Kenya – the Gospel according to RAO

June 18, 2008 at 5:21 am 4 comments

I was privledged to sit in on RAO´s presentation on Kenya today at the CSIS – the audio, video and transcript are right here.

I liked the optimistic, forward looking trajectory he took on much that makes for our present condition.

The Q&A was a sizzler, including a great one on the CDF by ex-WB chief Paul Wolfowitz.

Later in the day at the George Washington University for a Kenyans-only session, RAO harped on the promise of national unity amidst the challenges presently facing the nation.

The content was in the main similar to what he had given in the morning. at CSIS – so you will not have missed anything if you just consume the web conten at CSIS.

The GWU affair was easy and generally light-hearted.

The one-liner that had everyone laughing was the tale of second-generation IDPs returning to Luo Nyanza to no home they know.

Locals, RAO said, have been laughing at them.

“How can Obama return from Chcago and pinpoint his home in Kogello yet you guys, who lived just here in Limuru and Tigoni cannot tell us where in Bondo your forefathers hailed from before they left?  You cannot be serious!“

And of course he had more misemos hapa na pale.

RAO the politician was impressive.

It is difficult comprehending how anyone is going to accuse him of endangering the present coalition arrangement or, indeed, his own political future, by keeping in his present paths.


1.  Defence Minister Mohammed Y. Hajji could not make it to GWU.  He was resting.  Had yet to adjust to the time difference, RAO said.

2.  The Cabinet ministers accompanying RAO looked a tad out of place and “ignored“ during and mostly after the CSIS event.  The audience then, as indeed afterwads (and at GWU), appeared largely pro-RAO and ODM (mapambano was sung, etc).  All communities were visibly there.  PNU still have some convincing to do, if the overall reception should mean anything.

3.  Of the business cards I got from the delegation today, only a few had e-mail accounts one might consider official and safe.  What other members of the delegation are still doing conducting serious government business via web-based e-mail accounts just beats me.


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Owuor  |  June 18, 2008 at 8:22 am

    Just the usual ODM raila harping crap you seem obsessed with. don’t u have like a close family member u can adore or a job u love?
    The guy is a selfish politicician like they come, did he say how he will improve the lives of his Kibera constituents?

    He represents one of the biggest slums in Africa and it has been growing since he took over…

  • 2. Owuor Rebuttal  |  June 18, 2008 at 9:50 am

    @ KA: Lol @ “RAO”…
    @ Owuor, what a wonderful place the world would be if we first got a clue and then shared our opinions. If KA was such a senselessly huge Raila supporter WHY would he run for MP on a different party’s ticket? And what, pray tell, have you done for Kenya lately?

  • 3. oliver ommotto  |  June 18, 2008 at 11:27 am

    Thanks alot for keeping us posted.

    The headline of standard today is about RAOs confessions on the tough balancing act that him and Kibs have had to make for the sake of peace in Kenya.

    Am shocked at how quick Kenyans have forgotten that some few months ago we were at the verge of war and destruction, and now it looks like the only thing that matters is sitting in cabinet and looking pretty.

    Six months down the line a new constitution is far from being realized, not even a single dime allocated to the process. The youth accused for participating in post-poll violence are still rotting in remand uncharged – what a ridicule of justice…. yet those who rigged the polls are earning hefty packages in ECK and parliament.

    The only thing KEnyans need right now is healing and reconcilliation because the truth as it is – our woes are beyond the tribal periphery…its about a certain social elite clique using the majority poor masses as guinea pigs for their own political experiments… such lab explosion was witnessed after Dec27th polls, we can not be so naive to go through the same again.

    Its too much to repeat the same mistake twice.

  • 4. toiyoi  |  June 25, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    -why waste time on KA’s blog. Start your own, write your ideas and we will visit it if we see the sense in your thoughts.
    -You are obviously more perfect than RAO-who at least tried to save kenya. i wonder what you were doing that time.
    -And what have you done for your neighbor, leave alone the slum?

    Leave KA alone.


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