The more things change, the more they are the same.
By Gordon Opiyo
34 years ago, Raila Amollo Odinga misled a small group of Luo Airmen to stage one of the dumbest Coup Attempt in the world. Like many things he does- there was no thought process, no clear strategy, and the Coup relied heavily on having a number of dumb supporters that were ready to do anything to please the Odingas.
Nowhere in the World has any other person done anything as dumb as having the Airforce take power- without involving the Ground forces. Even the most powerful Airforce in the World- the US Airforce had to rely on the Ground Forces to kick out Sadam Hussein. But like in most things Raila does- he simply led a bunch of supporters to shed blood so as to gain power. As usual, he failed.
Fast forward to 2016 several supporters of the Odingas are right now writhing in pain in poorly maintained hospitals after the IEBC Must Go Violent Rallies and Looting Sprees. Just last week- photos of the guy stuck in Homa Bay with one leg amputated went viral. Several others died, and are buried- forgotten.
Today also marks one year, one week to the 2017 General Elections. That is the date many of us have been waiting for. That is the date that Raila will get his final defeat. That is the date many of his followers will see what some of us have been shouting about for several years:- taking power requires someone that has capacity to think strategically, build long lasting alliances, respect others and most important- respect his followers and do his best to keep them from harm.
Following a leader that does not have the aforementioned capacities will lead to what we are seeing. After being in bondage for 50 years- we have only one more year to Independence from Odingaism….. just one more year to August 2017… the month Odingaism will be thrashed, thumped, thwacked and trampled upon for the last time. Just one more year