HENRY MAKORI: BBI is Raila’s one way ticket to political oblivion

President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga during the launch of the BBI report in Nairobi on November 27, 2019/ AFP


The designers of the handshake (deep state) knew the best way to deal with ODM leader Raila Odinga was to isolate him from his political allies, and offer him a secret deal he couldn’t refuse.

They knew Raila is aging, fatigued by street protests and the 2017 presidential election campaigns and quite vulnerable without the strategic and militant minds around him.

The most uncompromising of them, Miguna Miguna, was safely out of the way in forced exile in Canada.

The handshake offered Raila what he adores most — the illusion of power — and whatever other material benefits for himself and his cows, his followers: AU special envoy; state appointments here and there; accompanying President Uhuru Kenyatta to official functions; motorcade and security detail; addressing state events and government and ruling party delegations to his office seeking his “wise counsel”. The works.

In effect, Uhuru succeed in alienating most of Raila’s national constituency. The handshake deal granted President Kenyatta the legitimacy he lacked after the 2017 repeat election. In sum, Raila was used by the deep state to demolish his own political legacy as an eminent Kenyan and African statesman.

The “father of democracy” ended up cutting the lone figure of a sell-out, surrounded by cows (followers as suggested by his ally and Suna East MP Junet Mohamed) whose political careers depend upon hanging on his coattails.

The ODM leader betrayed the multitude of women, men and children who were inspired by his illustrious example of resistance to misrule and stood by him at great personal cost – some killed by the regime, maimed or raped and lost livelihoods and property.

The winner, of course, is the initiator of the handshake, the President. He has had a peaceful second term, grown fat, laughs a lot and dances more, enjoys his drink more and might get a second wife from Nyanza, ha, ha, ha.

Without any form of opposition, the stealing of nation’s wealth goes on. The streets are quiet. No one to mobilise on a national scale against the failed regime.

Having performed excellently in his assignment of sanitising Uhuru, it is time Raila is flushed down the septic tank – as every piece of used toilet paper knows.

That is what the BBI is really about. It is Raila’s one way ticket to political oblivion.

Makori is a journalist and he first published the article on his Facebook Page

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