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Raila fights back

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  1. Rutashubanyuma

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    [​IMG] Correspondent | NATION Prime Minister Raila Odinga listens to Energy assistant minister Magerer Langat at the ceremony to mark the 17th anniversary of Jaramogi Oginga Odinga’s death at Kang’o Kajaramogi in Bondo on January 22, 2011. Mr Odinga used the occasion to respond to his political rivals in the KKK alliance.
    By DANIEL OTIENO dotieno@ke.nationmedia.comPosted Saturday, January 22 2011 at 21:00
    In Summary

    • Prime Minister fires a broadside at President Kibaki, Cabinet ministers and ODM rebels who attended Friday’s Eldoret rally and vows to wage serious political battle



    Prime Minister Raila Odinga on Saturday launched a political attack on his rivals and said the Orange Democratic Movement was bracing itself for a new dawn that would make it a stronger outfit in the run-up to next year’s General Election.

    The PM put on a brave political face in the face of a rebellion that has swept away key members of his party to make an informal political friendship with erstwhile rivals in PNU.

    Mr Odinga fired a broadside at President Kibaki and a group of Cabinet ministers and MPs, some of whom include ODM rebels, who attended a presidential rally in Eldoret on Friday.

    “The days when people used to congregate around the President for favours are over. We are more interested in building institutions that will ensure that development is spread throughout the country without patronage,” said the PM.

    Although he did not mention the controversial KKK alliance by name, Mr Odinga said that all the current activities in the political scene were inconsequential in the race to capture power next year.

    He also tore into a group led by his party’s foremost rebel, Mr William Ruto, which has been purveying the message that it was time for younger leaders to take leadership positions in the country.

    “Do not tell us your age, tell us what you stand for. We in ODM know the disease bedevilling our country and we have the prescription and that is our motto,” said Mr Odinga.

    “We are not going to engage in noise making as those currently doing so are just but passing clouds. Jaramogi was in old age but with young and vibrant ideas. Some people are young with old and outdated ideas.”

    He said that at one time he was among the formidable politicians popularly referred to as Young Turks and that the whole country knew what their ideals were.

    He said those who were demonising the old would also grow old some day.

    Mr Odinga said the ODM elections scheduled for March will be the first major step to rebranding the party and giving it a line-up to go to the elections.

    He was speaking at Kang’o Kajaramogi during the 17th anniversary of his father’s death. Jaramogi Oginga Odinga died on January 20, 1994.

    ODM deputy party leader Musalia Mudavadi said that the party had not chased anybody away and those who were disgruntled should walk out without making noise.

    He also extended an olive branch to the rebels to come back and face the electorate at the party’s elections in March or ship out and shut up.

    The Deputy PM said that politics in Kenya was gradually leaning towards a strong political party which could rally the numbers across communities and command a majority in Parliament.

    “If we go our separate ways, we will be hanged on different trees and, if we succumb to tribalism, we will have lost our purpose in politics,” he said.

    Mr Mudavadi said that whereas he and the PM had sacrificed their political careers for both President Kibaki and Mr Kenyatta, none of those leaders was willing to do the same.

    “The only reason I lost my Sabatia seat in the 2002 elections was that I sacrificed for Uhuru Kenyatta. I’m not sure if Uhuru would make the same sacrifice for me or anyone else,” he said.

    The political broadsides came a day after ODM rebels teamed up with PNU stalwarts to stage a major rally at the Eldoret 64 Stadium on Friday.

    The presidential rally – fashioned as a peace meeting designed to reconcile communities who fought in 2008 – was attended by ODM chairman Henry Kosgey, deputy party leader William Ruto and more than 60 MPs.

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  2. Rutashubanyuma

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    Raila is neither a consummate strategist nor a an ideologue.........................so from the inception of the Government of national unity his fate was sealed like father like son........................it seems in Raila case history has gone fully circle, already...........................................
     
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    nadhani safari hii wakenya hawatakubali
     
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    he still a very wide chance!
     
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    Raila hawezi kuwa Rais wa Kenya. Wakikuyu hawataki na sasa Wakalenjin pia hawamtaki.
     
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    Ni hatari ku-underestimate Raila Odinga. Mwaka 2002 alimfanya Kibaki awe Rais' mwaka 2007 akamfanya Kibaki aibe kura, Mwaka 2012 anaweza kumfanya Kibaki akimbilie uhamishoni Saud Arabia! Usishangae Martha Karua akawa Waziri mkuu katika serikali ya Odinga akiwa Rais na Musalia Mudavadi akiwa makamu. Vile vile kumbuka familia ya Moi na Ruto hawaivi na Gideon Moi ( mtoto wa Moi) anataka kumvua madaraka Uhuru Kenyatta kwenye KANU. Kina Gideon usishangae wakawa nyuma ya Odinga 2012. Odinga ni political chess master.
     
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    Waweke mtu mwingine Raila ameshindwa no matter how much he fights back
     
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    Sounds interesting Kenya politics acha tu zina raha yake
     
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    Raila leo amezomewa pale Garissa ikiashiria mwisho wa ODM.....na harakati za Raila kuwa Raisi wa Kenya in 2012............................Hivyo ahadi ya Rails kuwa angelipambana na wanaompinga zimefikia ukingoni...........................

    Pole Mr. Raila..................you are too pompous man for anybody's liking..........................God shuns the proud, always......................
     
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    Raila........President 2012
     
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    raila is a political strategist, how he killed KANU at its peak is just prove to his political wit. I can say that Dr. Slaa can pick a tip or two from our prime minister, coz to me they are both fighting for the same cause, Democracy and economic empowerment for everyone. Never underestimate the son of Jaramogi, he once said that ''usione simba amenyeshewa ukadhani paka'' saa hizi amenyeshewa, mpe mda utaskia mngurumo wake.
     
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    But it seems the opositions rivals in Kenyan political are collapsing as days goes on... whats the secret agenda behind
     
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    My dear brothers, the problem facing opposition in Kenya right now is selfish and tribalism. As you can see all Kalenjini are supporting Ruto , Kikuyu probally will go for Kenyatta, Wakamba for Kalonzo Musyoka (VP) snake man. But remember as said earlier don't under estimate Raila he is Mafia in Kenyan politics. He had been jailed with Moi regime but still made where he is now. He is the one who put Kibaki in power and Kibaki turned his back against him. He is the one who made Kibaki madman in 2008 general election. Of course we all know when campaign kick off in 2012 election, some people will be asking for reconciliation with him. All in All let's hope for the best, we don't want to witness what happened before. We are tired of receiving refugees from neighbouring countries.
     
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    You cant be serious, ..or may be you dont know politics za kenya
     
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    Kwa hiyo jamaa wameanza kampeni za mwakani!
     
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