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Raila: A political cheat or timely saviour for Kenyans?

06 January 2016, 19:04 Cheruo Levi Cheptora

“The donkey is fed up of carrying the burden. The time for dialogue is over. Kenyans want all the wrong things going on dealt with. They want peace and to remain as one…” These are utterances now synonymous with a self-proclaimed political Messiah who want to lead us away from Egypt towards Canaan pronounced during the Saba Saba Day or 7/7 (formally a day Tanzanian’s commemorate the formation of Tanganyika African National Party TANU, in 1954 and informally a day Kenyan civil rights activists and other dissidents commemorate Moi’s oppressive era that was characterized by purging of vocal government critics, political assassinations and a horde of other brutalities).

And how is he going to take us there?

Fasten your safety belt and get ready for a ride your grandmother would hate for having missed! You guessed right! It is going to be through the 13-point ‘Operation Okoa Kenya’.

This Messiah is none other than Raila Amolo Odinga. According to CORD’s (Coalition for Reforms and Democracy) Principal, Hon. Amollo Raila Odinga, former Kenya's Prime Minister, the Jubilee Administration is a spectacular failure that has since landed a whole blindfolded nation into the ugly jaw of dystopia.

Here, in dystopia, as one should expect, the government in charge is oppressive, extreme poverty and a huge income gap between the modern-day bourgeoisie (the rich or those who own the means of production) and proletariat (the poor or those without any means of production), propaganda is the weapon of choice for indoctrinating and brainwashing an army of submissive, ignorant and yet vulnerable electorates and there is an implicit shutdown of free thinking.

You might be tempted to unilaterally label my sentiments as products of intentionally skewed fallacies or better still, you might think they amount to an ad hominen (perceptions and viewpoints that simply appeal to my prejudices, emotions, or special interests rather than my intellect or reason). But then again wait until you read the 13-point ‘Operation Okoa Kenya’ declaration.

Key among the demands enshrined in the declaration is a demand for a referendum on governance (now underway and at its final stages before official kick-off), disbandment of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (to be replaced by a UN alternative), a reduction in the cost of living (failure to which the Opposition would ask its supporters to boycott some products and companies according to Mr. Raila), an audit of all government appointments since Jubilee took over (such that the gender and ethnic backgrounds of the appointees and their percentages in proportion to the public service are determined and made public) and so on and so forth.

You might dislike him but political pundit, Mr. Mutahi Ngunyi was right when he asserted that Mr. Raila is a political phenomenon who has a tyranny of voters behind him.

That said, he speaks on behalf of many ‘tired donkeys’ and his Operation Okoa Kenya must thus be taken seriously.

As a distraught electorate who feels shortchanged and blatantly let down by Jubilee, I am ready to pack my belongings and head to Canaan as soon as last there.

I have no doubts in mind that there in Canaan rests a peaceful government with outstretched arms ready to embrace my 'donkeymates' and I with equality, access to education, healthcare, employment, and no doubt a safe environment.

As we wait to see how the drama will unfold, Raila must now forget about resting. He must sweat and bleed so we can finally reach the Canaan he is promising.

A corrupt-free destination where no one will have to spend a whooping 37,000/= on a single bar of soap, a just home that respects human rights and no one is above the law, a nation whose proceeds can pay the striking civil teachers, offer universal healthcare for its people and maybe afford extra pocket money for graduates shamelessly operating as touts or barbers on our streets.

I am a tired donkey, trust me!

Now wait...Take a second look at Coalition for Restoration of Democracy (Cord) lieutenants. The likes of Steven Kalonzo Musyoka betrayed the Kenyan electorate in 2007, did he not?

Moses Wetangula is a consant clientele of the Anti-Corruption Agency, is he not? Jubilee Administration might have failed Kenyans yes but then again I do not see an angel in the opposition either. I too, just like many other naive, submissive, indoctrinated, hoodwinked and perhaps a little brainwashed supporters of CORD, am guilty of idolizing this man, Raila.

In the end, we must agree that as much as we have elevated his stature to match those of demigods, he is but just a mere mortal...and what is more? A politician like the rest: guilty of using the masses to gratify his political ambitions and use our naivety as a springboard to achieve his high ends!

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