Raila Must Refuse Uhuru’s Offer Of A Roving Ambassador Laced With Conditions!

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President Uhuru Kenyatta (left) and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga hand in hand at the burial of Knut secretary-general David Okuta in Ahero where they pledged to work together. PHOTO/FILE

 

 

I do not know why Uhuru and Ruto would want so much to see Raila out of local politics. It is intimidating to hear from the duo that they can only offer Raila the position of  a roving ambassador to join the Panel of African Eminent Persons which includes former Presidents Joachim Chissano of Mozambique and Benjamin Mkapa of Tanzania if he quits local politics!

 

The question is this: why is the duo not considering Moi and Kibaki for the same position? Are these not the senior most personalities in Kenya at the moment vis-a-vis Raila?

 

What a shame that the very two amigos who stole Raila’s victory in the last elections should be the same ones pushing Raila out of local politics citing such a mundane reason like:

“his experience and international connections could be put to good use to advance the national interest.”

Since when did they realise that Raila has got such a quality? Did they not tell us that Raila has got nothing new to offer Kenyas but ‘vitendawili’?

For how long must a man be kicked in the teeth by selfish people like Uhuru, Ruto and their cabals?

 

Raila, if you are going to take that offer please do so in your own terms! And remember, we your supporters are watching!

 

There is no way thieves can raid your home and ask for your help on what you need to eat in your house in order for them to survive their onslaught in your home for their own good! That is simply fake. They are gonna kill you anyway at their own time. So, simply go on hunger strike and die on your own two feet than on your knees begging.

 

People gotta know people!

 

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By einstein Posted in kenya

13 comments on “Raila Must Refuse Uhuru’s Offer Of A Roving Ambassador Laced With Conditions!

  1. Raila is here to stay by public demand! No amount of threats is gonna change that!! Raila, please baba kaa ngumu!!

    Leaders urge Raila to quit politics to earn perks

    By PETER LEFTIE

    Calls for former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and former Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka to retire from politics resurfaced Monday ahead of the publication of a Bill setting their send-off packages this week.

    Leader of Majority in Parliament Aden Duale vowed to mobilise MPs allied to the ruling coalition not to pass the Bill unless Mr Odinga and Mr Musyoka quit active politics.

    National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich said at the weekend that he had cleared the Bill for publication and onward tabling in the House this week.

    The Bill is set to come at the same time with that of Suba MP John Mbadi, which has been forwarded to the Government Printer for publication.

    Mr Duale insisted it was morally wrong for Mr Odinga and Mr Musyoka alongside other recipients of the send-off packages, to receive the money and remain in active politics.

    “From where I sit, they must quit politics. The word retirement means you have retired from active public duty. That is Jubilee’s position. When the Bill comes to Parliament, Jubilee will take a position,” he said.

    “It is not only for the former VP and former PM, but everybody who will benefit from the passage of this Bill. They must quit active politics and join the retired Presidents Moi and Kibaki if they want to enjoy these benefits,” he said.

    Mr Odinga scoffed at Mr Duale’s threats, saying, he would not quit politics for financial gain.

    “Mr Odinga intends to remain active in politics, which he sees as a duty and service to his country and to humanity. He does not intend to take instructions from Jubilee on what he can and cannot do with his constitutional rights,” the former PM’s spokesman, Mr Dennis Onyango said.

    “Mr Odinga will equally not let go of principles he has held dear about Kenya in exchange for money and he will not succumb to Jubilee’s fear just to get paid what is due him as a result of work he has done for the country. The thinking that everything in life can be abandoned in exchange for money is alien to him,” he added.

    Besides setting the send-off packages for the former PM and former VP, the proposed law also sets retirement benefits for the Deputy President and other top State officials.

    “We are in agreement on the people to be covered in the Bill. It will cover senior officials in the three arms of government… that is the Deputy President, the Speaker of Parliament, Chief Justice, the former PM and the former VP” Mr Rotich told the Budget and Appropriation committee.

    He said the Bill, alongside two others, had gone for publication to be tabled in Parliament this week.

    Monday, Mr Mbadi said his proposed Retirement Benefits (Deputy President and Designated State Officers) Bill, 2013, was to be published last Friday to clear the way for the processing of the legislation.

    He said there was an attempt by some MPs to bar Mr Odinga and Mr Musyoka from benefiting by inserting a clause stopping politically active persons from accessing the pay-out.

    “My Bill was meant to benefit everyone including Mr Odinga and Mr Kalonzo but some people at the budget committee introduced clauses targeting the two,” Mr Mbadi stated.

    The Suba MP had previously complained about the Treasury’s move to publish a separate Bill.

    “Why are you doing new Bills at the Treasury when we have sent ours to the printer? We have sent… the Retirement Benefits (Deputy President and Designated State Officers) Bill, 2013 and the VAT (Amendment), Bill 2013 for publication,” he said.

    This is the second time that Parliament will be seeking to set retirement benefits for Mr Odinga and Mr Musyoka after retired President Mwai Kibaki refused to assent to the Retirement Benefits (Deputy President and Designated State Officers) Bill, 2012, because MPs sneaked in clauses to reward themselves.

    Each of the 210 MPs would have pocketed Sh9.3 million as winding up allowance. Then deputy Prime Ministers Musalia Mudavadi and Uhuru Kenyatta, Speaker Kenneth Marende, Chief Justice Willy Mutunga and Chief of Kenya Defence Forces Julius Karangi would have been the other beneficiaries.

    Although details of the retirement packages contained in the Treasury Bill are yet to be revealed, Mr Mbadi said it could cost the taxpayer about Sh484 million a year to sustain the retirees.

    The Bill recommends that pension be pegged at 80 per cent of the basic pay the State officials earned while they were in office in addition to a house, fuel and medical allowances.

    Apart from Mr Odinga and Mr Kalonzo who head the opposition Cord coalition party, Mr Mbadi’s Bill seeks to confer retirement benefits on Mr Marende, speakers Justin Muturi (National Assembly) and Ekwee Ethuro (Senate) and their deputies Lorna Laboso and Kembi Gitura, Dr Mutunga and his deputy Kalpana Rawal, Mr Karangi and Attorney General Githu Muigai.

    The retired officials will be entitled to cars, office and domestic workers, fully equipped offices, diplomatic passports and VIP treatment at all local airports.

    The proposed retirement packages are bound to change once the two Bills are officially published this week. Parliament will scrutinise both Bills and propose harmonisation.

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    Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga during the interview at his Raila Odinga Centre in Nairobi on Tuesday. PHOTO/ANN KAMONI NATION

    The system was against me but I have moved on, says Raila

    How do you spend your days these days? With the burdens and stresses of being Prime Minister behind you, how does the diary look?

    I am writing my autobiography. It is taking a lot of my time these days. As you know, a lot has been written about me. There have been biographies. It is now my turn to tell my story. As you might guess, I know a lot of things that people don’t know. (Breaks into a laugh).

    Will it be a big, big tell-all book like say, Bill Clinton’s My Life or Tony Blair’s A Journey? Can Kenyans look forward to knowing the real Raila Odinga? And when will it come out?

    (Laughs). It will be the story of my life, told by me, not by other people. It will come out in about two months.

    Which book are you currently reading?

    Change We Choose. It’s a book by Gordon Brown, former Prime Minister of the UK. It’s a collection of his speeches.

    Some people have said that part of the blame for your loss in the General Election should be laid on Ida, your wife. Address this, and also your relationship with your life partner.

    (For the first time, he gets agitated) No! No! No! Some people can be very unfair! Ida has played a very positive role in my life and she tried to help in any way she could. But first, I didn’t lose this election. I was rigged out of it. How can anybody accuse her of contributing to a loss that never was? Ida was not part of the Kenya Intelligence, she was not part of the election rigging machinery at the IEBC, she didn’t steal votes in polling stations – how unfair can people get!

    Ida is not infallible. She is a human being and like all other human beings, she has her strengths and weaknesses. She has played a very positive role in my life and she did her best for us in the elections. She has been accused unfairly and I am upset about that.
    The question in the minds of all Kenyans, your supporters and opponents alike, is what your specific plans going forward are?

    Well, as you know, this is not a one-man band. This is a movement that I represent. I represent the quest for Kenyans to democratise their country, to improve their lives. And this movement is almost as old as this country has been independent.

    There have always been two forces pulling in two opposite directions – the forces for status quo versus the forces for change. You see the nationalist movement that brought independence to this country split immediately after independence because there are those who now felt that ‘We have arrived; this is Jerusalem.

    We are now the new masters, who have taken over from the outgoing colonial masters. Sisi ni wazungu weusi.’ This group of Kenyans wanted to use this new privileged position to step in the shoes of the outgoing colonial masters and to now lord it over their fellow Kenyans.

    They were called rulers as opposed to leaders because if you are a leader, you are leading the people. It is what is called servant leadership. But these ones felt that they had taken over from the governors.

    On the other hand, there were those who were saying ‘No, let us achieve the objectives of the struggle for our independence, which was emancipation of our people. This was the actually basis of the disagreement in the nationalist movement and that’s what caused the split. It is against this background that you can explain the post independence developments. Ask yourself, why was Pio Gama Pinto assassinated? Because there was a struggle between these two forces and Pinto became the first casualty, the first victim.

    Some people say this election was irretrievably lost when Cord failed to register people en mass. They also say there was ineptitude in mobilising the turn-out otherwise the numbers existed. What will you write in your memoires about the cause of your loss?

    See, it is not that Cord failed to mobilise the people, or to register. It was collusion (involving) the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission. It is the electoral commission that is supposed to get people to register. But the way it was being done was actually selective because it was actually colluding with the administration.

    For example, people were registered bio-metrically in some areas, there were very few BVR kits you find that three or four polling stations were sharing one BVR kit in certain areas whereas in others there was a BVR kit in every polling station and they deliberately gave a very short period of registration to accelerate the registration of voters in some areas and slowing it down in other areas.

    And then they only gave 30 days for registration. In 2007, in order to register 12 million people they gave 60 days.

    This time they wanted to register 18 million people and they gave 30 days and when the 30 days were over and we appealed for an extension of time, they refused to give it. So it was a deliberate strategy by those who were involved to exclude, to disenfranchise certain sections of society from the electoral process. At that time Cord was not registered as coalition.

    So you can see it was a targeted registration.

    Second, the issue of mobilising people to vote, that again is a myth. Kenyans turned up to vote countrywide in such large numbers. You cannot say there were some areas that had a higher turn-out than others. There are certain areas where there were deliberate efforts to block people from voting, like at the Coast.

    There are some areas where they closed polling stations at 4pm. In some places, they came and threw teargas, to send people away.

    Then there was an incident where some police officers were attacked. They used that as an excuse to close some polling stations to stop people from voting, the reason being they knew the Coast was a Cord stronghold and therefore to block people from voting worked in their favour.

    But this idea that there were some areas where there was 95 per cent or 100 per cent turn-out is a myth. Because if you look at the records, the average turn-out was 72 per cent for county reps, for women reps, for MPs, for Governors, for Senators but only for the Presidential 86 per cent. What accounts for that difference?

    They were stuffing ballot papers and that was the evidence that we wanted to adduce in court that over one million people turned up for the ballot and only voted for the presidency and not for the others.

    That is not right. So they should not blame the people, you should blame the forces, the process which was flawed. It was deliberately flawed to achieve the purpose that they did.

    When the IEBC announced the results and further when the Supreme Court handed down its verdict, how did you feel. How did you take it?

    I was prepared for the outcome. You see if you go to court it’s an either or situation, you expect to win or to lose, so you must be prepared for the worst while being ready for the best.

    So I was under no illusion that there would be pressure on the Supreme Court because the stakes were very, very high.

    So if you see an individual acting out of character you must ask yourself what is motivating them. You saw in the court how they started by rejecting our evidence, expunging it from the records then the next thing they did was to allow the Attorney General to be amicus curae and deny the Law Society of Kenya and Prof Yash Pal Ghai of Katiba Institute to be a friend of the court.

    So now look at this, if you are already rejecting people seen to be neutral, and admitting somebody who is very partisan, is that fair? The Attorney-General is advisor to the government.

    The government was not accused. The government was not in court. Yet he is allowed to offer an opinion.

    This showed you the intimidation of the court. So, when they did what they did, I said this is a setback; you count your loses and move on. This is just one of the roadblocks; you reverse and move, because this is a movement as I said. It is not an event. It is just one of those hurdles in the race. This is a movement, so must continue.

    You can be adequately mentally prepared for a loss of such big magnitude….you were prepared?

    You see, the thing is that we are just players in this game. You don’t look at it as an end. If you look at it as an end then you will end up committing suicide politically.

    You must look at it as a movement and that you are not indispensible you have got your own life. So this will go on even if Raila Odinga is no longer here. It is not a fatalistic game that you must win at all costs.

    You win but you saw what happened in 2007. In 2007, Justice Johann Kreigler (who investigated the conduct of the 2007 election), told me that “Raila, I don’t see my duty as telling Kenyans who won or who lost this election. Any fool knows that. I see my duty as helping Kenyans to avoid a recurrence of what they have been through. So in my recommendation, I am going to be vague when it comes to saying who won or who lost the elections.

    But I will make recommendations which will help to carry out reforms.” That is why he said that the election was so flawed that you could hardly tell who won.

    So Kenyans moved on with that and thought that sufficient reforms had been carried out so that there will be no recurrence. But we saw these weaknesses in the electoral commission; we saw these weaknesses in the Supreme Court, so we are saying there is still room for further reforms.

    So if I had said, no we don’t accept (the results and court ruling), I knew the consequences. The people would have come out into the streets all over the country and there would have been bloodshed because I know that the system was very prepared — there were orders of shoot to kill. So I didn’t want that bloodbath; there is another tomorrow.

    It may not be Raila tomorrow but there will be somebody else. It is a movement.

    What is your biggest hope and your biggest fear for Kenya under President Uhuru Kenyatta?

    Well, as I have said before, I wish President Uhuru Kenyatta the best because life must continue for Kenyans and they have a manifesto. They made promises that they must keep and they should be given the opportunity to deliver on their promises. I have not taken this personally about Uhuru or his deputy William Ruto because we are talking about a system, not two individuals.

    If you try to personalise it you miss the point. It is a system. These two individuals are just beneficiaries of a system and now that they are there, they are Kenyans, they should be given ample opportunity to show their worth. It is easier to make promises, to come up with lofty words and so on but much more difficult when it comes to the actual doing.

    What we don’t want is at the end for somebody to have an excuse of saying that oh, we have done ABC, but we could have done XYZ if we were not blocked by the Opposition.

    That is why I talked of a constructive Opposition, where you don’t just criticise for the sake of criticizing.

    You criticise by offering alternative solutions, that is, you say the government has done this and that but it should have done it this way. That is the way I look at it.

    Some of your supporters have moved on, expecting to fight another day while others have given up on you ever becoming president. I want you to talk to both of them.

    Yes, you see, the struggle is long as I have already mentioned. Naturally, there will be casualties in the course of it.

    There are those who will surrender, and we have seen a number surrendering all along this journey and I will not be surprised if some will be tired this time round.

    All that we are saying is that if you feel tired, just step aside, but don’t go and block other people, say oh, this will not work; just exit, allow those others who still feel strong to continue.

    So naturally those comrades who are now disillusioned and want to surrender and join the other side are welcome to do so — that is their democratic right. For that we just say, there’s a casualty, a comrade has been injured in the struggle (laughs) but for those who have energy to move on, who still see hope in this I tell them, look, nothing comes easy; there’s always a price.

    If, for example, people like the late George Anyona, Martin Shikuku, Mukaru Ng’ang’a, Kamonji Wachira and Ngugi wa Thiong’o, had not taken risks, the freedom that we have today would not be there.

    See, today, you can see that people are freer in this country, you can talk, you can criticize the government without fear, without looking over your shoulder that somebody is going to arrest you.

    But take a journey down memory lane, 20 years ago, you could not do this. These days you can caricature the president and his deputy and so on. Just imagine the height of Nyayo rule, that would be treason.

    So we have this democratic space; the major beneficiaries are those who were comfortable on the other side. Always, it’s the Left which has led the struggle to make life better in the country.

    But the major beneficiaries have always been the Right. So my view is that we should not be discouraged because of setbacks, all these setbacks are temporary.

    During the Cord nominations for all elective offices there were television images from Nyanza that showed people beating up your banners. Your opponents reacted with glee while your supporters were aghast with horror. How could this happen?

    You see we have democracy. Democracy has got its weakness. There were people who were expecting to be nominated. Nomination in some of these areas is like the election itself.

    So losing a nomination means that you have lost an election even if you go to another party. So that is why it becomes a matter of life and death in some of those areas. The same thing happened in Central. If you miss the TNA ticket, it was like a kiss of death.

    That is why some of these people were angered. So they hired some of their supporters and those who were beating my banners and so on. When I saw it I just enjoyed it (laughs loud and long). So long as it is not violent.

    What I detested was the violent part of it when some people organised to hijack returning officers, ballot papers, beating up the returning officers, burning the ballot papers and so on; that is abhorrent. That is not acceptable.

    But peaceful protest and demonstration, even somebody carrying an effigy (starts laughing again, loud and long) it’s alright. You know that I used to be a student leader; we demonstrated in London so many times, burning effigies of many people. I have participated in debates in Hyde Park corner, and somebody can be insulting the Queen but nobody can attack him. The police are there to protect him because there is freedom.

    So I am looking forward to a time when our society will be that tolerant; that even if somebody is talking disparagingly about Raila, you don’t beat him; you also just insult him, that’s what they do at Hyde Park corner.

    Some people say that your politics is born of Left wing idealism that is out of synch with today’s world. The time for the true Left is gone. What do you say to those who say that you are ideologically hostage to a romantic past that cannot win an election today?

    First of all what is the Left and What is the Right? The real Right wing are those who believe in a laissez-faire fare society, that is, survival of the fittest. Just like in the animal world where you have the lions and the antelopes and the fitter one eats the weaker one following the law of nature. That is the extreme right.

    The extreme Left is the one that believes completely that the State should control everything; that the state should provide for everything; that it owns all the means of production, provides employment for people, housing, and so forth. That is the ideal of the extreme Left. And then we are talking about Left of centre and Right of centre. That means there is a Centre.

    The Left of Centre is known as social democracy as opposed to socialism. Social democracy is basically a market economy. We are talking about a market economy as opposed to a controlled economy. A market economy can be centre-right or centre-left which is capitalism with a human face as opposed to laissez-faire capitalism which sees all means of production as privately owned, the gap between the rich and the poor is so wide, that you have people who are completely deprived.

    But the social democratic state is where the means of production are privately owned by there is a social safety net and the government ensures there are things like health, education, housing and basic needs, nobody should go without food and so on.

    Now these days we talk about a social market economy. A social market economy is now, for example, the Labour Party of Britain moves too far left and then they come up with New Labour pursuing social market economy policies.

    Other people say they are to the right of the Tories. So, what we are talking about these days is so relevant. You go to Europe now, for example, it is the centre-left parties that are bouncing back, you see Labour is now rebounding, Social Democrats in Germany are coming up, even in France, the Socialists are now in power.

    So the political philosophy that I represent is not irrelevant; it is too relevant today. It is the extreme right that is under siege now.

    Roy Gachuhi, a former Nation Media Group reporter, writes for The Content House. Email:gachuhiroy@gmail.com

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    • einstein & the rest

      This man Raila must truly be an enigma. You would think that after his defeat, the jubilee gang would calm down. The man is still an anathema to a particular section of the population.

      VP Ruto is accused of wanton wastage of funds, and jubilee supporters defend him by claiming Raila also “squandered” money as PM.

      The TJRC report adversely mentions Uhuruto, and the jubilee gang dismiss it since Raila has not been mentioned.

      Obama will not be visiting Kenya after being “incited” by Raila.

      The same Raila “manipulated” the ICC to fix Uhuruto.

      At this rate, any failure by the jubilee government will be pinned on Raila.

  3. Case closed! The Uhuruto can give that job to Moi or Kibaki.

    Raila rules out job deal with Uhuru team

    Cord leader Raila Odinga on Sunday said he was not ready to take up a job with the government because he is already engaged in various international assignments, which are keeping him busy.

    In an interview with the Daily Nation, Mr Odinga sought to put to rest the job debate, saying he had received no job offer in President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government.

    “I have received numerous invitations from across the world. I have accepted some and declined others. This does not indicate to you I am a person who needs a government job,” he said. “There is no offer I have seen and I do not need any job to stay relevant in this country,” he said. “For avoidance of any doubt, let me state here that I will not accept any job if offered by President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government.”

    Mr Odinga said his “inbox” was full with international and local assignments that will keep him on his toes in coming days.

    “What I told the President is that he should resist the temptations to kill the opposition the same way successive governments have done,” he said on Saturday.

    Mr Odinga met President Kenyatta during the funeral of Knut secretary-general David Okuta Osiany in Kisumu last month.

    Our sister publication, Saturday Nation, reported at the weekend that Mr Odinga has not announced his next move because President Uhuru Kenyatta had kept him waiting over a State job.

    “There was a job in the diplomatic circles, yes, but the President is yet to meet Mr Odinga to firm this up,” an official close to both leaders had told the Saturday Nation. Other politicians close to the former Prime Minister said he was writing his memoirs.

    But at the weekend, Mr Odinga said that during his talks with the President, he had asked Mr Kenyatta to nurture the culture of opposition politics by resisting attempts to poach from those constitutionally charged with the task of checking the government.

    “Accepting a job in government negates the very ideals enshrined in our Constitution,” he said and dismissed reports that he was being offered a government job as “propaganda”.

    There has been talk that Mr Odinga — who lost the March 4 presidential election to Mr Kenyatta — would be appointed as a special envoy. (MAKAU MUTUA: Open letter to Raila: Don’t accept ‘errand boy’ job)

    Such a role would make him a peace negotiator in Africa on behalf of the government.

    Mr Odinga said the role he wanted to play was that of reorganising Cord to make it a strong opposition force.

    He said he was soon to leave for a conference in South Africa, before going to Australia and later to the US.

    “I still hold the view that I can lead a strong Opposition from where I stand and that position has not changed,” he said.

    And while speaking at the Lutheran Cathedral Church in Nairobi on Sunday where he attended a church service, Mr Odinga dismissed as rumours reports that he had been kept waiting for a job by Mr Kenyatta.

    “No one has kept me waiting; no one can do that any way. But let me stress here that I have not been offered a job, I have also not asked for any,” he told the congregation.

    He said he was busy strengthening Cord so as to keep the Jubilee government in check.

    “There is danger of sliding back to the dark days, if we relax,” he warned. “We want to offer constructive opposition to the government. Of course, we will not just oppose for the sake of it; we will adopt a bipartisan approach in Parliament whereby we will support government when they are on the right track and where we feel all is not right, we oppose, but all in the interest of Kenyans.”

    Mr Odinga said the fact that he had lost in the presidential poll had not deterred him in the quest to offer Kenyans an alternative brand of leadership.

    “The process must continue and I am determined to achieve this,” he said.

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  4. Open letter to Raila: Don’t accept ‘errand boy’ job

    No one wants to be described as an “ex so-and-so”. It’s like being called an “ex-husband” or an “ex-wife”. It’s got a bad ring to it.

    That’s why I won’t call you an “ex-Prime Minister”. You are much larger than the positions you’ve held. If truth be told, your identity transcends any single state office in Kenya.

    Today I want to address some unsettling rumours. They are two-pronged, but amount to the same darn thing

    This is their gist – that you should “quit politics” and become an international “errand boy” for the Kenyan state. I’ve heard many cockamamie plots, but none trumps this doozy. You can’t – and shouldn’t – quit politics. This is why.

    First, consider the source of the dastardly concoction. It’s been mooted by your opponents who are dying to bury you politically. Ask yourself this question – why are your political assassins so eager to knock you out of the ring?

    The answer is staring you in the face – they know that for more than two decades you’ve been the centre of gravity of Kenya’s political left. They believe they can kill the left if they dispatch you from politics.

    The Kanu nomenkatura that won the March 4 elections would then triumph completely and rule – as former President Daniel arap Moi “prophesied” – for another 100 years.

    They believe you have no heir apparent in Kenya’s progressive politics.

    Think about it. Ever since independence in 1964, the Kenyan state has been in the grasp of a rightist, conservative political elite. Your own father – the late opposition doyen Jaramogi Oginga Odinga – was for long the symbol of the left.

    But we all know what happened: the rightist faction under Mzee Jomo Kenyatta and later President Moi “neutralised” him.

    He was persecuted and haunted into oblivion. You inherited his mantle, and have become a worthy “Jaramogist” yourself.

    But, and this is the failure of the left, there isn’t an obvious Jaramogist to take over from you. That’s why you must stay in the field of battle – for now. The choice of whether, and when, to abandon politics isn’t yours.

    Second, Cord is going to splinter into inchoate pieces if you abandon ship. The party – such as Kenyan parties are wont to be – revolves around you. Cord elected officials will head for the exits as soon as you dump it.

    No one in the party – not in the Legislature or the county governors – has the wherewithal to lead the Kenyan left.

    Leaving Cord will be tantamount to throwing out the baby with the bathwater.

    Remember Chinua Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart” taken from the poem “The Second Coming” by W. B Yates. Your departure would be a betrayal. To paraphrase the poem, the “centre won’t hold because mere anarchy will be unleashed upon the world”. This is your historical burden.

    You might be the best president Kenya never had. We don’t know how your life’s story will end, or unfold from here going forward. I know you’ve been in the trenches for long.

    You’ve got up every time they have knocked you down. You aren’t perfect as you – and we – know only too well. You have stumbled several times.

    Progressive instincts

    But I am most impressed by your progressive instincts. You led the country in getting rid of Kanu, and you played an outsize role in giving us the new Constitution.

    But you’ve been thwarted in your journey to State House every time. Perhaps you are destined to be John the Baptist. If so, find and nurture Kenya’s next “political Jesus”.

    Third, I’ve heard that the Jubilee government wants you to be a “Kofi Annan”. That’s hogwash. For one, the Kenyatta regime doesn’t have the international legitimacy to confer on you such a hallowed status.

    Mr Annan wasn’t appointed as a “statesman” by any government. He’s an international elder because, as UN Secretary-General, he was widely admired and respected.

    There are only a handful of former political greats – like Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama – who occupy such lofty perches.

    How would you acquire such a status as an appointee of a head of state who is indicted for crimes against humanity? This is a poisoned chalice from which you shouldn’t drink. It’s a fool’s errand – an “appointment” to “nowhere”.

    Fourth, don’t cut the legs from under yourself. I know the traumatic events of March 4 – with the finality of the Supreme Court decision on the election petition – weigh heavily on you. That’s true for all men and women of conscience. Your future isn’t like instant coffee – take the time to map it out. Life, as you know, isn’t a sprint, but a marathon.

    What’s up today could be down tomorrow. That’s the single most important enduring lesson of history. The Book of Mathew in 20:16 says that “so the first will be last, and the last will be first”. The struggle for the freedom of the downtrodden hasn’t been in vain. That’s why you must hang in there.

    Finally, don’t listen to those who want to read your “political eulogy”. Some people even say that you can’t run for President in five years because you are too old. That’s also baloney. Mr Kibaki was 71 when he was first elected to State House in 2002.

    He was re-elected for a final five-year term at 76 and retired this year at 81. You should plan on running in 2017. Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton – who is about your age – is touted as the leading nominee for the Democratic Party in 2016.

    Damn the question of age.

    Makau Mutua is Dean and SUNY Distinguished Professor at SUNY Buffalo Law School and Chair of the KHRC. Twitter @makaumutua.

    http://www.nation.co.ke/oped/Opinion/Raila-dont-accept-errand-boy-job/-/440808/1856434/-/11pdoyuz/-/index.html

  5. So why is the political establishment so keen on offering Raila a job?

    1. To neutralize him; Agwambo remains a formidable politician capable of influencing the political scene.

    2. Uhuruto know their BFF (best friends forever) act is not eternal; one of these days both of them will need Raila. We might just witness jostling for an Uhuru/Raila or Ruto/Raila alliance as 2017 approaches.

    It remains to be seen what move Raila will make,

    • Andrew

      i too have been wondering why these two guys who “enjoy overwhelming” support are still chasing after raila and then i came across this piece here

      how much of it is fact and how much is stretched i will leave to the reader, but it certainly makes tons of sense

      https://www.facebook.com/groups/odmchungwamojamaishabora/permalink/370235736410034/

      ==
      By Wycliffe Pemba Onzere’s status.
      19 hours ago
      Very Very Disgraceful and Shameful
      WHAT KENYANS MUST KNOW:

      The Uhuruto government is in limbo, despite the praises from a section of the wicked media that lacks integrity and a few kenyans who lacks the inner story of whatz going on in government things are getting out hand.
      It has emerged that the donors largely from the UK and the USA have taken a low profile and delay in release of funds to foster various projects and other humanitarian aid in kenya,mostly in healthcare,education and infrastructure.
      This became apparent yesterday after detectives from both the office the president and his deputy spilled the beans.
      They claimed that the US and UK governments and donor agencies from the duo nations which aids Kenya at 75% don’t pick calls from the new government and this has results to change of tacts.
      African leaders including Jacob Zuma of South Africa have advised Uhuru to persuade Raila Odinga to join his government and help him engage the 2 leading aid agencies, attempts to woo Odinga from state house has totally failed.
      State house therefore advised Ruto to try persuade Odinga.
      Yesterday the Nation newspaper did write that William Ruto has been making calls to the CORD leader Raila Odinga persuading him to accept the post of an overall ambassador basing his arguments on the his huge experience and international support he commands globally for the sake of the peasant kenyan people.

      From our desk we want to urge the Former PM to reject the Jubilee government’s call and foster in restructuring the CORD coalition stay put and continue in advancing as we near 2017.

      The naked truth is the task ahead and the challenges we are yet to face as a country are self inflicting and we must be let suffer if we are to learn. Kenyans chose to choose ICC accused, government agencies fostered the stealing and doctoring of the results to help the duo hit above 50%+1 and the supreme court failed the test of times. The kenyan media today is also trying to justify her weakness.

      I watched the Jubilee campaigns in length and the chest thumbing and arm-twisting we saw the abuses against the western world must haunt them.
      Why abuse your leading aid agencies? Do you thing its your right to be helped?
      The USA and UK give more than 75% of human aid to kenya but some jubilee demagogues were busy abusing the duo nation claiming that we are a sovereign state. What sovereignty if you can’t feed yourself as a nation contain insecurity internally and externally?
      On Friday people living with HIV/AIDS demonstrated from freedom corner in Uhurupark to the CBD I was shocked reading the placards “OBAMA WE ARE WATCHING YOU”
      What a sense of ignorance and impunity is this? The global fund is an aid and kenyan government agencies must know that donors have got a right to withdraw when they want and if they want to avoid such silly humiliations they must plan to budget for their own medicines.
      Kenya as I speak to you is the leading nation in the rise of resistant strains of HIV/AIDS in the south of Sahara which accounts for 66.67% of the world’s HIV pandemic contributes to 10% of the world’s wealth and 10% to the world’s population then someone wonders why countries from south of Sahara be first ones to be accusing the western nations of sabotage.
      Kenya is a hub of all duty and wicked things, just 5 years ago we only had one HIV type 1 today we have both types 1 and 2 with all subtypes.
      News that some college students were caught having sex with Dogs was not shocking to me but was a clear explanation of how dirtier our country has fallen. No-wonder we elected a president and deputy facing crimes against humanity.
      On treatment we are the most consummating nation in the south of Sahara in HIV/AIDS treatment. The WHO recommends that those on 2nd line treatment should not exceed 20% but as we speak the figures from NASCOP are indicating 29.87% whereas Uganda is at 12% those in 2nd line.
      Are we a cursed nation?
      Let the kenyan media woke out his slumber and do the oversight let them stop telling us how and why Raila Odinga failed, He didn’t fail his victory was stolen because he doesn’t subscribe to the kenyan nonsense, but you can see they are looking after him.
      ==

      • Andrew N. & Others,

        While Raila like any other Kenyan has a right and may be even a responsibility to accept appointments to serve the country in any capacity, he would be foolish to accept this nonsensical envoy role to serve the coalition of the accused. It is not a miracle why Uhuru and Ruto would need Raila as some envoy for them.

        We know the ICC reality is digging a bite into the butts of these folks and the alleged light at the end of the tunnel looks like a train in full speed heading their direction.

        Uhuru called it a personal challenge he has to face during the election debates. It is actually much more than that. It is a disaster of biblical proportions precisely because it is not within the attack range for the forces of impunity in Kenya where they are assured to turn the tables. If this was in the Supreme Court of Kenya may be they would have a shot at it. Sadly for them, this is elsewhere.

        As we speak the indicted suspects at State House are busy at The Hague. Ruto wants to be tried in absentia and wants the trial date moved to November. Uhuru wants his trial date moved to 2014.

        The indicted suspects are in this dual dilemma. They complain that there is zero evidence against them and the trial is just a political joke. Then they turn around and claim that they have been given tens of thousands of new evidence and they need time to go through all that. They look foolish trying to play games with the court. I doubt it will work for them.

        Even as all these is going on Uhuru and Ruto are busy trying to derail the trial completely trying to arm twist the UNSC into firing ammunition for impunity in Kenya. They will realize, once again, that manipulating the UNSC is not within their pay scale. Keep that nonsense within the AU and ask Gaddafi and Gbagbo what the results will be. Not good.

        Simply put, some people in the big house are shitting bricks and are scared to death to come face to face with the trial at the ICC. The propaganda gimmicks are no longer applicable. It is time to sit at the dock.

        This is the kind of foolishness Uhuru wants to drag Raila into. Guess what, the same Raila tried to solve this nightmare four years ago when he campaigned vigorously for a local trial. Ruto and Uhuru said they had the numbers to kill that and send the matter to The Hague. They succeeded. So why bother Raila now. You got what you wanted, deal with it. Ruto already hired himself a private jet paid for by Kenyan taxpayers to help him navigate the minefield of travels.

        http://www.nation.co.ke/News/politics/Rutos-luxury-jet-hire-to-cost-Sh100m/-/1064/1856688/-/reaeh8z/-/index.html

        From what we see emerging on the ground, Kenya is on the verge of a very uncertain future. We are soon to have both the president and his deputy fighting for their lives on charges of committing crimes against humanity by organising the mass murder of Kenyans. That will shift the political dynamics in the country beyond the peni mbili politics that most of us are used to. It is another world and it is good and bad. With consequences. Yes. Fair enough. We will be fine. Always. As long as we fight back. The citizens will always do that. History testifies to that. The nation is safe. Kenyan citizens make it so at all times.

        Today we have M.Ps so arrogant and greedy that they will face an inevitable war with the populace. Citizens will welcome that battle. The M.Pigs are mad and saying they are not pigs. Really. Because the Occupy parliament patriots brought live pigs and some kind of blood to their dramatic and very effective protest some people are mad with them saying they insulted Muslims. Give me a break.

        Kenyans taxpayers, many of whom are Muslims, are about to be robbed by M.Ps trying to enforce their own pay scale above what the SRC has legally set up. Good luck but sorry. You have lost this battle. Members of Parliament can no longer determine their pay scale. That is the law.

        This salary war is not a small matter. People like Duale, the Jubilee mouthpiece, in parliament are going to be brought back to earth whether they like it or not.

        The move on government is already in crisis barely 50 days in office. We havent seen anything yet. If people thought Kibaki had a government that run from one crisis to another, they need to sit back. The Uhuruto regime will redefine what a government in crisis means. They have it in their DNA. They used the mass murder of Kenyans and the ICC case to propel them to power and they thought it will end there. Nonsense.

        It is going to be fun and dangerous from here on but I always tell folks that the country makes great strides when we have people in government who think they have it all made when stuff is all over the place. That is when we go to work. I like those who came up with the move on phrase for the Uhuruto mob. Kenyans are soon going to ask Uhuru and Ruto to let the country move on as they go to The Hague and move on with the other inmates doing time in there. Too bad Gaddafi did not make it there. May be Gaddafi was luckier. Who knows.

        Look what we did with Kibaki in ten years. We got a new katiba which Kibaki did not want but was forced to support after failing to impose his in 2005. Kibaki goes into retirement when his boys are going to The Hague. Kenyans are breaking the back of impunity and the old guy would rather die in his sleep than see all the stuff happening. The TJRC report, bogus or not, is just about to hit the runway. We are going to work with it to move the country forward.

        I personally refused to take my issues of torture and repression to the TJRC and took my matter to court where it sits as we speak but I have always supported the TJRC and I know what is coming up. This is another Waki report and soon the criminals will start crying and trying to turn themselves into victims. Great. We will console them with slaps. Public and private. Welcome.

        In short our country is going to need the guts and courage of folks like Raila even more now than ever. There is a lot of work to be done and none of it requires Raila to be Uhurus lapdog. He has enough lapdogs as it is.

        Here is what Raila himself says about the so called job offer.

        http://www.nation.co.ke/News/politics/Raila-urges-MPs-to-halt-pay-rise-demands/-/1064/1857152/-/3cv1fa/-/index.html

        Lets remember one thing. All the hyenas in parliament want a bite of the money. Everybody wants to eat big. It is frightening. This is NOT a partisan issue. We have to deal with it as a nation and I am very sure we will.

  6. uhuruto and his crowd should get on with the business of running a govt and let raila and others get on with their lives

    God willing to meet again in 2017

    these fake patronizing moves are pointless

  7. led uhuru consider kibaki and moi for those positions.Raila is there to help cord form next government 2017, we now know the mistake we did,in Raila we believe in really change.

  8. Uhuru woos Raila for State job

    A section of the government and some senior advisers of former Prime Minister Raila Odinga have made fresh attempts to have him appointed Kenya’s Ambassador at Large.

    Whereas the push began immediately after President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto were sworn in, it has intensified in recent days, according to aides of the three leaders.

    Those in the know say Mr Ruto has been calling the former PM regularly telling him that his experience and international connections could be put to good use to advance the national interest.

    Confirming the new developments, the head of Mr Odinga’s campaign team in the last election Mr Eliud Owalo said the position was “something being pushed by people in government, but it comes with the condition that he quits local politics”.

    “That push is there. A lot of people want him out of local politics,” he said.

    Mr Salim Lone, a communications consultant and confidante of the former PM, would not comment on the details of Mr Odinga’s plans and only told the Sunday Nation that “a number of assignments and jobs have been mooted, and the former PM is still weighing them”.

    If he accepts the position of roving ambassador, Mr Odinga, who considers himself a Pan-Africanist, would join the Panel of African Eminent Persons which includes former Presidents Joachim Chissano of Mozambique and Benjamin Mkapa of Tanzania.

    He would take up mediation assignments on the continent and elsewhere. But this is just one of the four options the former PM is mulling over.

    The second is returning to Parliament to lead the Opposition, a position on which he has been sending mixed signals.

    On the sidelines of a dinner organised by The Times newspaper in London, he told the Sunday Nation that he was considering either going back to Parliament to lead the Opposition or taking a back seat and assuming a role on the international stage.

    Speaking at a funeral in Busia County last Saturday, Mr Odinga said he would push Cord’s agenda from outside Parliament “so long as the Constitution was properly implemented”.

    Busia Senator Amos Wako had earlier told Raila to “come back to Parliament to reorganise the party”.

    The third option the former PM is said to be considering is for him to lead Cord from outside Parliament even as he prepares for a fourth stab at the presidency.

    The fourth option is forming a foundation along the lines of the Kofi Annan Foundation and the Bill Clinton Foundation, which will focus on health, security, economic empowerment, leadership development, and citizen service.

    Those favouring the foundation route say it would offer him a free hand and an enhanced status rather than a situation where he would have to report to the President or sit in the backbench of Parliament.

    But the new push to have Raila take up a special envoy’s assignment has divided his camp down the middle with some reading mischief into the move, saying it was a plot to push him out of politics so that his competitors can inherit his traditional constituency.

    Mr Ruto is said to be leading the charm offensive because he believes he could easily inherit Nyanza. Some residents of Luo Nyanza credit the former PM’s performance in 2007 to the Kalenjin vote which the Deputy President brought in.

    Rarieda MP Nicolas Gumbo captured the dilemma in Cord when he said: “Opinion is divided on what role the former PM should play in the current dispensation. There are those who feel Cord is lacking strong leaders in the two houses and yet there are those who feel if he became an MP in the current dispensation his role would be diminished. He said that Raila was receiving a lot of suggestions and that matters were complicated by the fact that his “persona was so huge that fitting him in any role was difficult.”

    Budalang’i MP Ababu Namwamba said: “Whatever role he decides to play, so long as it is not below his stature, he would be up there. Whether he becomes a special envoy or starts a foundation, it would be a big thing as he has a Midas touch.”

    http://www.nation.co.ke/News/politics/Uhuru-woos-Raila-for-State-job-/-/1064/1849700/-/15rm0stz/-/index.html

    • The so called “ambassador at large” is none existent position that is given or taken away at the pleasure of the president. If I were Raila, I would not even think about it leave alone considering it.

      If Raila would like to be Uhuru Kenyatta and William Rutos errand boy then he can take up the position. But if he wants to be a man of his own then he must categorically turn down the offer. He must not put himself in a situation where Uhuruto can fire him. Besides, Moi and Kibaki fit the bill better. Why not them?

      The push by Uhuruto gang to have Raila in this diffuse position has all to do with The Hague process and nothing else. The sooner he takes up the position than will he will be ordered to take up the so called shuttle diplomacy. What a shame it would be for Raila to be reporting to Ruto and being told what to do and say or else?

      Going back to parliament is another avenue that Raila should avoid as much as he can. Staying out of parliament will provide him with the time to reflect and reorganize CORD for the next election. This, he must do, whether he is going to be a candidate or not in the next elections.

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