Guest Post By Sam Okello
Last week I said there comes a time when a weary nation must say enough is enough. I was wrong. I was because last night someone dropped off a dossier at my door that has given me pause. The roadmap to what the enemies ofplanned to do immediately after the elections reads like a horror novel. There are men and women around who were not going to let the Hon. Odinga became president at any cost. For these peolpe, if was going to burn, to be wiped off the face of this earth, that was a small price to pay. Since that darkest month in , when over a thousand of our fellow countrymen lost their lives, you've seen these same people huggle and hold the nation at ransom till they can get certain ministries. For them politics is about enriching themselves and amassing power, never about developing the nation. They see politics as a zero-sum game where evil is rewarded and self-control is a weakness. A time is coming when these people must be made to pay for their sins. But that time is not now.
After reading this dossier over and over, it is easy for me to despair. Indeed, it makes me fearful for the future. But a time like this calls for wisdom and temperance. We are dealing with men and women who have decided that they have nothing to lose. Men and women who fear a change of guard because of the crimes they committed in the past. Men and women who see their only chance of escaping trial at the Hague or inonly if they hang on to power at any cost. What we must realise is that people of this ilk don't think rationally. In fact, that's why they sign off on agreements in the morning and gladly walk away in the evening.
Now, there is a good reason why the Hon. Odinga has chosen engage these people. I didn't know it until I read this dossier last night, and several times today. What I want to tell my fellow countrymen is this: Whatever and wherever the Hon. Odinga goes at this hour, let's follow him. The man is walking with us through a very dark tunnel. In the fullness of time I will personally reveal the devilish schemes and the murderous plans these bloodthirsty hounds had for Kenyans, and why you literally saw the Hon. Odinga look like a man on the verge of tears back in January. The weight of an entire nation was on his shoulders.
When the story of January and February 2008 is written, we will all look back and see in the Hon Odinga and thea people who stayed awake at night so we could sleep, people who cried in their bedrooms so that the rest of us didn't have to wipe our tears, men and a brave woman who left their homes in the morning knowing full well it might be the last time they kissed their spouse goodbye, heroes who knew that by looking weak they were keeping the nation from walking into the jaws of callous bloodsuckers.
Yes, the number of ministries is high. And yes, the PNU people have plotted to grab the prime ones. But this is not the time to fight these people. That would be the wrong fight. It would be a fight that leads our people straight into a trap. What I've realised, by reading this twenty five-page dossier, is that we are where we are purely by divine intervention. The Lord used the Hon Odinga and the Honto save our nation. So, fellow Kenyans, whatever the Hon. Odinga finds neccesary to do to steer the nation through the stormy seas at this dark hour, I call on his supporters to back him to the hilt.
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