Opinion: Odinga never got to Canaan

Today it’s final and there seems to no other way. Every option has been exhausted and the Supreme Court Ruling over the 9th August Presidential Election is settled. The declaration of 15th August 2022 is now the law of the land. This means the loser with the smallest possible margin Raila Odinga didn’t reach in 2022.

Raila Odinga has tried since 1997 to get into the Presidency. Odinga has fought and tried, and never ever given up. No one would have faulted him or been disregarding him in any way. Odinga has fought and justifiably so. In 2017 I felt it was unfair and the second term for Jubilee seemed forced. The Fresh Presidential Elections wasn’t making things any better and now we are here 5 years later; and the Azimio couldn’t deliver or get him there.

Odinga has wanted to go Canaan and the promised land for so long. That has been clear. His only gotten into power or in close association with influence by making handshakes. Either that was Mwai Kibaki or with Uhuru Kenyatta. He himself didn’t get elected or get the majority to settle in. Even if that seemed believable in 2017. However, now? Well, it doesn’t seem so and if it did. There would be more worrying aspects or reports coming out from all corners of the Republic.

The tiredness of the Odinga might have come this time around. It might have been fatigue or even the whole machinery thought it was covered. That’s why it didn’t get across the finish-line in time. Odinga could seem arrogant and ready. It was his “turn” and he was the next in line. Still, the man didn’t get there and now it’s all gone.

Some says Baba the Fifth is the President that Kenya never had. That is true. This is not for the lack of trying. He has sought for it for decades. Built coalitions and parties that others has built their careers around. The Orange Democratic Movement, CORD, NASA and Azimio will be things associated with him. That’s for his role in this structures, movements and coalitions.

If Odinga banked on the Jubilee and Kenyatta’s popularity. Well, that didn’t serve him well. That sort of gamble was not giving him way. No, that has backfired and is evident not being the case. Odinga was close, but it didn’t take him there. That was the whole point of it all.

I’m not writing these things to dismiss or discredit Odinga. Odinga has fought the good fight and been a reformist with a presidential ambition. That final goal was something he never achieved. Odinga fought a lot of other battles and has built a legacy around his name. While that being said, he didn’t overcome the obstacles and found the platform to get ahead. If he had… he would have compete in the Fresh Presidential Elections and would have done it now.

Now we know that both of these is water under the bridge. Odinga will never see the Presidency and be a President. He is a man who was close and who built teams to get there. While these teams and these politicians wasn’t enough. This time it should have been so. Ruto wasn’t that popular and such a beloved character. However, he was still able to play the game and win.

That’s why Azimio have to look into themselves and how they spoiled the race. This should have been in the bank. Was it running on a “third” term of Kenyatta that was spoiling it? I don’t know… but Ruto will be sort of that too. However, he was able to do it and it shocked some people to the core. Now the Supreme Court verdict is out and there is no way back.

There will be people who are lost, feels betrayed and are in a state of mourning. They should be respected and honoured. These people invested into a man and his campaign. These people stood tall and believed in the causes of Odinga. Nevertheless, it was never his time and it’s evident today…

Odinga is the President, Kenya never had and never will have it seems. Raila Odinga, Baba the Fifth was only a dream and it turned into a nightmare. Odinga will be written about and be well respected long after life. He has stood in the test of time. Baba has fought and been on the frontline for rights, justice and liberties. That shall be remembered, but he will also be remembered for never winning and getting into promise land.

He never got to Canaan. He went through the desert and walked in circles, but the Lord Almighty never allowed him to cross River Jordan into the Promised Land. Peace.

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Opinion: Kalonzo wants to be the running mate of Odinga for the third time

Kenyans who call me watermelon don’t know me, they don’t understand me”Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka (17.04.2022).

The Wiper Democratic Movement President, One Kenya Alliance (OKA) Principal and part of Azimio La Umoja Coalition as a Council Member, Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka is now going in hard as his supposed to be the Deputy President Candidate of the Azimio La Umoja – One Kenya Alliance Coalition Party. Because, everyone knows that the Presidential Candidate will be Raila Odinga. That is predetermined and was written in stone.

If it will be so in 2022… then the joint ticket of Odinga-Kalonzo will be the third time. This has been done in coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) in 2013 and in the National Super Alliance (NASA) in 2017. Both times he was the Deputy on the ticket. It is a miracle that his still by the side and was able to negotiate himself into the Azimio camp after ditching the Swearing-In Ceremony on the 30th January 2018 at Uhuru Park. While he was able to get into good graces and become a Special Envoy to South Sudan in that term after the handshake between Odinga and Kenyatta.

Odinga and Kenyatta has joined forces in Azimio, just like they did in the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI). Kalonzo Musyoka is only benefiting from the fruits of their labour and now want the full buffet in this coalition party as well.

He is now acting like what his bringing is such huge following. That if Azimio-OKA will get certain votes and such. The coalition party needs to cater and ensure Kalonzo Musyoka becomes the DP. This would make this ticket for the third time and in a third alliance.

Kalonzo Musyoka is then not thinking of any of the other parties. Him and the OKA isn’t the only group in the Azimio. He acts like his the supreme ring leader beneath Odinga. That’s how things are looking and he should consider himself accordingly.

The whole Coalition Party is filled with leaders. There could be other strategies. That’s why Azimio is vastly different from CORD/NASA as is. Azimio has a broader spectrum and a bigger range of political leaders. This is why Kalonzo Musyoka could await what would happen after the polls. As he could get a plum-job then, because he participated and negotiated in this coalition already.

We know there is a top tier of the Jubilee and Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) within the Azimio. The second is the supposed OKA and the latter is the Mwanzo Mpya Caucus. Therefore, there is several of wings within the Coalition Party. Where several of leaders could get ranked and become DP.

Why should Odinga risk his ticket for a third time?

There several of other Council Members that is eligible and could become the DP. It could be Gideon Moi, Hassan Ali Joho, Sabina Chege, Naomi Shaban, Martha Wangare Karua, Charity Kaluki Ngilu, Wafula Wamunyinyi, Abdi Noor Omar Farah and Junet Mohamed. It is not like his only Council Member who is capable and eligible. Why should he outrank these people? What is so special and unique with Kalonzo?

Well, that he plays all different fields… and switches alliances after what is serving him the most. That’s why he played so hard to get before signing with Azimio too. It was inevitable when NASA Co-Principals went to Kenya Kwanza Alliance. He had to go Azimio. Therefore, Kalonzo should feel blessed that Azimio let him in and let the OKA become a part of the Coalition Party.

Kalonzo needs to rest on his laurels and what he has achieved already. Nevertheless… he wants to be the big-man… but he isn’t as grand, because there is nothing written in stone. It is a reason why he isn’t trusted or respected. His jumping ship quickly and seeking safe-haven. Kalonzo …. needs to chill… and Azimio should pick the most fitted and in particular someone who could create trust and goodwill outside of the coalition. However, don’t trust that… because these things will be traded and negotiated there too. Peace.

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