Opinion: Is Odinga going back to the streets or what?

Whenever judges resort to insults on advocates, it is as a result of disturbed conscience. Supreme Court is now in politics. Koome said that ruling was inspired by God, I believe it was inspired by the devil” Raila Odinga (16.09.2022).

This here speech today… just a day after returning from vacation with family on Zanzibar. The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) and Azimio la Umoja and One Kenya Alliance Presidential Candidate Raila Odinga is speaking his mind the recently ended elections. However, he seems far from finished with it and certainly he will go back to old ways.

Odinga seems to be back on the campaign trail again. He wants to run and be announced winner. That was anticipated ahead of the August 9th 2022 election. Nevertheless, the results told otherwise. He lost both the declaration and the Supreme Court petition. That’s why the election is exhausted this time around. However, we know that Baba isn’t the man to work in silence or be giving up.

That’s why I have a feeling of a new drive like the OKOA demonstrations and the “reforms” of the electoral law again. A man who tried to change the laws and constitution with the Building Bridges Initiative after the 2017 elections. So, it seems like a power thing now and not an honest effort anymore.

Just read these quotes after everything went down and Baba is certainly playing the cards of which we have seen before. Dismissing the state and the authorities, the government bodies who is in charge or had a say. Especially when they are not having a verdict or an announcement fitting his path.

If you do not unite, you are going to be ruled throughout the life of this Parliament and yet we have the numbers and strength to be able to be the rulers in the House” (Odinga, 16.09.2022).

We have three urgent tasks that we must not fail in; save the Judiciary and Legislature from state capture, transform and reform IEBC and make capable of conducting credible elections” (Odinga, 16.09.2022).

We have had the worst election since the return of multiparty politics” (Odinga, 16.09.2022).

Just by reading these quotes and not listening in to the whole address by Odinga today. It is surely seeing a pattern of first attacking the IEBC and now the Judiciary. Because, none of these gave the results he wanted. Odinga was the next in line and he cannot accept that someone else gotten elected. Neither can he accept that the Petition to the Supreme Court wasn’t good enough and the re-use of the 2017 petition didn’t help the case either.

Odinga is now going back to seemingly revive OKOA stances and wanting similar reforms. Just because he lost yet another election. That’s how it seems to me. Now, he will use the Azimio and coalition to target the entities that blocked his entry into office. That’s why it’s the worst election in history, because he was on a strong ticket and had the incumbent aligned on his team. Alas, that was the fault line and he didn’t consider the total campaign. Neither has the Azimio Secretariat listened to wisdom of others or possibly mistakes, which could have ensured victory.

Instead of looking into the wrongs internally. Odinga is striking at the state and the entities who blocked his entry into office. He cannot phantom that it wasn’t enough popularity to get him into office. Neither, that Ruto was able to play the nation smarter and gain just enough support from his strongholds. That should hurt Odinga, but he surely doesn’t seem to be able to grasp this idea.

He rather go back to renegade and go to the streets again. Where we see the actions in similar fashion of the CORD and what it did in consideration towards OKOA. If he pushes a One Million March. Then we are back to 2014-15 sort of actions. That’s how it’s looking and everyone should be aware.

At this point it seems like revenge and avenge his own losses. Instead of asking what went wrong internally in the Azimio Secretariat. He rather vent his anger against the IEBC and the Judiciary. Peace.

Kenya: Raila Odinga Presidential Secretariat – Re: Invitation to H.E. William Ruto’s Inauguration (12.09.2022)

Kenya: The Judiciary – Sponsored Sustained Attack on the Supreme Court on Social Media (12.09.2022)

Kenya: Raila Odinga Presidential Secretariat – Press Statement (11.09.2022)

Kenya: County Government of Kisumu – Office of the Governor – Message from the Governor to all MCAs in the Kisumu County Assembly (07.09.2022)

Kenya: Elections Observation Group (ELOG) – Press Release (06.09.2022)

Kenya Christian Professionals Forum (KCPF) – Press Statement on the 2022 General Elections and the Outcome of the Election Petition at the Supreme Court of Kenya (06.09.2022)

Opinion: Kenyatta has disrespected the Courts before…

The ones who was hearing the speech of outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta shouldn’t be surprised that he doesn’t care much for the Supreme Court. The same man called it a Coup d’Etat when it did overturn or rule in favour of Raila Odinga in 2017 Presidential Election Petition. That’s why the state held a second Presidential Election that year before he was sworn into a second term. Therefore, we know he despise the Courts.

Kenyatta is a man who has defied Court Orders. He hasn’t favoured the Judiciary or cared much for it. The independence of the Judiciary has blocked his legislation or important parts of his governing. The Courts has really created trouble for him and that’s because Kenyatta haven’t cared to follow protocol or do it after the 2010 Constitution.

So, when I heard he questioned the Supreme Court ruling today. It follows a pattern. Just like Miguna Miguna is still in Canada. Even after he won the rights to return back to Kenya in the Courts. That’s the sort of rule Kenyatta has aspired too and how he cares about the Courts.

What was most striking in his 7 minutes address was this:

For this is the civic duty of every single Kenyan. In particular, this civic duty requires every citizen to constantly put the truth presented by our constitutional institutions to test. And they must test them for coherence but also for correspondence. They must constantly scrutinize the coherence of the truth given by these institutions and to ask themselves whether the truth has been coherent from one election to another. Has there been a consistent pattern that is acceptable toward democratic ethos? We must ask ourselves is it about numbers or is it about process? Which of these two is it? And can our institutions rule one way in one election and another way in another election without scrutiny? I do invite you Kenyans to keep vigil and, indeed, hold all institutions to account. The second thing we must place under scrutiny is whether the truth given by institutions has correspondence – that is, do the truths given by our institutions correspond with what is observable by the citizens. True beliefs and true judgments must correspond to the actual state of affairs. But do our constitutional institutions meet this threshold? While we must appreciate these institutions, we must also hold them to account at every juncture and their truth has to be consistent and coherent. This is the only way we will build our democracy” (Uhuru Kenyatta, 05.09.2022).

No one should be shocked or in awe by this. Neither should anyone be worried that Kenyatta didn’t congratulate President-Elect William Ruto. Well, Kenyatta wanted his heir to win and that wasn’t happening. Neither did the Azimio prove that there was rigging going on or had evidence or proof, which proved that there. Therefore, Kenyatta has is now questioning the Supreme Court in 2022.

No one should be concerned by this. Especially when Kenyatta dismissed the Supreme Court for their judgment in 2017. We all know he did that back-then and no again the same Court gave an unfavourable ruling, yet again. Kenyatta is showing his disdain and throws the insinuation of doubts. Because it didn’t go in his favour.

We know Kenyatta is sad that the BBI was dismissed and other rulings has gone against him. That’s why we know the man isn’t the sort of fellow who loves or praises the Courts. He prefers getting it his way and the Supreme Court isn’t the place for that. This is why he speaks like this.

That he dismiss and is disgruntled over the Supreme Court judgment isn’t anything new. If he was himself on the ballot. He would have called this a putsch or a coup d’etat. Uhuru Kenyatta is just himself and it’s far from revolutionary… but more reactionary, which is what his know for. Peace.

Kenya: Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) – Verdict of the Supreme Court on the Presidential Election (05.09.2022)

Opinion: Ruto came with a wheelbarrow and won

This is history in the making. United Democratic Alliance (UDA) and the Kenya Kwanza Alliance (KKA) President-Elect William Ruto has his moment right now. He has achieved after being on the back-burner while in office. Ruto was sidelined and belittled as the Deputy President. That happened after the Handshake and the launch of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).

Ruto wasn’t the man that was supposed to succeed Uhuru Kenyatta. Even if he was his running partner in two elections. Kenyatta needed him in 2013 and 2017, but after the handshake things went south. These two lost ways and mutual distrust between them. That’s why Ruto has been ridiculed and mocked on a regular basis. Maligned and so has allies in the August House, the Parliament. Therefore, today is a final revenge but also vindication for him.

Yes, I have called the Ruto ticket the Moi Era ticket. The President-Elect and Deputy President Elect Rigathi Gachagua are the boys of the Moi era. They have been part of it and learned their tricks in that time. Certainly, that why Ruto is getting as broad alliance as possible. His trying to get a majority and secure enough seats in both houses. Who wouldn’t in their right mind.. seek for that anyway? Most likely, the Azimio would do the same… but everyone has it that’s Ruto is conning.

Ruto has promised everything before. That’s why the promises of the years of Jubilee governments shouldn’t be forgotten. The laptops and stadiums are some of them. Ruto has been part of the governments that has taken more loans and his government has to live up to that challenge. The Kenyan economy has to carry the growing debts and possible distress. While the era of Jubilee was filled with corruption scandals and grand corruptions as well. That will not change with Ruto at the helm.

Ruto’s gamble of wheelbarrows, the hustler nation and everything else should be studied. Because, he fought the dynasties, the supposed deep-state and everyone who mattered; and he won too. Ruto has beaten the brigades of old, the Moi, Kenyatta and Odinga’s in one go. He did so and thrived. No one would expected that. Especially, not the way the Azimio was running their campaigns and preparing for the future.

The ones that was uncertain about joining Ruto should regret today. This time Moses Wetangula and Musalia Mudavadi isn’t deadwood, but will have positions in the new cabinet. The same with others who has joined. The KKA and UDA will be the rulers of the land. The ones who went to Azimio and OKA will loose out. That is just the only way out. There are some who has already left and joined Ruto. Certainly will be more, as he will ensure the transition and figure out the next cabinet.

What is to be expected is a fall-out and people ditching the Azimio. They cannot uphold their bargain and lost in the Courts too. There will be the ones who is seeking greener pastures and don’t want to be in opposition. We can await parties and leaders coming to Ruto and kissing his ring. Because, they want favours and wants be in good graces. Therefore, things will change and that will pain the Azimio camp even further.

We should expect some buffoonery from the likes of Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka and others who wants to be relevant. He choose the wrong ally and now he has to bear the consequences. Though we have seen how he moves and he could easily shift, if he gets an office and some perks. That’s what’s to be expected in the near future now.

Ruto, came, he saw and he conquered. The man who has been maligned and been downplayed. He showed the masses and the dynasties. His a crook and a thief in office, but he knows how the game is played. That’s why he did what he needed. Ruto paid amends where he needed and got the allies to win. That’s all he did and the wheelbarrow was only the beginning. His pursuit was the throne and he will soon be crowned king.

I don’t expect much from his reign. The years of Deputy President has shown that. Yes, he has more power now. However, he did have a lot of sway and options as the Deputy too… So, it is not like he was the whole time a galleon figure and a poster-child of the government. No, he had a say and could have achieved more. However, I expect further schemes, tricks and grand corruption cases. That comes with Ruto and his allies. Everything else is just publicity and the mirage at play. Peace.

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