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Raila, Being Luo and Kenyan Politics

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Why does Raila and being a Luo in general get people worked up in such a frenzy such that many are now going into overdrive and hyperventilating because of disputed polling in a couple of counties out of the 47 the Cord coalition held successful and peaceful elections?

All this while the elephant in the house—the monumental failure by the Jubilee coalition, the only other serious contender challenging Cord—sits pretty; why?

The answer is very simple: throughout the history of mankind, great leaders have had the misfortune to attract both those who love them and those who hate them with equal fervor, if not worse.

Indeed, great as any leader can be, the each expect a great deal of hostility and opposition to what they do; however, the hate and vitriol directed at Raila is unprecedented in Kenya albeit comparable to other world leaders who have and continue to suffer the same fate.

President Barrack Obama of the United States, who is certain to rise to a level of greatness comparable to that of a few leaders before him such as Abraham Lincoln,  is so hated among many on his right of politics, they literally could kill him if they had the opportunity.

We, of course, know Lincoln himself was fallen by a bullet from a hater and part of a larger conspiracy of haters who did not want Lincoln to succeed in crushing the confederacy cause—a cause woven together primarily in its desire to keep blacks as slaves forever.

John F Kennedy, the most famous of all assassinated great leaders had so many haters and enemies, it will never be known under whose orders exactly was he gunned down but much as that may be the case, JFK, like Lincoln before him, had millions of people who loved and admired him than the few who hated or wanted him dead.

We, of course, cannot talk about great leaders who were loved by many but hated by a few who wanted him dead and their wicked wishes were satisfied with his assassination without mentioning the one and only Dr. Martin Luther King.

And these are only some of the examples from the United States; I can go on and recount for you similar cases in South America, Europe, Asia, and so on but no need to as that will result in writing a book.

The point is, Raila and us all must accept the reality with greatness also comes the price of being hated by those who can’t offer a single, rational reason why.

We are not here talking about hating leaders for their policies of which former President George Bush of the US and France’s

Rather, we are talking about irrational, visceral hate of leaders like Raila who those who know them beyond what is projected in the media, know they’re very humble, affable individuals who would not harm, let alone hate anyone.

Yet, their haters peddle all kinds of hatred and lies about them the unwary by propensity of human nature may be inclined and, in fact fall victim in perpetuating the lie.

Truth is, Raila is none of the evil things you hear his haters and opponents peddle.

That’s not to say he is perfect or that he suffers no frailties or weaknesses; he does for he’s human being like everyone else.

What matters is in comparison to his good qualities viz his weakness relative to all others vying for the presidency, Raila comes on top as the best qualified to lead our country after President Mwai Kibaki’s attempt.

And for those who don’t know the man very well and may have formed some distorted view of him due to the lies by his haters and enemies, here are some basic truths about the man:

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.

I could go on but you get the picture this is a picture of a man one couldn’t ask for more to be our next leader in Kenya.

As for being a Luo, let’s just start with the basic proposition and truth and that is, for whatever reason, each community or tribe has for one reason or another, valid or not, built an image prone to general characterizations that may or may not be accurate but, as a general rule, general characterization can be lethal to an individual from the same community who may not have or share in those characterizations, especially the negative ones.

However, if such an individual overcomes the negative group generations and emerges as a leader at the top, he or she does all good by eradicating or at least equalizing such negative characterizations and, in fact, victimization on account of merely belonging to the so characterized group or community.

Thus, when for years and decades it was believed a Catholic will never be elected as president in the United States as president, JFK proved the country wrong by being elected despite being a Catholic.

As a result, officer seekers from all other denominations that were previously discriminated against saw that as an opening to venture into politics and they did so much so such that Mitt Romney, a Mormon, nearly became elected as president when conventional wisdom held he couldn’t even get past the nomination by the Republican Party so dominated by evangelicals who think Mormon is a cult, not a religion.

We all know about the centuries old held backward belief that a black man or woman for that matter, could not be elected president.

Well, our brother President Barrack Hussain Obama proved everyone who held that believe wrong and yesterday he was sworn for the second time as president of the United States, clearing the bar now for the first woman to be elected and that many hope to be the woman he trounced on the way in becoming the first black president, Hilary Clinton.

In Kenya, Raila must overcome not only being loathed by a few who really have no rational reason to do so other than perhaps the fact that he is a Luo, he also must overcome the stupidly held notion that Kenya can’t be led by a Luo—stupid because there is no rational reason why and any advanced such as because of their traditions and customs are stupid on their face.

This is something Raila is on the verge of doing, namely, overcoming this individual loathing of him as well the stereotypes about Luos and upon doing so, he, like JFK and Obama, he shall erase these invidious beliefs built on false notions of superiority when we were all created equally different not in any innate characteristic or trait peculiar to one group or another in natural ability to be or not to be what one can be.

As for the loathing of Luos in general and their share of stereotyping, this can be attributed either to ignorance or because of the manifestation of greater bravado and pride relative to other communities, which is often mistaken for a bad thing even where it’s not, and that’s generally the case, namely, the latter.

For more of this, please read Bravado and Pride of Luos: Fact or Myth?

Some excerpts:

As the psychologist said in the article, there is nothing wrong to express pride for oneself of one’s community; the problem is if one does it excessively.

What is excessive?

That’s the question but it’s not one which renders itself to a simple answer.

As in such questions, the answer depends on any number of factors and circumstances presented for evaluation.

The soccer fan at Nyayo Stadium with a jersey announcing he is from such and such village, is probably out-of-place.

It’s not villages that are in competition, but groups of villages, as represented by these teams therefore the promotion of one village over the others is in by itself the definition of anti-teamwork, which is necessarily counterintuitive and counterproductive, if displaying such messages intended to express oneness with the team, or support for it.

Now, on the larger question of bravado and pride, I find it a fascinating subject because it’s both a good thing but equally undesirable.

I come from a family of 10, with one mother, who is still around and we are thankful to God for that.

Our Mzee passed on a few years ago but if there is one thing he left in all of his children starting from our oldest now over 70 and retired to yours truly, who is the youngest, it’s never to chest-thumb or otherwise brag and none of us ever has and doubt ever will, as anyone who knows us will tell you.

There is greatness in being humble, but don’t be average either.

That was the lesson all of us learned from our Mzee who, having retired early as the head of the African Tribunal Court, went on to become a highly respected member of the community, besides becoming a staunch Adventist and elder of our SDA Church to the day he passed on.

I am glad I and my siblings learned this lesson and applied it in our lives as we grew up and hopefully have passed it on to our children (to say we have, is not to be humble so I can’t say we have or have not, or is it?).

But is being the opposite necessarily a bad thing?

In other words, isn’t there some utility in bravado and one proudly expressing oneself?

I think so, but only to some extent.

This, namely bravado and proudly expressing oneself and its appropriateness, in fact, becomes one of degree, but the question, as I posed above becomes, when is such expression excessive?

There are two extremes of this, as in many things, ranging from the most arrogant to the most humble.

Neither end is a desirable position to be, albeit for different reasons I address below.

Here in the US, there is a Radio Talk Show host by the name Rush Limbaugh, who someone once published a book he aptly titled, “Rush Limbaugh Is A Big Fat Idiot.”

That book sold like hot cakes and its author, Al Franken, is now a United States Senator.

This Big Fat Idiot, Rush Limbaugh must win hands-down, the title, the World’s Most Arrogant Person, and all you have to do, is to listen to the various ways he introduces himself to know he takes the title hands down:

“Talent on Loan from God,” “Maha-Rushi” (from Maharishi, a great sage);     ”Serving humanity just by being here, and it doesn’t matter where here is,” “exuding knowledge and information with half my brain tied behind my back, just to make it fair” (this from a High School-drop-out), “Doctor of Democracy” and so on.

We all know Idi Amini and the titles he bestowed on himself in his foolish believe that would make him the super military general he was not but for his effort, he must be mentioned alongside this Big Fat Idiot Rush Limbaugh for he must be his runner-up.

These two are representative of the one extreme of self-expression but say what anyone can about the Big Fat Idiot Rush Limbaugh, he has a cult-like following among Republicans and even non-Republican listeners that have for decades made him the #1 Talk Show Host and a position he has maintained unchallenged all those years because he knows how to grab and keep his audience with endless rants and raves about Democrats and hubris.

So much such that when he brags about himself, these mindless listeners believe him and often acknowledge and remind him as much.

On the other end of the scale, there is extreme humbleness, which is a form of weakness and here, the perfect example is Jimmy Carter.

You cannot find in any country’s history, a president more humble than Jimmy Carter, yet, he was deemed a failure, even though he redeemed himself after leaving office to become the most popular president out of office in American history, right up there with the likes of Dwight Eisenhower, FDR and JFK Kennedy, men who in their own time, were humble in their own ways albeit to a much lesser extent than Jimmy Carter.

In between, these two extremes, there is a variety of self-expression and manifestation of assuredness and humility or lack thereof that ranges in degree from the acceptable to the unacceptable.

Where are the Luos in all of that? Is it as the article implied on the Limbaugh end or the Carter end, or neither?

In my view, this is necessarily a mischievous rap on Luos.

Luos have no more bravado and neither are they more openly expressive of their pride than any other tribe in Kenya.

This may be true among the younger generation of Luos but in time, as people move away from their enclaves and interact with others, some of the learned habits are unlearned and a blending of attitudes and mannerisms occur such that it makes no difference where one tribally or ethnically comes from but that does not mean there are not those left with their old habits and manners they are unable to shake.

I therefore reject this notion that bravado and expression of self-pride is the stable of Luos but would readily agree, if it’s a matter of propensity we are talking about, then there is amble anecdotal evidence to suggest its more likely than not a Luo would manifest bravado and more readily and comfortably show his or her pride than similarly situation folk from other tribes but only up-to a certain age.

End excerpt.

What all this boils down to is this:

First, there is no rational basis for people to hate Raila to the extent they do.

Second, we all must transcend above tribalism in choosing our leaders at the national level, ditto for negative ethnicity when doing so at the local level.

Third, painting with a broad brush is never a good idea and neither is it judging and condemning people merely by where they come from or who they are related to or associate with; the former people there is nothing anyone can do about, the latter may be for legitimate reasons the one condemning will do the same thing were they in their shoe, including friendship and loyalty.

Fourth, much as we expect the best in all of our leaders, we must also accept the fact and reality no one is perfect the wise thing to do is compare the strengths and weaknesses of those vying for office and elect those most or best qualified between and among those vying, taking into consideration we are not electing saints.

Fifth, always remember the ones shouting the most about Raila this, Raila that all evil and spewing hatred of him have nothing but ill-advised, tribal or selfish reasons for doing so that have nothing to do with the interests of our beloved country and must therefore be dismissed and shunned accordingly by those who love or care about the country.

It is my hope and prayer that the man will overcome all of that hate and schemes to “stop” him from being reelected as president and this time have him sworn as our next president to do the things he has promised to do as the transformative leader he is and must be by his own recognition and intent.

Above all, may there be peace and unity in the country after the elections.

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Posted by on January 21, 2013 in Politics

 

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What ICC Outcome Means For Kenya

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In What ICC Outcome Means For Kenya, published in the Star today, I revisit the ICC issue and analyze it from an historical and comparative perspective and make the case we should not seek or desire a solution that makes the situation worse than it is. I in particular urge all Kenyans and in particular the victims to be prepared to forgive and move on for it’s unlikely there will be an outcome from these trials that satisfies all to the same level of satisfaction.

In other words, in order for justice to be deemed as having been served, both Uhuru and Ruto must be convicted.

If one and not the other is acquitted while the other is convicted, we’ll have a situation as often occurs in medicine where the cure is worse than the ailment in the sense that this will worsen the already bad blood between two communities in particular while dividing the country as a whole as others take side.

On the other hand, if both or all suspects for that matter are acquitted, many will cry foul or at least see the whole ICC things as a joke or meaningless.

I have in the past argued that these cases should be brought back to Kenya and set up a system for the victims to be tried for regular crimes they may have committed under the Penal Code and if not convicted under the higher threshold of proof for criminal conviction, they can be tried under civil law and if found liable be required to pay monetary compensation to the victims.

After these two suspects, namely, Uhuru and Ruto had the audacity to basically flip the whole country and, indeed, the whole world and declared that they will seek both the presidency and vice-president as the respective candidates for those positions under their recently formed so-called Jubilee coalition, I have changed my mind and now hold the view let these trials go on at the ICC and let these two be convicted if anything to show it’s the law and respect of others’ human rights which is paramount, not them.

Put another way, if in the past one could have assessed the evidence and found it possible to go either way in terms of whether to convict or not, these in your face “we are too important to be bothered with these trials we deem to be a nuisance and nobody can tell us otherwise” attitude must tilt the scale in favor of convicting them just so they know and understand they are not.

 
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Posted by on December 8, 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.

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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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Elevating Kenyan Politics Beyond Lies, Distortions and Innuendo

For the last one year or so, all serious and not so serious presidential aspirants have had at least one thing in common and that is a crack at falling one mugumo tree in the middle of the field of presidential candidates.

Each one of them has also had one other thing in common with each other and that is inability to fall the mugumo tree despite their individual best effort to do so.

A closer examination of the tree, however, reveals that even though still standing strong, the tree has taken a beating.

The mugumo tree is none other than one Raila Amolo Odinga; a man who seems to always withstand even the most torturous assaults when anyone else in the same shoes would simply buckle and collapse for good without any fighting spirit left to fight on.

Not Raila who in some odd and inexplicable manner seems to strive best under these extreme of circumstances.

When William Samoei Ruto saw an opening early on during the coalition government to bring down Raila by way of spreading lies about the PM in his efforts to save the Mau forest, he went with it full gusto and even some doubters thought he might succeed.

He did not.

That was just a warm-up for Ruto who later would be joined by other ICC suspects in singing the refrain, “let’s not be vague, let’s go to the Hague!”

Except there was one minor problem: unbeknownst to Ruto and company, the Hague was coming after them faster than they could say ICC and thus change in tactic was necessary to now blame Raila for their being sent to the Hague.

Few people took Uhuru and Ruto seriously in their shameless peddling of the lie that Raila was responsible for their being at the Hague when clearly Raila had nothing to do with it and, in fact, they are on record begging to go to the Hague because they at the time taught the Hague was some process in space that would never reach them during their life-times.

They were, of course, wrong.

With a gullible and sycophantic following ready and willing to accept anything Uhuru and Ruto told them, this tactic appeared to work for some time but, given its Raila we are talking about, many of the same followers and the public at large just got tired of the lies, distortions and innuendo to the point it’s now laughable for anyone to try and blame Raila for the duo being tried at the Hague for the serious charges of crimes against humanity.

In other words, the larger public and specifically those who believe in a new Kenya are fatigued by the lies, distortions and innuendo against Raila and are now demanding that these presidential candidates do better.

To be sure, many of these politicians opposed to Raila are counting on the ignorance, illiteracy and tribalism of a segment of the population to still deny Raila the key to State House but a better reading of the public mood is while there may be such voters out there, the vast majority are not and these are the ones to make a difference come election time.

These are the voters who are tired of the lies and being used and for the first time are demanding and want answers to the very basic question those seeking votes all over the world must answer and that is, why should I vote for you and why are you any better than the next candidate.

One can sing all day long and all night long for weeks and eons how bad the other candidate is but the smarter voter would read through that and still demand to know why they should vote for them.

This is the nightmare that Uhuru and Ruto face because neither has really ever articulated, and it’s doubtful they ever will articulate any reason why either is better than Raila when it comes to presidential leadership.

There is, of course, the other nightmare of ICC which between the two one has to toss a coin to determine which is worse, but that’s neither here nor there for now as no decision has been made whether to allow or ban the two from vying for the presidency because of the serious charges of crimes against humanity they face before the ICC.

Meanwhile, having survived the onslaught against him over the recent months and years, Raila appears to have settled on simply preaching a message of peace and unity as well as ending ukabila as the cornerstone of his presidential run.

It’s a smart move that may reward him with the ultimate prize he seeks.

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2012 in Politics

 

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