Raila: Ruling was akin to Jesus before Pilate

Odinga said the Supreme Court failed to heed his plea when it rejected the admission of evidence that he considered crucial in his case that was challenging the declaration of Uhuru Kenyatta as winner of the March 4 presidential election/COURTESY

Odinga said the Supreme Court failed to heed his plea when it rejected the admission of evidence that he considered crucial in his case that was challenging the declaration of Uhuru Kenyatta as winner of the March 4 presidential election/COURTESY

NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 5 – Prime Minister Raila Odinga has scorned at the Supreme Court, comparing its recent ruling in his petition to the biblical verdict delivered by Pontius Pilate which led to the release of Barabas, the murderer, and the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

Speaking in Kondele, Odinga said the Supreme Court failed to heed his plea when it rejected the admission of evidence that he considered crucial in his case that was challenging the declaration of Uhuru Kenyatta as winner of the March 4 presidential election.

“Let everyone listen to this, I asked people to be patient, when we said we were going to the Supreme Court. We waited for the supreme court of ruling. The Supreme Court sat during Easter; during Easter there was only one other court that sat, that was the court of Pontius Pilate which committed Jesus to death,” he asserted in Kiswahili.

He explained that he presented his grievances to the court but his petition was unanimously rejected by the court which kept striking off and rejecting his evidence.

“It was between Jesus and Barabas; they (crowds) were asked who do you want, they said they wanted Barabas. We have a new Pilate, we took enough evidence, he (judge) said, ‘remove this evidence, I don’t want this evidence’, didn’t you see?” he asked the surging crowd.

“Then Pilate ruled that Jesus should be hanged 2,013 years ago. But today Jesus is not dead he is still alive. Even us we will continue moving forward,” Odinga told the cheering crowd.

Odinga’s and the Africa Centre for Open Governance petitions were unanimously rejected by the court. The two petitions were seeking to have the election of Kenyatta nullified on basis that the electoral process was flawed.

The six judges of the Supreme Court whose president is Chief Justice Willy Mutunga declared that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) conducted free, fair and transparent elections according to the Constitution.

That judgement confirmed Uhuru Kenyatta as the duly elected next president of Kenya.

Odinga reiterated several times that he would accept the ruling of the court.

During his Friday tour of Nyanza Province, Odinga informed his support base that he will not quit politics.

Accompanied by local MPs, Odinga was overwhelmed by supporters with some breaking down in tears while others offered him a bible to take an oath. He told the residents to hold their horses as the journey was not yet over.

In his proverbial antics, he said ‘when a cooking stick breaks that does not signify the end of the cooking’ a clear illustration that he would remain in politics as he has been promising.

Kenyatta won with a 50.07 percent of the votes cast while Odinga who was his closest contender got 43.28 percent in the March 4 General Election.

JUDIE KABERIA

JUDIE KABERIA

Judie, an Associate Editor started practicing journalism in 2003. She has worked in Kenya and Germany. Judie has scooped awards in Reproductive Health, Population, Gender and Development. She has participated in international conferences in Germany, Switzerland and Netherlands. Judie has written a booklet, 'Justice and Peace in the Kenyan Eye'. She has a soft spot for human rights, crime, peace and justice stories. She has a Master's Degree in New Media, Governance and Democracy, University of Leicester (U.K).

  • kaput

    dreamzzzzzzzzz

  • rita

    Its amazing how you are always right and everyone else wrong! the cooking continues on both sides…the Chief Chef is ready for you.

  • Wanjala Wachana

    Keep the momentum as are with you buddy.

  • rita

    When its God’s anointing, dont fight with it. You lose terribly!

  • shalom

    It is the other way round.

  • leaky

    its so disturbing when i see One of our respected elites comparing themselves with Jesus, mocking God shows how low dignity you have to the interest at heart towards this beautiful country.

    • NEO_KENYAN

      I know right, it’s so much more preferable to be led by a war crimes suspect, because we have so much dignity.

      • koibirir

        Well put it Neo…these guys are indeed cheats benefits!

      • william njogu

        it is better than a quack jesus, a religious con man whom in ordinary times should be charged with blasphemy. what a fake masquandering as a reformer.

        • NEO_KENYAN

          I agree, in ordinary times a rapist, murderer and a cheat whose already been charged is better. Makes sense if you don’t think about it.

    • koibirir

      Nothing is disturbing unless you are self disturbed! Repent your sins and see Prophet Awour sooner than…

  • Rain

    Oh for Pete’s sake, Raila you’ve lost, the Kenyan’s have moved on, you do the same. Be the better man if you want a chance of presidency.

    • koibirir

      He won twice but denied by greatest cheats of all times!

      • http://twitter.com/Hunkmoran Kevin k

        won what??you are just as disillusioned as the leader you proscribe and subscribe to.

      • indsn

        If not in your mind show the statistics and source to justify your claim of winning. Perhaps you do not know what winning means. There are rules and procedures not wishful thinking.

  • Kitchen

    How do I put this across:- Is this really the President we really wanted? A person who says this on Camera and says the other in front of a crowd? What is with this presidency that he keeps awakening stuff. Why say one thing and retract the next minute. I wish we had a re-run, he surely might be surprised. Surely if he is as Prayerful as he can quote the bible, What is with his God? Kwani his God does not want him to be president? Kwani his God doesn’t hear his prayers? because if his God wanted, and he surely is the person he claims to be, trust you me even the schemes of man could not have maneuvered if God the Almighty wanted Raila to be president.

    God has made you to be what you are traversing the country doing……………………………..

    That is what works for you, perfect it.

    • koibirir

      Keep your god to yourself cheaters!

    • Lucy

      Its gone, finished and this is now a closed chapter for his Man called Raila. Amen and Amen !

  • MonteC

    This is the only place cord will win- in the streets. In the ballot, in the courts, and in parliament (both houses); they are DONE!

    • NEO_KENYAN

      He doesn’t have a case at the ICC i’ll take that anyday.

      • http://twitter.com/Hunkmoran Kevin k

        n soon so wont the president elect..ICC will just go away.

        • koibirir

          Keep eliminating the witnesses and bribing them thinking you are such smart. A country waiting for that day…yes that day…unless

          • http://twitter.com/Hunkmoran Kevin k

            unless what??why can’t we all just embrace the generational change and be ready to pick up the reins from our elders and continue on the path of developing our lovely country..bickering day in and day out means stagnating at the same position and wasting our energies..anyway thats just my opinion..God bless Kenya

          • NEO_KENYAN

            Why can’t we all just embrace our alleged rapist president elect and just move on. I don’t understand these people, our young, vibrant and energetic innocent until proven guilty president-elect is a blessing. God bless Kenya and our alleged rapist. Did I say innocent until proven guilty? I hope I did.

          • Nairobi gal

            @ Neo_Kenyan, what kind of a life do you think you will lead, with this kind of bitterness? Trust me with suce negative energy, you will just drown to misery. Am not a prophet of doom, but bitterness destroys even our bones…

          • NEO_KENYAN

            A very productive life actually, what benefit is all my education, knowledge and experience if I don’t use it to address the issues that bedevile our society? I beleive that we must speak openly about these issues. I believe I have the moral high ground. I appreciate the sincerity though

          • http://twitter.com/wambuianna ann kimemia

            Be very careful with particular terms young man!

          • NEO_KENYAN

            Thanks old woman, my terms are factually accurate and not a single word is a lie.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kwessi-Pratt/100000996986819 Kwessi Pratt

            You think in tribalistic country like ours any person can betray his own seemingly very successful brother? Its not about money here, its about kinship pal! Our guys thought they were going to have good life in Europe only to end up being given residential places and some cold food! They were better off here!!!!

        • NEO_KENYAN

          While your predicting the future, why don’t you hook me up with the lottery ticket numbers, then we can split the proceeds 50-50. My idea, your soothsayer skills , winning team.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kwessi-Pratt/100000996986819 Kwessi Pratt

          When Raila agreed for ICC cases to be done after elections, wrongly counting on supposedly fragmented Kikuyu votes, thats when he lost election. Thats why this matter of being cruxified is juvenile to say the least! Why would such a senior government official admit to being willingly cruxified? And what does that say about Raila as a leader? Can he really be relied upon if is fate is decided by forces that he can neither control nor overwhelm? Can he be trusted? Would such hopeless person present himself as a serious leader? Over time, I have come to realize Raila can only be a good kingmaker but certainly not the king! Most of his pronouncements largely border on treason and a person with such traits cant be elected president of the Republic! And since witness No.4 and a former Raila opponent in Langata, has shied off from testifying despite his usual arrogancy, there is no hope in success of those cases. Now that those who were targetted have taken control of the state, other witnesses will definitely shy off!!!!

          • NEO_KENYAN

            Do you have any indication as to the evidence witness 4 was to present? Which facts he would corroboate, facts which if unproven would render the charges unproven? I’ll take a wild guess here, no.

            Raila did not agree to anything, you presume he had influence over the ICC calendar and that his agreement was integral to the decision by the ICC to decide to hold the trial after the elections. He simply took advanatge of the calendar, as any politician would. That his strategy didn’t work is neither here nor there in relation to the date the cases were set.

            Everything else you have stated is opinion,(Raila is a kingmaker not a king,pronouncements of treason etc) non-factual with no reference to any law or procedure.

    • koibirir

      Your fallacy…

      • MonteC

        It is called ‘The tyranny of numbers’

  • Duncan Muchina

    Pathetic!!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kwessi-Pratt/100000996986819 Kwessi Pratt

      And moreso, given the kind of undue publicity he gets!!!!

  • MajorT

    From a Hero to a Fat Zero. Useless comparison.

  • koibirir

    Yap something big that you will look for him is coming soon…Remember this day!

  • George Omenye

    lets make sure the constitution works

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.oranjo.9 John Oranjo

    Disgusting Indeed, odinga blasphemes whenever he opens his mouth….Someone Tell him to keep off Insulting our Lord .

    • koibirir

      The example he quoted does not at any iota implies he s Jesus! Go hang if you can’t stand freedom of speech that Raila fought with his life or migrate to Zimbabwe!

    • indsn

      This sure might not go unpunished either here on earth or beyond!

  • http://twitter.com/MwangiMaina8 Mwangi Maina

    Tinga’s anecdotes are usually colorful and even hilarious, but this was unfortunate and in bad taste. He should stop whining and end these post-election tantrums. Methinks he should get someone to advise him on what to say, lest he keeps making a fool out of himself. In any case, he had promised to respect the Supreme Court ruling, so he should live up to his word and respect the judgement issued by Chief Justice Pilate Mutunga. Good thing he (and Kalonzo) are contemplating joining parliament, as this circus is getting out of hand.

    • Lucy

      How can he keep to is promise when he says this during the day and says that during the night? This man is never to be trusted ! Kalonzo was tooo foolish never to look before committing himself to Raila. God bless Kenya. God look after the Jubilee Govt.

    • khasandiphyllice

      you have been lined up for a promotion at your place of work then due to some mischievous undertakings someone else is taken instead of you yet you were so sure you have all it takes to be in that position. can you take it well@twitter-852614364:disqus

      • http://twitter.com/MwangiMaina8 Mwangi Maina

        I wish politics was a meritocracy, my dear, in which case Tinga would probably have been the natural successor to Baba Jimmy. Sadly, politics, unlike government or corporate service, is not a meritocracy. If it were, either Kiyiapi or Kenneth would have scored the presidency, given their impressive CVs. Politics is a game of numbers (tribal numbers, in our case). It’s also about networking, and Raila didn’t fare too well on that one, given that he didn’t network hard enough to score the Western vote. In a nutshell, Tinga was not “lined up” for any promotion. He was simply not up to the game. Now that he is cooling his heels down in Jo’burg, I’m sure somebody has also told him that his greatest enemy in this election was probably Musalia.

    • Wangechi

      I agree with you. Someone, not sure who, needs to manage this guy’s public utterances.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kwessi-Pratt/100000996986819 Kwessi Pratt

      Raila has been his own PR disaster! Taking on military leaders is disaster that no wise leader can undertake. Military is a government within a government no matter how you look at it. But Tinga has failed to take note of that. Either way, Raila is his own worst enemy, followed by his luo supporters who never tell him to his face “little king you are naked, dress up please!” They seem to believe that he has hidden wisdom while in reality he has none!!!!

  • gedimuhando

    true,something is wrong with this Muigai win.Some of us cant help feeling suffocated.Whose Kenya is this?

    • Gabby

      You feel suffocated because you see things through the tribal lens. Now you must be counting that this a yet another Kikuyu president while none from your tribe has been. That is your choice and if you choose not to, you will not continue being suffocated!

      • http://twitter.com/Hunkmoran Kevin k

        thank you gabby why cant kenyans just look at a leader as an individual and judge him based on his ideas,implementation and achievements..thats what progressive thinking is all about.

  • http://www.facebook.com/beloveddan Beloved King

    HATE SPEECH: Honestly has come to mean saying any negative truth that is so obvious about Kikuyus! . .. And dishonestly insulting RAO and luos or any minority tribe is FREEDOM OF SPEECH! That is the Kenya of Jubilee…! The haters from Mt. Kenya promote tribalism, nepotism, exclusion, vote rigging, discrimination, robbery with violence, ant ICC campaign, witness bribery and Mungiki.

    • Duncan Muchina

      Beloved, you still on the throne? Really?!

    • indsn

      Be specific – who has bribed the witnesses, how and why and also when? And which witnesses? Do a careful analysis and report accordingly.

  • http://www.facebook.com/beloveddan Beloved King

    HATE SPEECH: Honestly has come to mean saying any negative truth that is so obvious about Kikuyus! . .. And dishonestly insulting RAO and luos or any minority tribe is FREEDOM OF SPEECH! That is the Kenya of Jubilee…! The haters from Mt. Kenya promote tribalism, nepotism, exclusion, vote rigging, discrimination, robbery with violence, ant ICC campaign, witness bribery, Mungiki….

  • Jackin

    Read your Bible well RAO, Pontius Pilate had nothing to do with the death of Jesus, in fact he washed his hands. misinformed as always!

    • http://twitter.com/Hunkmoran Kevin k

      hahahaha..true that

    • koibirir

      Spare us your hatred for this greatest son of Africa! He is not a tribalist as your RULERS!

      • Gabby

        I look forward to the day when miseducation by means of erroneous ‘vitendawilis’ and misapplied Bible truths are out of our lives by way of thos overly litigious man to even mention that Holy Book. Great sons do what their fathers tell them BUT this time round, the Father in heaven has his book selectively misused and that is NOT great for anyone to do!

      • indsn

        Greatest indeed! In the small minds of real tribalists. What is not tribalist if you hate someone for what tribe he is? But even you take that advice and read your bible well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Batiany-Ole-Kenya/739190551 Batiany Ole Kenya

    Kipii ni kipii………………

  • Gabby

    How does this aetheist know how to derive Biblical analogies? Must have been Tseikuru who gave him that one……..

  • Little Hiti

    …this guys has definitely lost his quite alot of his marbles … next….will he claim that his ‘tribulations’ are meant to save the souls of men ??? The mere likening of himself to Jesus is just insane …but probably not so much. Some dudes committed suicide after he lost in the Supreme Court ??? They wouldn’t commit suicide for God but they would for him …the apostasy is too great. Scaring even…amazingly …he lives on!!!!

  • Gabby

    Raila insinuates the Prezz-elect is Barabas the crook and he is the nice one……….’always kama pamba’………

  • Gabby

    Now he has left the country to South Africa almost unnoticed. Reminds me of a losing kid who sulks and bolts out of the house so as not to be present when the parents finally give a previoulsy promised prize to a younger brother after a fierce compettiton as to who would do better at the end of the term. I can tell you it is one of those slip out of the country unnoticed ‘strategies and come back ‘pre-announced’ à la Matiba in ’92 and ‘ride-to-victory’ kind of stunts. Anyone remember the let-the-public-miss-you for a while and come back with a ‘Hummer’ stunt? RAO when he is back will do an airport straight to Uhuru park move to make demands……… Watch this space…..

  • indsn

    At this rate someone will soon land in real trouble. History has plenty to teach.

    What happened to Jomo Kenyatta when he visited Nyanza?

    Why did Arap Moi become Vice President?

    What did Moi do for Jaramogi Odinga after Kenyatta died? And what was Odinga’s response to Moi’s gentlemanly gesture? J Odinga died as a political outcast after falling out with Moi who had given him a second chance.

    Moi imprisoned RAO for six years – why?

    And now Moi was bad, Kibaki was bad and Uhuru is bad. But Kenya must move forward.

    Mungiki has been closely working with RAO ever since the end of PEV. Even when they wrote a damaging letter to CJ they were bed fellows with CORD politically.

    It is also significant to note that the only serious violence during the 2013 election was the killing of policemen in Mombasa by MRC in a CORD stronghold. So who is behind MRC ?

    Given what happened in 1982 you can never tell and hopefully testimonies from those arrested for MRC police killings will shade some light.

    About the SC rulling – did RAO not express complete satisfaction with the new judicial system headed by current CJ before filing his petition?

    But even in 2008 it was alleged that a high court judge had been lined up to swear in RAO at Uhuru Park and police had to stop this at any cost. Eventually the swearing in was at State House. And now he was offered a bible in Nyanza to do what? I bet there was a high court judge present at that large gathering of fervent supporters to beat the official swearing in on Tuesday.

    But continued use of others and association with Mungiki and MRC are what may lead to real trouble. Unless there is overt change of heart and tact soon or later RAO will land himself in real trouble expecting sympathies from his many supporters.

  • http://twitter.com/jakio45 James

    let him be a president .But God in Heaven He is the King not kikuyu

  • Nairobi gal

    Its just amazing how blinded someone becomes when defending the people
    they love…or adore. I have been asking myself something in this whole
    fight and praises of RAO, did he fight for democracy alone? what the
    hell do we say to the like of Matiba, who is languishing is sickness and
    a myriad of issues thanks to the beatings and other stuff he received in the fight for freedom, apparently for those who don’t remember, UK campaigned for Matiba in ’92 and today as UK is abt to be sworn in, Matiba wont attend his swearing in.. do you know how sad that is? anyway, wat abt all
    the other men and women, including their mothers who had to strip so the
    cops wod not beat them up…does anyone know the humiliation those
    women went through fighting for their sons and daughters stripping in-front of their sons… these are African women who cannot have their kids see their nakedness but here they are stripping naked for them!!! Now, all we hear everyday is how RAO saved this
    country… Puhliz! Fine I respect him, but please lets get a life, most
    of us who scream loudest don’t even have a close relative whom we lost,
    during the struggle for democracy!! The only thing we can do is to
    appreciate those who did and not try to make them gods!!

  • Wangechi

    As a Christian, i was quite offended by Raila’s remarks. No human being should compare him or herself to Jesus. It is getting clearer every day why God did not allow Kenya to have such a president.

  • Simon Reez

    Poor comparison between Jesus and RAO. Jesus was not looking for an elective post and even when people wanted to make him their King he refused. He is on record for having said that his kingdom is not of this world. Secondly, it is through his death that he gave us salvation. If RAO wants to save Kenya, then he should welcome his predicament and wait to RISE again on the “third” day if it will ever come.

  • Loisoiflame

    jesus Raila or Raila jesus ? which is which


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