Statement on Raila, Kalonzo Retirement Benefits
1. Raila Odinga responded categorically and publicly to the issue of the pension that President Uhuru Kenyatta refused to grant him and former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka.
2. Raila said he is not ready to go down on his knees and quit serving his country for him to get pension. You can keep the pension, let me do my politics. That is what Raila said. So we are taken aback that Jubilee is still hogging this none issue as if there is still lack of clarity around it.
3. It is in the interest of Kenyans that Raila remains active in politics. So many things are going so wrong that it would be a betrayal of the nation if the former Prime Minister were to go silent just because some money has been sent to his bank account.
4. But it is important for Kenyans to understand why Jubilee is so desperate for Railaâ€™s retirement. Raila is the catalyst for action and change in the country. He is the conscience and soul of this nation. Nothing moves until Raila has moved. The fear of Raila is what makes Jubilee try to work. It is the reason they are relaunching projects that had been launched. It is the reason they are making so many blunders.
5. People have been fighting in Baringo for more than a year now. Schools have been closed for two terms and nobody was doing anything, until Raila went to Baringo last week.
6. Suddenly, the president is calling peace meetings with leaders from the region. Suddenly, Jubilee MPs have moved to the ground allegedly to reconcile the communities. The Deputy President has suddenly seen the need to lead a peace mission among warring communities and is schedule to visit Baringo this Friday. Of course they know people donâ€™t believe their belated gesture. But they have to move because Raila has moved. The people of Baringo have suddenly been remembered because Raila visited. Jubilee will visit Garissa University College as soon as they learn Raila is going there.
7. This country would revert to a fully-fledged dictatorship the moment Raila quits politics. We have all seen the trend. Jubileeâ€™s attacks on the media, civil society, the diplomatic community, governors and county governments and even attempts to dismantle the constitution are all indications of a budding dictatorship. When you hear a whole President and his Deputy describe newspapers as meant for wrapping meat, you begin to understand the type of leadership we are dealing with.
8. Jubilee leaders want Raila to retire because he makes them feel small and guilty. They may have stolen his victory, but they are not sitting easy. They are behaving like a person who has stolen his fatherâ€™s cow. You may have the cow and head out to the market to sell it, but you keep looking over your shoulder because you know that cow belongs to your father.
9. And Raila is increasingly reminding Jubilee of what Gen Buhari did to Goodluck Jonathan in Nigeria. Jubilee is fearful of Raila becoming the Buhari of Kenya and he will be.
10. So let them keep the pension.