By Gabriel Oguda.
You’ve asked me what Raila Odinga should do, now that some of his henchmen are also entangled in the corruption web we are accusing Jubilee of.
So here goes.
If I were Raila Odinga, I would sell my 2017 candidature as my covenant with the People of Kenya. The reason Uhuru Kenyatta is facing a backlash from Kenyans is because he has failed to take charge whenever corruption and bad governance issues are reported to him. If I were Raila Odinga, I would go out there and campaign as Raila Odinga, as someone who will take charge whenever such issues come to the fore; by leading from the front.
If I were Raila Odinga, I would disassociate myself from any ODM member hemorrhaging cash meant for starving Kenyans. I would take to the podium, in Homa Bay, and tell Governor Cyprian Awiti to his face to carry his own cross and not seek for political backing from me.
If I was Raila Odinga, and I wanted Kenyans to believe I am serious in fighting corruption, I would stand deep inside Siaya Town, in front of Governor Amoth Rassanga, and tell him to his face that I, as Raila Odinga, am opposed to anyone bleeding the coffers meant for sickly children to enrich themselves.
If I was Raila Odinga, I would stand right in Kondele, in the surging crowd and pouring rain, and tell Governor Nyanungo Ranguma, that for as long as the queries raised by the Auditor General with regards to the funds in Kisumu County haven’t been satisfactorily answered, I will not stand by you, and your support for President 2017 can as well go to someone else.
If I were Raila Odinga, I would dismantle the cartels within and without Capitol Hill eating in my name. I would order a fresh audit, and only resume the 2017 grueling journey with people of high morals and unquestionable character. If I were Raila Odinga, I would tell anyone who wants to fund my 2017 campaign through proceeds of corruption to keep their cash and go look elsewhere.
If I were Raila Odinga, I’d rather lose the 2017 match honourably, than to enrich a bunch of political hangers-on who have consistently eaten from my name but have dismally produced the goods when the chips were down. The 2017 elections will be won, or lost, on the anti-corruption agenda, alone. This is one area Raila Odinga has an upper-hand, but is consistently fluffing his line on.
If I were Raila Odinga, I would not form a coalition with anyone who has, in the past or present, been adversely mentioned in the public domain having sticky fingers. I will never make a political pact with Gideon Moi. I will not team up with Cyrus Jirongo. I will never form a coalition with Moses Wetangula.
If I was Raila Odinga, I would form a grassroots movement going door-to-door talking to Kenyans from all walks of life asking them for their vote. If I was Raila Odinga, I would instruct the ODM Elections Board to only give me a team that is incorruptible and forthright.
But I am not Raila Odinga, and he can do whatever he wants. Either way, it is him who wants to be President and not me.
I wish him well.