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EACC going down slippery slope with Raila

11 December 2015, 09:41 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Is the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commision EACC biting too much in its pursuit of CORD leader Raila Odinga? Experts believe they are.

In a bold move, the EACC sent officers Thursday evening to serve the CORD leader with summons ordering him to appear before the Commision on Monday at their offices in Nairobi.

They want Raila to shed light on the KES 250 billion Eurobond transactions which he claims have been bungled.

The CORD leader though, is adamant that he will do things on his terms and that the move by the EACC amounts to threats and intimidation which they will not succeed with, he says.

So are the EACC biting too much? Is their pursuit of Raila bound to bear any tangible fruit?


" It is a dangerous move by the EACC in a number of ways. First, Raila is not a suspect in the Eurobond case and thus they forcing him to go to them straight away shows that there is something amiss," political analyst Michael Njenga says.

" Raila is not the wanted man here. He is the whistle-blower and the public will see it just as that. He is not in government and has no links to the money, so why are they being so forceful about it?

" In the game of public perception, which is key, Raila beats them hands down if they even try touch him in a negative manner, in the eyes of the people,".

" Also, remember Raila has a huge support base in the country. You do not want to manhandle a person who is perceived as innocent in this case in such a manner. It is not the kind of message you want to send," he believes.

Political mileage

" I think this whole Eurobond case has been a goldmine for Raila. He has played it very well in terms of Political strategy," Political Sciences Lecturer Isaac Kipngetich says.

" He has discredited the government side and forced them to react. He has put them on the back foot and that has in the end forced the government to try hit back, which as we can see has not been very successful."

" The political mileage he has gained from Eurobond is massive and will tell in the 2017 General Elections. He has succeeded in pushing out Anne Waiguru and portrayed the government as corrupt and untrustworthy."

" If the EACC even tries to any level to arrest Raila, it will be the final nail in the coffin as far as this issue is concerned," he states.

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