Why Are Kikuyu Chauvinists So Much Afraid Of Raila Odinga? Osewe.

Posted on November 19, 2008. Filed under: 1 |

You have heard it before. That Raila Odinga, the ODM Presidential candidate, cannot be trusted. Raila has changed too many political Parties. Raila dumped former President Moi in the wake of Uhuru Project in KANU. Raila dumped Kibaki after saying “Kibaki Tosha”. Raila dumped Kalonzo Musyoka’s ODM-Kenya “because Kalonzo was popular”.

You have heard it before. Raila cannot lead because he is not circumcised. Raila wants to divide Kenya with his Majimbo system. Raila wants to incite a religious war in Kenya. Raila organized the 1982 coup attempt to try and seize power through illegal means. Raila has signed a Memorandum of Overstanding with the Muslims and other exhausted anti-Raila clichés that have blunted the political sensibilities of disco critics aligned to the septuagenarian Presidential candidate Mwai Emilio Kibaki.

Judging from the fabrication of documentary evidence to undermine Raila Odinga, the dirty abuses of Raila by opponents at political platforms in Kenya, the multiple shell organizations being set up by Kikuyu chauvinists in the name of Kibaki and the cheap propaganda web sites erected to “campaign for Kibaki”, Kikuyu chauvinists who believe that Kenya belongs to Kikuyus must be suffering from constant constipation at the prospect of the day they might wake up to the reality of “His Excellency President Raila Amolo Odinga”.

The political braggadocio of chauvinistic Kikuyu converts who adhere to the Gospel according to “The House of Mumbi” is fuelled by a deeply-seated and atavistic belief that since Kikuyus are the majority ethnic group in Kenya and since it is mostly the blood of Kikuyus which was spilled during the colonial revolution in which Mau Mau was on the frontlines, Kenya must at all times be led by a Kikuyu President as other ethnic groups scramble for the Vice presidency and other crumbs below the table.

This old-style school of thought undermines the numerical superiority of 41 ethnic groups in Kenya while it whittles the role other ethnic groups played in the anti-colonial revolution. Instead, it seeks to elevate Kikuyu nationalism (thinly camouflaged as “analysis”) in political debates at the expense of rationalism needed for a sober understanding of the real problems facing Kenya as a Nation.

For these ethnic chauvinists, it does not matter that Kenya has had two Kikuyu Presidents with the incumbent Kibaki emerging as a fraudulent and unprincipled crook whose regime is wallowing in a pool of corruption as the President maintains a thieving Mafia cartel that is answerable to nobody but themselves. How else does one explain the antics of Lucy Kibaki, the First lady, before she was sedated recently to bring order to State House?

For Kikuyu chauvinists afraid of Raila Odinga, Moi’s Presidency was a big mistake which was corrected by Kibaki’s Presidency. For more than a decade after he inherited power following Kenyatta’s death, Moi had to remain the President because there was no alternative under a one Party dictatorship. After political pluralism, the former despot used the State machine to divide the opposition and rig elections until the regime was brought to a point where it had to go and Raila played a big role.

By then, Kikuyu chauvinists trusted Raila because he said “Kibaki Tosha” and the general picture of State House in a post Moi situation fitted well with the “House of Mumbi” perspective. Now that Raila is increasingly being seen as “The President in waiting”, the picture is blurred thus the haranguing linked to “Raila cannot be trusted” orchestras.

Raila may have changed Parties but Kibaki has even abandoned parties like Democratic Party that stood by him in his quest for Presidency. Kibaki has abandoned Narc on whose back he rode to become President. Kibaki abandoned KANU that honoured him with the post of Vice president for ten years. The President’s new Party, PNU is so much in confusion that Kibaki has even failed to name his running mate so what are these chauvinists telling Wakenya?

For these Kikuyu braggadocios, the problem with a possible Raila Presidency is that an era will be born when any Kenyan can become President regardless of his or her ethnic group – cut or uncut. Raila’s presidency will check Kikuyu arrogance in the sphere of politics and destroy the myth that since Kikuyus are the majority ethnic group in Kenya, a Kikuyu will always be able to win an election at the Presidential level – Halelujah.

The defeat of Kibaki at the Referendum after he failed to deliver a new Constitution was just a pointer to defeats to come. Kikuyus voted as a block but lost the Referendum. Raila led the campaign under ODM and for Kikuyu chauvinists who have the capacity to think, the Kikuyu vote alone will not deliver the Presidency to Kibaki and so the votes needs to be combined with “scare tactics” which, in their small brains, might scare other communities to vote for Kibaki, a myopic strategy in deed.

Raila may or may not have led the coup but didn’t he pay with eight years in detention under solitary confinement before emerging from detention to forgive Moi who later cheated him before he destroyed the Uhuru Project by helping Kibaki to come to power? After Kibaki cheated on the MoU, should Raila have gone on retirement or should he have changed Professions to begin fishing Mbuta in Lake victoria? Raila might not be circumcised. But why not tell that to George Bush, Gordon Brown, Putin et al. By the way, has somebody checked if Chavez is circumcised so that I can be updated?

Anti-Raila Kikuyu chauvinists want Kenyans to believe that if Raila wins the Presidency, he will destroy the Kikuyu economically, revenge for the ill treatment and suffering he underwent under Kibaki, marginalize the Kikuyu community the way other groups have been marginalized by Moi and Kibaki, fill State House (and other Kikuyu dominated top government positions) with Luos, Luhyas, Kales and so fourth.

If you ask me, the masses of Kikuyu workers, peasants, students and millions of unemployed Kikuyu youth who form the bulk of Wakikuyu should have nothing to fear because they are like millions of poor Kenyans suffering across the country under Kibaki.

It is the Kikuyu ruling class and their friends in business who are afraid of Raila. The problem with Kikuyu chauvinists spreading malice against Raila today is that they have deliberately refused to differentiate between the corrupt elite draining Kenya on the one hand and the poor Kikuyu masses on the other, the same poverty-stricken class that has nothing common with Kibaki and whose members are living side by side with other ethnic groups in slums across Nairobi and other regions.

Kikuyu chauvinists trumpeting “Raila cannot be trusted” hymns should begin to make psychological adjustments because from the looks of things, the country seem to be heading towards a Raila Odinga Presidency under an ODM government. The big question will be how to change Kenya and at the moment, Majimbo seem to be booming as an option.

By Okoth Osewe:Responding on Okoth Osewe writes a Book on Election Crisis.


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Thats past tense, there is grand coalition in place and Kenya is for all communities but no one should try to block a community of almost 30% of the population to sit on the peripheries and things are decided for them. That is next to impossible. We should talk of quality leadership and not which community has been in power or Kikuyus should relax since they had had the presidency twice.Those two Kikuyus who have been presidents, were not for the kikuyus coz its only a tiny of homeguards who have been beneficiaries.
Any kenyan who is committed for the welfare of kenyan Citizens and its wellbeing can be president.
With emergence of coalition parties, tribal politics has no place in our kenyan today.If there gonna be a fallout between Raila and Ruto which is very much emineent, will the shift be some Kalenjin chauvinsts are afraid of Raila?

The contents of Osewe’s post comes as no surprise and is in character with what Kenyans have come to expect of sycophants of Kenyan politicians that do not intend to engage fellow Kenyans in debate but play the tribal card whenever their positions are challenged. Moreover I suspect his bitter rhetoric stems from the fact that Kanyunja asked about his soon to be published book on Ouko’s assassination, it’s been many years due and still counting. But back to the topic and I would love to respond to his political statements. I will not however engage my learned friend Osewe in discussing Luo this, Kalenjin that, Kamba this or lyuha that, but be Kenyan in my comments.
What do Kenyans know about Amolo Odinga’s profile as a politician in Kenya?
1. His power base is made up of people exclusively from his ethnic community.
2. Has always sought to change the political structure of Kenya through violence no matter the cost to his party, community and Kenyans in general.
3. His has been the acknowledged leader of two political coups, 1982 and 2007, where Kenyans bled and lost lives.
4. He has survived politically by sacrificing both political allies and opponents on the altar of his political ambition.
Make no mistake. Amolo Odinga does not represent the whole of the luo community, but a faction of ever growing violent die-hard tribalists, disguised as Kenyan nationalists. The majority of Kenyans are by nature a peace abiding and non-violent people. They are however often duped by unscrupulous leaders who play with their emotions and sense of communal responsibility. Kenya is a country whose populace is ravaged by extreme poverty and high levels of illiteracy making them easy prey for these human who want to perpetuate their lives of affluent living and cling to power. Amolo Odinga is a perfect example albeit a violent and treacherous individual. He is a wealthy man by all standards but what makes him stand out is the fact that he accedes to the politics of tribal division using the old adage of blame the other tribe. I see no fundamental difference between Ruto, Uhuru and Raila. As the people of Obama country say; Potatoe, potato.
What makes Osewe assume that anyone critical of his lord and master is Kikuyu? These are the politics that are dragging down the nation of Kenya, the politics of tribal division using the old adage of blame the other tribe. Here is a man that calls PNU sycophants walambaji while he himself is an Odinga mulambaji. Kenyans seem to be all turning to walambaji these days and all the while treading in the quagmire of ethnic hatred. I fear we are all sinking further into the abyss of moral, political and social delinquency.


Ok fine.. lets say we elect him as president. you reckon things will change in Kenya for Kenyans? Just show me what Raila has done for Kenyans. In the last gova he demolished houses, but were any roads built, expanded?? dont think so. So how the hell do i want to vote for someone who cannot even handle his ministry? If you put Michuki, I know loads of Kenyans would want to vote for him BECAUSE we have seen what he can do for Kenyans………….and he is Kikuyu..go figure.

kanyunja: you said it! umenena!

Can the real Osewe stand up? Kumbe he also suffers from kikuyu fear? Wololo yaye! And what he all that he has written to do with kanyunja? Is he suriously assuming that all Kenyans anti agwambo are kyuks? How does trumpeting about Kikuyu chauvinists tell us about raila? Aiiiee, Osewe has exposed himself like a hare caught in car lights! Yawa!

I think we don’t get it. This has to stop at some point. The blame game,we have to rise up beyond petty politics.The issues affecting us are crucial and should be addressed. If we are to unite we have to say enough is enough. Let’s not attack the personalities but the bad stuff we spread around about people. It’s a great move to write a book. I have not read it but am interested in reading it. Mr. Osewe is gifted,why lie? and my encouragement it that he should use his gift positively. Those that want to emulate him like Jamii,should go full throttle to gain the writing skills but should not use it to write negative stuff.It does not help us neither them. I don’t have an agenda on ‘Jamii’, but I had hoped I would read family related articles, i.e how to protect our youth from drugs,HIV AIDS and family,poor people,women issues and gender inequality,abuses…plus swahili stuff for our children etc. Butamisaying something? or just payukaring…

One reader on Osewe’s blog claims that you are fabricating stories against Osewe and that this story is bogus since he did not send it in as response to comments on his book, but you Clay just cut and pasted it from a previous debate just to provoke Osewe. IS THIS TRUE CLAY?? What do you have to say? Set the record straight or lose credibility.
And you better not censor my comments here, or else….butdoisay

Hi Kanyunja,this article was sent in by Osewe to butdoisay,yes I do lift some articles from Ksb written by Osewe when I feel they should be discussed by our readers but I have never fabricated any article against Osewe. Writting a Book is a good achievement and we credit him alot for that.We are for “CHANGE AND NOT FOR UNCHANGE”.Osewe can claim himself if am lying about his article on butdoisay….

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