It is rare to hear a man praise himself that he is good or popular! That is left to the people to judge. But of course, we are dealing with Raila who is a different breed, a man who believes everything is on his side. Being popular does not mean being elected.
This world has seen politicians who when holding rallies attract the masses, but when the real thing comes – making choices, people drink the politician’s money, but deny them the votes!
It has been reported that the, “Lang’ata MP, Mr Raila Odinga, said he was the best candidate among those seeking ODM-Kenya’s nomination for the presidency.”
He is reported to have told the crowds when addressing, “rallies at Matungu, Mumias, Shianda, Sabatia and Butere grounds where he said he enjoyed goodwill countrywide than any other ODM-Kenya presidential aspirant.”
Boasting to the crowd and putting down the other ODM-K leader he told the people, “I am the most popular candidate in ODM-Kenya. I have the following in Lamu, Kilifi, Lokichoggio, Mandera and even here in Butere.”
We should not forget that leading a nation requires humbled men or women and there is no shortage of them. “Other ODM-Kenya presidential aspirants include Mr Musalia Mudavadi, Mr Kalonzo Musyoka, Mr William Ruto, Mr Uhuru Kenyatta, Mr Najib Balala, Ms Nazlin Umar and Dr Julia Ojiambo.”
Eyeing at the top job in the country, “Raila took his campaign for the ODM-Kenya nomination to Bungoma and Butere-Mumias where he claimed President Kibaki was initially opposed to the introduction of Constituency Development Fund (CDF). At the same time, Raila claimed the free primary education was borrowed from the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) manifesto when the party joined the National Rainbow Coalition.”
Now it seems the MP wants to take credit of the successes of Kibaki government. It is reported that, “he claimed that it was not until after MPs threatened to oppose the Budget that the President ordered the then Finance minister, Mr David Mwiraria, to authorise the introduction of the CDF kitty. Through CDF, billions of shillings have been channelled to the grassroots to finance projects prioritised by residents of each constituency across the country.”
If Raila wants to say the government cannot claim success of CDF, then we must not forget that he was in that government. It is only now that he is out criticising the government because he has seen that Kibaki will score points on CDF plan. The media reports that, “Raila said the Government could not claim credit for the success of CDF saying the fund would have been non-existent if the MPs did not threaten to shoot down the 2003 Budget.”
He has started travelling around to built himself up before the election campaign is announced. Kenya media reports that he, “was on his second day of tour of Western Province. Those accompanying him included MPs Mr Sospeter Ojamong (Amagoro), Mr Paddy Ahenda (Kasipul Kabondo), Mr Gor Sunguh (Kisumu Town East), and Bungoma deputy mayor Mr Zaina Watako. Others were MPs, Mr Wycliffe Oparanya (Buture) Mr Wycliffe Osundwa (Mumias), Mr Ken Nyagudi (Kisumu Town West) and Prof Ayiecho Olweny (Muhoroni) accompanied him.”
It is surprising that the other ODM-K leaders are unable to see Raila’s tricks. How do they let a man who tells them off publicly to continue pushing them around. They are going to loose popularity to Raila is they let him tell Kenyans that he is popular.
There is a saying that silence is admitting. So if the other ODM-K presidential candidates do not tell Raila to tone down his claim of being better than them, then the voters might end up believing Raila.
By Korir, African Press in Norway, APN