From: joachim omolo ouko
News Dispatch with Father Omolo Beste
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2014
Peter from Bomet writes: Fr Beste how can ODM claim to be democratic when its leaders including Raila Odinga forcing Moses Kajwang’ to electorates in Homa Bay simply because he is a brother to Otieno Kajwang, yet they blame Uhuru that he is tribal. I am sure if Raila becomes the president today he will favor all his nephews, nieces, sisters, and sons.
See what he did to his brother Oburur Odinga after he tried to force him to be the governor of Siaya and when he was defeated he forced him to be nominated. He wanted also to force his sister Ruth governor of Kisumu until people protested, but still he forced her to be deputy governor. This is very sill.”
I can see your reaction Peter. I always said on this blog that Raila is no better than Uhuru Kenyatta, Mwai Kibaki or Moi. These people are the same. In Homa Bay County Raila had force Otieno Kajwang’ to be the senator.
Returning Officer John Mulehi was forced to agree to have Otieno Kajwang’ as the Senate ODM flag bearer. Raila also wanted Philip Okundi forGovernor, and Roselyne Onyuka for Women Representative. He forced party leaders to agree on consensus that Kajwang’ be the ODM flag bearer for Homabay
According to Robert Alai, a blogger and cyber activist, Raila had insisted that Kajwang’s brother must be the ODM flag bearer because his father said if his son does not take the seat he would commit suicide.
This is what Alai wrote in Luo: “Awinjo ni baba Nyiso contestants ni oket owadgi Kajwang’ nikech wuon Kajwang’ nowacho ni odhi dere ka wuode ok omi kom. Apenji, ka ng’ato odere to otho gi ng’a? Ok otho kende? Wek uru tugo kodwa. We need democracy in our party. This is sad!!! I would have loved any other direct nomination but giving it to a relative of the deceased is not convincing to me.
The ODM party must not be so selfish that they listen to no advice. Direct nomination is not democratic. And Moses Kajwang’s only communication now is that he is brother to Otieno Kajwang. We must never allow this.
Otherwise all of us who have never had relatives in politics might never get party nominations because it is now only sexually transmitted. My case is tired but I am yet to rest it”.
Since Moi Kenyans have been forced to politicians in what is known as political inheritance. Moi forced Musalia Mudavadi to succeed his father Moses Mudavadi, Oburu Odinga succeeded his father, Gideon Moi the same, Mutula Kilonzo Junior the same and so the story continues.
Political inheritance is an issue that has the potential to cripple the country’s democracy and erode all gains made thereof. With nomination of Kajwang it is now emerging that you have to belong to the right family or the right party for you to have any prospects of being a leader in Kenya.
This is despite the fact that political inheritance blocks potential leaders by the mere fact that they do not belong to the “right” family. And since politics has been used as a platform for accumulating wealth, the main goal of the inheritor is the security of the family coffers as well as accumulating more.
Fr Joachim Omolo Ouko, AJ
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