By Samedi wa Makambo
Former Kakamega Senator and Kenya’s number one bullfighter, Dr. Bonny Khalwale has given a way forward on how to completely finish Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga.
Odinga who inherited the political grasp from his father, the first Vice President of Kenya and the doyen of opposition politics, the late Jaramogi Odinga Oginga, has been in the political field for over four decades.
No student of political science or history can write about the country’s political journey without the mention of the Raila Odinga.
He has been in and out of government and mostly credited as the champion of the rights of the “lesser Kenyans” This has seen his going into incarceration for over seven years.
His tactics in opposition has not been limited to democratic means but also military involvements like the infamous coup of 1992, Mass Action of 2017 and Civil Resistance of 2013 under the command of the self declared 5 star general Miguna Miguna.
Tinga as he is popularly know has served in Parliament as Mp Langata and has stood for presidency severally but failed. However he still maintains a fanatical following in the larger part of the Republic and thus was recently baptised “Baba”, the father of the State. His influence outside government has made the governments of the day look bogus and at most times the Citizens including those who are from progovernment zones turn to him for assistance against the excesses of the state.
” It is never easy to write off Baba in the Kenyan Socioeconomic and Political equation. Infact he is the main denominator in all equations that arise”. Opines Abdul Barisa a student of history at K.U. Politics without Raila will be useless and uncompetitive he added.
Agwambo meaning the mysterious one, another name for Raila has also served as Minister and Prime Minister in Kenya. It is during his tenure as the PM that a lot was achieved in terms of economic development and democratic space. Thika super highway and the new Constitution were founded at this period. This was during the reign of President Mwai Kibaki under the Grand Coalition government that was formed after the disputed election of 2007 that led to massive loss of lives and property.
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Currently, though in opposition, Raila is seen to hold a lot of authority in government following his famous handshake with president Uhuru Kenyatta in March of 2018 after a bitter electioneering period of 2017. After the elections, Raila disputed the elections of Uhuru and successfully petitioned the Supreme Court which ordered for a repeat poll that Raila never participated for what he termed lack of credibility by the elections body the IEBC. He then led his supporters to a Civil Resistance against the government under the auspicious of the NRM which ordered its members not purchase certain products from companies associated to government, notably Safaricom and Brooksides Milk products.
The handshake saw Raila get a new Status not just in Kenya but Africa as he was appointed Africa’s special envoy on Infrastructure by the AU, under the request and influence of president Kenya. The Handshake as commonly known is meant to bridge the gaps that had befallen Kenyans over the years. The BBI initiative is currently on a regional roundtable discussions with Nyanza having held its dialogue and Western in the coming week.
The BBI has seen a tool by Uhuru and Raila to stop the Deputy President William Ruto from ascending to the presidency. Ruto’s allies who include Khalwale are blaming Raila for causing a rift in the Jubilee government that has made the the President and his deputy bitter foes. The Jubilee duo had made a covenant of supporting each other for a ten year presidency but as things are Uhuru is not keen in keeping his promise.
It is on this premise that Ruto’s allies are out in arms to deal with Raila whom they see as the root cause of the broken covenant.
Dr. Kalwale who is Ruto’s Western Kenya envoy thus believes that since it has been hard to deal with Raila over the years, the time has now come to change tact and derive a new formula or strategy. According to Khalwale its only Doctors of Medicine that can deal with Raila and finish him once and for all. He expressed his opinion in a response to his tweet where he explained how he mobilized youth for street battles against police in Kiambu so as to force the release of Gatundu South Mp Moses Kuria from custody just as the way they did with Ndindi Nyoro the Kiharu Mp. It is at this point where the vocal doctor pointed out that the Medical Doctors will finish Raila. He said, “Did u know that one of the greatest liberation heroes (Erenestito Che Quavara) of all time was a Doctor of Medicine? We will liberate all of u from Odingaism” This was in response made by a follower in relation to the Gatundu demos.
As observers, we are waiting to see which prescription the doctors will use to finish the enigma, the mysterious man of a million lives, Raila Amollo Odinga.