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Raila Odinga has nothing to do with Miguna Miguna problems

By Daniel Juma Omondi | April 2nd 2018

I just heard that Miguna Miguna is openly blaming Raila for allegedly failing to help him return to Kenya and even accuses him of “dining with his oppressors”. Somehow I knew this was coming. But this is far from the truth. 

Raila Odinga is just a citizen like the rest of us. The handshake didn’t confer him any powers over security or immigration. The handshake was a step towards reconciling a deeply divided country. The handshake was like a marriage that is yet to be consummated.

Social media was awash with mostly Luo youths pouring vitriol and verbal outrage in response to Raila Odinga’s Easter message. They failed to appreciate that the problems facing Miguna belonged squarely at the doorstep of Internal Security ministry and that only President Kenyatta has the powers to direct his security officials to comply with court orders on Miguna’s case.

These Luo youths must remember that they are the ones who bore the brunt of government security crackdown whenever Raila called demonstrations and protests. They should appreciate that the “painful” handshake shields them from being punching bags whenever there are disputes about electoral justice and democratization.

Raila and Uhuru can now have meaningful dialogue to sort out their disagreements without pitting innocent unarmed voters in a confrontation with armed security forces. Regarding Miguna’s citizenship status, the court has already pronounced itself on the matter.

That Miguna is a Kenyan citizen is not in doubt. What he doesn’t have is Kenyan passport to facilitate his entry to the country as a Kenyan.

However, it’s public knowledge that Miguna being, a dual citizen, is in possession of another passport which he could have used to gain entry into Kenya to enable him apply for a Kenyan passport. 

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