From: Joram Ragem
To: jaluo jaluo firstname.lastname@example.org
REGARDING IEBC & KIMEMIA DEMANDING AN APOLOGY FROM RAILA FOR HIS UTTERANCE THAT THE MILITARY WAS INVOLVED IN RIGGING THE LAST ELECTION.
With the passing of Nelson Mandela who fought and is admired greatly for his achievement for dismantling apartheid, with the just concluded remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr who fought for civil rights for all people, and with todays passing of Jerry Okungu there is still a lot of suppression of freedom of expression in Kenya. At Mandela’s Memorial, Uhuru Kenyatta was present and he was one of those talked about by President Barack Obama who stated that there are still many hypocritical leaders who claim solidarity with Mandela’s fight for freedom but in their own country they cannot tolerate the slightest dissent.
Raila may have more details now than he knew then or even at the time he disputed the elections in court. Be that as it may, Raila Odinga is a citizen of Kenya and has every right to his opinion.
Whoever feels this opinion is repugnant to justice, or is offensive, or is maligned by it, or is a breach of peace, or a security threat, need to go to court, instead of demanding public apologies in the very media they have suppressed.
Kenya is not the ‘wild world west’ where an offended gun trotting cowboy will post empty warnings like “Apologize Or Else.” These empty, imagined or real threats notwithstanding, those sitting in the comfort of democratically acquired power need not worry, panic or get agitated.
Look, many leaders in USA publicly stated that the USA government through the CIA, or Russia, or Cuba assassinated JFK. Because of flourishing freedom of expression no sitting government official threatened a US citizen for expressing conspiracy theories.
To wit Agwambo need not be threatened. There are many who are willing to die for this man who has been cheated the presidency twice. They really have nothing else to lose if Kenya goes up in smoke.
It is Kimemia, Gichangi, Hassan, Uhuru, Ruto, Muhoro, Kinyua, el al who will regret losing the peace and tranquility they are agitating to lose. Ignore Raila to his opinion. Let Raila enjoy his freedom of expression and being in the opposition.
You have already detained him for 8 years and stolen his presidential victory twice. Enjoy your stint in running Kenya. Lets avoid wishing to be like South Sudan. Because in just a flash of a second, we could.