Important note: If you cringe when you read this article or feel that Raila Odinga is not presidential material, then chances are high that it is the demon of tribalism inside you that is reacting. Many readers have written rude comments in this blog claiming that tribalism does not exist in Kenya. To say there is no tribalism in Kenya is like a pregnant woman claiming that she's a virgin. It is possible (I am told modern technology and test tube babies work) but highly unlikely. Let us all arise to defeat tribalism in Kenya.
This blogger has not been offered any money by Raila Odinga and neither do we support him for president. (our official candidate remains somebody from the generation of Kenyans born at about indipendence and in particular one John Githongo. The following article and other recent posts on Mr Odinga are simply political analysis
My son is a great fan of the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment). There is a wrestler called triple H who carries a sledge hammer that is nicknamed "the great equalizer."
It is called “the great equalizer” because no matter how strong the opponent is and no matter how close to victory they are, the "great equalizer" neutralizes them pretty quickly.
What Agwambo needs in his camp is a "great tribal equalizer". No doubt he is going to make many alliances, between now and election day 2007. But he needs to reserve his Vice presidential slot for a candidate who transcends tribal barriers. There is only one way of doing this in Kenya and that is to have a person who has parents from different tribes, preferably some of the major tribes in Kenya other than Raila's tribe.
Raila should then concentrate the efforts of his campaign in getting “this vice presidential candidate” known countrywide. When push comes to shove, this candidate should be able to go to the tribe where his mother comes from and appeal for reason. They should also be able to go to his father's tribe and talk to them. The equalizer here will be that nationally it will be impossible to see that candidate as hailing from one tribe. This is probably the only thing that can save the Raila presidential bid.
Politics is indeed a dirty game and if this is not done then the Kibaki/Moi camp will simply wait for the right opportunity to show their true colours and all the tribal demons will come out to deny Kenya the president it deserves.
Other Raila Odinga Articles In This Blog;
Raila Phobia: Why The Emotional Comments And Abusive Language?
Raila Odinga’s World Cup Ad
What Raila Should Do To Win The Presidency
Is ODM Finished?
'82 Coup Plot Revelations: Raila Odinga's Biggest Political Mistake Ever