Raila Addresses the Mganga Remarks, Says No one Has Been Stopped from Visiting Witches

Raila Odinga at the JKIA VIP Pavillion before he left for China./COURTESY

Finally, after years of being referred to as a witch doctor- ODM supremo Raila Odinga has addressed the issue.

Raila has asked critics to stop using derogatory remarks against him. Admitting that he was not really bothered per se by the deprecatory jabs from political nemeses – he said it was wrong for leaders in the Tanga Tanga team allied to Deputy President William Ruto to continue using the disrespectful remarks against him.

“I am not a witch doctor and I have never been one. Whether you abuse Raila using derogatory words or not, it will add no value to your political discourse,” said Raila.

It was the first time the ODM leader was responding to critics who have been referring to him as “yule mganga” (that witch doctor) or “yule mjamaa wa kitendawili” (The riddle man) during rallies.

He told Kenyans to shun politicians who use abusive language against their opponents.

“Witch doctors are there in society. No one has been denied the chance to visit them. What is the razzmatazz about it?” he posed.

Raila said radical political changes will come in the next few months and asked Kenyans to prepare for a major political transformation in the coming months, saying the change of the Constitution was inevitable.

“A new Kenya is signaling. You will see things happening. We are only waiting for members of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) and then President Uhuru Kenyatta and myself will give direction on the impending referendum,” said Raila.

He added: “Time for change has come and it is real. Kenyans must decide whether they want the presidential or parliamentary system.”

In an apparent reference to the Tanga Tanga team, Raila said some politicians were fighting the handshake and the war on corruption.

He said such politicians would fail.“We are not going back in the fight on corruption and no weapon or hurdle placed on our path will stop us,” said the ODM leader.

He added: “When God is with us who can be against us? We will deal with corruption without fear or favour. We will not be cowed.”

The Opposition honcho also denied claims that his relation with President Kenyatta was about 2022 politics.“We have not yet started discussing 2022. We still want to deal with teething problems such as electoral malpractices, corruption and governance issues before we embark on 2022 ,” he said.

The ODM leader explained that while some politicians were traversing the country campaigning for 2022, he and President Kenyatta were working to make Kenya a better country.

“We must look at priorities that would bring Kenyans together. This is because there has been political tension, political hatred, fear and despondency created by negative ethnicity,” said the opposition leader.

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