Raila’s call of desperation for funding of political parties by Western governments is a travesty of our sovereignty

When the #crybabypresident was trending in Kenya, Raila Odinga who likes to present himself as an alternative was in London and hit the headlines in Kenya. Mr. Raila Odinga makes it to the headlines for the flimsiest of reasons. But his headlined call that the West should fund opposition political parties in Kenya (Africa) was newsworthy for its shocking high sense of desperation and low sense of patriotism. Ironically when he said that he was in London, a Western capital. What Kind of desperation would lead someone to make such a treasonable proposition?

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Raila and his surrogates are wont to harangue us with how democracy works in the West, especially in America. They however only borrow those things that they can use to their advantage and discard those that would hold them accountable to the processes of democracy, good governance and honestly, good manners. I have always said that to draw parallels between American democracy and the Kenyan tribal Kakistocrasy is an insult on the Americans. But allow me to flip Raila’s argument. Can you imagine a leading presidential candidate in a main political party in America, going to a foreign capital and asking foreign governments to fund political parties in America? No you can’t. Because it is illegal and treasonable. At a personal level it is shameful, desperate and degrading.  But for Raila, it is fair game if it will help him win the presidency.

He may not find it shameful and degrading because for Raila Odinga, what is shameful and degrading changes according to his mood and according to what he wants to achieve. He has become the most inconsistent politician in this country’s history. If you ask a regular Kenyan what Raila stands for, they can’t tell you. I can’t either. I know that before he joined KANU he used to be a crusader for democracy and good governance. After he joined KANU, his stand depends on what political interests are at stake. While in KANU the same person who fought for democracy chided and derided the opposition to show his loyalty to Moi. Now he wants foreign governments to fund it because he is in the opposition.  This inconsistency is the mark of political mediocrity. In Great by Choice, Jim Collins warns us that:

The signature of mediocrity is not unwillingness to change, the signature of mediocrity is chronic inconsistency.

One is reminded of a certain meeting between President Obama, Raila and other opposition leaders. Mr. Obama reported that some politician shamelessly asked him to crack down hard on the Jubilee government. This bemused Obama not just because its unpatriotic, but because he couldn’t understand why CORD wanted the government hit hard just because they were no in it. He saw through their pretense. There was debate as to who had made the call and Raila’s supporters were key to say he is not the one. They were either lying or Raila has joined whoever made the shameful request. I wonder what they will say about his newest most unpatriotic and desperate call.

The call for funding of political parties by foreign governments lacks merit on several other fronts. For the Kenyan case the question is “what political parties?” and “what opposition?”.

There are no political parties in Kenya. Only tribal fiefdoms headed by tribal warlords and pathetic tribal coalitions between the warlords of the fiefdoms. Raila would know. He heads such a fiefdom called ODM and such a coalition of fiefdoms called CORD. I doubt any Western donor, government or otherwise, would be keen to fund tribal fiefdoms in the name of political parties.

The other issue is “what opposition?” In the headlines of another Daily on the same day Raila’s shameful call headlined, they claimed “Opposition parties start talks on Unity”.

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On the cover were photos of Raila, and the other tribal Kingpins and wannabes with whom he is holding the so called talks. My question is: how is Kalonzo Musyoka, Moses Wetangula, Musalia Mudavadi and Gideon Moi “opposition”. All these are Moi-men, KANU stalwarts who find themselves temporarily out of government by making the wrong tribal calculations in 2013 and after. CORD, Jubilee, ANC and Gideon’s KANU are not different political entities with identifiably different political ideologies. They are the same political contraptions formed by class of Moi-men, who are driven by nothing else apart from politics of ethnicity, impunity and mediocrity, siasa ya ukabila, ukora na upuzi. On what basis would a Western government want to waste their money on such characters in the name of funding opposition?

Raila and his supporters claim that ODM is a national party and he is not a tribal overlord. Never mind that he has been gallivanting in the whole country asking Kisii’s to support him to become president, telling Kalenjins to support him to become president so that he can solve their historical injustices, asking Luhyas to support him to become president because he hails from the great Wanga Kingdom, asking Mijikendas in the coast to support him to become president for him to solve their land problems, asking Masai’s to take weapons to support him  etc. In the meantime, no one can go to Luo Nyanza to ask for anything much less the presidency and worse still no Luo can even dare. Those who dared were crushed. If there was a perfect image of a tribal overlord, Raila is one. And now he wants foreign governments to fund his tribal enterprise in the name of democracy. God have mercy on us.

Let us even assume that ODM is a national political party and Raila approaches a foreign government for money. The first question they would ask is for the party to demonstrate that they are democratic and that they hold democratic elections. Raila would scratch his head and say yes they have held democratic elections and they have officials and would table a list of officials. Their consultants would be quick to note that the party leader and the Chairman of the party are from the same tribe. They would also note that there is no Kikuyu or Kalenjin in the top echelons of the party. They would ask how and when the officials were elected. What would he say? Being a Kenyan politician he would have an explanation.  I am sure that the explanation would explain away or altogether hide the fact that his elections are ran by men-in-black. Thanks to ICT , his would be benefactors would already know that.

I am sure that the reply to his request for funding a tribal party whose elections are ran by thugs and goons would be a polite, “No Sir! We cannot fund a tribal, thuggish, anarchic outfit in the name of a political party”. They would however choose some nice diplomatic language to tell him that. Never mind me!

Let us even give Raila the argument that there is an opposition to speak of in Kenya. (I don’t think there is). Raila wants us to believe that the opposition is a “government in waiting”. If this is true, what he is saying is that we should be prepared to usher in a government whose path to power would have been aided by foreign governments! Raila should be a good student of history and he should know that yesterday’s clueless dictators, thugs and madmen in Africa including the likes of Mobutu Sese Seko, Jean Bokassa, Kamuzu Banda, Mengistu Haile Mariam, Idi Amin Dada, Hosni Mubarak, Daniel Arap Moi all came to power and maintained the most autocratic, corrupt and evil regimes the world has ever seen courtesy of foreign governments. They impoverished millions and looted their countries’ coffers with abandon. Raila should know that Western governments do not support regimes anywhere for the interest of the people of those countries. They support them for their own interests and when they come to power, they are marionettes of the Western powers that installed them. It seems that the only problem Raila has with this situation is that it is not he who was funded and installed.

It is therefore clear that from all fronts, Raila’s call that Western government should fund opposition political parties in Kenya, is at once un-patriotic, shameful, retrogressive, colonial and a symptom of a desperate political operative. One can only hope that no reputable Western government took him seriously just like the call he and his colleagues made to Obama. Just as that one was dismissed, the latest call of desperation for funding of political parties by Western governments is a disgrace to our sovereignty, and it should be dismissed with the contempt it deserves.

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  1. Proff. i always look forward to your insightful perspectives. you always have an angle. i would solely base an entire TV political drama on your articles. have you watched #HouseOfCards , a Netflix political series?

  2. I find it nonsensical according to the Constitution Political parties are supposed to be funded by the Government Close to 5B to run their activities. Accountability starts there if the government has refused several calls by the opposition to release funds how do you expect them to run their affairs? When Kidero promised to fund ODM campaigns with 5B Kenyans were asking questions, Hillary Clinton candidature is the sole beneficiary the East Asia Donors apart from American billionaires who are funding his camp. To me I don’t see anything wrong with Raila asking for funding from The western countries. Remember Jubilee recently sent delegates to China to ask for monetary, policy and administrative support from Chinese Communist party.

    • The fact that Jubilee did it does not make it right. This is the problem of a country ran by siasa ya ukabila, ukora na upuzi. When one side demonstrates upuzi, the answer of the other side is that they have the same upuzi. You do not see anything wrong with what Raila did because you do not want to. I have stated categorically why it is wrong. Fault my analysis. Quoting Jubilee does not make it right.

    • I didn’t quote Jubilee bwana Professor Michael Wainaina – PhD as my defense I quoted breach of the law where the Government is supposed to fund political parties (72) of them by 0.03%of the revenue and parties have been asking for this money for a long time but the Government has refused, I also draw your attention to US elections where Hillary Clinton Donald Trump are being funded by The Tycoons from the East Asia and Russia respectively

    • Déjavu Fazul Ouma First the fact that government has “refused” to fund political parties is not reason for one to engage in such unpatriotic treachery against their own country. Secondly it is not true that Clinton and Hillary are funded by East Asia tycoons. Even if it was true, it still does not make it right just because it is white wazungu doing it. My friend what you are doing are called excuses. Unfortunately these are excuses against an extremely dangerous proposition. You can support Raila, that is your prerogative. But you must have the moral fortitude to tell him when he is wrong. And on this one he is wrong.

    • You judgemental, bwana Professor Michael Wainaina I haven’t indicated somewhere between our discussion that I’m a supporter of Raila, secondly it’s you in your article that mentioned the west to give a lame example specifically you stated US
      . http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/10/21/hillary-clinton-tops-middle-east-forums-islamist-money-list/ that might help you. Lastly The political parties have been doing harambees and isn’t enough Western Nations normally fund democracy in Africa and it’s not the first time so someone was just asking it loudly

  3. If you ever read history you’ll find that Jomo Kenyatta was also an expert at seeking international donors to fund his political activities in the 60s. Fast forward to 2016, the son Uhuru is well known beggar for international funds in the name of building infrastructure but end up in private pockets. Recently he was on record begging the west to fund Kenyan army invasion of Somalia. By the way, what’s sovereignty when the very citizens in a country feel like prisoners and slaves in their very own country? I beg you get out that tribal lens you have in your eyes and replace it with a nationalistic one, criticize all and sundry equal don’t let selective amnesia make a mockery of your phd

  4. What opposition? The opposition of the day. Whether one was in government for a million years and is now out and opposing/ keeping the government in check, he is the opposition of the day. I am surprised a “whole professor” is asking such a question. And I read inconsistency somewhere, tell me one of the country’s top politicians who has always been consistent all through. Even Mandela had to work with some of the pro-Apartheid Crusaders after forming the government to help bring as many people as he could on board; not because he was inconsistent. In politics, there are instances when you have to make compromises if your nation is to move forward. I wonder how the author of the post expects anyone to win any national seat without wooing people from different communities. It is either the author is extremely politically naïve or is just trying to make a side he does not agree with come close to being as bad as the other side which he silently supports. Like it or not, ODM is the party with the most national outlook in the country, it enjoys majority support in 6 out of the 8 regions of this country; so does its presidential flagbearer. If anyone is condemning corruption and tribalism and claiming not to support either CORD or Jubilee, then the person is just supporting Jubilee; trying to neutralize its crimes and level the field for it. We have no other practical option in this election; it’s either CORD or Jubilee that will form the next government, if anyone wants to pretend then that is up to them, I will not pretend.

    • My world is not divided into CORD and Jubilee. Yours is. We do not then have a common template to look at politics. I will respectfully disagree with most of what you have said but given the fact that we do not have a common template to engage, I will leave it at that.

    • Give us an option; criticizing the options we have without providing a feasible alternative is senseless. Which party is this that is corruption, nepotism, and tribalism free that does not need to woe different communities to win the Presidency?

    • We are 40 million kenyans, not 40 million leaders or 40 million political parties. Leaders are supposed to come out, we are not supposed to look for one of the 40 million Kenyans and tell them that they can be a good leader. The mere fact that they cannot come out means that they are not ready for leadership. I thought the whole point of your link was to provide some form of alternative political direction, tell us what direction this is, and which leader is supposed to lead us towards that direction so that we can also give you our critical views on your leader of choice. If you can’t provide that then there is no direction you are offering, you are only confusing those that do not have a stand.

    • You have not answered Dennis with facts.Show us the alternatives professor and maybe some of us can begin to take you serious.A polished mind should offer direction after critisism

  5. Kenya is a total mess Mr professor, nothing to be proud of,our budget is funded by foreign countries, is that not begging? Uhuru begged from China in the caricature of standard gauge railway in turn he siphoned the funds together with his yabbing,filthy, big mouthed deputy. If Raila is begging from west let him beg so that he too with his fellow Cordesian blood preying, power hungry shenanigans,armless,toothless propagandist battalion get a slice of dirty money,beggars in Kenya are full to brim you are neither exempted professor it’s only that you lack an avenue to establish your ego.

    • It is not necessary to insult me Sikuku. I actually agree with most of what you have said. We are our own hope and the change we have been waiting for. It only helps “the blood preying, power hungry shenanigans,armless,toothless propagandist battalion”politicians in CORD and Jubilee when we insult each other. We are on the same side my brother.

    • My utter has nothing to do with insults Mr professor,I was just trying to remind you that we fall in the same bracket with looters of public property & people’s conscience, brother, it’s not good for us as the enlightened generation to play the ostrich’s politics,are we burrowing our heads in sand while forgetting our body?Am not conflicting with your arguments, indeed there’s some verisimilitude in your points, but can we table some remedies if we are capacited so that we forge a head in unison with brotherly sisterly love baring in mind that we are confined in Kenya as a family.

  6. both sides of the divide seem to have their deficiencies,but I’ve requested you to familiarize with one. you see commentators will continue to insult you since middle ground is an outright status quo advocator. and it is clear status quo is not favouring to the reformists rather its a shielding ground for the incumbents. alafu ile mradi yangu uliniruka. acha kuninawa mkubwa. inua kijanaa.

    • Amur, I have said a million and one times that I AM NOT NEUTRAL! I am vehemently opposed to siasa ya ukabila, ukora na upuzi practiced by both CORD and Jubilee. I am for a new non-ethnic political narrative to inspire the country differently. Mradi sijasahau.

  7. We can’t run away from our tribal nation and the tribal nature of politics in our country.However negative ethnicity and especially politics of exclusion is what is dangerous to the country we need to accept our diversity and embrace it. It only then that we can live as a Nation. These ethnicity have leaders so we can’t create a country on other country so your views of a tribless Kenya is more Academic than practical. It does not take into account the reality of Kenya. So stop bashing these leaders.

  8. World over, politicians seek for funds to finance their campaign. Obama did it, Bushes did it, Clintons do it. What is so strange in Raila Odinga seeking for funds to finance his campaign??? If it is about foreign funds, Uhuru Kenyatta has been trans-versing this world and literally begging for foreign aid. Is this man calling himself Professor Michael Wainaina – PhD really informed of the world Socio-political and economical relations???? Does this man understand what tribal is all about??? Does he understand that Kenya is Multi-Etnic Society and there is NO way you can politically be relevant if you dont appeal to our diverse society. I want to admit here and now, you can be in school, yes, you might have papers, yes but how you got into that school and how you got your papers will be judged by how you articulate yourself and your demeanor. The so called Professor Michael Wainaina – PhD does NOT strike me at all.

    • It is easy to quote Americans because first you do not know what you are talking about and secondly you think that anything that a white man does is the gospel truth. You cannot source for campaign funds in America from a foreign government or organizations. Now you know. Raila is not god. And i do not cease being a professor because you do not like my criticism of him.

    • Professor Michael Wainaina – PhD You may understand that foreign sources fund Governments particularly third world countries and specifically Kenya. You may also understand that a Government start from the election times and through a party that appeals to the foreign Governments interests. You may know now that Russia has interests in USA elections and Putin is being linked to Trump economically, logistically and politically. You may also by now realize that the Arab league has immense interest in American elections and is leaning towards Clintons side. You may also know that our own Raila Amollo Odinga was in America under the invitation of Clinton to boost her campaign foundations. Now you know that I mentioned America because it is the oldest and mature democracy than Kenya. What I know you dont know is the foreign policy and how it works. Raila has never been God and as far as I am concerned, I have never heard him claiming the same. I still doubt your academic credentials.

    • Julius Okuto His supporter came on television to say he is baba, mwana na roho mtakatifu and I did not hear Raila denounce him. There is nothing that can justify someone going to foreign governments to ask for money to fund an opposition party. Nothing. It does not matter who else is doing it. On the claim that Raila was invited by Clinton to boost her campaign foundations, I will grant you a right to the fantasy world. I have no comment.

    • Professor Michael Wainaina – PhD And there is justification for someone to beg for so called “development”????. Campaign is always being funded. There is nothing strange about that. Raila Odinga doesnt need to respond to any claim by his supporters or whoever you perceive to be Raila Odingas supporters.

  9. I read this article and found nothing new or that inspires. Is like watching the Man U Vs Chelsea after knowing the results. It could be damn boring. Learned persons are the change agents in our society. Higher education exposes to superior knowledge and ideas which should influence policy, political or otherwise. If Prof’s monotone articles deficient of meaningful research and out of tune with reality is anything to go by then in Kenya and Africa we must be ready to be misruled by average or mediocre minds.

    • with the likes and caliber of the author of this article ,no wonder we have got road engineers who can not build road,we have to go to china,very slant observation,we are more a disgrace by our thievery orchestrated by the cartels in the Government and its a shame they dont even flinch an eye,it a shame we even still the future of our children by stealing Vaccines money,it is a shame that we still drive the politics of ‘be in government and your people will get development forgetting that all of us pay taxes ‘

    • Richard Nixon Okelo You are spot on. Those are the issues we should be canvassing and pushing to policy level NOT parroting about the so called ‘ Moi orphans’ every time we open our mouth. Social media is a very powerful tool that our scholars may have not appreciated. It can used be to mobilise masses and change policy. We have squandered great opportunities and innovations: the agrarian, industrial, biotechnology and now the ICT revolutions. The talk being peddled by Prof. is no different from idle talk by political maldrins sitting at the car park along Agha Khan walk all day long

    • Professor Michael Wainaina – PhD your articles are good and informative to a great extent but I think Godfrey Omero here has a valid point too. in as much as you state where the problems in our political “leaders’ offering a solution will be more important. talk policy issues and help contribute to the betterment of this Nation

    • Prof. I don’t hold brief for any politician including Raila. However, If I heard correctly Raila made a public appeal to the west to consider funding opposition parties in Africa, not specifically ODM. One of the great impediments to democracy in Africa is the opposition generally are unable to compete effectively because of lack funding. My experience with donor funding , it is never for free. The west and their bully boys like the IMF and other UN affiliates always factor in there interest as a package for the funding. What we should be debating, is how we can build our own capacities to minimize the adverse effects on how it influence policy making in Africa and our livelihoods.

  10. Couldn’t read even the 1st paragraph to the end. It became so clear you have no respect about having a free and fair elections. Scared to death when you hear voices about the opposition getting money to run there campaigns, but not worried when the government steals Kenyas taxpayers money to run there campaigns. Stupidity can’t get any better than that.. Sorry I can’t, me av given up

  11. This prof or guy coz am starting to doubt education proves evryday what my mom tought me that being educated is not the same as being wise ur u might be educated bt not wise political parties have to get funding from somewhere if not the govnt its from tgeir suppoters in africa most of who r poor n expect from them so they wnt give.the alternative is they use their own resources or from brokers n when they get power they recoup the money thru corruption if the development patners ca also fund political parties it wnt be such a bad thing for democracy since we will have stong parties.again whe somoene goes to kisi he will ask kissis to vote for him same in luhya land same in central how is someone tribal by asking diferent tribes to vote for him how is he supose to ask mr am starting to understand ur not a wise person another lesson u shd understand u live in ur own world judging evry one bt ur self n as they say when evry one else around u is wrong n ur always right its time to consider that u might be wrong

    • Hebu tuambie anafaa kuuliza aje we kwa akilia yako seriously even in us mtu akienda in a mining state he asks miners to vote for him obama asked all black n minority ppl to vote for him does that make him a racist mr learn to use a choice of words kenya is a country with 42 tribes n even in the constitution insists of ethnic representation regardless of who is more qualified ama sa pia we have a tribal constitution

  12. All this nonsence you write here cannot even be used as a set book in secondary schools.they are full of kikuyuism and hatered of Raila is running down your dirty blood full of illicit brew.

  13. Raila display of expedience is at his best.has perfected the methods of manipulating people for selfish interests.He characterise the old retrogressive order.Him and others,to whom ethics does not matter,stand for debauchery and wickedness.

  14. In as much as I don’t agree with what raila requested I think it’s hypocritical of you to point an accusing finger saying that it’s a disgrace to our sovereignty as nation first since time in memorial western power have always had a hand on who is elected, 2nd we have the euro bond, a significant % of our budget is funded by Western governments let’s not pretend that kenyan has not been mortgaged to the Chinese besides are we going to pretend that jubilee doesn’t get funding from outside so prof I have so much respect for you but don’t talk about sovereignty because the government is already a disgrace

  15. Nonsense. . So according to u it’s better to loot and milk kenya dry than ask for aid. How will the opposition in Africa compete with looters in the gvmnt without proper funding? .. so silly

  16. Hehe, allow me to laugh, hapa we share the same observations..surely we dont have political parties rather,”Only tribal fiefdoms headed by tribal warlords and pathetic tribal coalitions between the warlords of the fiefdoms.”

  17. To my best of my knowledge any funding from western democracies is approved by the govt. Rao is just but seeking international help on fair elections cum 2017. That’s pure propaganda. Note my learned friend the end of cold war is over and iam toughest political analyst with pure backed evidence.

  18. Bw. Wainaina, haven’t you heard our government asking for help from other rich nations, the whole government or you’re blinded by the tribal dragon? If the government was asking for help you’d now be asking why we are not cebrating, if it is the opposition, its shame, let it shame you.

  19. sasa wewe, they do fund and they hav bn. we av much in our hand than this nonesense of urs. wat if raila cud hv bn in corruption scandle c u cud even kill him. u kikuyus paint rao the way u want but I knw he beats them all

  20. Foreign governments fund economies of ruling parties or governments in so many ways…it is also fundamentally right to fund opposition governments or parties in the interest of fairness for as long as the agenda promotes good governance. Personally i think you are not honest in your discourse Proff. And most importantly be balanced in your opinion if you are the scholar you claim to be.

  21. I couldn’t agree more. Furthermore, a sovereign state must at all times demonstrate it through its leadership. Can you imagine for example a Kenyan being taxed to fund Museveni’s re-election??

    • Myopic is when the likes of you embrace retrogressive thinking to justify the means to an end without elimination of basic available solutions. First, no mention of Raila but since you did, external borrowing is used by countries for development, not for political expediency. When used for political expediency, that’s Myopic my friend.

    • Jozhua Odhiambo Raila is not a sovereign state and he is not government and he has no official position in the Republic of Kenya. I am sure you do not like it when I say it, but it is true. The constitution does not recognize anyone called “the leader of opposition”. This is a fake title that Odinga has given himself for political leverage and to go to foreign countries to ask for money. . He is soliciting money from foreign governments to unseat the government in power.

  22. Let me ask u professor, who is bad for Kenyans; thieves who use public funds for their campaigns or an opposition leader who goes out there to seek funds? External source of financing is very common in politics. Even in USA… The “wazungus” may hide it from us but they do that!

  23. Professor,i do tell you always that your posts are tribal lined,you’re not a kenyan who suffers from povert but a kikuyu who benefits from the fellow thieves in the government.

  24. “prof” let me walk with you through the hollow debate you’ve taken more than necessary space trying to build…an empty catalogue of words that have painted you as being without agenda.

    I am a trained literary critic , and I believe criticism for criticism sake deserves criticism…

    You’ve spent a lot of time arguing that opposition asking for funding from foreign governments amounts to treason and non-patriotism…I wonder if the meaning of patriotism was changed ….to me who gives money is less important than what the money is used for. African nations survive on western budgets , I do not see any problem with any foreign nation “donating” to support the course of democracy. If patriotism amounts to “n of borrowing from other governments” then you will show me which nation is patriotic

    2. You claim that western nations only meddle in African nation affairs for their own interests. What more do you expect? These western nations are the same ones we run to when diseases and disaster hit us. We run to them when we have bombs of 1998 and west gate, when we have elninos and Ebola’s. Dont they have anything better than to take care of our “interests” without pushing theirs? Why do you expect us to simply trade with them on strictly OUR own terms when they dont borrow from us? Maybe you’ve never heard it: THERE IS NOTHING LIKE FREE LUNCH

    3. You claim no one can go to Nyanza to campaign. Is that Raila’s doing? Or put better, is it Raila’s work to ensure that visitors are well received in Nyanza? Which prominent politician do you know that went to Nyanza to campaign, aren’t they all respectful to the fact that’s a vote bundled out of their reach. You should envy that and not feel bitter that a tribe has gifted itself to a man so entirely.

    4. U claim that ODM is tribal party!!! Thats the biggest gafe I have heard from you, lately. ODM is the party with the most members of parliament. Look at parliament records and ODM has MPs(elected or nominated) from ALL PROVINCES. Lest you forget Isaac Mwaura is from central and so is Mpuri Aburi. ODM is popular in Nairobi, coast, nyanza,and western. It also has ground in parts of Rift Valley and North Eastern. In a country so pololarized into tribes, network and support in 7 of Kenya’s 8 old provinces is nothing short of comendable. I wonder where tribalism colors itself in that, or the fact of identifiable tribally defined strongholds makes an entity tribal. Maybe you need to educate us on how a non-tribal party looks like.

    You speak of ideology based as opposed to tribal ID politics. Then you proceed to go against your own gospel when analyzing the ODM top office. By noting that both party leader n chairman r luo, you close your eyes to fact that every Kenyan belongs to a specific tribe. Did you want the chairmanship be dished out to the most able to the man “that does not come from the same tribe as the party leader?”. I would listen attentively if you talked to me about how Mbadi is unmerited to be chairman on grounds of leadership credentials and not on tribe.
    Your ironical contradiction goes on further… You call Raila a tribal Lord before proceeding to describe how he asks the Kisii,Luhyas,Kalenjins,Maasais, Mijikenda etc to support him. Is that a characteristic of a tribal Lord. Face the fact, and for that I always support Raila, that Raila is the only politician who does not hide behind a tribe to make his political bargains and claims. His support cuts across the country and is not restricted to his tribe alone. He was Mp for the metropolitan Langata for all those years, not Mp for Gatundu, Gatanga,Eldoret North, or Wajir North. Like it or hate it, Raila is loved by Kenyans, not luos only.

    For your information , ODM’s director for elections is a kalenjin(I stand corrected)

    5. You keep peddling the argument that in Kenya there are no political parties but only tribal fiefdoms. I wonder whether we have a registrar of political parties or tribal fiefdoms in Kenya. Talk of parties being characterised by ethnicity (except ODM).
    6. You dwell so much on the men-in-black as your prove of lack of democracy on ODM. I find that crass and too shallow. Who stage managed the men in black or in whose behest did they work? Maybe you need to answer that first then we can pick from there ….and remember democracy is not always practiced from the ballot only. Ever heard of the “nays” and “ayes”? Compromise is also an option.

    6. You say that Kenya has no opposition! Really? Or you portend to claim that the opposition is not performing its expected roles! Really? How did we know of Eurobond, NYS , chicken gate scandals. Hope you won’t tale credit from its true custodian.

    FINALLY, your use of the phrase ” siasa ya ukabila,upuzi na ukora” is not working. It seems to me that it is a phrase by which you desperately wish to be identified like one Atwoli is identified by “mushiensi” …it is not working, people cannot stick it to their heads, just write sense and you will be a brand.

    When you say a lot of everything about everything people define you as noisy and wordy …nothing valuable. Say little and with much sense, the miracle you long for will happen easy.

  25. Thats the only option if anycase the government wchich is entitled to provide finance to political parties as stipulated in the constitution parties political act, yet they don’t meet the obligation, use public tax to oppress its people including the opposition who are also tax payers, it by a matter of time the foreign donors to support the opposition parties financially and stop foreign donor to the government. Raila is straight on point nothing bad, everyone to play his cards well, and ask yourself where over 200billion shillings eurobond uncounted for to have disappeared yet you yell with Railas name here. Auditor general has declared your jubilee tribal government are thieves.

  26. So long as its Raila who asked the fund from the western communitie, even if it is in good faith, gikuyus can not support him. They can only support uhuru when he is digging the tunnel of death right in gikuyu land than to support Rao in stopping the digging of the same tunnel.

  27. Today you have proved that you are a fake professor. You don’t even know what constitutes treason. Are you aware that or elections are partly funded by foreign countries? What should be treason is the secret borrowings by the govt and close associates of the executive. These loans are going to cost the lives of future generations when the govt will be unable to feed or buy drugs for suffering citizens. Whatever education you had has been neutralized by a high dose of village ethnicity.

  28. I wouldn’t read this obviously my friend. The call was for more support for opposition parties in Africa. You notice many So called democracies in the continent need that, besides out there we have Africans who need to do more while in diaspora, be they sons of former slaves or otherwise. I don’t question your PH.D. But I think you’re part of the people that Walter Rodney described as ‘bourgeois professionals’

  29. Prof. Michael Wainaina

    Let me respond to your post point by point.

    Your claim: “prof” let me walk with you through the hollow debate you’ve taken more than necessary space trying to build…an empty catalogue of words that have painted you as being without agenda.

    My Response: First if putting “prof” in quotes is supposed to question my credentials, go ahead. It actually adds nothing to your argument and removes nothing from mine. These credentials are not given on social media. I happen to have them. That’s coincidental.

    Your claim: I am a trained literary critic , and I believe criticism for criticism sake deserves criticism…

    My response: This is not a literary criticism class or forum. This is politics. You are applying the wrong instruments to a political debate.

    Your claim: You’ve spent a lot of time arguing that opposition asking for funding from foreign governments amounts to treason and non-patriotism…I wonder if the meaning of patriotism was changed ….to me who gives money is less important than what the money is used for. African nations survive on western budgets , I do not see any problem with any foreign nation “donating” to support the course of democracy. If patriotism amounts to “n of borrowing from other governments” then you will show me which nation is patriotic

    My response: You do not “see any problem” with a self-proclaimed opposition leader claiming that opposition in Africa should be funded by foreigners. I happen to see that as a problem. Call it a difference of opinion. Nothing makes your opinion superior to mine or vise-versa. I have expressed mine and you are responding. That is why I write. I do not write so that you can agree with me, I write so that you can respond and you have. Thanks.

    Your Claim: You claim that western nations only meddle in African nation affairs for their own interests. What more do you expect? These western nations are the same ones we run to when diseases and disaster hit us. We run to them when we have bombs of 1998 and west gate, when we have elninos and Ebola’s. Dont they have anything better than to take care of our “interests” without pushing theirs? Why do you expect us to simply trade with them on strictly OUR own terms when they dont borrow from us? Maybe you’ve never heard it: THERE IS NOTHING LIKE FREE LUNCH

    My response: What is your point? You are actually agreeing with me. I have said that the very reason Western countries should not fund opposition that is supposed to be a government in waiting is because they would do so for their interests. It is not wise to have any opposition become a government with strings to foreign powers. You are agreeing with my point and then straining to disagree so that you can feel like you are disagreeing. You talk about criticism for criticism sake, this is a perfect example of disagreeing for disagreeing sake.

    Your claim: You claim no one can go to Nyanza to campaign. Is that Raila’s doing? Or put better, is it Raila’s work to ensure that visitors are well received in Nyanza? Which prominent politician do you know that went to Nyanza to campaign, aren’t they all respectful to the fact that’s a vote bundled out of their reach. You should envy that and not feel bitter that a tribe has gifted itself to a man so entirely.

    My response: Hahahahahahahahahahahaaaaa!!

    Your claim: U claim that ODM is tribal party!!! Thats the biggest gafe I have heard from you, lately. ODM is the party with the most members of parliament. Look at parliament records and ODM has MPs(elected or nominated) from ALL PROVINCES. Lest you forget Isaac Mwaura is from central and so is Mpuri Aburi. ODM is popular in Nairobi, coast, nyanza,and western. It also has ground in parts of Rift Valley and North Eastern. In a country so pololarized into tribes, network and support in 7 of Kenya’s 8 old provinces is nothing short of comendable. I wonder where tribalism colors itself in that, or the fact of identifiable tribally defined strongholds makes an entity tribal. Maybe you need to educate us on how a non-tribal party looks like.

    My response: It is not only a tribal party, it is one whose party elections are run by men-in-black to ensure it remains tribal. Thats a fact. It is one you want us to forget, but we will not. I have heard the tired story of how they have MPs from everywhere. You talk of a country polariszed into tribes. By who? By Raila and the other tribal warlords of the main parties, Uhuru, Ruto, Kalonzo, Mudavadi and Wetangula (although the last two are really wannabe tribal warlords. The luhyas have proved too democratic to be herded into a tribal briefcase for political wheeler dealing) . Just like Nyanza according to you is a “vote bundled out of the reach” of the other tribal warlords, Central and Rift Valley is a vote from which your tribal warlord is locked out. That is tribalism and that is how tribalism works. And yes. I can provide for you a definition of tribalism: The use of the cultural fact of tribe to exclude or to include. I have named its lords.

    Your Claim: You speak of ideology based as opposed to tribal ID politics. Then you proceed to go against your own gospel when analyzing the ODM top office. By noting that both party leader n chairman r luo, you close your eyes to fact that every Kenyan belongs to a specific tribe. Did you want the chairmanship be dished out to the most able to the man “that does not come from the same tribe as the party leader?”. I would listen attentively if you talked to me about how Mbadi is unmerited to be chairman on grounds of leadership credentials and not on tribe.
    Your ironical contradiction goes on further… You call Raila a tribal Lord before proceeding to describe how he asks the Kisii,Luhyas,Kalenjins,Maasais, Mijikenda etc to support him. Is that a characteristic of a tribal Lord. Face the fact, and for that I always support Raila, that Raila is the only politician who does not hide behind a tribe to make his political bargains and claims. His support cuts across the country and is not restricted to his tribe alone. He was Mp for the metropolitan Langata for all those years, not Mp for Gatundu, Gatanga,Eldoret North, or Wajir North. Like it or hate it, Raila is loved by Kenyans, not luos only.
    For your information , ODM’s director for elections is a kalenjin(I stand corrected)

    My response: It is true that the Party leader in ODM and the Chairman come from the same tribe and that there is no Kikuyu or Kalenjin in the top organ of ODM. Those are facts. However you “interpret” them is your problem. If you are a Raila worshipper, you will wish them away. They will not go away. This makes perfect sense in the ODM/CORD/Jubilee narrative of siasa ya ukabila, ukora na upuzi. Why bother with the Kikuyu and Kalenjins? They have their own tribal contraption called Jubilee? It is the same narrative but Raila thinks that the narrative is changed by the number of tribes that support you as opposed to the fact that you are supported by tribes. That is why for him and his supporters 41 Vs 1 in 2007 was not tribalism. How warped can a politician be? And then when his younger KANU brothers take the same formula and tweak it to 2 Vs 40 he runs around shouting how they are tribal. Lord have mercy on us!

    And you who thinks that he is so nationalist is now looking for a Kalenjin as Director of elections. To show what? How nationalist ODM and Raila are? When you have men-in-black, why do you need a Director of elections anyway? You can disrupt your own elections and then dish out the seats in a poisoned boardroom deal to ensure you remain the owner of the party, the undisputed tribal tin-god.

    Your claim: You keep peddling the argument that in Kenya there are no political parties but only tribal fiefdoms. I wonder whether we have a registrar of political parties or tribal fiefdoms in Kenya. Talk of parties being characterised by ethnicity (except ODM).

    My response: There are no political parties in Kenya. Only tribal fiefdoms, the biggest being ODM. So tribal, its vote in Nyanza like you rightly put it is bundled out of reach for any other tribe. It too has been locked out of the other fiefdoms. Isaack Mwaura is living prove.

    Your claim: You dwell so much on the men-in-black as your prove of lack of democracy on ODM. I find that crass and too shallow. Who stage managed the men in black or in whose behest did they work? Maybe you need to answer that first then we can pick from there ….and remember democracy is not always practiced from the ballot only. Ever heard of the “nays” and “ayes”? Compromise is also an option.

    My response: I have to agree with you totally. That according to ODM, “Democracy is not always practiced from the ballot”. Nothing demonstrates that better than their own national elections at Kasarani. You could not have been more right in the description of democracy ODM style if you tried. As for me harping about men-in-black, let me quote for you Chinua Achebe my literary critic: An old woman is always uneasy when dry bones are mentioned in a tale”. A Raila worshiper is always uneasy when men-in-black are mentioned in an article.

    Your claim: You say that Kenya has no opposition! Really? Or you portend to claim that the opposition is not performing its expected roles! Really? How did we know of Eurobond, NYS , chicken gate scandals. Hope you won’t tale credit from its true custodian.

    My response: Opposition to what? Watu wa siasa ya ukabila, ukora na upuzi cannot oppose watu wa siasa ya ukabila, ukora na upuzi. These guys subscribe to the same narrative. They have nothing to oppose. They have been shouting abou the scandals in jubilee because they are outside ‘wakimeza mate”. When they were inside in the blood-soaked coalition government, corruption was not such a big issue. I am sure you have ever watched pigs at the trough. For so long us all are eating hakuna makelele.

    Your claim: FINALLY, your use of the phrase ” siasa ya ukabila,upuzi na ukora” is not working. It seems to me that it is a phrase by which you desperately wish to be identified like one Atwoli is identified by “mushiensi” …it is not working, people cannot stick it to their heads, just write sense and you will be a brand.
    When you say a lot of everything about everything people define you as noisy and wordy …nothing valuable. Say little and with much sense, the miracle you long for will happen easy.

    My response: Just Google “siasa ya ukabila ukora na upuzi”. Cheers bro.

  30. I don’t think there’s anybody that is so myopic and unable to note your biases! Developed nations have supported democracy in third world countries, Kenya should not be an exception. I wonder when was it allowed to have Kenya placed in comparison with the Americans? If Kenya has widened the borrowing trend by 3trillions, what is so treasonable? Raila’s call for support from granters or Jubilee’s forced and forged borrowing that Kenyan generation shall bear pay back expenses!? Kenya is a decaying and rotten society, where even writers do scripts just to entertain, just spare me the agony! I am not interested in perfecting any current leader but on a new dawn for the extra ordinary rational being!

  31. The problem is, west was told Uhuruto were bad men but for the last 4 years they have Interacted with them and they have seen that they are interested with the well being of Kenya and also they will win election come 2017 , so why fund a loser , a complainer ,a pretender . cant’ be won’t be

  32. What Raila was concerned about is the funding of the government by the west in the name of supporting anti terrorism but the money wasn’t utilized in the fight against terror it’s being channelled into political business that’s why he wanted the west to also fund opposition parties for strengthening democratic space in Africa as a whole process

  33. Where was sovereignty when the government was borrowing Eurobond? Is it not from Western Governments? Kikuyu bigots have nothing positive about Raila. They have been choreographed to oppose anything Raila. Am sure if Raila were to say that your mother is wise, you would still complain and say she’s a fool

  34. Foreign funding for political parties is the surest route to losing your sovereignty. He who pays the piper calls the tune and if foreign funded parties come to power they can’t resist undue influence from their sponsors. On this same breath I think it was a mistake for Uhuru to have the Chinese communist party -a party not renowned for democray at the launch of jubilee party. As regards Raila the only consistent thing about him is his inconsistency

  35. On this one I agree totally with you. Raila is a very good mathematician but only in creating equations that he doesn’t know the answer, and therefore ends up with results which does not solve his problems now most cases. In the end goes through the fence instead of going round the fence to reach the other side.

  36. Your reasoning prof is abnormal do u expect regions that don’t support government to continue suffering because of not agreeing with the government raila is still right when the government can’t fund opposing regions let the opposition parties do that at least no one will look disadvantaged and competition will rise between leading party and opposition, and rember he did not say only Kenya he said Africa

  37. Do not mistake my name since it starts with O. I’m not a luo and my attitude is not very trbalistic but let me sa this professor.
    When the current regime is so corrupt and individuals are dishing out lots of money to woo opposition strongholds, wouldn’t you be desperate?
    Many opposition parties are winding up to join the money and you can’t match the money tempo,won’t you look for a friendly donor like a rich foreign country?
    We all ask for help,you call it treasonable begging when Raila desperately so asks for help.
    No bwana professor, this time you are wrong.

  38. Prof i think you are dump upstairs, how does it become treasonable when opposition ask for funding from West but on the other side it’s just normal when the government borrow funds worth 3 trillions in a span of just 4 yrs? The worst part of it is that they are using these trillions on politics yet it’s we the common wanannchi who will be heavily taxed to pay back and make you that’s irespective of which political party you support.

  39. Proff. I always disagree with you anytime I feel oppressed by your articles, however I love your straight forwardness, your straight talk and calling a spade a spade. The irony is, this is Kenya where lies are loved more than truth, where people like burying their heads in the sand, which means reality will never dawn on Kenya. So long as my political beliefs are not tampered with, am not complaining.

  40. Better Raila who ask for money than your government which up to this momment cannot account for 2 BILLION US DOLLARS,they still n live the budden to paid by poor tax payers.

  41. Someone tell Waineine;It’s not secret that one political party has been soliciting for funds from China and is still doing so even now. Kenyans are well aware of this despite your soft spot for them.

  42. Wainaina, you are either being used to belittle and discredit Raila or you are extremely toxicated with Kikuyuism to the point of being in Schizophrenia condition. Because if Global Governments are funded by fellow Global Governments, starting with Kenya Government, what of Raila an individual? Wainaina is it only Raila who goes to the Wast to seek for Political Parties funding? You have been appearing to fight ethnicity but you are now appearing to be the Governor of the same!

  43. If the same energy,vigour & interllectual prowess you direct at The Rt.Hon. R.A.Odinga was aimed at the current regime,the rampant corruption,the open tribal appointments & the endless list of rot facing this country endlessly since 2013 Kinya would be a much better place…….#OKOA KINYA.

  44. The bit of galvanising the country to tribal chiefs is the real card Raila uses , so am not suprised , A Railas presidency would be in itself a total blackout for kenya nothing new , just taking the shamba giving to these one !…

  45. Talking rubbish Mr kikuyu.I thought u had something in your head.Your reasoning is at a peak Mr.Kenyan politics have been turned to “Buy n survive” by this thieves(Kikuyus).U want politicians to campaign using their money.There must be a fair ground.

  46. In kenya anybody who has ever tried to bring real change might be wangari maathai but never got the political will she needed to move kenya forward,The rest have been fighting for their own good only,Uhuru park and Karura forest are alive tday because of this great hero of all generations,Prof continue exposing these crooks for all to know them

  47. I agree with most of the things here including that opposition should not be funded from outside..However party democracy or lack of it would not disqualify ODM or any other party from external funding. We have seen dictatorships and corrupt governments enjoy such funding. Party democracy is not a must have in Kenya really. Kind of like an added advantage..Plus Prof, are we even a sovereign country as implied in your first paragraph?

  48. Eti Prof Wainaina….! Bure kabisa, so you want uhuruto to use billions stolen from Kenyans yet u don’t want Hon Raila to be funded too, that’s selective application of justice, how many times has Uhuru borrowed money from foreign states? The Euro bond billions, NYS, current Chinese borrowing, day & night debts from abroad,yet these money aren’t ejected to the economy, where do you think these billions are hidden and for what purpose? Where do they get 18millions they give in Harambees every week to lure cord regions? Answer us mr stupid fake professor @ Prof Wainaina.

  49. You are forgetting one thing these foreign nations don’t really care if Raila is a tribal warlord as long as they are certain he can grab that top seat they are willing to fund him because they want their ends fulfilled. You are mistakenly assuming that these foreign nations wants what best for Kenya.Don’t be too surprised if they Help Raila cause chaos in Kenya so that they can benefit. Thats how they work to them political instability in a third world country is a business opportunity for them.thats how evil they are

  50. Ur Kikuyuism Will Drive U Mad Because U Simply Hate Anything Against Kikuyu Ideology. If 89%of Kenyans Agree On One Ideology Against 11%of Other Kenyans Which Amongest The Two Has Merit? Thats Why Kenyans Need To Wake Up And Resist One Tribe Slavery

  51. Ur Kikuyuism Will Drive U Mad Because U Simply Hate Anything Against Kikuyu Ideology. If 89%of Kenyans Agree On One Ideology Against 11%of Other Kenyans Which Amongest The Two Has Merit? Thats Why Kenyans Need To Wake Up And Resist One Tribe Slavery It Should Be Noted That The Majority Of Kenyans And The International Are Not Blind To Love And Trust Raila For Nothing Eve God Is With Him What Good Have Ur Leaders Done For The Larger Kenya To Be Remembered For If Not Betrayal And Perfected Discrimination Yet They Got Power On A Silver Plate Yet Abusing Those Who Eleveted Them To The High Seat. For The Good Of Us All We Should Shun Tribalism And Treat Everybody As A Member With Equal Rights

  52. PASCAL OTIENO

    Prof your article is largely obtuse. Should Raila fund opposition from his own pocket? A true prof should be long on solutions and short on criticism unless you belong to the theory variety of professors. Kenyans know their problems. An endless list of the same will never help them.

  53. Which sovereignty where your president and DP loot money and spend most of their time abroad joyriding and squandering? What sovereignty when we import Chinese pampers, eggs and matchboxes courtesy of Uhuruto? Hata hii bangi unavuta kuandika huu upuzi sio homegrown.

  54. i beg to disagree with you on this. your connotation of Raila is pejorative. I am always following your posts but clearly you are myopic. Raila was against Moi, joined him later, left him and formed a coalition with Kibaki, which led to a lot of change in our country(even to your freedom of posting this things online) but then wanted to lead the nation then he formed a non-tribal pentagon team which birthed ODM. whatever happened happened and he didn’t become president! if you ask me, comparing him to adamant politicians like riek machar , his acceptance to serve in a grand coalition government was humility and patriotism of its kind considering the numbers behind him! he tried to vie in 2013 and again what happened happened and he accepted defeat! I don’t see why you are terming him as’ tribal kingpin’ .just because his people support him? you are shallow on your view sir! Raila, if not for primitive politics and myopic sentiments like this ones , is the only politician that has enjoyed a nationwide favor! about the white financing of his campaigns, if jubilee has been. in government for the time they’ve been, gotten finances through the right and wrong ways, where do you think the opposition will get it’s support from? and yet they have to contest??? and for goodness sake you can’t compare Kenya’s financial and democratic states to those of the western countries you mentioned! Kenya is still a young nation that is growing!!

    • @gitangu, how then do you call him a ‘tribal kingpin’ or a ‘tribal warlord’ or a ‘ Moi orphan’? isn’t this man the only politician who has been working under his will and not under any influence? he has paid exuberant prices for his strong stand! this professor is just here to contort his image and people who don’t have a deeper knowledge believe him!

  55. Prof, I always like your wall and lectures you give Kenyans at large despite your name, where have you talked about any corruption in Kenya publicly as John Githongo did? You drug Raila’s names here, did he tell you about his visit to European or you learnt it just like any other citizens

  56. Wainaina, Raila is an International figure. That is why once Charity Ngilu referred him as Africa’s Second Nelson Mandela. You missed the point when you regard Raila a tribal warlord of which he is not of that ilk. To prove you wrong in 2002 Raila supported Kibaki, something that Kikuyu never did can’t do and will never do. Quite puzzling. As a result Kibaki got 100% votes in Luo Nyanza. Today I watched the News and saw that, the Wards by-elections which were held today, out of the 4 Wards ODM won 3, in Kisii, Turkana, and Kajiado. These regions are not in Luoland. That manifests Raila has National Face, and not a tribal warlord as per your allegations. And next year’s General Elections is when you will know Raila is a National Leader and not a tribal warlord in accordance with your opinion. When it comes to corruption, Uhuru publicly announced State House is ladden with it. When opinion polls show William Ruto the DP leading the pack. Yet, you never attempted to talk about it. Why? Is it because you are a Kikuyu and that, this is Kikuyu Government?

  57. I’m jst shocked to see how tribal pple are. Now that this article has touched Raila, professor is bad. The other day he was demonizing uhuruto n some guys here were happy supporting him. Now it has changed. What a shame

  58. after reading several comments…i pity us….just because our ideas or political ideologies dont agree doesnt mean we should hate each other…..we people complain about our leaders… yet the anger and hate we have towards one another screams we are no different from our rulers…we are selfish,highly critical and self interest and greed is our driving force on a political aspects….shame on all of us…you are the man in the mirror…be the change…

  59. Sometimes I wonder where this strain of antiinteelectual comes from, I think you are just being stupid bwana wainaina,with stolen public funds on the governments side the opposition automatically needs funding to enable a level playing ground both for their constitutional functions and responsibilities

    • I do not want to call you stupid because it is bad manners. But two wrongs do not make a right. See the comment by Mungai above “Uhuru has clearly demonstrated that a nation can be looted dry. Raila is demonstrating that a nation can be sold to colonialists. Shame on these clueless kenyan “leaders”

  60. I expect better understanding from a professor than this! Ama kweli, vitendawili vinasumbua.

    The point being missed here is that Raila was criticising donor countries for funding unaccountable regimes which misuse the money to (among other things) fund themselves in political contest.

    He was indirectly challenging them to be just and make accountability strictly prerequisite forthwith BY directly challenging them to mitigate their injustice by financially balancing the political contest in the countries they fund!

    It is very unlikely that donor countries will take up his challenge, but theoretically, if they did, it could give them leverage in demanding accountable use of their donor funds from notorious regimes.

    • This is a contradiction. You say Raila was criticizing donor countries for funding unaccountable regimes and then say they should fund them to give themselves leverage in asking foe accountability. What are you talking about. Just wondering, is a party whose elections are run by men-in-black the epitome of accountability. Raila has no moral authority to talk about accountability.

    • I am not defending Raila or ODM. I am addressing myself to the remarks in question. In any case, contradictions are the norm all over the world with failed states’ heads criticising very developed ones for populist ends.

      As for the men-in-black tragedy, the crisis that caused it seems to have resolved itself with time in a rather unlikely way. I would have preferred that the party resolves it in a transparent straightforward way too. But I can also see in retrospect how a unilateral decision by Raila to purge the party would have backfired on him spectacularly.

  61. My good prof, there is nothing like sovereignty. There is no whatsoever a sovereign state in Africa. It is a diffused concept and must never be at scholarly level be given literal understanding. The west, led by the US established global status quo. The US emerged the global paternalistic global status quo. All countries participating in this status must align their interest, economic, with that of the status quo. All nations that refuse to participate in this status quo are forever in violent conflicts. Kenya is a faithful participant in the global status quo. Remember, the sole interest of the US in Kenya, is economic. She doesn’t care a thing called democracy. It appears as well that you have accorded parochial conception of ‘democracy’. Democracy is a rule by the majority and it is of no ‘democratic’ significance the variance of mobilizations. If it is only viable, in a given environment to mobilise the electorate along ethnic lines; so be it. It is pretentious and morally repugnant to lucify the so called ‘ tribal kingpins’ yet that is the only language that excites the populase. On the side of ethnicity we all stand privity to it and subsequently all guilty, for even you, my good prof., your pHD has done very little in changing the Agikuyu primordialism in you. The issue of ODM not being a political party therefore is naive or at the best mischievous. I recommend, my good friend, some basic readings on political economy. You should be familiar with the role of external variables African elections; such as multinationals and the rest. The call by former prime minister for external funding is long over due. It is not only clever but urgent. Unconditional aids and favours toward incumbents by the west have really cost enough embarrassments. Leaders like Teodoro Obiang, Samuel Doe, and their contemporaries have been seen Africa. What Raila intelligently called for is a leveled play ground. Remember the role of the US in shifting the powers of the Pacific region

    • I thought you were a pHD in political science or something, then I realised you are labouring to comment on matters you are ignorant over. I checked your profile keenly but nothing to show we are contemporaries in the field; I am educating my good Prof, politics is an end to itself, and in the game politics, the means is justified by the end; inverse of natural science. Can you try to mobilize voters from your region based on ideology? They will never attend your rallies and label you a ‘joker’

  62. 54 years later, Kenya is worse off than during British colonialism. Yet a professor, whose ad hominen works we only see on Facebook, defends the third worst regime, corrupt wise, on the globe.

  63. A man got to do what a man has to do!..Raila is living the real politics, not utopia politics!!…kenyan politics needs money!..lots of money!…some politicians will corrupt, others will borrow!!…(it’s a mirracle how some like raila has managed without money up to now!)

  64. I always read your articles,,you write good but always your articles 80% talks about Raila and the opposition..why a you so much drunk with Railaism forgetting your fellow tribemen like Uhuru who has made this country sink in a den of corruption,tribalism? Proffesor you can do better without Raila’s name

    • Okemwa, I have not counted the percentage of Raila articles in my blog. Supporters of the corrupt Jubilee government think that I write anti-Uhuru and anti-Jubilee articles 99% of the time. LIke I have said I have not counted the percentage. All I will do is to continue writing the truth as I know it. That both CORD and Jubilee are useless tribal outfits that are taking us nowhere.

  65. Raila is right to ask

    for surport because this people are using nys and europont to bribe voters . how will opposition compete with them . my friend don’t make yourself blind as if you don’t see . wake up and open your eyes

  66. A forest of words with a desert of points.. That what you achieve when you shelve your common sense and use sentiments. The fund is needed to further level the playing field for all. The ruling government has eurobond and nys what of the opposition? Let it come so that when government porches from the opposition, they equally have the economic muscles to retaliate.

  67. Wonders will never end when claimers of PhD talk of urge things that has no positive on the society or either in this country.. What professor is driving here is only to gain some sympathy from the ruling party

  68. One thing I know is that Raila is desperate to bring change and that Kenyan politics are as dirty as they can be. So he has to resort to all manner of things some good though never appreciated by tribalists and others bad and which are mostly noted and greatly criticized by his haters who only find fault. I rest my case.

  69. Prof wa_INA pliz spare us UA hate on some leaders coz of tribal phobia.we need a united nation if you challenge limit it on ideology.on borrowing funds what is UA problem .he would rather beg than steal euro,Nys Elnino,medical cash 5B…..

  70. On this,Prof,I disagree. Raila has local and foreign friends who can boost his campaign kitty. What is wrong with that? Jubilee is doing the same in addition to looting the economy.

  71. Bwana so called Wainaina(your really identity not clear) could you be a jubilee mole hoodwinking us occasionally with salvos at jubile only to timely but unnecessarily attack the father of democracy in Kenya? We shall unveil you very soon. Beware that there are other and better “professors” in Kenya. Within the context he made the request Raila was right. Go back and read his speech again albeit thoughtfully!!

  72. I think you are suffering from a severe case of inferiority complex.Raila is free to seek for funding from any country as long as it’s not at war with Kenya.Even the money jubilee is dishing right centre and left is from Europe.What I notice is that your criticism of raila is not issue based but motivated by hate for the man.

  73. True or Not The Chinese have Placed Gambling Jukeboxes in Every Corner of Kenya for whose PURPOSE?…Fubding an Eastern Cause2017.
    NOTHING SAID HERE RAILA HAS ALWAYS STRUGGLED SO MUCH FOR SOCIAL LIBERTE ACROSS AFRIKA .
    YOU MUST BE A SOJOURNER IN THIS COUNTRY TOO…

    • Kikuyus are not any more tribal than anyone else. I have said that tribalism is the only narrative of the tribal warlords in CORD and Jubilee. The Kikuyu are vilified because tribalism brought them power. But the others were also using tribalism but their tribal numbers fell far short. I have argued that if the CORD tribalists do not change the tribal narrative to something else, they will loose again to the Jubilee tribalists in 2017.

  74. I still dont understand why some People get emotional when certain names are mentioned. Their emotions block their eyes from seeing the truth and instead blindly start accusing others of blackmailing their tribal warlord as wainaina calls them.

  75. Very true professor, wether Uhuruto, Raila, kalonzo, mudavadi, G.moi,…… name them all……thy are all Kenyan hyenas ready to eat anything including da vultures, we av Man eater government in this Jubilee government eating everything ad da little left is eaten by da opposition vultures……

  76. You reasoning is like that of a mungiki thug soliciting of money from matatu driver’ s at somewhere in gatundu south. learn to differentiate between borrowing and stealing you kikuyu.by the way, are you a really professors? how come your thinking and reasoning are so cheap?

  77. The only problem with other said to be good Profs have not joined us in this forum. This one doesn’t mind called a bluff and calmly writes out his minds without even using hash write ups when call him all names. Let him tell us what he he thinks then we judge him on his own words like we have always done.

    • Mwangi, hawa jamaa wote wa kunitusi ni ndugu zangu. They are frustrated, angry and disillusioned. Wameshikwa ngeta na mababe wa kikabila. All we can do is persistently tell them the truth in the hope that they will see the truth and the truth will set them free. They are victims not aggressors.