ACCOUNTABILITY

Raila should become Leader of Opposition

In Summary

• Raila is holding a rally at Kamukunji today to protest against the allegedly rigged election and removal of four IEBC commissioners

• Government is already committed to creating the official post of Leader of the Opposition

Azimio leader Raila Odinga during a meeting with ODM leaders and supporters at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Foundation in Upperhill, Nairobi, on December 2, 2022.
Azimio leader Raila Odinga during a meeting with ODM leaders and supporters at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Foundation in Upperhill, Nairobi, on December 2, 2022.
Image: ANDREW KASUKU

Raila Odinga seems determined to go ahead with his rally at Kamukunji today, despite the resignation of Juliana Cherera, one of the four IEBC commissionERs he is campaigning for.

It is not clear that the rally, already once postponed, will have the massive turnout that he is hoping for. Most ordinary Azimio supporters just want to get on with their lives and do not have much appetite for mass action to topple the government.

Like Donald Trump, Raila is continuing to insist that he was the rightful victor and the election was stolen. How that happened will supposedly be revealed at Kamukunji today. But like Trump, Raila has been long on allegations and short on hard evidence, which is why the Supreme Court referred to his petition as 'hot air'.

So what is Raila's game plan? Probably to force the government into some kind of nusu-nusu arrangement.

But if Raila works with government to create an official Leader of the Opposition, then he can have his cake and eat it too. He will enjoy the perks of leadership – like an office, chase car and bodyguards – while at the same time working towards a more transparent and accountable government.

Quote of the day: "Any man can make mistakes, but only an idiot persists in his error."

Marcus Tullius Cicero
The Roman orator was assassinated on December 7, 43 BC

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