Raila Amolo Odinga is a Kenyan politician who served as the Prime Minister of Kenya from 2008 to 2013. He has been the Leader of the Opposition in Kenya since 2013 but chose to bury hatchet with President Uhuru kenyatta in famous handshake.
Here are powerful quotes of Raila Odinga Kenyans cannot forget.
1. Gone are the days when African leaders used to misrule their people and the rest of Africa was quiet under the guise of what was called non-interference
2. After 29 years rule, Felix Houphouet Boigny of Côte D’Ivoire said; “There’s no number two, or three or four . . . in Côte D’Ivoire. . . . There’s only number one, that’s me and I don’t share my decisions.” In those words, he underlined the problem of governance Africa was going through.
3. I can feel the pain of the Mau Mau and the other freedom fighters. They must have concluded that life is cruel and worthless and that Kenya has no place for heroes.
4. This is a government of the minority because one cannot chase you after you have wrestled him down
5. Young people now begin the day checking the phone battery and data bundles. Something to wear, something to eat and a place to sleep come much later. Battery, bundles and the phone are the new basic needs.
6. Regardless of what you hear, the successes and failures you see, I want to tell you that it still pays to work hard and play by the rules. Success is a lie when founded on short cuts and deals negotiated in smoke-filled rooms.
7. The networks of corruption have become extremely active. We hear warning to the corrupt, but we see none sacked or arraigned in court.
8. For my country Kenya, the picture is sad indeed. Greg and Jeffrey correctly state that “if an outsider had looked at Africa in the 1960s and then been asked, “What are the most likely successes, the answer would conceivably have been Kenya and Cote d’Ivoire.” Yet look at where we are today.
9. Africa is endowed with human and mineral resources. But Africa is also the poorest Continent on earth.
10. When people are mobilized as ethnic groups and not as followers of some ideology, it will not matter how well or badly the regime performs in terms of delivering national programs. The nation comes last.
11. Things just don’t change for the better on their own. There are people who paid the price for both freedom young people now enjoy.
12. A presidential system cannot work in an ethnically polarised country like ours. It is only a parliamentary system that can ensure even someone from the minority rises to the top
13. The mounting momentum of ethnic based coalitions is, sadly, coinciding with the re-emergence of the Big Man in Africa; a species we assumed dead and buried about a decade ago.
14. t is a big embarrassment that a leader can say on the eve of an election that he is not willing to hand over power to an opponent, that he can only hand over power to a member of his own political party. I do not think that we are going to get a free.
15. The mediocrity with which Africa has been ruled is responsible for its underdevelopment