|Raila Odinga: Unmasking the archetype of violence|
|Wednesday, 27 April 2011 22:26|
By George Rugare Chingarande
Raila Odinga is an African brother, of Kenyan extraction. In his official capacity he holds the highly exalted and equally highly esteemed office of the Prime Minister of Kenya. Zimbabweans hold their Kenyan brothers with the greatest respect, and venerate with utmost humility the office he occupies.
However, there is a need to make a clear distinction between Odinga, the Prime Minister and Odinga the private citizen of Africa. One's political identity is not defined by the title of the office that one holds, but by his values and the works that proceed from those values.
\Afterall, yore wisdom counsels that just as a tree is known by its fruit, so is a man known by his works. Whereas it is beneath the dignity of Zimbabweans to even imagine of denigrating his governmental office, it would be remiss for Zimbabweans not to subject his credentials and persona as a private visitor to the country to robust, unbiased and scrupulous scrutiny.
We owe it to ourselves to examine closely those figures that our political leaders and those that aspire to lead us cosy up with in public and also in private. Just as birds of identical plumage flock in close proximity, a man's character can also be judged from the company that he keeps.
Odinga - The merchant of violence
As a youth, Raila Odinga, whose father served as deputy president of Kenya under Jomo Kenyatta, was given a scholarship to study in the then East Germany. He studied engineering.
The answers to these pertinent questions were to come on August 1 1982. On that fateful day, Kenya experienced one of its darkest days as an independent nation.
The failed putsch claimed the lives of thousands of Kenyans and for many days corpses littered the streets of Nairobi like flies.
The shadowy figures behind the 1982 attempted putsch remained anonymous until 2006. Safe in the knowledge that the statute of limitations (the period within which a suspect can be tried for his crimes) had expired, Odinga released his official biography aptly titled Raila Odinga: An Enigma in Kenyan Politics.
A military coup, by definition, is antithetical to democratic ethos but for a man to boast of being a protagonist of a failed coup that claimed thousands of African lives and also claim to be a democrat is the height of hypocrisy gone mad.
In the run-up to the December 2007 elections, Raila cast himself as the scion of the Luo tribe and the other smaller tribes in Kenya.
"As part of this strategy, the party should seek to elevate the emotions within all youth constituents who may if successful, be willing to vote for us in the protest. Visible signs of class disparity will provide important fodder for this theme."
Before the elections both The Guardian and the BBC reported that there was a sharp increase in the purchase of machetes mainly by Raila's supporters. Their mantra was, "our time has come." Against this backdrop it is clear that the violence that ensued was carefully premeditated, diabolically choreographed and executed virulently by the youths whose emotions had been elevated in line with the previously enunciated strategy.
This election strategy was overseen by Dick Morris, the disgraced political strategist once investigated for tax evasion in the US, and who was alleged to have been instrumental in fomenting chaos and anarchy in Ukraine and Mexico.
When the final results were announced depicting that Raila Odinga had lost the election, his team with his tacit consent called for mass action, which in essence panned out to be a euphemism for mass murder, and an attempt to subvert a constitutionally elected government.
That the election result was disputed has never been in dispute; and that Raila's supporters initiated and orchestrated most of the post election violence has also never been disputed.
The violence was perpetrated in Raila's name, and for Raila's benefit; and he did not make even a feeble attempt to dissuade his supporters. It has been widely reported that Raila was on the original list of about 20 Kenyan politicians identified by the International Criminal Court as most responsible for the post election violence.
The majority of indicted people were allies of Odinga. His politics, then as now, is deeply steeped in Machiavellian thinking that the end justifies the means, even if it carries with it an astronomical human cost. In this regard the slaughter of innocent Kenyans was deemed an acceptable means of obtaining state power. This again can be classified as a failed attempted coup d'état.
Raila: The epitomy of the modern day anti-Christ
The present Kenyan constitution that was adopted in August 2010 enshrines Islamic family courts called Khadis which apply Sharia law to family disputes, and also loosely permits abortion. Odinga vigorously distinguished himself as a seminal campaigner for these provisions to be incorporated in the Kenyan supreme law, ostensibly to assuage his Muslim constituency. Christian leaders under the aegis of the Evangelical Alliance of Kenya called for rallies to campaign against these provisions. Two of these rallies were bombed by Islamic fundamentalists resulting in several casualties. By virtue of his association with the Islamic campaign, and by virtue of being the chief campaigner against the Christian values that the evangelicals stood for, Odinga is vicariously liable for the death of these innocent saints. His hands are tainted with
Christian blood. He has been identified by Islamic fundamentalists as a willing and ready conduit for Islamic fundamentalism in East Africa as a prelude to it propagation to the rest of Africa.
Odinga's terrorist connections
This started when Raila was the minister of Energy and there were clear conflicts of interest. The deal made Raila filthy rich.
Raila, the corrupt one
In conclusion, much can be said about Raila, but there is one ineluctable conclusion. To be charitable to the man and parsimonious with adjectives, he is not the enigma that his biography purports him to be, but the archetype of prime evil overly eager to cast himself as a latter day African saint. On the eve of his arrival in Zimbabwe, he must be unmasked and exposed for who he is.