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The Raila Odinga Blog

I believe this is the first blog explicitly tied to a Kenyan politician. Hope to see more of the same in what is shaping up to be a LOOOONG campaigning period.

31 comments to The Raila Odinga Blog

  • acolyte

    Finally! One of our politicians is entering the information age. I hope that the comments section doesnt turn into a free for all though.

  • If it was not for the fact that the time between comments seemed almost random, I would say that they almost look as though they were manufactured. Between the very balanced mix of user names/aliases and the matching source URLs as well as the almost normal/sane tone of all the comments, the whole thing is almost unreal.

    I would love to see some sources IPs for them to give a better feel of whether the comments are not just being posted up there from some PR factory somewhere.

  • And it seems that churchill audi and Umara Nyanjom think exactly the same way and managed to make exactly the same comment on October 18th, 2006 at 12:04 pm and 12:17 respectively.

    I must commend the effort by Raila in making people discover themselves, one mistake leaders make is that they always forget that the power is at grassroot level. Your relentess effort to bring checks and balances in our midst should be comended, in you i see a leader who strives to breakdown the myth that tribalism is not a barrier to community cohesion.
    The divide that has been propagated by our leaders can be broken down by your honesty , transparency and vision; my plea to all of you in ODM is that you should not put personal egos cloud the effort of bringing relief to the mama mboga, the jua kali man, the boda boda and the broad continuum of society.
    This forum is a leap to overhauling all the barriers in building a powerful communication strategy that has no locks. Bwana mweshimiwa you are the panacea of the voiceless but I urge you not to loose the direction. The cancer in us , I mean Kenya at large makes us deaf not listening to the oppressed.I believe we need to think of regenerating our local communities by building blocks that give them a voice, establish networks that is inclusive. we should look at the simple things that afflict our people , namley primary care, health, food security and social economy. These cannot be achieved unless we streghthen our local communities through sound resource management and empowering them to be part of decision making.
    I hope we will be filled with the following passions in bringing relief to a new Kenya that would upstage other economies to be vibrant and strong.
    Let our leaders establish a legacy of new era that embraces the ME with questions on responsibility, behaviour, development to underscore a strong,healthy and vibrant Kenya where diversity in communities is used to build local regional development and shape an inspired sponteneous enthusiasm of deja vu. we should also build on individual strenghths and passions in actions with responsibility in our conversations with open heart to change, ideas and being able to listen and listened to. Kenyans should strive to help one another overcome their ineptitude, set objectives , set meaningful journeys through assignments and use best parts of the journeys for our community.
    I know with the likes of Raila we can use SMART principles in setting targets based on SWOT analysis to bring new hope to our crying and unhappy country
    My comments are based on what I hear as I live outside Kenya but involved in alot of activities in Kenya that bring me home often , hence objectivity.

  • I think it is a great idea.
    Two things:
    (i) I hope more Politicos and even our MPS had blogs for us to, if nothing else, vent our whatever
    (ii) I have no idea whether they manufacture them, at least i did leave a comment there, thats not too polite and they allowe dit
    @Ntwiga since there is no enforcing of usernames, i can imagine an individual posting with any usernames/URLs they choose. I will be surprised if the blog is not hacked soon

  • I was actually suprised at the maturity displayed by those who chose to express their views. I am one of those who made the rather odd choice to always use my real name in cyber dialogue and discussions. It comes with a price, but by and large unless one jumps into the real cess pools, Kenyans are pretty civil and dignified in their communications with others.

    As for the Raila blog, I think it actually reflects what the forum participants have in mind. Whether that is representative of what Kenyans generally think is another matter altogether.

    To imagine that ten years ago I had to wait for a newspaper from Nairobi for weeks to just know what is going on, never mind participating, and to see what technology has given us today is quite remarkable. I think more MPs should use the blog technology to dialogue with at least a certain section of their constituents and those interested in the work they do.

  • Sebi Ismael

    Desiderata (Latin for “desired things”, plural of desideratum) is an inspirational prose poem about attaining happiness in life. It was written in 1927 by Max Ehrmann.
    This is one of inspirational document that has changed a lot of people who have gotten that opportunity of reading and taking every step as a challenge.
    I is a special dedication to Hon Raila Odinga who desperately need happiness in life
    NB: The best way to get the message is by ignoring the words in Bold and in the bracket
    Max Ehrmann, 1927
    Hon Raila-Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons (including Garbage collectors, Hon Kalonzo, Hon Kibaki & Politicians). Speak your truth quietly and clearly ;( When you are in search for campaign funds overseas) and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant, they too have their story.
    (KENYANS)-Avoid loud and aggressive persons (Like Raila & Allies); they are vexations to the spirit. If you (Raila) compare yourself with others (Like Kibaki), you may become vain and bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. (Raila) Enjoy your (Tribal Separation) achievements as well as your plans.
    Keep interested in your own career (Engineering), however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your (politics) business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many (ODM-K) persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.
    Be yourself (spoiler). Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is perennial as the grass.
    Take kindly to the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune (Like loosing a presidential post). But do not distress yourself with imaginings (Being a Prime minister). Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
    You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

    Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace with your soul.

    With all its sham, drudgery and broken (Political) dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy

  • uncle joe

    Kibaki -growing all sectors of the kenyan economy.
    raila-running around abroad and kenya breathing on all microphones 😮


    well thought Hon Raila. it is very suprising that no other Kenyan politician (within my knowledge) has thought of going electronic (forgetting those cheap campaign things which die soon after.) the Net is a superhighway and Kenyans, be serious, one of the way to leap out of the DARK ages is to educate the information poor and information illiterate about alternative sources of information such as the Internet. once more, BRAVO RAILA


  • Makopanga

    Its high time Hon Raila changes the mode of his Speeches. I would advice that he concentrate on Socio-Economical Devp. Speeches rather than blaming Kibaki whenever he speaks.
    Let Him roll out his clean Agenda 2 Kenyans on how he is goind to tackle problems facing Kenyans

  • Matee Nganga (Frank Talk)said

    Frank talk.

    Raila ni Ngumbau. (brave man) Who else has spured the aspirations, hopes and expectations of Kenyans like him. Let us be honest. He has infected Kenyans with change. In Prison and without. Let us stop this parachial and ethinic narrow outlook.

    Oh’ Kenyans rise up!

  • papa

    why cant raila or his online manager supply a better photo to the http://www.kenyaelection2007.com. Amongst all the aspirants, his photo looked hazy.

  • Does anybody know what happened to Raila’s blog?

  • Has anyone heard of the raila Odinga virus thats wreaking havoc. Mcafee has classified it as a trojan known as Voterai and seems to popup frquently displaying a banner saying “Vote for Raila Odinga”. Guess thats where they got the name.

  • Kibera is a shame to us Kenyans .what is Raila doing about Kibera slum? can he prove himself by developing Kibera slum.

  • Paulo Chikombe

    Just give him time and resources, I am he has what it takes. Kibera will surely see the light at the end of the tunnel.

  • Paulo Chikombe

    Just give him time and resources, I am sure he has what it takes. Kibera will surely see the light at the end of the tunnel.

  • Paulo Chikombe

    Just give him time and resources, I am sure he has what it takes. Kibera will surely see the light at the end of the tunnel. I hope you have heard this adage which states that Rome was not build in one day. It will also take a collective effort to build Kibera. Building a community requires a corporate responsibility. Give Raila the support he needs and , he will transform this into a masterpiece.

  • poko

    Raila till we die.

  • poko

    i can neva vote anyother rubbish into state house. it is raila or no voting!!!!

  • kikuyu

    mt.kenya meza wembe

  • I believe Kenyans are nolonger naive to accept politics of bribery and ethnicity which has brought the past shame to our beatiful nation. One the needed mark of a leader is measured in terms of many sucrifices he or she makes for the sake of others freedom and development. Raila has met the test of a leader needed for the the time. I am sure this time outdated tribal politics will give way to true democracy in the comming election. Long live Kenya

  • Raila is one man and has done alot for Kibera. Please the government is the organ to deal with Kibera’s problem..every day people come frm up country headed to Kibera to look for jobs. Raila has no jobs and funds to feed and educate all of them. Kibera is one reasonwhy we need national poverty eradication plan. Could you imagine what would happen if all the stolen money from Moi and kibaki government scandal were directed to alleviate poverty in Kibera? Thank God for Githiongos of our day for alerting us of the corrupt sysytems responsible for Kibera’s conditition.

  • Otieno Kajwang

    Thankyou Raila for your courage. But remember, Kibaki is a good president, Raila can be a good Leader of Official Opposition. Take your time and think about that!!

    Kazi iendelee na Kibaki. Raila play the watchdog role. Endelea kubwekabweka.

    Before I end, when are you refunding our cash…. of course we made contributions for the purchase of Mollasses plant.

    And remmber you need to pay my school fees, my dad died in the 1982 attempted coup which you presided over.

    Over to you Jatelo

  • madwale martine

    bravo mr odinga.all kenyans are looking forward to seeing you become the next kenyas president.But remember the c urrent president has done alot.If God will be on your side then if you win the coming general election,you need to work more hard.

  • rugarabamu

    Hamujambo Wakenya?
    I’m Tanzanian(no proof ofcourse).I point this out coz for the time I’ve stayed in this country(long),I’ve come to bilive that Kenyans are a petty lot.
    You fail to address issues and try to intellectualise tribalism;you fail to admire someone’s skill,courage,drive,determination,persistence etc just because he is from a “tribe of official opposition” even when reality is staring in you in the face.The panafricans you here about,Mwalimu,Kwameh,Machel,Mandela etc,you’d never have herared of them if they had lived in this country coa they would have been rubbished at the alter of tribalism that pervades the Kenyan psyche.
    I dont care so much for a luo who sings Raila’s praises just because he’s luo or a kyuk who rubishes him just coz he’s not kyuk.Both sides should have the balls to evaluate the candidate and judge him for what he’s.Period.Some of the postings on this site are utterly disgusting and the disgust emanates from the fact that the content is purelly based on tribal chauvanism.
    I’ve heared of some politicians scream about “pple who are out to spread hate against a certain tribe” and yet when they themselves retreat to their tribal cocoons,they talk of “all of us should turn out in huge numbers to vote(carry even the sick) otherwise we’ll be finished”!! OR “when Amin took over power in Uganda,streets were flooded with jubilant ugandans,but six months later they were being masacred”.Why cant right thinking Kenyans reject this mode of campaigning.
    Kenyans,you are destroying yourselves and yet when some of us neighbors express our reservations about joinining you in a political federation,you say we are scared of your prowess! What prowess,that of an educated mind getting complettelly stuck in a tribal gutter?Give us a break.

  • leo

    Mr. you could fix Tanzanian opposition. CCM has dominated Tanzania. So far what we have seen in Tanzania is a democracy of one party.

  • Virginia Ombada

    Hon Raila
    I used to believe in you,i used to believe you loved this country and that you were ready to die for it.I used to believe you would sacrifice anything for this country including your own ambition.
    I feel dissapointed Mr.Odinga,how could you even mention Kenya going to be like Cote’ dvoire that was inciting people,i have always believed tha kenya cannot do without people like you Mr.Amollo!
    Mr.Amollo i believe that you and Mr.Ruto could have prevented what happened in Eldoret but you didnt.You both turned a deaf ear even after Hon.Kalonzo told Mr.Ruto the was a group looking for him in Eldoret seeking his guidance on what to do,you and Mr.Ruto should have gone there and calmed them instead you sat and watched as children and women burnt in that church.Those were not President Kibaki’s people,they were Kenyans.did you think you were punishing him?no you were not,you watched as Kenyans died not Kikuyus.Mr.Amollo i have kikuyu friends who voted for you,who wanted you to lead them because they saw you not as a Luo but as Leaderwho could lead them!The elections were rigged Mr.Amollo i agree but on both sides PNU and ODM but sincerely is asking sanctions to be put on Kenya going to help you,you are PUINISHING US not President Kibaki.How can you claim you love Kenya yet you are asking for sanctions.I do not think this is an appropriate time to be carrying out demonstrations.not now Mr.Amollo and i know deep down in your heart you know it!Kenyans are dying,your people in Kibera are dying can’t you see that.Mr.Amollo blood is flowing everywhere in Kenya crying out!Its not Only History that will judge you Mr.Amollo but also God will judge you and he will judge you harshly,God will hear the cry of the blood flowing and you Mr.Amollo will be judged!And please stop selling our Country to the West.Put Kenya first not your Ambitions!KENYA is greater than the INTERESTS of any indiviual.Your Father the late Mr.Odinga had Kenya in his heart and he always put Kenya first,he would never have let something like this happen to Kenya even if it meant sacrificing his own Ambitions!He loved Kenya too much to let this happen!

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  • Please the government is the organ to deal with Kibera’s problem..every day people come frm up country headed to Kibera to look for jobs.