Tuesday

Raila Story - Should we believe, part II

Well Raila has named names but all info that has been provided to us is that the people planning to Kill ODM-K Officials are a Cabinet Minister, Two senior police officers, a woman and Atur……yes, Atur the guy Interpol is looking for apparently is in Nairobi. That’s just scary, and I sympathize with Raila and fellow ODM-K. This is so sad considering the information Raila has given but at the same time I wonder whether it is credible and any action will be taken.

 

But I do have a feeling that he knows that Arturo is in the country and probably knows where he is staying (I would guess he is being hosted by the girlfriend) and has taken the whole issue of assassination for political gain because he will be able to get Arturo out of his hiding and by thus doing, we will consider his story to be credible. I don’t want to play politics on someone’s life but how many of us know that our life is in danger and we have no one to run to? He should be appreciative that he can go to the police and give a statement about his life being in danger, he knows Arturo is in the country and that a woman is involved in this whole saga….if it was me who went to Kilimani police, I guess you already know what would happen to this son of Mathai,

 

So most of the Blogs I have visited seem to come to this conclusion

1.       Raila is using this whole story for political gain

2.       Raila seems to have waited for the time the country’s security is in question to bring up his story

3.       Police should take action on information provided, if they don’t find it to be useful then son of Adonija should be accommodated by the government either in Kamiti or Industrial Area

4.        Kibaki Should be provided with the same information since it involves members of his cabinet and senior police officers.

 

But I really want to guess who the senior politician is, who the woman is and the senior police officers are……..can I go ahead or can u all help me with this?

3 comments:

The future diplomat said...

I think the Kenyan politics is so reactionary that sometimes I dont even bother because after like a week or to everything becomes a non issue. No wonder politicians in our country are such drama queen

Mosaisi said...

Raila is part of the problem and not the solution. What is the difference between Narc 2002 and ODM 2006? Or What is the difference between Kanu, ODM and Nark Kenya?

Anonymous said...

Over the past two weeks, various leaders hostile to ODM-K and particularly to its leader Raila Odinga have come out to attack him and the party, often indirectly over the developmental position of Nyanza Province compared to the rest of the country.
Setting off what vows to be a bitterly fought election campaign, First Lady Lucy Kibaki let loose at all those who she claims, "have failed to deliver to 40,000 people in their constituencies.", and goes on to ask," How then can they deliver to more than 33 million Kenyans?" Education Assistant Minister and Dagoretti MP Beth Mugo joined the fray,starting a fire-fight with Nyanza MPs when she lambasted them over the Province's continued poor performance at national exams.

The anti-Orange Democratic Movement tactic seems clear, first to show the electorate that a Raila Odinga Presidency is a euphemism for a Nyanza Presidency and thus to portray ODM-K as a Luo party. The second action is to implore the voters to compare the performance of Nyanza under ODM-K leadership against that of the rest of the country. The underlying sentiments in these attacks are obviously malicious and it is important that Kenyans see them for what they are; campaign tactics.

However, among the charges are some serious issues that cannot be wished away, even by the fanatical supporters of The ODM-K. For a very long time now, leaders of parts of the country opposed to the government have been able to rally their supporters behind the tribal flag by claiming that Nairobi was stifling local progress through the delay and blocking infrastructure development funds, and by shooing away potential investors. They have been able to point at the number of quality national schools in Central Province, or the existence of an international airport in Eldoret as emblems of government policy that favoured other regions at Nyanza's expense.

Such explanations are unlikely to sway the savvy voter any longer, and even more are likely to anger such a voter; especially considering a number of recent developments. The first among these is the invention by Muriuki Karue ( NARC-K Ol Kalou) of the Constituency Development Fund, and the independence though limited that this affords a constituency. The second is the depoliticisation of the banking and finance sectors, leading to an environment where access to capital has been made freer and easier than ever. A well-run council need not wait for Nairobi to provide it with a proper modern market, nor to help finance a public education camapign on horticulture projects.

More than these two is the increased ease of global communication and the growing search by foreign and local investors for business opportunities in Kenya. Add to this portentous mix the hefty wages that our MPs have awarded themselves. Finally consider the fact that in our tribally inclined political culture, local government bodies across the country are controlled mostly by a community's 'very own party'. Kisumu Municipal Council is not wholly independent of Nairobi, but it enjoys such freedoms as would enable her deliver quality waste management, water, public lighting, education and health facilities if her leaders worked at it.

The combination of these factors should have led our MPs to reduce their moaning about Nairobi's lack of goodwill; and a resolution to lead their constituencies in developing such projects as would set their people on the path to economic empowerment. We take the example of the now Kisumu Town West MP Ken Nyagudi and his work on the Dominion Farms project on the Yala Swamp, and the triumph of Mohammad Yunus and his Grameen Bank as proof that it is possible, even without massive resources to effect economic change in a poor constituency.

When asked about Nyanza's dismal performance at national exams Raila Odinga is reported to have answered, “We are not responsible for the poor performance, politicians don’t teach primary school classes”.

There is not a soul in Kenya that expects that Gor Sungu will find himself at the front of a classroom at Pand Pieri teaching Mathematics. It is his duty however to ensure that he is offering the sort of leadership that emphasises the importance of education to parents and students alike. That he facilitates the purchase of school text-books and erection of classroom, the hiring of teachers and over time a campaign that levels the playing field for the children of his constituency. It is expected that Nyanza MPs are at the fore-front agitating for a more just government for all Kenyans, but they also owe a debt to their constituents, a debt that must be delivered today and that is an investment for the future.

More than he political assault on ODM-K and its leaders, the question being raised here is for all Kenyan politicians, and anyone else that calls himself a leader. Can true leaders enjoy 'succesful' careers and win national and international acclaim while their followers languish in disease, poverty and ignorance? MPs across the country; and other leaders in business, religion and politics owe those less able than themselves a duty of guidance and protection. A dereliction of that duty evinces a lack of empathy for the struggles of Kenyans and imposes a duty onthe electorate to deny such leadership their support.


While it is true that Nyanza has suffered marginalisation from the Central Government for most of independent Kenya's life, it is also true that her leaders could have done, and could do much more than just sit idly waiting for President Kibaki to deliver.