Raila Amolo Odinga’s speech on return from the US


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.

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