Raila Odinga

Month: June 2020

H.E RAILA ODINGA ON KENYA’S ELECTION TO THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL:

H.E RAILA ODINGA ON KENYA’S ELECTION TO THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL:

June 18, 2020.
RT. HON RAILA ODINGA ON KENYA’S ELECTION TO THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL:
Kenya’s election to the U.N Security Council this evening marks one of the brightest points of our engagement with the world. It is also a bold manifestation that with solidarity, Africa, which backed Kenya, can have its way on the global stage.

This vote is also a major statement on how this country has presented itself to the world, as a nation determined to find home grown solutions to challenges to peace, stability and prosperity and in the process provide a pragmatic example to the rest of the world.

We are grateful for the great vote of confidence by the global community. Our challenge now is to work even harder as a nation and Africa’s representative to deliver on the expectations of the Continent that backed us and the global community that agreed. I am confident that Kenya shall not disappoint.

Congratulations to the team at Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nairobi, our strong team at the UN Mission in New York and our government for the formidable campaign. Our work of sustaining multilateralism in an increasingly polarized world is clearly cut out.
H.E Raila Odinga, EGH.
African Union (AU High Representative for infrastructure development in Africa.
June 18, 2020.

H.E RAILA ODINGA ON ALLEGED MEETING WITH GOVERNOR ANNE WAIGURU:

H.E RAILA ODINGA ON ALLEGED MEETING WITH GOVERNOR ANNE WAIGURU:

JUNE 14, 2020.
H.E RAILA ODINGA ON ALLEGED MEETING WITH GOVERNOR ANNE WAIGURU:

I am deeply concerned about the false story published in the Sunday Nation today, 14th June 2020, that I held a meeting with the recently impeached Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru in a bid to save career.
No such meeting with Ms. Waiguru or the other governors, James Nyoro of Kiambu and Mutahi Kahiga of Nyeri took place as reported in the Sunday Nation.

I also wish to make it clear that there does not exist any Senate Committee to investigate governor Waiguru and whose members from ODM I have instructed to save the governor as reported in the Nation Sunday.
I can however confirm that at the said evening hours on Thursday referred to in the Sunday Nation lead page one story, I had a meeting with Laikipia Women Representative Hon. Catherine Waruguru in the company of some members of Parliament. The meeting had nothing to do with the tribulations of governor Waiguru.

The matters around governor Waiguru and which the Sunday Nation purports to be analyzing and reporting on are critical with regard to strengthening Devolution and governance in Kenya. They require objective and deep reporting, based on verifiable facts, which is hard work, and not a collection of rumours and trivia from anonymous sources, which is the epitome of lazy journalism.

There can be no reason whatsoever why politicians attending a meeting of the kind described by the Sunday Nation would be unwilling to talk about. I routinely update the country on any such meetings and this would not be different if it had happened.

The Sunday Nation owes the country and the whole infrastructure of Devolution clarity on this matter.

H.E RAILA ODINGA
PARTY LEADER; ORANGE DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT.
JUNE 14, 2020.

STATEMENT BY H.E. RAILA ODINGA ON MADARAKA DAY; JUNE 1, 2020.

STATEMENT BY H.E. RAILA ODINGA ON MADARAKA DAY; JUNE 1, 2020.

Fellow Kenyans,
For the first time in our history, we celebrate Madaraka Day away from each other and without the usual physical ceremonies. That is how much COVID-19 has changed our country and turned our lives upside down.
Under these very unique circumstances, I take this opportunity to wish all our citizens and friends of Kenya a very happy and rewarding Madaraka Day.

I salute our dedicated health workers who have risked their lives to lead the battle against COVID-19 from the front and made all the difference with regard to saving lives.

I salute the dedicated civil servants particularly in the Ministry of health who continue giving their all to keep us informed and safe by analysing the trends and providing us with accurate information on where we are and what we need to do as a nation to win the battle.

I particularly want to thank the Cabinet Secretary for Health Hon. Mutahi Kagwe for leading the team in the ministry in such a gallant struggle.

More importantly, I salute our citizens who have taken personal responsibility in the battle against the pandemic in addition to following government guidelines on how to defeat Coronavirus.

In this war, on this unique Madaraka Day, you, the health workers, the dedicated civil servants and the obedient citizens are my heroes.

As a country, we have done well. We have fought a good fight. We have shown the world that what other nations can do, Kenya can do even better.
I would also like to thank His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta for mobilizing the nation to stand firm against this pandemic.
But there is room for improvement. There is room for more personal responsibility and more cooperation with the Government.

Fellow Kenyans, every struggle requires that we make sacrifices and forgo the comforts we are used to if we are to win. Freedom fighters endured starvation in the forests, torture in detention camps and indignity in prison to make Freedom and Madaraka Day possible. If our parents resorted to excuses, chose easy life and lamented rather than fight, Madaraka would not have come when it did.

Today, more than ever, we need to embrace the sacrifices of our parents.
On this day, under these unique circumstances, let us reflect on patriotism, sacrifice, personal responsibility, dignity of our people and respect for our nation as the goals in our battle against a disease that is determined to colonize us and turn our lives upside down.

These ideals are going to be critical not only as we battle COVID-19 but also in the gigantic task of reconstructing and rebuilding our nation.

We know that most Kenyans have been adversely affected. Jobs have been lost, homes have been washed away by the floods and locusts are ravaging parts of our country. We are going through a treble tragedy. But we also know that the Kenyan resilience and the mood to fight will eventually triumph over this tragedy.
We need to work together as one people and one nation so that we can rise again, as a nation.

By embracing these ideals, we shall all be heroes when this battle is over and won.
God Bless you.
God Bless Kenya.
H.E. RAILA ODINGA, EGH
JUNE 1, 2020.