Dr. Miguna Miguna, one of the Kenyan famous opposition leaders, former ally of Raila Odinga has bashed African leaders. He says legacy is not defined by past conduct only – but principally determined by one’s present behavior.
Below, he wrote:
“Heroic and progressive revolutionary legacy is not defined by one’s past conduct only; it is principally determined by one’s present behavior.
Blaise Compaore fought heroically beside Thomas Sankara in Burkina Faso but betrayed Africa’s Upright Man to the American imperialists and turned Burkina Faso into a virtual dictatorship for 30 years.
Yoweri Kaguta Museveni fought bush wars against Idi Amin, Milton Obote and the Okello brothers before transforming Uganda into a military tyranny.
JACOB ZUMA was a legendary fighter with the ANC’s Umkhonto we Sizwe before turning into a corrupt despot in South Africa.
Having fought for their respective country’s liberation struggles does not redeem their legacies. History will record their existence as one of despicable betrayal and tyrannical greed. Their past heroism will be recorded in footnotes.
Similarly, Raila Odinga might have had a glorious past record of fighting for the second liberation of Kenya. However, once he was elevated to the positions of power as a Member of Parliament, Cabinet Minister and Prime Minister, he exposed himself as a corrupt, lethargic and undemocratic leader.
The way Raila has run down the ODM party and transformed it into a despotic, repressive and suffocating instrument of oppression, exploitation and marginalization of his people does not earn him respect.
Raila Odinga is a hypocritical coward who surrendered to a despotic Uhuru Kenyatta after the latter had stolen two elections, killed more than 500 innocent civilians most of them Raila supporters and maimed and tortured thousands of Kenyans. Raila surrendered and betrayed his supporters after promising to take them to Canaan. He repeatedly stated that 2017 was his “last bullet” and that all his supporters needed to do was to “vote and go home.”
“Leave the rest to me,” he thundered.
“This time, I will not complain that my victory has been stolen.”
After Uhuru Kenyatta stole the August 8, 2017 election, Raila returned to the people and pleaded with them to “help me retrieve my victory, which Uhuru Kenyatta has stolen.”
The people heeded Raila’s call and turned up in huge numbers telling him that they were ready to die for him, Raila used them as human baits to extort money from Uhuru Kenyatta.
Instead of fearlessly leading from the front, Raila hid in 5-star hotels and betrayed millions of his supporters by joining Jubilee and becoming Uhuru’s handbag carrier. He did this after the NRMKe soldiers had outnumbered and were about to root out Jubilee goons from power.
Raila’s main fear is that the NRMKe’s victory would introduce a merit-based politics where leaders emerged organically through their demonstrated abilities and performance not through cronyism and dynastic boardroom choreographies, which is how KANU Orphans like Uhuru, Mudavadi, Kalonzo and virtually all ODM leaders have ascended public office.
Once a leader becomes national liabilities like Zuma, Compaore, Museveni and Odinga, they must be shunned to the sidelines so that they don’t interrupt or sabotage the national revolutionary march.
The Burkinabe and South Africans got rid of Compaore and Zuma when they became oppressive, detached from the aspirations and needs of their people. Consequently, Ugandans must get rid of Museveni.
Kenyans must dump Raila Odinga because he has betrayed the liberation struggle and his supporters who were mowed down, tortured and maimed by the tyrant Uhuru Kenyatta. Raila Odinga’s past “heroic actions” will and must be recorded as footnotes to his current despotic conduct.
Let the revolution roll with ideological clarity, truth, facts and integrity. Viva!
Dr. Miguna Miguna is a Kenyan-born author, columnist, attorney, and politician. He is a barrister and solicitor in Canada, and a Canadian citizen by Neutralization. Miguna served as a senior adviser to former Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga from 2009 to 2011