Thursday

Understanding Raila Odinga

Well, last couple of days have been talking with friends about Raila possible potential as a president and there are few important information I gathered from these people and would like to share.

  1. Raila Fans are DIE HARDS - It does not matter what he says, does or wants. They will still be behind him faithfully
  2. Raila loves Gadgets - This means that the IT and as Country looks forward for to achieve the 2030 vision, he is poised as the best candidate to deliver
  3. Raila has sacrificed - For over 20 years Raila has sacrificed his life, time and desires so that we can achieve the freedom we have today, be it press freedom or freedom of association since MOI and CO. tried to take this away.
  4. Raila is ambitious - well i do not know what else to add here
  5. Raila would be a good representative abroad - well am not sure about this but he seems to be well connected and knows people who might help the country economically. Even if he does not make for president i would love to see him placed in a position that he can be able to tap funds from abroad.
What do you think?

7 comments:

GERALD said...

it seems Kenya's politics are heating up...

Klara said...

I would agree with that!!

WALKING THE WALK- said...

No 5 IS A JOKE why hasnt he used those connections to first help nyanza and kibera

Kenyanomics said...

I agree with points 1 and 4. But 2, 3, and 5, if true, do not make Tinga the perfect choice. Here is why:

2. A gadget-lover loves big-stuff and being in control. He and his buddies tend to think they know better than the common man, which gives them the "right" to act in proxy. Such people retort to wealth redistribution, big projects to supposedly "bring development to the people," and prefer retaining parastatals rather than privatizing them. We all know consequences of such economics. A successful vision is the one that lets people control their own lives, not the one that preaches paternalism.

3. Sure, the man sacrifices a lot. But is it for the nation or his personal ambitions? Was '97 NDP-Kanu merger intended to help Kenya or smoothen his route to power; was "Kibaki Tosha" meant for Wanjiku or was it a race against time caused by "Project Uhuru", or was it another shortcut to sweet power, a.ka. Primiership? Was helping Moi escape prosecution after his stealing spree directed at helping our economy or say pole for the pain caused during '02 elections? Bottomline: politicians, and indeed the human race, act on self interest but would like us believe otherwise.

5. No country has ever developed because its president or top politicians have first class connections abroad. Countries develop because they institute policies that allow enterprise to thrive. The candidate who preaches and practices this will be my choice for president.

Anyone?

Anonymous said...

Kenyanomics,

Anyone better? That's almost always the question in politics.

Most of your points are based on suspicion rather than fact (with the possible exception of Raila protecting Moi for money).

Also, I don't see how capitalism has helped most Kenyans. I'd prefer a social democrat in power to someone that believes in the "trickle down" economics that have never trickled down to most Kenyans.

On the matter of sacrifice... It's still more than Kibaki et al. have done for others. It should be worth something. Six plus years in jail is no joke.

Clearly, we disagree on economic policies. But, I have to ask you, how many Kenyans have benefitted from capitalism? Is the gap between the rich and poor not expanding???

Anonymous said...

MYTH:Raila Fans are DIE HARDS - It does not matter what he says, does or wants. They will still be behind him faithfully.
FACT: Maybe his longtime fans but this is yet to be seen.
MYTH:Raila loves Gadgets - This means that the IT and as Country looks forward for to achieve the 2030 vision, he is poised as the best candidate to deliver.
FACT: Loving gadgets doesn't translate automatically the country moving forward, it goes beyond this.
MYTH: Raila has sacrificed - For over 20 years Raila has sacrificed his life, time and desires so that we can achieve the freedom we have today, be it press freedom or freedom of association since MOI and CO. tried to take this away.
Raila is ambitious - well i do not know what else to add here
FACT: A lot of people have sacrificed but we can't reward all of them with the Presidency.
MYTH:Raila would be a good representative abroad - well am not sure about this but he seems to be well connected and knows people who might help the country economically.
FACT: That will depend entirely on his record in governance and style, so far in his parliamentary seat he gets an F and in his ministry of energy he get a C-.

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