This is a piece I have been dying to write for quite some time and finally, after a couple of days of reading some ridiculous inanity about Raila Odinga from someone who shall remain nameless, I am here.
I write this piece in support of RAO even as I reiterate that the â€śhandshakeâ€ť between the man and Uhuru Kenyatta remains one of RAOâ€™s biggest mistake â€“ a move that gave legitimacy to the most corrupt and incompetent leadership in Kenyaâ€™s history and while forever stain his reputation as a stalwart against corruption and incompetence.
Having said that, let me also point out that there is someone who wakes up everyday having dreamt about RAO!
The individual begins their day with RAO on their mind and goes to bed with RAO on their mind.
They fall asleep with the man on their mind; see the man in their dreams and come morning, wake up and begins the cycle all over again!
This individualâ€™s life is consumed by someone old enough to be their grandfather!
â€śOdondore gi RAOâ€ť â€“ Sorry but there are somethings best characterized in DhoLuo!
â€śOwalo about RAO!â€ť â€“ He rants and raves about RAO!
â€śOlawo RAO!â€ť â€“ He is obsessed with RAO!
The foregoing characterizations speak to this individualâ€™s entire raison dâ€™etre i.e. reason for existence:
RAO 24/7/365 â€“ All RAO All the Time!
To Whom It May Concern:
â€śRaila ok mbas niâ€ť â€“ Raila is not your agemate!
For the record, I used to abhor the expression â€śRaila ok mbas na; ok mbas niâ€ť i.e. â€śRaila is not my agemate; not your agemateâ€ť. The aberration was predicated on the truism that the respect and reverence usually accorded elders, especially in the African culture â€“ has all been wiped out.
Because the country has been screwed over by Railaâ€™s agemates â€“ persons whose ages are within twenty years either way of the manâ€™s age â€“ of 73years i.e. fifty to ninety years old.
I am sorry, but the countryâ€™s adults have NOT been good stewards of the country thus deserve little, if any, respect.
Daniel Moiâ€™s greed brought the country to its knees and normalized blatant theft and employment of those singularly unqualified.
Mwai Kibakiâ€™s selfishness triggered the post-election violence of 2007/8; the countryâ€™s worst spate of violence in its history.
And setting the stage for a corrupt and selfish gerontocracy was none other than the tribal supremacist person â€“ curiously referred to as â€śMzeeâ€ť i.e. old person â€“ Jomo Kenyatta!
So no, Kenyaâ€™s old mostly men and the other supposedly â€śmatureâ€ť adults have not earned nor do they deserve the reverence theyâ€™d usually be accorded; this because they are single-handedly responsible for the shithole that the country currently is.
Having said that, let me also say that if there is any old man who deserves any respect, deserves some latitude for the incompetence selfishness of Kenyaâ€™s elderly, Iâ€™d argue that tis RAO.
He has given this ungrateful more than he has taken from it â€“ unlike many people I know.
The man is not my agemate nor is he this individualâ€™s rika AND unlike many of his agemates, Kenyaâ€™s grandparents, RAO has acted his age while looking out for the future of the country and by extension, that of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
So let me repeat this message; one I know the intended recipient shall receive:
â€śRaila ok mbas niâ€¦We dondori kodeâ€¦..wek walo about himâ€¦..We ri kode.â€ť
Aaaahâ€¦.I feel much better now!