EXPERT OPINION

OMINGO MAGARA: Matiang'i a bad and unlikely choice for President in 2022

There is no way Raila can endorse or even groom another politician for president other than himself.

In Summary

• Politics is not tokenism, it is not about appearance but rather a show of genuine maturity and commitment to serve all Kenyans without feeling entitled or being abrasive or misusing state power.

• Since Matiang'i has served in the Jubilee administration, we have not seen his Kisii community on the national agenda.

Former South Mugirango MP Omingo Magara.
MAGARA: Former South Mugirango MP Omingo Magara.
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As far as I am concerned, the meeting between Interior CS Fred Matiang'i, ODM leader Raila Odinga and a section of Kisii leaders was all about  reconciliation after the Bonchari by-election.

It is disturbing that such elders have no capacity to reconcile internally.

The handshake fraud played out during the by-election, splitting the handshake partners. Some people may have gone to be sanitised.

If at all there was an endorsement agent, we would have had an announcement.

However, there is no way Raila can endorse or even groom another politician for president other than himself. Only Raila.

The politicians around him from Nyanza who see Raila as their lifeline in politics will not allow him retire from politics.

If Raila isn't on the presidential ballot, about 90 per cent of the elected leaders will have a rough time getting elected.

The Abagusi community has realised that for a long time, we have been taken for granted by an individual who is after his own interests —ascending to power.

As a community, we have said enough is enough.

In fact Matiang'i, has not declared going for the top job.

Politics is not tokenism, it is not about appearance but rather a show of genuine maturity and commitment to serve all Kenyans without feeling entitled or being abrasive or misusing state power. 

Kenyans will only give power to a leader who has demonstrated that should they be given the baton on sword, they will not misuse it to force their way.

That is why you see several Kenyans are supporting Deputy President William Ruto because he has demonstrated over time his commitment to the good of the nation.

The DP has demonstrated he has the right policies to develop every corner of the country through the bottom-up economic model.

Matiang’i has never declared that he will run in 2022 and we have no business pushing him.

Over the period he has served in the Jubilee administration, we have not seen his community on the national agenda.

We have seen people who think they are popular and the moment they have no power they wilt, they are nothing.

The former South Mugirango MP and People's Democratic Party leader spoke to the Star