“when i see Raila i see a second mandela of Africa” Ngilu
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Am your greatest supporter.
As Ngilu said that you can be the 2nd Mandela of Africa,I sincerely believe in that too.
Please when you get to the thrown dont forget your pledges,make sure you bring back all the cash that were stolen from the taxpayers money,repair all roads,reduce the prices all most daily consumable goods so that the poor can also have a decent meal.
Am really praying that you win this year’s elections so that we can have a real change that we always wanted.
And i want you to prove to all the Kikuyu’s that you are not tribalistic by sharing all the appointments of parastals equally among all qualified tribes.unlike what Kibaki has done.
Am a university student and we will vote for you becoz we know that our fees will not hike as we are being told.There is no point of providing free education and raising the university fees.This is truly unfair for the poor students who are struggling to pay their fees.(PLEASE HELP)
Make sure all the corrupt individuals pay for their sins and bring back all the money to be used for development.
KACC shuld be abolished bcoz they are just enjoying huge salaries while doing nothing.
Also reduce the MP’s salaries bcoz truly speaking its very unfair for some1 to earn so much while others are suffering.
Mr.Raila if you do this everyone will remember you as the best president ever.
Not to 4get our Railway system needs to be upgraded and better services provided.
IHAVE ALWAYS HAD THE FEELING THAT RAILA IS THE TRUE VOICE OF PANAFRICANISM,AND SO THE COMPARISSON TO MANDELA PROPERLY FITS THE BILL.AND PLEASE HON.RAILA,DO NOT SHORT CHANGE ME AND MANY OTHER KENYANS COZ HISTORY WILL JUDGE YOU.
LET ME HOPE ILL BE SEEING MANDELA,KUFFOR,MBEKI,KIKWETE,KAGAME,BROWN,CLINTON AND MAY BE GADDAFI ON THE 21ST OF DECEMBER AS YOU TAKE OATH OF OFFICE.GOD BLESS YOU MKOMBOZI
Raila Odinga is Simply the best..I believe in him.I have followed him since the days of NDP.He is consistent,God Bless Raila.Coz His sacrifice inspires me to help where i can..we only have one Kenya.We cant gamble with our lives..only Raila can be trusted for now coz we have useless systems left by colonialists,only mwanaume kamili can change thins,Raila has nothing to fear he can change the Katiba without ujanja kama ya Kibaki.
Nelson Mandela is, without a doubt, the most influential statesman of our generation.
Raila’s courage, charisma and leadership traits are exemplary. Even more remarkable are his more than 40 years of persistence for justice in Kenya including nearly a decade in detention.
I am not surprised Raila is now being compared alongside Mandela the Great. I have heard in the grapevine that Mandela has even endorsed Raila as the next president of Kenya. How exciting!!!
Raila Odinga will go down in the history of this country heads and shoulders above some independence heroes. As a Kenyan youth, I personally cant waitfor the the day I will narrate to my grandchildren the legendary story of Raila Odinga, and how he shaped the destiny of Kenya.
May God grant him long life and may God bless this great country!
Ngilu made the right observation, all Kenyans of goodwill are in agreement that Raila is the face of change we’ve all yearned for. He’s a selfless leader whose commitment to social democracy is worth acknowledging. He is indeed a man of enormous energy, charismatic and a true believer in moral justice.
Today, our society is in dire need for change and only men and women of Raila’s caliber can deliver us from the burden of tribalism, corruption and unemployment.
Let all well-meaning Kenyans come out and vote in change. Time for Kenya to wake up and be counted among developed nations is now!
i think the sacking of Ngilu is the final demonstration that Kibaki and his cohorts never trully shared the dreams and aspirations of Kenyans during the 2nd liberation. Starting with trashing of the MoU, to siding against Kenyans in the referendum, to sacking Ministers whose only agenda was to improve the livelihood of Kenyans, to turning a blind eye and condoning corruption and tribalism, dismantling all traces of the original NARC rainbow, to re-inventing the likes of Moi, Biwott, Pattni and others, and finally to bribing and intimidating voters with the exact same threats of Moi era (if you elect so and so, there will be strife etc).
THis is a true example of a shallow minded politician. Let me tell a story of how I see it.
Imagine being commissioned by your community to go to a pre-arranged destination and you are given a car, a driver, a mechanic in case of trouble, and some fuel money to take you to the destination. Please note that there were others but they agreed to step down for the better good of all. You decide to bring along some friends against the better judgement of the community and the driver and mechanic. However on reaching the first stop, you turn around let your buddies squander the fuel money and hurl insults at those and who object who happen to be the same ones who gave you the resources, then sack the driver and the mechanic replacing them with your travelling buddies, and then dismantle the car. Only to realise that you still need to reach the destination and your buddies cannot help so there is no other choice than to go back to where you started from to get more resources in order to continue with the journey. So now you put up a rag-tag outfit, and go knocking door to door begging for more resources to reach the originally intended destination. The community would like to know what became of the resources you were given, the driver, the mechanic and the car. But the greatest insult to the intelligence of the community is when you ask them to recognize how much distance you covered.
All are true.Raila is the second liberator from Mandela in africa.God bless Raila.Long live Agwambo.Amen.
Yes, in terms of suffering and consistent fight for change… for good governance and democracy he is truelly likened to Mandela
And I wouldnt hesitate to add .. the Late Mwalimu Julius Nyerere as well.
The sacking of Ngilu has led to the final breakdowmn of the second liberation. We are glad that Ngilu has seen that Raila Odinga consistency has been the truth all along.
We are glad that the faces that have been calling for change have regrouped under the the able leadership and are ready to deliver to us the third and the final liberation of this country.
We can see, Orengo, Pheroze, Mwandwiro Mghanga, Anyang Nyongo, Mashengu wa Mwachofi, Wafula Buke, Wanyiri Kihoro, Charles Rubia among others are in agreement that with Raila at the top that the third and final liberation of this great country will come.
Its our hope and prayers that the founding fathers of this Nation Kagia, Oneko and the doyen of the struggle will in January smile at us from the heavens with a sigh that UHURU has finall come.
Soldier on for we shall soon overcome
I have been always saying what Hon Ngilu said on saturday though mine was being said to friends but Ngilu went on Air in public. i was very happy as one of the diehard supporters on the thunder ground to hear what i have been believing in coming from a government minister’s speech.I dont doubt Raila even an inch. I fully trust him with the leadership of this country. My vote,my wife’s my entire home, my friends.will vote for change and the change is here. RAILA AMOLO ADINGA.May God ashame the satanic move of some few kikuyu who believe that no one can rule apart from their kinmen.
YES,wat Hon.NGILU said is absolutely true to the eyes of kenyans who have read political histry of africa.Kudos mama orange and keep on your fight for change for this country and i think this time round you are on the best team which wil fulfil your dream and make you the best female nationalist worldwide.my only plead with Hon.Raila is to stick with his principle of zero tolerance on corruption and not to let has done,since he is the only one now, we keep our trust with him.may almighty allah bless all the pentagon members and the ODM officials has they prepare in this do or die battle which am 100%sure we are going to win.
i believe raila is the best president kenyans can ever have . he is a true nationalist who respects fairness.god bless raila
RAILA AMOLO ODINGA IS POPULAR THAN JESUS CHRIST IN KENYA*HE STANDS THE REVOLUTION OF KINDNESS HE IS OUR FUTURE PEOPLES PRESIDENT. IN HIS KINGDOM WE CAN LIKE THAT HE STOP LAZINESS AND
CORRUPTION AMONG OUR MPS.LET EARNING FOR NOTHING END.LET OUR MPS
BE TRUE LEADERS READY TO GIVE THE GOOD IMAGE OF OUR NATION.LET KENYA HAVE HER LOST GLORIES.LET HOTEL WORKERS EARN.LET OUR MOTHERS GIVING BIRTH IN OUR HOSPITAL HAVE NO IN-SULTS FROM OUR NURSES LET GOVERNMENT WORKER HAVE RESPECT TO THE PEOPLE.LET OUR CHILDRENS GET ALL THEIR RIGHTS IN ALLCORNER OF THE NATION LET
THOMAS KALONZO BE IN YOUR KINGDOM .LET KENYAN TEAM BE A WINING TEAM.LET KULDIP WED OMAR. LET OUR FATHER HAVE THEIR RESPECT.
LET KALUME HAD TITLE DEED.LET CHIEF HAVE HUMAN RELATIONSHIP
WITH THE WANANCHI. LET POLICE WAKAYE KA RAIYA! OUR ARMY BE
FIRE BRIGADE IN THE CITIES FOR WE STANDS NO WAR! LET OUR TEACHER BE LOVED LET OUR DRIVER HAVE RESPECT.LET OUR FISHERMEN BE LOVED AND PRAYED FOR .LET OUR FARMERS TO TRAVEL A BROAD.
CREATE KENYA TOURIST AT KSHS10/ PER.LET KENYA LOVE ONE ANOTHER.LET KENYAN HAVE HEALTH.WEALTH.LET THE YOUNG KENYAN
HAVE EASY TIME TO SEE THE WORLD.GIVE KENYA TWO MEALS PER PERSON A DAY. LET THE LOOTER PAY WHAT THEY LOOTED.LET T ALL KENYAN WORK LET THE CLEANER HAVE A SOUNDING PAYMENT.LET THE GOVERNMENT TO RUN ALL LOTARY IN THE NATION AND LET IT BE IN
THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE.LET KENYA WORK FREELY IN THEIR COUNTRY.
LET KENYA BE THE ONLY COUNTRY WITH PASPORT AS IDENTIFICATION
PAPER*IT EXPENSIVE FOR NOTHING TO MAKE ID &PASSPORT .LET IT BE FREE FOR YOUR OWN THANK FOR ¨PEOPLES LOVE. LET KENYAN IN PRISON
GO HOME FOR THERE ARE BUT FEW CRIMINALS IN KENYA!CHANGE PRISON TO CARTER FOR EDUCATION OF FIRST AIDS OR FIREMEN;LET
KENYA BE A COUNTRY WITHOUT A PRISONER.LET THE PRISON GUARDS JOIN THE ARMY.LET NAIROBI BE A CITY WITHOUT A CAR.MAKE IT WITH
A TRUE BEACH WITH WHITE SAND FROM TIWI.LET BODA BODA WORK WITH MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT FOR TEN YEARS HAVE PROMOTION.
5 HRS PER DAY OF WORK PLUS 3 HRS OF CLASS OF WHAT THEY
WANT TO DO AFTER RETIREMENT.LET KENYA BE MADE FOR THE FUTURE!
ALL ARE POSIBLE FOR KENYA ARE WILLING!!!!
Without being blasphemous,like my friend above, i think time has come for Raila to be given a chance.Now is His right time and no one else believe this more than Agwambo himself.How much has this guy sacrificed for Kenya? way too much.He is a force to reckon with and it is not surprising that the so called PNU is thrown into a diarray-getting many a sleepless nights thinking of bwana Raila.
Personally, i cared less about this guy..kenya under Kibaki seemed to be taking great strides in the path of growth and prosperity..but on a secong look..Kibaki has no standing against the raila-odm backdrop…the economy has increased to a six point but so has inflation ..what is the kibaki gov doing about the grand corruptions that has not been followed up ??
The Moi comeback is worrisome.Uhuru is still alive -why has that project not been pursued this time round ??
Raila has not been on the opposition all those years just for the sake, all the regimes that Kenya have had so sar has cumbersomely failed Kenyans, in 1963 Kenyas economy was at same level with portugal. 44 year later you can ask yourself what did Kenyans did wrong? are Kenyans Lazy NO!!! are Kenyans illitrate NO!!! was there a civil war in Kenya NO !!!What went wrong? corruption, Xenophobia, nepotisim,tribalisim and elitisim practised brazenly with the former partys on apex ruined our country. Raila has been fighting against these his life long the way Mandela spent most of his life behind the bars for an apartheid free Azania (South Africa) .
YEAH SURE Ngilu is right, Hon. Raila you got qualities of a leader 2008 we are entrusting you with our country. And we believe you will be the best among the 3 we’ve had earlier on. Tuko nyuma yako kaza mwendo
T RUE TO THE CORE ARE THE GREAT WORDS THAT ARE AND HAVE AND WILL BE SAID ABOUT A STATESMAN OF HON.RAILA’S CALIBRE.
CREDIT MUST AT ALL COST BE GIVEN WHERE IT’S DUE.RAILA ODINGA IS THE 2ND MANDELA OF AFRICA OUR GREAT CONTINENT,MARTIN LUTHER AND ABOVE ALL ANON CONFORMIST.
My fellow Kenyans,
Time and again our so called leaders when faced with a leader with a brain like RAILA, they have retreated their lower extremities. When KENYANS point to RAILA’S brains, the so called leaders point to genitalia. They have told KENYANS not to look at the skills and leadership abilities but the anatomy of their genitalia. But time has come when all of us should tell MOI, KIBAKI AND KENYATTA families to pack and go and not let the door hit them on their way out. Free at last! free at last KENYA
Without a doubt he fits the bill and its all in you eyes for you to see and that why the guys who have messed the country still want to be the leader wazee should retire and watch what young ambitious people can do.Raila its you turn you have my vote .God bless you
Why did you censor my comments?…..Objectivity is not critiscism or is it that the blog administrator is just an equal opportunitist like a alluded too?
I have one question for all the people who dare liken Raila to Mandela. What has he done to unite Kenyans and develop Kenya? I hear all the rhetoric as to how everything will change under his government.
So far, all I hear is how people will no longer pay rent starting in January, my question is: on who’s property? Who will compensate these landlords and how has this worked in the past? Sounds more like Mugabe than Mandela to me.
Additionally, I was very embarrassed to hear him pledge to bring the Olympics to Kenya. Not only do we lack the finances of infrastructure to handle such an endeavour, it is irresponsible to make lousy populist decisions when people are still dying of hunger. Real issues please!
According to Raila, ‘they’ which I guess means Kikuyu’s are going to be defeated and are the root of all that is bad in Kenya. If that’s not devisive, I’m not sure what is.
A responsible leader should be trying to ensure that whether he wins or loses the election, the country will not be a polarised Rwanda waiting to erupt. The “them vs us mentality” needs to end. We are all in the same boat – Kenya – and whatever happens to our country affects us all, regardless of tribe.
Finally the ‘Majimbo’ issue. Tiny as Kenya is, I fail to see why central administration should be so difficult without further dividing people. There are provinces in Kenya which would be unable to sustain themselves if as Raila proposes, what is produced there is spent there. Case in point Eastern, N. Eastern and Coast. Other provinces especially Nairobi, Central, Nyanza and Western should be in a much better position for self-relaince. That said, the CDF’s if responsibly used should go a long way in developing all parts of our country but I guess it would be too much to give credit where it is due.
It will be interesting to see, what will happen when people realise that Raila will not create miracles in Kenya and that jobs and money will not suddenly flood the streets of Kenya.
It will be even more intersting to see if my comments will be published on this site and if so if I will be deluged with vitrol, for daring to disagree with the popular opinion.
I think it most kenya are asking themselves where was Raila before. They seem to blame themselves for having not realised the potential that Mr Raila held and continues to. its more like when a kid is ignored by his/her own relatives only to be nurtured by others, and then when the child succeeds in life, relatives start coming back. Mr raila dont tire. Jesus did not.
Margaret, i would like to assure you that Raila Odinga blog does not discriminate on any non abusive contribution,we publish all critics articles as it is.We encourage our bloggers to respond to the issues that you have raised.
There’s is absolutely no point in Margaret becoming emotional about the prospects of an ODM government.
First of, as an ODM supporter, I can confidently say that I am supporting ODM – not just because Raila is its presidential candidate – but because as a team, the ODM presents the best bet towards change in this country. It is similar to the NARC team of 2002, only that the powers that be hijacked the dream and torpedoed our dreams.
Secondly, you amaze me when you call the hosting of the Olympic games mere populist decision. Sports is now big business globally and constitutes a significant percentage of the world economy. The Olympic games is the second largest sporting event after the soccer world cup and if Kenya can be privileged to host it; that alone is enough to transform the economy of this country forever. It will boost tourism, improve infrustructure, create millions of jobs and put Kenyan athletes at par with other world class athletes across the globe. The olympic games is not just a sporting event. It has a rich history and is certainly one event that can significantly help an ODM government achieve reconstruction targets in Kenya!
You interpretation of ‘Them vs US’ is also completely taken out of context. No one is talking ethnicity here. ‘Them’ in my understanding means those who have oppressed the majority, resisted change and enriched themselves in this country for the last 40 years at the expense of development. They are well known and some of them are gracing the incumbent’s frontline campaign team.
I invite you to read the BOMAS draft and understand the meaning of a parliamentary system of government before you rush to criticize the proposed majimbo system. As a citizen of the country, I, like many others, would like to see the executive powers of the presidency devolved, to parliament and other constitutional office. Over 90% of the problems we encounter in this country are because the presidency is NOT accountable to anyone and is seemingly above the law. A parliamentary system of government brings state accountability to the floor of the national assembly where the people, through the MPs, can question and over-rule any abuse of state power by the prime minister who is mandated to attend parliamentary sessions – unlike the current president! The parliamentary system also allows regions a bigger say in state expenditure and lets individual regions opt for development projects that are unique to their desires.
40 years of independent Kenya has seen a whole generation wasted. In order to reverse this trens, I am requesting you to please make that critical decision and join me in supporting ODM. I can assure you Margaret, your children and grand-children will one day live in a just and prosperous country enjoying a vibrant and booming economy called Kenya because you made that decision to vote wisely in 2007.
Why is it that people only look at what has not been done? Dont you think Kenya was far much behind before Mzee Kibaki took power? When you do campaigns there is no way that all could have been done at once. Please also view the work already done and still in progress i.e KAZI IENDELEE.
I beleive that was a very strong motto for PNU since it really means what is surrounding us. The maendeleo is already done and still in progress. ODM should not touch mzee Kibaki’s vision 2030 we are only at 2007. Cool down and lets be one lets give him another chance to do what you as ODM want him to do. All could not have been accomplished in only five years. I know its a point but sorry if i struck the nail on your head.
Thanking you all am PNU member and still remain royal to my party.
Amolo, you’re a good man with good leadership qualities. However, you are not comparable to Mandela whatsoever! You can only be judged by the legacy you leave behind if you get the opportunity to lead our beloved Jamhuri. You should probably tell Ngilu and the likes to stop payukering ovyo ovyo and comparing you to people you can’t be. Kenya is not being liberated because it already is. We just need a good leader with sound policies.
I wish you well my brother and i hope that kenyans can give you a chance and you in return will not be like the ordinary mwana siasa. You are very much Kenyan like any other politician in the country and i hope you are not just seeking votes and then ignore the issues that needs to be taken care of. You can be a trendsetter and maybe one day you will be in the books as the greatest president of Kenya. But you will have to overcome the tribal thing that is so much entrenched in people of your generation.
Good luck in your campaign but i can’t vote for you since i don’t reside in Kenya. If i was able to i would give you my vote for sure but not until you people change that colonial constitution.
First off, if I cannot get ‘emotional’ about the future of my country, I’m not sure what I should get emotional about.
Secondly, I don’t know if you have been paying attention but Kenyan athletes have been world class since the 60’s, when a guy named Kipchoge Keino won an Olympic medal. We have yet to step off that pedestal.
What we cannot do is afford to host the games. If South Africa- with lots of diamond and gold mines- is having trouble meeting it’s 2010 World Cup hosting obligations, I fail to see how Kenya, with it’s struggling, albeit growing, economy can afford it. One look at Kibera, Mathare etc as well as all the people dying of hunger, floods and preventable diseases should make this argument obvious.
Let’s stop trying to drive a Mercedes while living in a slum. Fix your house before you show off to others! It makes me question Raila’s priorities and his grasp of the needs facing the people in Kenya.
You know for a reasonably intelligent Kenyan, I find it hard to believe that I imagine all the hostility that Raila seems to have for Kikuyu’s. Maybe I’m just paranoid – or honest. Not to say that there is not anti-Luo rhetoric flying around either but let’s call a spade a spade.
Again, I would like to point out that Kenya has had a parliamentary system of government since independence. As to the meaning of ‘parliamentary systems see the link attached: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parliamentary_system
If Raila is saying that the only way for the president to become accountable is by changing our system of government, I beg to disagree. It is the duty of every MP to not only lobby on behalf of his/her constituents, but to ensure that the laws that are passed are to the benefit of all Kenyans. The spotty attendance records of our parliamentarians- other that when salary hikes are on the agenda- as well as the rubberstamp votes are what have made our current system of government a failure not the system in itself. A rose by any name will still have thorns. We need to change the mentality not fragment the nation in the name of progress.
The CDF system, also ‘lets individual regions opt for development projects that are unique to their desires.’
I am still onto a convert to the great gospel of ODM. Sadly, I am not the greatest fan of the current administration but until someone shows me that they are actually better than, I see no point is voting otherwise. I wish Raila would acknowledge his failures and triumphs as well as those of the incumbent rather than demonizing him and denying the positive gains that we have achieved since the end of the KANU era. I would then think that maybe he is a leader that in interested in true leadership rather that the presidency at all costs. Then I might be inclined to vote for him, until then my vote is Kibaki’s to lose.
there is absolutely no bad reason to compare our son Raila with Mandela. Raila if I remember vividly has been emulating Mandela to the core. Mandela is Raila´s hero and if leaders in our beloved country could remember Mandela like him and even “copy” Mandela then we can reduce the negative ethnicity that is no good for our country.
Kibaki? If he were not a tribal outfit he would have: see a new constitutional dispensation with drastic presidenctial powers, fought corruption to the core, reduce tribalism, go for one term as he promised, realised 500000 jobs for the youth as was in his manifesto in 2002 and not embrace D. T. Moi. He would be a hero but now? Economy? Since 2004 many African states had been seeing a tangible economic growth so Kibaki can ont come now and cheat us about his contribution to it. Mozambique, DRC have been experiencing double digit growth. Was that Kibaki´s contribution? He should just go home at his age. period.
there is nothing wrong with anybody being a Kikuyu at all. Besides, any Kikuyu must bare in mind that Kenya as opposed to some European nations is with a chunk of different ethnic groups all have a particular interest, not just yours alone. If you interpret this statement to mean anti- Kikuyu then be it or are you being paranoid?
Never have I had Raila being anti-Kikuyu but Raila has a duty to counter unscroupulous leaders even if they are from your community and should never and I repeat please devoce your interpretation form the scathing attack on leaders from your community and your community itself. No equation shall hold any truth.
Raila contributing to any development? what do you exactly mean or are you just parroting the empty talk of leaders you support? Since when did an individual develop a country tell me who and how. Just rhetorics? Every leader including the president can not develop a country with money from his pocket unless he stole the money from the people and the money is ours not his, so be realistic and desist from using antics, dictatorial statement. Development is directed by the government of the day my dear. Raila contributed to the realisation of the present government. Most communities voted the president to the core and the Kikuyu´s at that time? People of Kiambu voted Uhuru however! Nobody is anti-Kikuyu. Period.
To Dr. J. Were Onundu
In your writing, it appears you are trying to convince others that Raila is not a tribalist. However, in so doing, you are being tribalistic yourself. When you refer to Raila as our son, are you embracing him as a son of the Luos, ODM or Kenyans at large? You argue that Kibaki is a tribal outfit and identify his failure to deliver a new constitution, fight corruption, reduce tribalism, go for one term, embracing D.T. Moi, etc. as reasons in support to this argument.
Your arguments Dr. do not hold water. There was a referendum on a new constitution that was voted down by ODM en mass. Secondly, when fighting graft was a priority in Kenya, and Raila was the target, what did he do? In an attempt to extricate self, he said “How can a thief try a thief?” One can infer from Raila’s remarks that, he himself believes his past practices can implicate him with corruption. Yet this is one of your reasons to call Kibaki a tribal outfit. It is easy to call others tribal; however, before you do that, you should study the signals your message is sending out and determine if you are infact not being tribal.
Also, it bothers me when you say that Kibaki government should not be credited with the current state of economic growth Kenya is experiencing. You seem to imply that because other African Countries and I quote “Mozambique and DRC” have been experiencing double digit growth, and then Kenya’s growth is not the result of effective economic policies but due to chance. Wake up Doc. Will you be saying the same in year 2012 if Raila is elected President? I assume your tone will be different then.
IHAVE KNOWN ONLY FOUR HEROES OF AFRICA
AND HOW GOOD IT FEELS THAT RAILA HAS GONE TO SOUH AFRICA TO MOURN AGREAT HERO,AND HE WILL BE WITH MADIBA
There are very many similarities to Raila’s life and that of Mandela as much as there are differences. One aspect though is constant among both men and that is their committment to fight oppression and discrimination for their people in their respective nations. Both men have been at the forefront of fighting oppression and discrimination. Please note that oppression and discrimination is not just racial but can be perpetuated in many forms by denying a human being their basic rights.
I would like to respond to Margaret’s comments as follows by commenting below her earlier made comments:
Margarets comment: I have one question for all the people who dare liken Raila to Mandela. What has he done to unite Kenyans and develop Kenya? I hear all the rhetoric as to how everything will change under his government.
My comments: Is the fight for democracy not a first step to ensuring development of a country? All countries that are rated highly developed have highly developed democratic systems and political systems. Maybe you can explain why that is the case. Raila is one of the people in this country who has been at the forefront of fighting for a more democratic society. Even you cannot deny this fact. One reason we have a growing economy is because Kenya’s has been evolving in the right path democratically which has allowed very many people to have access to resources and capital. If you want about talk uniting Kenyans, then I think you forget 2002. Who united Kenyans against a common enemy and led to a new NARC government? Who did Kenyans listen to? Who went round the country campaigning for KANU to be removed? Who united Kenyans on a single opposition party and presidential candidate? I have not forgotten that Kibaki was ill but lets not forget that if Raila was not there to unite us and fight the real fight then Kibaki would not be where he is right now. You know it, I know it, and all Kenyans know it. Some have just conveniently decided to get a bout of amnesia. Raila’s fight for democracy has been a uniting factor for Kenyans. I am sure you also listened to him but now you forget.
Margaret’s comments: So far, all I hear is how people will no longer pay rent starting in January, my question is: on who’s property? Who will compensate these landlords and how has this worked in the past? Sounds more like Mugabe than Mandela to me.
My comments: Where did you hear that no one will pay rent? Did Raila say so and any of the ODM members? Please let us know and maybe provide a link to this evidence. This is some of the propaganda been hurled by the PNU and its affiliate parties and funnily enough its their supporters who seem to be hearing this nonsense.
Margaret’s comments: Additionally, I was very embarrassed to hear him pledge to bring the Olympics to Kenya. Not only do we lack the finances of infrastructure to handle such an endeavour, it is irresponsible to make lousy populist decisions when people are still dying of hunger. Real issues please!
My comments: Bringing the olympics to Kenya requires heavy investment in infranstructure in this country and I do agree with you that for Kenya this is not possible for now but what of the future? Having the goal is what I think is not wrong. The man can dream, dont we all? One thing that comes out of Raila is his ambition to improve Kenya and he knows that investment in infranstrucutre is critical for the development of Kenya. What if Raila’s goal is to give us the foundation so that we can bring the Olympics to Kenya? I am willing to find out, thats why am voting for him.
Margaret’s comments: According to Raila, ‘they’ which I guess means Kikuyu’s are going to be defeated and are the root of all that is bad in Kenya. If that’s not devisive, I’m not sure what is.
A responsible leader should be trying to ensure that whether he wins or loses the election, the country will not be a polarised Rwanda waiting to erupt. The “them vs us mentality” needs to end. We are all in the same boat – Kenya – and whatever happens to our country affects us all, regardless of tribe.
My comments: Why is it that the Kikuyu think they are under attack? Who is pointing guns at Kikuyu? I dont know whether you are kikuyu or not maybe you can let us know. Raila has never at any one time referred to the Kikuyu as the evil in this country. What most people dont get and dont seem to get is that the Kikuyu are one of the most disadvantaged people in this country and very poor. Their elite lie to them all the time and unfortunately they listen, majority that is and not all. The enlightened ones know what is happening. Raila as far as I know has always talked about a Mt Kenya Mafia. The axis of evil revolve around this people. Please note, this mafia has people from other communities who found their way their mostly because of class. Raila has never fought the Kikuyu and many a time has fought alongside them. Do you need facts on this also? This elite group are the problem and have ensured that Kenya is not fully liberalised and thats one of the reasons that our people are still poor. This elite when under attack or are exposed go back to their tribal cocoons and tell you that their tribe is under attack. Then you come and write on railas blog that Raila is going to attack kikuyus. ‘They’ are the elite and not the Kikuyu community.
Margaret’s comments: Finally the ‘Majimbo’ issue. Tiny as Kenya is, I fail to see why central administration should be so difficult without further dividing people. There are provinces in Kenya which would be unable to sustain themselves if as Raila proposes, what is produced there is spent there. Case in point Eastern, N. Eastern and Coast. Other provinces especially Nairobi, Central, Nyanza and Western should be in a much better position for self-relaince. That said, the CDF’s if responsibly used should go a long way in developing all parts of our country but I guess it would be too much to give credit where it is due.
My comments: The majimbo issue comes out again. Clearly you have minimal knowlege of the potential Kenya has. I would advise you to travel around Kenya and see the abundant opportunity that lies across our borders. This thing of living in Nairobi and its environs really clouds many peoples minds. I have travelled and seen this potential. The centralised sytem of governement has left most of this potential to rot and this is the main reason that Raila proposes a devolved government. Let me give you a sample on the three provinces you mentioned:
Eastern and North eastern province; Most pastrolist farming is done on these provinces and if you can remember your geography well you will remember that the pastrolists move around the region to areas with water and according to seasons to look for pasture. Botswana which has more cattle than people has this kind of environment and yet the country is more developed than us. This is because there is a proper livestock policy in that country that has been implemented effectively. We have neglected this regions because they are arid and semi arid. The rivers are suitable for irrigation projects which need infranstrucural development would also help in promoting agriculture since this areas are actually known to be fertile. Go to Ukamani and you will see this even all the way to Isiolo. Eastern province also is abundant with limestone and other minerals and can actually have a thriving mining industry. North Eastern province has a people who are so business sarvy that their potential is so undermined its sad. Look at eastleigh in Nairobi and you will understand. All they need is proper infranstructure and you will not imagine the economic explosion that will come out of that area. More so their has been prospects of oil which could also turn around the economy in these areas. The area is also fertile and irrigation projects can be beneficial to this area. Israel is fully desert and produces and exports some of the best fruit in the world. Israels economy is actually agricuturally backed. Who says we cant do the same for these areas?
Coast province: Am surprised you even mentioned Coast. How can you not see coast’s potential? Leave alone the tourism issue, farming can thrive in these areas. Remember cashew nuts,coconuts, mangoes, sisal and many more. All these are grown in these areas and have been let to rot. Kibakis government has not done much to revive this industries. please provide examples if you do have. The port can be of great use to the coastal province economy due to the revenues it generates. Please note we are centrally placed in the world which is such a great advantage to Kenya and most of our competitors know it. They just hope we dont wake up.
No one refuses what CDF has done for Kenya but you need to note that CDF has worked best in areas where infranstructural development was already at a basic. In areas where there was none, then it met just the basic need of what people needed. Infranstructure is not roads, but also includes water, health centres, communication, schools, skilled and semi skilled manpower and many more. This is why most people see the potential of a devolved government with the power to make decisions on local issues and decide their destiny. People understand what ails them locally and what needs to be done. What people need is guidance to explore their potential. The guidance comes first and foremost on good legislation and the Bomas Draft comes up. Though the document needs refining, but that is for another day. The guidance also comes from proper leaders who will help in improving legislation and help in curbing corruption. Finally we need people who will make their leaders accountable and we are clearly headed there. That is why we are asking Kibaki to account for all his promises and not just a few. Some of his promises could have been fulfiled in this current term. We did not see them.
Raila has not denied that Kibaki’s tenure has not brought positives but what he has clearly said that more needed to be done and the basic tenets of what ailed kenya needs amending. This is the constitution and stopping corruption. Good laws helps a country achieve its true potential. He has been out there fighting for better laws. Do you also deny this? I find hypocritical for Kibaki supporters to go round saying that Raila does not acknowledge Kibaki’s work yet they themselves refuse to do the same for Raila. We have had a sytem whereby the executive controls everything including parliament and therefore you saying that we have always had a parliamentary system does not make sense. Kindly go back to the link you sent http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parliamentary_system and read it carefully. We have never in the actual sense had a system where the presidents powers and parliament is checked. Kenyas history is very clear on that. That system needs to change. That is why Raila is routing for its change. I dont think you have personally beared the brunt of our current system hence you might not understand but those who have will tell you. Ask Koigi Wamwere! No one is fragmenting the nation as you put it. I dont understand why you and Kibaki’s supporters see it that way . where in the Bomas draft does it say that the nation is going to be fragmented? If I may also ask, dont we currently have locations, divisions, districts and provinces? Aren’t they “fragments” of this nation? What they lack is decision making powers and resource allocation powers. When this units collect revenue it has to be first brought to the central government then it might be brought back. This actually depends on how politically connected the “fragment” is for it to get money for its development work. What ODM proposes is a sytem that is completely different from that. One that these areas will retain the majority of its revenue for its own allocation. This to me makes sense.
What Raila proposes can work and one reason why most of his supporter believe in him is that he has never been swayed and been consistent even when in goverment. No one says that it is going to be easy but Raila is a first step to our journey to the promised land. He might never reach there but he is what Kenya needs to take us there. Kibaki supporters interpret this as been a rebel and hunger for power.
Maybe power to the people and a rebel to a peoples cause!
To Steve M:
Your answer to Margaret is just too long. Why don’t you just write a book?
Good narrative, I could not have put it better.
despite the tremendous pressure on the home front, he has had the presence of mind to voice concern over the Benazzhi Bhuto incidence.
Second Mandela, No i believe raila has cut his own niche as a valiant political nemesis (Synomn of choice her – OPPONENT). He still marches on. Regardless of 2012, 2017, 2022, he lives where it matters – In our hearts.
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