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Raila; Hold your horses

25 July 2013, 12:31 Paul Orodi

It has been slightly over three months since the Jubilee government took over the reins of power from the Kibaki administration. Was the transition of governments successful and peaceful? Yes.

Was the contest fair? That is debatable; but what remains as a fact is that there is a government in place and politics of who won and who didn’t should be shoved in the dustiest shelves for another five years.

The CORD leader has been on record numerous times saying that the IEBC helped the Jubilee fraternity make it to the house on the hill. No one loves defeat especially if it is handed on a continual basis. After losing the election, the CORD leader filled a petition at the Supreme Court and still lost the case that sought to revoke Uhuru’s win. With these two landmark defeats, it is logical that the aggrieved party will feel shortchanged but the question is; for how long?

One hundred days are gone since Uhuru and his deputy took over, the country has been analyzing their transition into power and if indeed they have stuck to their words and promises.

At present, the president is on track to achieving some of his major campaign promises. He already rolled out the free maternal health care and currently, the laptop project is in the kitchen being finalized. When it comes to devolution, the government is trying to make the counties self-sustainable as fast as possible and this clearly indicates that the pledge to support devolution is well on course.

With this kind of environment where development is being sought after, politics needs to take a back seat and let the technocrats aid the government in achieving its goals and objectives.

The former premier has resorted to throwing punches at the government with every opportunity he gets. It is true that the elections were not as transparent as we would have wished but at least the government of the day is committed to serving all Kenyans whether they voted in their favor or not.

Raila Odinga should now be concentrating on writing his memoirs.

In addition, he should be playing the role of senior African leader with regards to issues like Somalia, Central African Republic, Mali and the rest of the war torn regions.

It is high time he directed his energies to actively play the role of a peace ambassador and senior advisor to the African Union on governance, democracy, and peace and conflict resolution.

He still has a huge role in leading the CORD fraternity but not as actively like before.

The former prime minister should now ensure that Musyoka - his former running mate - has all the necessary support of CORD soldiers when it comes to overseeing government business.

The former VP should be the one running all over the country trying to sensitize the CORD supporters and followers on the need to ensure there is good governance, accountability and full commitment to devolution.

As we head towards the end of the year, the CORD fraternity should advise the former premier on how to go about taking up more continental roles rather than holding on to what is now termed as ‘water under the bridge’.

Failure to do so will have grave consequences that might lead to the whole CORD house crumbling to the ground.

Raila should focus on strengthening his party by properly advising the former VP on good political strategies and ensuring that youthful characters are born and bred within the party in every county.

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