Raila was wrong to politi­cise Nti­mama’s burial, at­tack Uhuru

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

Dur­ing the re­quiem mass for Wil­liam ole Nti­mama at the All Saints Cathe­dral in Nairobi, Raila Odinga’s re­marks sounded as if he was tak­ing ad­van­tage of the event to at­tack Ju­bilee. The op­po­si­tion leader ac­cused the gov­ern­ment of sit­ting on the TJRC re­port and de­manded that it be im­ple­mented in hon­our of the for­mer Cab­i­net min­is­ter. This was, how­ever, not sur­pris­ing be­cause Cord has done the same in other funeral cer­e­monies in the past. The lead­ers politi­cised the deaths of sen­a­tors Otieno Ka­jwang and Mu­tula Kilonzo, Raila’s son Fidel Odinga and busi­ness­man Ja­cob Juma. Dur­ing the burial, he re­peat­edly re­vis­ited the role he played in pro­tect­ing the Mau For­est. But look­ing at the tim­ing of Raila’s de­mands, it is a well-crafted new strat­egy aimed at woo­ing the Maa com­mu­nity to back his pres­i­den­tial bid in 2017. Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta was there­fore jus­ti­fied to an­swer him be­cause he needs to be stopped.


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