotted me sitting somewhere in the audience–or either that he knew everyone in attendance, which I doubt as it was quite a sizable one but be that as it may have been, the gentleman sent someone to inquire from me who the heck I was to which I simply told him my name and that I was an observer from the World Bank.

Long story short, I was politely asked not to attend the afternoon session as this was “a very sensitive meeting only those invited by Mwiraria or Diop had permission to attend.”

I obliged but, before being kicked out, I had occasion to hear and observe a few things which many rarely get to do—and those have still kept me informed about our government to this day.

For those who follow my blog or have read one in which I mention this meeting, this is the same event where a then minister and then friend now pretending to vie for president gave some lame excuse for not giving yours truly a ride back to town as his own driver was held in traffic coming back to pick him up.

This is also the same event during lunch, yours truly sat next to the ever smiling former Attorney General Amos Wako and thought it might be a good opportunity to inquire what the good AG thought about some nuance regarding the dual citizenship provision in the then draft constitution.

Either the good AG was enjoying his lunch too much to the point he had no clue what I was talking about or he simply had no clue what that nuance was with the net effect being the same, namely, yours truly coming away with the impression here we are fighting for something our AG didn’t really care that much about to have or take a position respecting that nuance.

Ironically enough, I would years later during promulgation find myself standing next to the good AG as the PM was addressing the crowd at the Carnivore and was very tempted to ask the good AG if he still didn’t have a clue about the nuance involving dual citizenship but we were all in a jolly spirit and could not spoil the mood.

Anyway, I digress but back to UK, I had occasion as I mentioned above to be introduced to him by a friend I happened to have a chat with when UK walked by at the venue of the meeting at Safari Park, just before the meeting was gavelled to order.

It was a brief intro and chat with UK but I recall later that evening telling some friends at a usual hang-out that I had heard UK speak off-camera and told them to me, he sounded very articulate, knowledgeable, intelligent and, quite frankly, presidential material.

I said so because prior to that time, all I really knew about UK were all the stories I am sure many of you have heard about him from Boston days through others since he returned home.

As far as being president—or more precisely not being presidential material, my objection and opposition was as I am sure was the case with all other Kenyans who did not support the idea not just based on the fact that he was a Moi project, he was simply and factually not ready for the job–and some would argue that to be the case even to this day.

I took delight back then (2002) in trashing UK, Moi and Raila in favor of my preferred candidate then, my good friend and one of my political mentors Omogaka Simeon Nyachae.

The only thing I never did as I am incapable of doing so is spewing hate against any of them; including Raila who I have previously disclosed that I was as anti-him as anyone other than the haters.

I never understand why people hate so much.

Disagree and critique as I did back then, yes but not to the level of venomous hate and vitriol you see leveled against Raila by his haters on the Internet and elsewhere.

I digress again but, back to when I met UK at Safari Park and heard him speak one on one, I was impressed at how articulate he was and obviously concluded he was not the dumb bloke many have wrongly come to believe about him, even to this day.

The second time I met UK was years later during the referendum.

In fact, it was the day after the referendum when I met him in the company of his wife at a mutual friend’s home.

He was there with his wife and I happen to have been headed to the airport to leave for the US and had stopped by to say goodbye to my friend and told him so.

It was clear UK was just as excited about the referendum outcome and if he wasn’t, he had a poor manner of hiding the fact that he was not.

Indeed, as he hugged me goodbye he wondered out loud why I shouldn’t stay for the promulgation, which was to follow less than a month later on on August 27th I told him I had to leave but planned to return for the promulgation, which I did.

Fast forward to recently, some madman shared with another madman who doubles up as a moron a private and confidential email I sent to a handful of close friends and/or advisors of the PM, which the madman was copied.

In that email, I expressed something I had anyway publicly blogged about before and that is, it would be an interesting twist and irony if Raila, the son of our first Vice President would vie with UK, the son of our first president as his running mate.

When the aforementioned madman and moron published details of that email on the Internet, including the fact that I had suggested that UK be Raila’s running mate, I received an email from a relative, friend and supporter of Raila (and a few others) wondering if I had lost my mind; how could I possibly suggest that a “murderer” be Raila’s running mate?

I replied to them saying what I have said all along about these ICC cases.

If we are going to embrace the rule of law, then we must embrace all aspects of it—whether in favor or against our individual or even collective interests.

One fundamental tenet of the rule of law is the presumption of innocence until proven guilty.

I firmly believe in this notion.

Even where someone has been convicted, there is still a good chance the person is innocent albeit less probable than in the case where guilty persons walk, which is more frequent and actually favored by the rule of law than convicting an innocent person.

Thus, as I told my friend and have stated before, the now Ocampo-4 are actually presumed innocent until proven guilty.

This is also the reason why I maintain none of them should be barred from vying for any public office as a matter of law.

However, that position does not mean any one of them cannot remove themselves for consideration as both a matter of personal morality and practical considerations in view of the serious charges they face.

I did take issue with UK and Ruto when they started going around the country planting seeds of discord following the confirmation of charges against them but, given they have dramatically scaled back the rhetoric and they are now busy scheming other means to deal with the elephant in the room, I say that’s fine so long as whatever they do is not divisive or hate based.

They’ll still likely not succeed, anyway, given what is known.

That’s UK.

Ruto, I have only met him face to face one time, which I have previously blogged about and this was during peak of 2007 elections.

Although I had seen Ruto around and in various places both before and after the elections, the one time I recall that created an impression was at Fairview Hotel in which I have previously blogged about in Who Is William Ruto Part IV as follows:

I actually had an occasion to meet Ruto and four of the Pentagon Five at the Fairview Hotel in Nairobi just before the elections in 07 and told a Kalenjin friend I was with immediately after the meeting that, looking at that table, and given Ruto’s discomfort with our presence, it was my conclusion that Ruto could not possibly be on that team for much long after the elections.

I based my assessment on what I observed with the four sitting at table and told my friend this: there was Ruto, looking at Ngilu, Mudavadi and Balala and visually Raila who was not present at the time; of the four, he was the most visibly annoyed with our briefly joining them (we were actually there to have an unrelated lunch at a table next to the gazebo table where they were seated so we did the obligatory hello as we were passing by and actually had a very good chat with all but Ruto who was mum).

Be as it may, we moved on to our table after the brief chat and there I told my friend what I observed and thought: knowing he was the youngest of the four sitting there and the fifth Pentagon member who was not present but in his mind, Ruto must have surely been thinking if each ruled as president at a minimum one term, that would translate to 25 years before his turn arrived, going by the politics of the oldest first; if each ruled for a maximum two terms, he was then looking at 50 years before his turn. If you factor in the opposition taking one or two of those terms, add at least five more years, which whichever way he looked at it, he couldn’t possibly wait that long.

For this reason, I told my friend Ruto would soon have to find a way to cut the line and this could not possibly happen in ODM. The only way he could not have been thinking about this, I told my friend, was if he was given a pacifier in the form of a premiership which Ruto now claims he was promised but not given, never mind the person who he claims promised him this could not have offered him this as he was himself the Prime Minister.

My assessment of Ruto back in December 2007 to my friend and others has turned out to quite the case and I am sure others saw the same thing as Ruto has for all practical purposes abandoned ODM and seeks another path to State House shorter than what chance he has through ODM. There is one little stumbling block in the way, however, and that is the ICC.

End quote.

In Part II of this blog, I will update the immediately preceding conclusion with respect to Ruto and where I think things stand or should stand with him relative to Raila and ODM.

If you are wondering where I am otherwise headed with this blog, then you’ll have to read Part II to make sense of it all, if you have not figured it already..

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Posted by on August 20, 2012 in Politics

 

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Tyranny of Hypocrites and Abuse of Constititional Rights By Some Must Be Stopped Immediately

In political parlance, an expression “tyranny of the majority” is used to describe a system of democracy in which a majority rules such that the decisions made by the majority place its interests so far above those of an individual or minority group as to constitute active oppression, comparable to that of tyrants and despots.

In many cases, a disliked ethnic, religious or racial group is deliberately and systemically disenfranchised or routinely penalized by the majority element acting through the democratic process to the point of rendering useless or inapplicable the rights of those so discriminated against.

The concepts of separation of power and checks and balance, in which there is clear demarcation of powers exercised by the executive, judiciary and legislative branches of the government were introduced in democratic systems to prevent the tyranny of the majority with at least two branches of government able check and balance the powers exercised by the other.

Even in legislative bodies themselves, quorum rules and the number of votes required to move a bill from committee or to pass it in the legislative process have in many democracies been changed to require super-majorities for the sake of protecting the interests of the minorities.

Such requirements have, for example, in the case of the United States created a perfect recipe for government gridlock as a single Senator can bring to halt an entire legislative process by “filibustering” the process, meaning endlessly talking on the floor thereby preventing even a vote to take place.

The drafters of our Constitution must obviously have had these concepts in mind when requiring that in order to be sworn as president, our next president must garner 50%+1 of the votes cast in addition to carrying at least 25% of the vote in at least 24 of the 47 counties.

Given the dynamics of Kenyan politics which basically evolve around tribalism and ethnicity for how far down the road we can see, this requirement basically ensures for all practical purposes that we shall likely have an run-off to produce a winner who can be sworn as president.

The constitution envisions a run-off, if there is one, to be between the top two vote garners and the winner of the majority of votes in that run-off wins the presidency and is sworn accordingly.

While there were other solutions the drafters could have adopted in the Constitution to deal with this issue of the tyranny of the majority, this is what we have for now and unless modified in the future, it’s what we have to contend with and that’s fine.

There is, however, emerging in Kenya another tyranny either the drafters never seriously contemplated or simply didn’t think about and this is the tyranny of the hypocrite, which I define to be an individual purporting to exercise democracy for the good of others while, in fact, it’s for their own selfish gain as opposed to the despot who doesn’t even pretend to act for the good of others other than for self.

This type of tyranny of hypocrites unless checked may become worse for our country and undo all the progress we may have made thus far than the tyranny of despots we have lived through the decades through at least the end of the Moi era.

Soon after the charges of crimes against humanity were confirmed against Uhuru, Ruto, Sang and Muthaura, we saw what was rightly condemned as invidious and divisive—the so called “prayer rallies” in which individuals purporting to exercise individual rights of freedom to speak, associate or seek office were, in fact, acting in nothing but an attempt to plant seeds of discord.

Thankfully and for reasons not necessary to get into here, these dangerous and reckless rallies ceased and the architects went back into the drawing board for other tactics to employ against their target, and the one man who keeps them awake 24/7 plotting against and that is one Raila Amolo Odinga.

On the Internet, Kenyans with new-found freedom of expression have taken the concept to levels unimagined before promulgation of the Constitution such that our leaders, especially the Prime Minister is subjected to levels of insults and accusations that are simply wrong and unacceptable in any civilized society that has any respect for its leaders and institutions.

Unprintable insults and all manner of defamation are staples in many of these fora–with the culprits usually being cowards hiding behind fake names to hurl the insults and defamation in the false belief they cannot be known or found.

How naive for they can be; very easily, indeed, were one determined to find out who they are.

And now comes abuse of the judicial system by a handful of activists in the name of exercising rights conferred by the Constitution.

It was reported in one of the local dailies today that several of these activists have filed petitions seeking to bar Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka and the MP for Sabatia, Musalia Mudavadi from seeking the presidency on various flimsy grounds—at least with respect to elections law.

It is the responsibility of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to determine who is or is not eligible to vie for public office under the law.

If and when such determinations are made, those aggrieved or anyone who disagrees with the determinations may file appropriate petitions before the courts to challenge such determinations.

In other words, a petition can only be ripe for litigation in court if and only when the IEBC declares someone as qualified or not qualified and thus the reason I have always maintained the petitions seeking to ban Uhuru and Ruto from vying for public office, including the presidency are premature and must be dismissed on that ground–unless the court takes it upon itself to address them for the sake of avoiding confusion and division in the country.

To run to court and attempt to block or deny anyone their right to seek office even before they officially declare their candidacy or before the IEBC has had its say in such candidature is not only idiotic and a waste of judicial time and resources, it fundamentally shows a lack of understanding of what these new rights under the Constitution really are or mean.

Having an independent and reformed judiciary and enjoying the rights under the Constitution is not a license for individuals to run amok and abuse the very systems we are trying to reform in the manner we are beginning to witness for the tyranny of these hypocrites is equal to or worse than the tyranny of the tyrants and despots we have gallantly fought for decades to free ourselves from.

Someone should accordingly and sternly so advise these few misguided elements who are obviously acting in their own self-interest and not in the public interest they think they can otherwise fool others to believe.

That should start from the Constitutional Court judges who should dismiss these frivolous cases and make the point the courtrooms and our judicial system are not open to abuse with these types of nonsensical, frivolous and factually and legally baseless petitions.

To do otherwise is to invite chaos back into a place we are trying to and have thus far succeeded in creating some order.

 
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Posted by on August 15, 2012 in Law, Politics

 

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Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s Visit to Nyandarua and Honoring Kenya’s Heroes Dedan Kimathi and JM Kariuki

One of the great pleasures of going back home for me is the opportunity I get to witness first-hand the politics many of us so closely follow and care about as it relates to our beloved country.

This last time I visited home was no exception as I had the opportunity to accompany Prime Minister Raila Amolo Odinga in his tour of Nyandarua.

I greatly appreciated the PM inviting yours truly to ride in his car with him as we embarked on the tour, providing the opportunity to freely exchange and understand even more this enigma of a man and someone few have any doubt will be reelected as our next president.

Our first stop was rather unexpected to me as we were chatting and the next thing I noticed is the motorcade stopping and we are surrounded by a large crowd the PM stepped up to address through the open sun-roof.

I wasn’t quite sure whether to jump out of the vehicle as everyone else had or stay put but I opted for the latter, with a lesson learned.

The address was brief as the PM introduced Hon. Bishop Margaret Wanjiru who gave a lengthier speech 100% in Kikuyu and this was by design and the same thing will be repeated ahead, except other speakers would join her in doing the same, including Maina Njenga (more about him later).

We next stopped at Ol Kalou township where Raila was made a Kikuyu elder by being adorned with Kikuyu regalia, complete with a flywhisk to signify he is now a Kikuyu elder.

Speaking during the function, the PM reiterated his call for unity in the country and the need for Kenyans to steer clear of tribal animosity both during the campaign and the actual elections.

The PM particularly urged Kenyans as he had done before to reject being lured into voting along tribal lines.

Aware that there have been some elements in the region who have been quietly and shamelessly trying to plant the lie that a Luo cannot be trusted with the presidency, Raila touted his nationalistic credentials and particularly his lack of tribalism by noting, “I supported President Kibaki in 2002 knowing very well that he was a Kikuyu and you should not look at me as a Luo,” a fact whose variation he would repeat at several other stops he addressed other crowds awaiting him throughout the tour.

The PM reiterated his commitment to the unity of the country, saying he will treat all Kenyans equally if elected president–again, another fact he would repeat a variation of throughout the tour stops where the PM addressed jubilant crowds awaiting him..

Mr. Odinga noted it goes without saying as the record speaks for itself that he is a nationalist and a reformer who has fought for the rights of all Kenyans irrespective of tribe, adding that no amount of propaganda will change that or distract him from that course.

The PM then recounted the long journey that led to the enactment of a new Constitution in 2010 and reminded the audience there were those who attempted to derail passage and promulgation of the new Constitution by attempting to raise false alarms and claims such as one that people’s land would be seized if a new Constitution were adopted.

The PM said now that the Constitution has been adopted, what remains is having it fully implemented—something he said he is committed to doing as president, if given the opportunity.

Raila said the Constitution removes many of the impediments that have prevented us from progressing but now all Kenyans should play a role in the important task of transforming the country, adding Kenyans will start realizing the fruits of the new law after the General Election

The PM then invited a number of local politicians who had accompanied him to speak, including former Mungiki leader and now reformed Christian Maina Njenga, who challenged the youth to vote in a reform-minded person as the country’s next president.

Maina Njenga said all youth across the country are in dire need of jobs and reforms, noting Raila has proved he is committed to helping them realize these objectives.

Those others accompanying the PM, included Cabinet ministers Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o, Musa Sirma, Henry Kosgey, Assistant Minister Margaret Wanjiru among other ODM leaders.

Consistent with his emerging theme this campaign season of making sure our heroes are not forgotten, the PM visited Mama Mukami, the widow of Mau Mau freedom fighter Dedan Kimathi at her home.

The PM noted it’s proper to remember the freedom fighters because they are the ones who liberated the country from the colonialists and much of the freedom we enjoy today could not have been possible but for their efforts.

For this reason, the PM argued, it would be improper to ignore these heroes in the manner we have and thus the reason he has stepped up efforts to ensure these heroes are not forgotten.

“It’s important to look back at Kenya’s history as it provided the way forward for the direction in which its future was headed to,” Odinga said.

Addressing a sizeable gathering at Kimathi’s home in Njambini, Raila announced that the remains Dedan Kimathi will be exhumed from Kamiti maximum prison so as to accord him a decent burial as an honor to him and his efforts.

Raila directed the Ministry of Heritage to convert Kimathi’s colonial style house at Njambini into a museum where his military equipment that he used in the liberation war and other artifacts would be on display as one way of immortalizing the legendary Dedan Kimathi.

Continuing with this theme of highlighting our heroes and not forgetting them, the PM visited the home of the late JM Kariuki, who was assassinated in 1975 for speaking out against the excesses of the Kanu regime.

The PM laid a wreath on the grave of this Kenyan hero becoming the first high-ranking Government official to do so much to the great appreciation of JM Kariuki’s family who were all present for the occasion.

Speaking to a large gathering at JM Kariuki’s compound before taking a break for lunch, the PM reiterated his commitment to the unity of all Kenyans, saying he had no intention of discriminating against any Kenyan community if he ascended to the country’s leadership.

“What wrong has the Kikuyu community done to me to warrant the much talked about and feared revenge?” he posed.

The PM repeated his same message he has been pounding that he is a nationalist and a reformer who has been fighting for the rights of all Kenyans irrespective of tribe or race and no amount of propaganda will change that or distract him from that course.

After leaving JM Kariuki’s home, the PM proceeded to Ol-Kalou District Hospital, which he announced an official name change of the hospital to JM Kariuki Memorial Hospital.

The PM said the Government will renovate the hospital to match the status it has acquired after it was elevated to a district hospital and now bearing the name of one of our country’s heroes.

On the cases of post-election violence going on at International Criminal Court, Raila denied the now stale lies that he has been pushing for the trials at The Hague based court.

The PM reiterated that he did not take anyone to the Hague and neither did he initiate the Hague trials, adding that he has nothing to do with the ICC nor does he have any influence as to what happens there.

“Just like the court found Orange Democratic Movement Chairman Henry Kosgei not guilty, those facing the trials would be let free if found innocent,” said Raila with Mr. Kosgey nodding in agreement next to him.

The PM then wound up his daylong tour of Nyandarua and headed back to Nairobi in preparation for the next day’s tour of Laikipia.

I was very happy to have been a part of this trip specifically because I fully agree with the PM we must find ways to honor these fallen heroes.

Although Dedan Kimathi was someone I simply read about in the history books, JM Kariuki was assassinated at a time I had actually come of age and could remember vividly the day the news about his death spread across the country as though it was yesterday.

Those days, all breaking news primarily came via the radio—and that’s assuming the powers that be wanted the public to be informed of the news.

I don’t recall what was said on the radio except I recall a sense of sadness and near sorrow in my late Mzee’s eyes as we heard the news over the radio and I would later learn about JM and his unusual path to his fate.

That the PM has seen it fit to honor these two heroes, among others, of course, is commendable and all of us as Kenyans must set aside partisanship and other lesser noble notions about what we believe in and equally commend the PM and do whatever we can to support him in this effort to honor our heroes and heroines.

This blog is dedicated to these heroes.

On another day, I’ll provide an analysis on how I think the PM is doing in making inroads in the former Central province, based on my own observations having been with the PM on his visits to the region on a number of occasions, including this most recent one.

Let’s just say the progress the PM and ODM are making in the region is on track to deliver sufficient votes in the region to have even his virulent enemies quietly start practicing saying the majestic words I have been advising everyone to practice and that is, His Excellency President Raila Amolo Odinga.

Stay tuned.

 
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Posted by on August 14, 2012 in Politics

 

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