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BY RAILA ODINGA

Dear Kenyans,

I am glad to be back after a three month sabbatical during which I had an extensive tour in the United States of America. I gave speeches in universities and colleges and to communities across America.

I bring greetings from the country of Barack Obama Junior to the land of Barack Obama Senior.

I thank the people of Kenya for turning out in such multitudes to welcome me and Ida back home. I will never forget this day. I thank Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Masika Wetangula, Anyang’ Nyong’o and the entire CORD fraternity for their support and for leading our team so ably and ensuring that we remain united and intact.

In the three months that I have been away, Kenyans daily communicated their frustrations to me via email, SMS and phone calls.

A baby was shot in Mombasa and his mother killed, part of the growing victims of insecurity that has claimed young and old, babies and mothers. The cost of living soared.

While we were away, billions of Kenya shillings were digitally and electronically transferred to agents of impunity before Kenyans could wink. And when we winked there were yet more claims of billions from us.

Tourists left Kenya in droves. Hundreds of our people lost jobs thanks to growing insecurity and hopelessness. Devolution came under heavy attack.

Governors live one day at a time and money is not flowing to the counties as required by law. While we were away, the State Law Office or the Attorney General’s Chambers ceased to host lawyers. It became the place for surgeons and morticians.

To all Kenyans who spared their hard earned money to call, text or email me on the State of our Nation, I heard you.

 


  • Sir Me.

    Ndio Baba.

    • MANETU

      KENYANS:THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE LEADER AT A TIME.RAILA AND KALONZO AND THE REST WERE DEFEATED AND THEY SHOULD SUPPORT THE CURRENT GOVERNMENT BUT NOT KEEEP ON DIVIDING KENYANS.

      • Sir Me.

        nobody is dividing anyone in any way. Raila when he spoke he categorically listed the reasons why he felt the current government has failed, concerns which are shared by all kenyans, even you I believe, unless you are playing bogus allegiance to a stinking governance, and he just asked them to sit and chat a way forward that would be favourable to Kenyans.

  • drewpal

    Now after talking all that yap, you can go back where you came from as you’ve said nothing that will help us other than pointless chest thumping. Uhuru and Jubilee are here to stay na hakuna kitu mtado? We shall show you exactly how useless CORD is on the next matter on the floor of the house. Kelele tu!

    • mkenyasasa

      u must angry…i wonder why. he just pointed out the obvious. i wonder which kenya you live in mr. for some of us, tunadedi hapa.

    • Fuji

      You lack point to say, that’s why you are mediocrely showing how dullard you are.

      • abunuas

        Tell him. His blog post is very mediocre and lacks substance but carries with it King Cobra venom of negative ethnicity. Kenyans will stand against anybody who make life unbearable to ordinary citizens.

    • abunuas

      Kenyans must be told the truth. That is what Raila has done. All governors in the country have been speaking the same things. Whether you like it or not, Raila is a Kenyan like you and me, and he will die here like you and me. This is our country and it belongs to all of us. Stop chest thumping and realize that the future of Jubilee is hanging on a thin thread.

      • Fuji

        Well said

    • waweru

      May be you are not staying in this country my friend. I wish you could be sober enough. we are not blaming anyone, but the situation indicates there is a problem that should be handled.
      Let the oppostition do their work; they are there to awaken the government. you know if they keep quite you will blame them. Jubilee promised us many things. i feel tha this is the right time to fulfill them.

  • Fuji

    Those are intelligence words, who he has understanding to faint them in his mind, and color them in his heart.

  • wycliffe

    We cannot allow our democracy to lie in the hands of thieves, tribal guys, Kenya had gone far away but the kind of leadership we have is really alarming, This guy called UHURU what really has he done for this country? Rather than rigging election, leadership is not attained through brutal democracy, RAILA 4reva

  • ESTHER MUGURE

    YOUR WORDS HIS EXCELLENCY HAVE GREAT PASSION AND SURERLY IN MY LIFE I HAVE NEVER SEEN SUCH A GATHERRING LIFE I SAW YESTERDAY ON YOUR RETURN. OUR COUNTRY HAS BEEN THROUGH ROBBERY OF THE HIGHEST ORDER. MOST HOUSES NOW CANT AFFORD THREE MEALS A DAY AND SOON EVEN ONE. I PERSONALLY AM FEED UP WITH THE CURRENT GORVENMENT AND GORVENANCE, WE ARE STILL IN COLLONIALISM AND NOW WORSE . I WILL NOT SIT WAIT TO SEE A COUNTRY ONCE RESPECTED UNIVERSERLY TURN IN TO B LAUGHING STOKE. AM A KENYAN, THIS IS MY COUNTRY AND LEADERS ARE JUST BUT OUR EMPLOYEES, IF THEY FAIL TO DELIVER WE LOOSE CONFIDENCE IN THEM AND ASK THEM TO GIVE THE JOBS TO THER PEOPLE WE ELECTED

  • demarq

    hmmm… so far so good.

    One problem is that although the demands are clearly laid out, the ultimatum remains unclear. Mr.Raila by what means do you intend to back your demands?

  • William Makora

    WhenYouWereAway!

  • William Makora

    Politics as usual! I think words without actions make it stale.

  • Qwani

    Sounds like a campaign speech to me. He doesn’t seem to realize that the elections are over. Some people call him Baba. Actually they should be calling him Babu. The guy is a mzee!!!

    • waweru

      I think you are not serious. Raila ni Baba.

      • Qwani

        You claim to be one of his serious followers yet you don’t know that he has a grandson??? Give the guy the respect that is due to him. He is Babu!!!

  • UKWELI

    Yaaaawn!!

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