“There is complete silence by the media about the Phala Phala allegations. This was not the case when allegations were made about the security upgrades at my home in Nkandla; by the way: this is a standard practice as prescribed in the Government handbook for all sitting and former Presidents. I often wonder what the situation would have been if I was the one accused of having millions of dollars hidden under mattresses. I wonder what would have happened if that was an allegation out of Nkandla. Let us not beat about the bush about the neglect of constitutional duty that comes with abusing the office of the President to conduct private business. l am assuming that what President Ramaphosa has said about the many dollars under his bed or furniture is true that he conducts private businesses while serving as President of our country” – Former President Jacob Zuma (21.10.2022)
It is only 4 years ago since former President Jacob Zuma was in office. For some it might seem like forever. There was a reason for the State Capture case and the Zondo Commission. Even if Zuma is acting like a victim now in 2022. He isn’t a victim, neither was he a saint or innocent in office.
Yes, Ramaphosa needs to address his misgivings and take accountability not only for the Phala Phala allegations. The current President should address his reason for suspending the Public Protector and the non-release of the CR2017 Report. There is enough mischief from Ramaphosa to question his actions.
However, Zuma is throwing stones in a glass-house. The glass is shattering just where his sitting. We shouldn’t forget the connection to the Gupta family empire and how he used State Owned Enterprises (SOE) to enrich himself. Secondly, he even gave the Gupta family easily entry and visas in the Republic. Thirdly, he even ensured the Gupta’s to have a say in who to appoint and hired family member(s) in their companies. It was a mirage of trade-offs and kick-backs. So, Zuma isn’t the fella to lecture others on being non-corrupt.
Are we supposed to forget the “fire-pool” or the village project made out of nowhere in Nkandla? It isn’t like Nkandla is a homestead of one tiny building and not a vast compound. Zuma has done his corrupt business in office. It was his time to eat and he ate alright.
“It is interesting to observe the silence against the many allegations of criminality against the current President, all the so called civil society organizations who parade as the defenders of rule of Law are nowhere to be seen in demanding the accountability from him” (Zuma, 21.10.2022).
Yes, Ramaphosa should answer for his actions. Just like Zuma is investigated into his affairs. That is justified, but a total silence it hasn’t been. There is a Namibian connection and investigation too. So, the Phala Phala scandal is in the making. Zuma should consider himself lucky that he was only in prison for acting in contempt of the court. The former President has still yet to be charged of corruption or direct involved in the State of Capture case, which was the reason for him stepping down in 2018.
That’s why Zuma should take it easy why he can. The slow wheels of justice and the prolonged agony isn’t over. The Zondo Commission or the State of Capture case isn’t over either. This is why the victimhood isn’t carried by the right man. His right to challenge and question Ramaphosa. We all should question him, but is he the right guy? The man who did the same crimes and used office to enlarge his pockets?
Zuma isn’t a man who was a righteous or sincere Head of State. No, he was just another corrupt President who earned fortunes on serving the Republic. That’s what he did. So, his not the one that should cry havoc. He is lucky to out and have escaped prison. He has only served a small time and not really answered the State of Capture case of yet. Peace.
“What we had was a coup d’etat. You even saw the chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission run to announce the results as some of his commissioners denounced the outcome, yet he was celebrated as a hero. They cannot allow that to happen anywhere else in Africa” (…) “The international community could not condemn Mr Chebukati’s actions because they knew what had happened. The African right-wing has always been in conspiracy with the international monopoly capital since independence and Kenyans must be prepared to further sacrifice to win this struggle” – Raila Odinga (07.10.2022).
This time around the Azimio la Umoja – One Kenya Alliance Presidential Candidate Raila Odinga is going overboard in defending his loss in the 2022 elections. We know the Azimio didn’t prepare or even collect workable evidence to sustain in the Supreme Court. The Odinga Secretariat and Azimio was running on vibes and not directly considering the professional work of the Kenya Kwanza Alliance.
It is really interesting that a month has passed since the Supreme Court confirmed William Ruto’s win. Now after the fact his coming with pseudo-intellectualism and conspiracies to why he lost. Odinga should be better than this, but he needs to grasps straws, instead of reflecting on the reasons for his loss. There was internal issues within the Azimio, which has been revealed after the August election and it has never been addressed. The Azimio team could have investigated and looked into how it operated. However, it wants to vilify someone else and continue to target Chebukati.
Chebukati is the epic boogeyman now. His the villain and the grand culprit of a scheme to overturn the August election. That’s what Odinga is saying… while his not reflecting on the reasoning, the evidence or the work of Azimio in general. It is like saying Ruto and KKA has no agency of their own. Only Odinga has agency and ability to work on his own. The rest is either part of a grand conspiracy or working for colonial powers. Alas, how can you put these things together now?
Couldn’t the same arguments and reasoning be used against him, if he would have won and become the next President? If he had become Baba the 5th couldn’t the cartels and the dynasties be seen as a part of the “deep state”. So, in this regard his making a lot of smoke, but there is no initial fire.
In this manner, Odinga is actually undermining the authorities and the entities involved in the election. His disregarding the KKA and their allegiance to the Republic. They have now overlords, which they are following and directing them. If it is so, wouldn’t the same most likely have happened to him too?
Since Odinga would inherit the same structures, institutions and international obligations, which the Kenya government have to uphold. It isn’t like he would operate in a vacuum or on a lonely island without any pre-conditions what-so-ever. If that sound preposterous or outrageous, well, it is and this is why Odinga needs a pushback.
I have defended and wished Odinga victory in the past. Seeing the plights and the pleas from him in the 2013 and in 2017. However, the 2022 election was different for me. Both the way the IEBC operated and how it could defend it’s role. It’s like Odinga never moved on from the technical and mechanisms the IEBC has made over the years. That’s why Chebukati is getting such wording his way.
What I would prefer, if any of these things was true. Would be a deep dive from the Raila Odinga Presidential Secretariat or the Azimio team. Where Odinga and his associate could prove the involvement and the conspiracy itself. Until then, it’s just hearsay and alleged allegations that cannot be proven. Therefore, it’s just conspiracy theories.
Yes, there will be multi-national organization connected to the Kenyan government. That being the United Nations, International Monetary Fund, World Bank and diplomatic relations with several of other nations. It is not like that would change under Odinga, who himself has been a part of the African Union as an Envoy. He should know the gist of this… and that’s why his conspiracies are of no good. Especially, when his own petition and evidence didn’t hold up in Court.
Odinga either have to deliver a comprehensive report with valid evidence or just accept the loss. Because, his team couldn’t even get a victory like they did in the Supreme Court in 2017. So, he should know the gist of it. However, this is politicking, but not the good kind. Peace.