Opinion: All these handshakes, what is Odinga up-too?
The dream of Canaan is long gone, that went with the first handshake and agreement between Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga. That is known, as the legitimacy of the Jubilee Government came with that, the National Super Alliance (NASA) has started to fracture and the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has aligned itself with the regime. Therefore, the problems of the 2017 elections are dwindling away. Even if the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is in tatters right now. Just like it was in- and around the Chickengate sackings.
Odinga has now been with Daniel Arap Moi, Gideon Moi, he has been with Sonko, Kuria, Kabogo, and been with Mwai Kibaki. All shaking hands and talking. These talks are for the benefit of himself, just like the Parliament and its sessions is planning a huge retirement package for Odinga. Certainly, his price was to get something out of it all. Even if the system is collapsed, the system was made to rig the elite and make sure the political dynasties lives-on. Odinga didn’t trade that away, that is why Kenyatta is confident and Ruto is giddy.
That Wetan’gula, Mudavadi and Kalonzo Musyoka are trying to find relevance and better tenants to live under. Since Odinga betrayed them, but they betrayed him too. So in that instance they are equals. Therefore, blaming Odinga in that regard is benign. However, that Odinga continues to visit big-men and talk. Shows that something is up. He wouldn’t do this if there wasn’t something in it for him and his party.
I would be naive to think otherwise. To think that he didn’t have all these meetings for a reason. If he didn’t have them, he could just be chilling in his home and drink tea. But he isn’t doing that, he traveling and make sure for progression of the agreement and with the stakeholders he need. That is how it seems.
What I am thinking, what is his end-game? What is the reason behind it all? What does Odinga get out of it, except for good-press? I wonder what is behind the headlines and the so-called talks with these big-men. Because he cannot just do it without any reason. Odinga is smarter than that.
He tricked us all in believing in Canaan. He had me routing for him and his resistance, I was cheering for the defying of the rigged system, the mismanagement and looting of the current administration. That he could be answer against them and greet the people in the promised land of Canaan. Instead, he gave up, and his fellow Co-Principals did the same.
That is why I am a bit indifferent to his actions now, Baba did himself good, but didn’t change the paradigm or the systemic problems with that handshake. It is still much the same. The underlining issues are still underneath the surface. That will not change or go away with a sudden agreement between two prominent gentlemen.
However, I wonder and I don’t have the answer. What does Odinga get out of all these handshakes and what is purpose, other than some PR scoops? Peace.