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?
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”.
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.