The Raila Statement:
RAILA ODINGA for President
Nairobi 07 May 2012
We wish to advise Kenyans to ignore the unsavory remarks that Mr.
Musalia Mudavadi has taken to making against Prime Minister Raila Odinga
in the guise of an election agenda.
These are the tantrums of a spoilt child who is used to free things.
They cannot make an election agenda. Elections are about people and
issues that concern them. They are not about insulting other leaders
while calling yourself “a humble gentleman.”
These babyish tantrums should be dismissed with the contempt that they
deserve. Mr. Mudavadi is bereft of any meaningful agenda for Kenya. In
any event, his history does not give him any helpful agenda. That is why
he fears this word, history. But you cannot run away from your history.
People are known by their Curriculum Vitae. In this regard, Mr.
Mudavadi is the face of everything that could go wrong with the
economic, legal and political life of any country. It can only be
expected, therefore, that his “campaign agenda” will be to pour insults
on the Prime Minister. Beyond that he has nothing to offer the Kenyan
The nation, however, needs to appreciate the platform from which Mr.
Mudavadi is operating. Throughout his career, he has been used to soft
options as a free loader. He has also been part of the worst economic
and political dispensation in the country to the extent that it is
laughable for him to speak about good governance, the economy,
corruption and allied topics. He just does not have the credentials.
As a young man, barely out of adolescence, he was in 1989 plucked from
oblivion to inherit the then Vihiga Parliamentary seat from his late
father. This was done in a most undemocratic manner. The one political
party of the day then blocked other aspirants to the seat from
competing. Mudavadi was handed the seat unopposed, on the silver
Following that electoral fiction in 1989, he went on to be rigged back
to Parliament in 1992 and 1997. When he faced the true test of democracy
in 2002, he lost badly. This was despite of the cushion of a sinecure
Since 2002, Mr. Mudavadi lives under pathological fear of democratic
processes. That is why he has invented all manner of spurious excuses
against ODM and the PM before bolting to non-competitive environment.
He is now busy ingratiating himself with Hon. William Ruto and Uhuru
Kenyatta. As usual, he is dreaming of getting the presidency from them
on the silver platter. He must therefore please them by throwing dirt at
It is not lost upon us that Mr. Mudavadi threw a party for his cronies
at his Nairobi residence to celebrate the indictment of Mr. Kenyatta and
Mr. Ruto. Used, as he is, to easy options, he has been openly talking
of himself as “the right option, when Uhuru and Ruto go to the ICC.”
This is a curious way to advance a political career.
Regarding the shameful activities in Sabatia on Saturday, everybody
present saw that Mr. Mudavadi’s hirelings were responsible for the
fracas, led by Mr. Boni Khalwale, who is a serial champion of political
violence. It is laughable to talk of the PM “importing Luo youth from
Nairobi to disrupt a funeral in Sabatia.” This is a cheap ploy
calculated to drive a tribal wedge between the peace loving Luhya and
Luo neigbours in Western Kenya. It will fail.
Mr. Mudavadi was squarely responsible for the violence. It is
instructive that having made all the necessary arrangements for violence
at the funeral in Sabatia, Mr. Mudavadi left the place for the nearby
Mbale Market, where he commanded the operations on cellphone, from the
safety of his car. A Mr. Kibisu executed the rest, together with a Mr.
Kubasu, a Mr. Osotsi and a Mr. Chavanga, with others detailed by Dr.
In the coming days, we will present a detailed documented account of Mr.
Mudavadi’s curriculum vitae. We shall invite him to explain a lot of
things, among them his role as the confluence of Anglo Leasing and
Goldenberg affairs and the mystery of KShs. 16 billion. We shall call
upon him to help us understand malfeasance in the Metrological
Department, procurement in Posta Corporation, mysterious shares in a
cellphone service providing company, questions at the Kenya Ports
Authority, the failed privatization of the Postal Corporation, financial
dealings at NSSF and in the Communications Commission of Kenya, as well
as what is commonly known as the DT Dobie Affair, among other things.
Meanwhile he is advised to try and find something useful to say to
Kenyans, if he can find anything.
National Director of Communications
The RAILA ODINGA for President Secretariat