OPINION: RAILA- The Hope And Betrayal; Kenya Is Not Out Of The Woods Yet

Raila Odinga

The National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition has announced plans to swear-in Raila Odinga at the end of this month. They claim that this is owing to Raila Odinga having won the August 8th, 2017 election as shown in the Elections Results Transmission Servers.

Supporters of Jubilee see this as a waste of time and a futile effort and that NASA leaders and supporters need only to ‘blow off steam’ and that the change movement will die a natural death.

On the other hand, NASA supporters see this as a chance at start of the Civil Disobedience that will fuel the change that the country needs especially through the National Resistance Movement (NRM).

[wp_ad_camp_2] Some of the NRM supporters have even called for secession even through violent means though the movements for change appear to have waned and lost steam, it’ll be interesting to watch the events unfold near the end of January.

It is also imperative to note that in the hearts of many people who live in the rural Kenya, the NASA manifesto that promised, free secondary education to add to the already running free Primary Education, among other things, hasn’t been lost.

I got a chance to travel several times this last December and I spoke to a few people in the bus to Mbita and then to Mbale in Vihiga County.

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The movement is alive yet on the surface it seems not. The Jubilee Regime knows this too well.

The mistake those who think that the Raila Odinga movement of civil disobedience has lost steam is to undermine the silent majority.

The mainstream media has often portrayed the NASA Coalition ideas and support as solely made up and supported by only the Luo, yet in the Motion to have the People’s Assembly, we’ve seen Counties shatter this school of thought.

Kwale, being a Jubilee County, has passed the motion. The motion among other things; doesn’t recognize Uhuru Kenyatta as the duly elected president of Kenya.

In short Uhuru has no mandate to rule over them. Kenyans know what they want, they’ve known this since the times of Moi. And yes, it is not easy to remove the status quo, infact the status quo is always big and well-funded.

The Kenyan status quo has diabolic cartels that kill at the slightest provocation. However, the case, history shows us that such has been challenged and defeated in the past.

Stefan Zweig reminds us that, ‘every wave, regardless of how high and forceful it crests, must eventually collapse within itself’. The UhuRuto fights and disagreement is eminent, as has been shown in the first phase of the recently announced Cabinet Secretaries’ positions.

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No doubt, the Jubilee Kleptocracy has grown big, eaten a lot and now they are vomiting on the shoes of Kenyans.

Jubilee promised free secondary education but now they can’t afford. Recent media reports shows that the National Treasury has run out of cash.
Moving on, it is also important to note that Jubilee has ‘pocketed’ almost all the media outlets.

The last bastion of resistance is the social media, where Kenyans share all manner of stories and jokes about the government.

The Chinese contemporary artist and activist, Ai Weiwei encourages us, “Censorship is saying: ‘I’m the one who says the last sentence. Whatever you say, the conclusion is mine.’ But the internet is like a tree that is growing.The people will always have the last word – even if someone has a very weak, quiet voice.”

Nevertheless, the social media reach is majorly in the urban areas. Rural areas remain underserved in a country that has high internet cost owing to exploitation of the dominant position by the leading telco.

The recent threats to a Daily Nation, Kenya’s Leading Daily newspaper, journalist Justus Wanga of dire consequences is a pointer of the direction of censorship that the Jubilee government has taken. But Kenyans have in the past, pushed against such.

Raila is the last embodiment of the struggle we have had as Kenyans since the early 1980s. He has not waned, he has not been bought, he believes in social justice and a fair and dignified society.

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He had remained steadfast and consistent. But after the ‘defeats’ in the 2017 elections, some of his strongest opponents are beginning to doubt his resolve.

The Late American Attorney general and Democratic Party Presidential candidate in the 1968 presidential elections, Mr. Robert Francis Kennedy reminds us about the importance of one man fight against injustice in the world.

[wp_ad_camp_2] First, is the danger of futility: the belief there is nothing one man or one woman can do against the enormous array of the world’s ills — against misery, against ignorance, or injustice and violence.

Yet many of the world’s great movements, of thought and action, have flowed from the work of a single man. A young monk began the Protestant Reformation, a young general extended an empire from Macedonia to the borders of the earth, and a young woman reclaimed the territory of France.

It was a young Italian explorer who discovered the New World, and 32 year-old Thomas Jefferson who proclaimed that “all men are created equal.”Raila is not done with Kenya yet, and Kenya is not out of the woods yet.
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