An open letter to Raila Odinga


Dear Sir,

I hope this finds you well.

I know you are a busy man and therefore I will make this letter short. I will start by congratulating you on your nomination to vie for the presidency of this country and wish you the best in the election that is a few days away.

I am writing to express my disappointment with you, first in the five years that you have been prime minister and then on the conduct of ODM nominations especially with regard to those MPs who for lack of a better term I would call sycophants and family members. I admit that everyone has a right to contest any elective post whether they are your relations or not, but as one person who keeps telling us you stand for change, then you must through your minions obey the will of the people. They have said expressly they don’t want to work with your brother, sister and in-laws, don’t force them on the people. Speak up and walk the talk, give the people their wish and you will get to where you want to go or we will vote for your competition in spite and send you home to retire.

Mr. Prime Minister, you have said you want to see the end to nepotism and tribalism in this country but your conduct speaks a different language. I know your defenders would say that in the presidency of JFK in the US his brother was the Attorney General, nobody refuses that but look at it this way, you appointed your sister ambassador to the US, your brother was the Assistant finance minister and I don’t know what other members of your family have been appointed to state positions, don’t you think it makes you a hypocrite to criticize others or when your minions criticize others when you do the same thing. We need better leadership.

All of us have been made to believe you have fought for constitutionalism in Kenya. I think this is true but I want to submit here that when you had the power to do so, you failed to be a beacon of hope. You instead felt comfortable with appeasing your sycophants. I know politics is a game of numbers, but what do you think it would be your status among the general populace had you reduced your end of the cabinet to be within the new constitutional requirements? You would not have acted contra the constitution but would have been a beacon of hope of what we would expect in your government if you should win the election, as it is, there is nothing you inspire in me.

There is the big matter of corruption, I don’t know how you have performed in this sector. You were the supervisor of government ministries, unfortunately the reports from Transparency International show that corruption is still rife in government. The question is do you know and have chosen to be complacent or you don’t know and are inefficient?

On matters national security and asking us to be patriotic. There have been senseless killings in Taita Taveta and Garissa, you have a motorcade paid for by our money, it is unfortunate that you haven’t found the time to visit this families and grieve with them and yet you expect their votes! Are you hungry for power for power’s sake or is there something different we are to expect?

Five years ago at the end of the election that you maintained that your vote had been stolen I thought you would have learnt a few lessons. If your party cannot hold fair and credible elections what are we to expect of your presidency?

Lastly this is a bit of a personal matter. I have spent several days with this question and hope that someday I will get an answer from you. Of all the MPigs and good citizens we have in this country, is Kalonzo Musyoka the best choice of a running mate you could choose? This is a fellow you have been at loggerheads with for the five years of this coalition unless this has been for show. I know we are meant to forgive those who wrong us, I need to know what has changed in watermelon Kalonzo, when did he become a reformer, a proactive leader and what he now stands for? I feel really disappointed to say the least.

I hope to hear from you or one of your minions before the election date before I cast my vote.

Yours sincerely

Concerned voter.

 

About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

12 thoughts on “An open letter to Raila Odinga

  1. john zande says:

    Did you send this into your local newspaper?

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  2. caren Kwendo says:

    You are entitled to your opinion but what did you exactly want to know? Guess you have answers. Some matters are better handled quietly. Talk to yourself

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  3. okuodo says:

    i think we can post this to the odinga’s website

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  5. Andie says:

    Makagutu,

    Have just stumbled on this in your blog. Though i find some contradiction on your part, i still appreciate your letter to RAO. Indeed many people in Kenya see what you see in RAO..a duplicity in personality e.g. a person who fights for democracy when he is not too democratic himself, a person who fights against tribalism and non- constitutionalism but when left to act he acts with the same vices.

    To many of us we concluded long time ago that his case is like that of a thief who is the first to curse and even kill when someone steals from him. I am not calling RAO a thief but he is one person who cries out only when it is convinient for him or when an injustice does not advance his cause of getting power yet he closes his both eyes when injustices are done on other people..actually he sometimes is the one doing the same injustices on other people.In short he just want to get to power to get to do what the bad boys have been doing all along. This is just my opinion though.

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    • makagutu says:

      Andie,

      I agree with you on your appraisal of Raila and that is what I was trying to point out.

      I would like you to show me where I contradict myself, I am working towards clearing all contradictions between my beliefs and any help is highly appreciated.

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