Political Confusion in Kenya as President Kibaki Overrules Prime Minister Raila Odinga

Raila Odinga - Desperate for Power

Kenya’s President Mwai Kibaki has overruled a decision made by his Prime Minister, Raila Odinga in the suspension of 2 cabinet Ministers. The two ministers that were suspended are Agriculture Minister William Ruto and Education Minister Samuel Ongeri. According to the President’s office, the legal provisions on which the Prime Minister acted, do not confer him the authority to cause a minister to vacate his or her office.  This prompted a bitter response from the Prime Minister who accused the President of overstepping his powers. He said “I think that what I’ve done actually has been within my constitutional powers, and that the president does not have the powers to countermand what I have done. The Prime Minister said there was enough evidence implicating the two ministers for an investigation, so they should be suspended.

Raila Odinga’s desperation to assume the Presidency has led to frequent acrimony with the Head of State. It seems Odinga believes he is the lawful occupant of the presidency as he has bitterly contested the outcome of the last general elections that resulted in serious ethnic violence that ultimately led to the formation of a unity government. Odinga has always wanted to be President, and his greed for power has often comes into conflict with his sense of discernment. He would go at any length to become the President of Kenya – the position his father Oginga Odinga, longed for throughout his own political life but ultimately lost to Daniel Arap Moi who later arrested both father and son in 1982  accusing them of plotting a coup.

Kibaki and Raila joined together in a unity government to end violence that swept the nation after the 2007 election. Both men have accused each other of overstepping their constitutional remit. But most Kenyan’s are aware of Raila’s desperation to become President and his weired approach to politics contrasts sharply with the cool and respectful demeanour of Kibaki. Kenya’s Mwai Kibaki has done well for his country. He has transformed the economy and implemented development projects that has seen the landscape of the country changed to a more western style infrastructural environment. He is seen as a man of peace and respected across the region.

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  1. what this report doesn’t tell you is that the maize scandal was executed from the prime ministers office.A PricewaterhouseCoopers report indicated that the Prime ministers chief of staff and personal assistant were directly involved in the scandal that cost 6 billion Kenya shillings.The president had earlier suspended the two and calls for the prime minister to take political responsibility were growing.The prime minister instead targetted the Agriculture Minister one of his former allies in the disputed 2007 election but recently turned foe asking him to take political responsibility for the scandal.The Agriculture minister instead sighted the PWC report with Kibaki revoking the suspension.Many in Kenya view the current crisis as an attempt by Raila odinga to create political drama to hide his involvement in grand corruption

    Timeline of Events

    A.d 2010 february 9th:
    Odinga lecturers professor ongeri and professor karega mutahi, telling them that investigations start by suspecting everyone (in other words, guilty before innocent). He tells them to step aside to allow investigations and says that were it his own brother, he would do the same.
    A.d 2010 february 10th:
    A report leaks that implicates railas p.a and p.s were involved in stealing from the kenya public kshs 6billion through inflated maize prices. The report from the pwc specifically mentions railas p.a caroli omondi

    A.d 2010: february 11th
    Odinga says he has not studied the pwc report and that he needs time to study it. The truth of the matter is, the report arrived at his desk in december 2009 and he knew all about the corrupt deals taking place in his office from as far back as 2008.

    A.d 2010: february 11th
    Another report from the parliamentary committee on agriculture chaired by john mututho says that raila chaired the adhoc committee that gave a go-ahead to afrigil pty to steal maize from kenyans. Afrigil was not among the 123 companies that submitted a tender neither was it among the 5 shortlisted ones.

    A.d 2010 february 12th
    Odinga says that “we should not sacrifice the innocent“ and we should wait for investigations to go the full course. In other words innocent till proven guilty. However, when it is apparent that he is directly involved in the maize scam, he tells his p.a caroli and p.s to step aside.

    A.d 2010 february 14th
    In a bid to keep the scrutiny of his nefarious theiveing ways from the public, he “consults with kibaki”- just that the kenyan public have never known that james orengo and otieno kajwang were also called kibaki. James orengo kibaki and so on.. After consulting “kibaki” he ostensibly is guided to suspend ongeri and ruto. When asked by the media whether he consulted kibaki, he says yes.

    A.d 2010 february 14th
    The other kibaki ie mwai kibaki, reverses the decision of suspending Ongeri and ruto because odinga has no powers to do so. However it is quite clear that odinga was involved in maize theft. He told others to resign, yet he couldnt take his own medicine as the biggest culprit. 2 reports from pwc and psc mention him directly as the beneficiary of inflated maize prices. In an interview with bbc, he says that he doesnt need to consult kibaki. But wait,..i thought he said he consulted kibaki? well….he did, but not the kibaki you thought. He meant that he consulted james orengo kibaki..

    A.d 2010 February 15th

    Odm declares a national accord crisis and call for Kofi Annan to return.Creating a new scandal Aimed at covering up the Maize scandal and the Prime Ministers involvement …..

    A.d 2010 February 16th

    ODM Writes to the CoE disowning the parliamentary select committee draft constitution(further creating new drama)

    .. Anyway, long story. Raila Odinga was the architect of the Maize Scandal everything else is just high political drama to hide that fact

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