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4th March 2013 Kenya elections: Raila Odinga’s success history
Fifty years down the line since Kenya gained independence, with three presidents thus far. The political scene has been dominated by three families. On 4 th March 2013 Kenya is heading to a general election to elect its fourth president. According to the latest Infortrak opinion polls, out of the 8 (Peter Kenneth, Uhuru Kenyatta, James ole Kiyiapi, Raila Odinga, Paul Muite, Musalia Mudavadi and Mohammed Abduba Dida) presidential aspirants, either Raila Odinga or Uhuru Kenyatta is likely to emerge as a winner. Raila odinga took office as the prime minister of Kenya in a coalition government which was formed after the 2007 post-electoral crisis. He pursued his engineering studies in East Germany where he followed the events of the cold war. This might have probably shaped his spirit of fighting against the abuse of human rights. His achievement history dates back to the 1970 when the Odinga family faced a hard time. About 13 MPs and Raila’s father were sent to detention camps without trial following the Kisumu insurgence in October 1969. The suppression of his father Oginga Odinga by the then president Jomo Kenyatta (father to the aspiring president Uhuru Kenyatta) forced the youthful Raila to join the political field to counter his father’s suppression. In the 1980s, he risked being imprisoned or murdered for dissent by fighting for the multiparty party democracy which was later introduced in 1990-1992. Multi-party governance led to the rise in democracy. Citizens had the freedom to vote for the party they wished. In 1982, he was denied the right to fair trial and subjected to torture and inhuman treatment for critiquing the Moi regime. This reveals his courageous ability to suffer for the interest of others. In 1992, he was elected as a member of parliament in Langat constituency under a multi-racial and multi-ethnic voter. Besides, he has remained firm for matters to do with corruption and ethnic favoritism. He has spent most of his time in the opposition government, fighting for the rights of common Kenya, which has led to the success of various regimes. For instance, in 2002 he supported a government that saw the downfall of Kanu and propelled President Mwai Kibaki to power. Committed to democracy and rule of law, in 2005 he campaigned against the Wako draft constitution which was finally rejected. Then again, in 2010, he campaigned for the new constitution that won with 67% votes. He is running for the presidential position under the orange democratic movement (ODM) ticket, which has united with vice president’s (Kalonzo Musyoka) party and other parties to form the CORD alliance. The latest conducted Infortrak opinion polls places him at the top of his competitor Uhuru Kenyatta.