Indeed we have had some good leaders who contributed a lot to the growth of our nation. Leaders who selflessly fought for our independence and freedom from the colonial powers. Leaders whose skills and passion are still adorable even after their departure.
We had those who literally suffered in prison and paid the price for our independence. They lived in the forest and caves like animals fearing for their lives and some were killed heartlessly by the European powers.
From the leaders like JM Kariuki, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, Tom Mboya. Ronald Ngala, Oginga Odinga and heroes like Dedan Kimathi among others. These are great people who suffered a lot to earn our independence. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Unfortunately, years later, after the departure of the Mzungu, we have had a long way to attain total independence. It has not been easy to free ourselves from our new colonial powers, the political class. Those who want political posts to be hereditary from father, child down to the tenth generation.
Some indeed established the foundation of the nation on tribalism, nepotism, greed and corruption. They used their leadership opportunities to enrich their communities at the expense of the rest. As a result, the remaining communities had to wonder when their dawn would come. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
That's when Raila Amollo Odinga came in to fight for multi-party democracy. The democracy where all communities would participate in the leadership of the nation. The democracy where every province, every district and every Division would be represented.
His journey towards Multi-party Democracy was not a walk in the park. He was brutalised by those who wanted to maintain the status quo. He was imprisoned, tortured and brutally treated by his own fellow citizens. Nonetheless, his zeal never wavered. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Hon. Raila Amollo Odinga is the reason why we have the multiparty democracy today. He is the reason why we have the new constitution that came with independent counties instead of provinces. He is the reason why politics in Kenya gains international attention.
Even though Kenyans may not recognise him to be a hero deserving that honour, countries like South Africa have erected his statue in honour of him. He is acknowledged and respected worldwide. Indeed, Raila Amollo Odinga is a leader. He lost the presidency to others three times even when he was sure that victory belonged to him.
Sadly, some want to RULE eternally. They prefer having Kenya a monarchy so that their children would rise to power and RULE over the rest.
Being a great leader that he is, it goes without saying that Raila Odinga has those who passionately hate him and those who passionately love him. Some hate him because they grew up being trained to look at him as a threat. Some because they have something to hide from society while some simply out of prejudice. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Today, Raila's silence is always too loud to bear with and his actions a thorn in the foot of some. As I finish, all the other guys alive today may indeed be forgotten by history. However, Raila won't. His legacy will outlive him.