Ababu Namwamba destroying Odinga Political Caliphate
By Miguna Miguna – Nairobi, June 24, 2016
The Odinga Caliphate or the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) – as it is known in polite parlance – isn’t really a political party. It’s both a cult and a profit-making enterprise
After winning the Bundalangi Parliamentary seat in the 10th Parliament in 2007 General Election, lawyer Ababu Namwamba thought he had entered the Seventh Heaven courtesy of Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Amolo Odinga. So elated was Ababu that when his turn came to swear allegiance in Parliament he chose to swear in the name of Raila as his president in place of President Mwai Kibaki.
In retrospect and experience since, Ababu must feel extremely naïve as to why he had not tried to find out why all ODM “Ethnic Five” line up of William Ruto, Kalonzo Musyoka and later Charity Ngilu, Musalia Mudavadi and Joe Nyagah fell out of Raila’s favour like dominoes. Raila is incapable of trusting or keeping political and personal friends on long-term basis. Raila is now done with Ababu – caput.
The political divorce between the two was announced during the abortive ODM Kasarani elections that were disrupted by so-called Men in Black – an elite ODM squad. That he later was named Secretary General in Raila-engineered political public relations exercise, was to pull some wool over his naïve political eyes, as he must have belatedly realized.
In an interview with Citizen Television Ababu in eloquent Kiswaili on June 26 made it clear that he would not blindly follow anyone or any party breaching the law in the name of political loyalty. He made it clear that he would steadfastly uphold the Constitution of the land. It is unlikely he will allow Raila manipulate him with false promises any more and can very well part ways like his fellow tribesman Mudavadi did in 2012.
Ababu’s 2008 show of allegiance was a spectacle never witnessed before in Parliament but little did Pius Tawfiq Namwamba Ababu know he was exposing his political naivety and lack of understanding of the man known as Raila Amolo Odinga. Now former Raila’s coalition government advisor in nusu mkate government and fellow lawyer Miguna Miguna, who fell out with the former Prime Minister in 2012, thinks Namwamba is destroying Raila political cult. He avers;
It was bound to happen sooner rather than later. The superbly erudite and brilliant Pius Tawfiq Ababu Namwamba, the Honourable Member of Parliament for Budalang’i, has hit a brick wall in ODM.
Hon Ababu should take solace in the fact that he isn’t the first, nor will he be the last victim of the irrational, self-destructive and autocratic wrath of The Odinga Caliphate.
As long as Kenyan women continue to procreate, we will have courageous individuals who refuse to allow artificial stratifications, social caging and political usury by destructive Caliphates like the one currently being perpetuated by Raila Amolo Odinga, and his immediate and extended families.
Unlike most senior members of The Raila Caliphate, Ababu is young, properly educated, certifiably articulate, charismatic and thoughtful. Over the years, he has demonstrated his abilities and superior intellect in and out of Parliament.
Unlike the rambling Oburu Odinga, the incoherent Raila, the perpetually inebriated Jakoyo Midiwo, or the incomprehensible Ruth Adhiambo, Ababu isn’t just precise and capable of holding complex discussions – he is an inimitable wordsmith.
Of course, Ababu has committed many unimaginable ‘crimes’. As an interloper in The Odinga Caliphate, he forgot that he isn’t allowed to dream. Typical of free spirits and those who aspire for greatness, Tawfiq’s unquestionable abilities, his proven tenacity and glorious ideals made him aspire for prominence within ODM.
He imagined that having earned his stripes – so to speak – through his loyalty, and by eloquently championing Raila’s cause before he had even made his maiden speech in the National Assembly in January 2008, he deserved to queue in line for transition.
With fiery and unmatched oratory, Ababu had refused to be sworn in as an MP (as previously planned by ODM), pointed a finger at former President Mwai Kibaki, and loudly stated that the person whom Kenyans had popularly elected as the President of the Republic was Raila Amolo Odinga and that it was to him that he would swear allegiance.
That was Ababu’s first fatal sin – (or should we simply call it a grievous error?)
As his oratorical flair soared, Ababu realised that his ODM colleagues, who were supposed to join him in defying the Kibaki state machinery, had suddenly gone mute. He had been tricked, exposed and isolated.
The second major miscalculation would occur in 2011, after he took a principled stand in my defence at an ODM guillotine conclave that the Luo Paramount Chief had organised in order to concoct ‘reasons’ for my ill-fated suspension. Ababu had again forgotten that the guiding principle in The Odinga Caliphate is for everyone with proven ability, integrity and commitment to be culled before they either become ambitious or before the public recognises their innate qualities.
That was principally the reason why Hon Raphael Tuju, Prof PLO Lumumba and Dr Shem Ochuodho – before him, or for that matter, Nairobi Governor Dr Evans Kidero, Migori Governor Zackary Obado, former Siaya gubernatorial candidate William Oduol and many other popular candidates in Nyanza parliamentary, senatorial and gubernatorial races couldn’t be allowed to shine.
Others muted to blind obedience to the Luo Paramount Chief include eloquent lawyer James Aggrey Orengo and Prof Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o who were exiled to political detention after 1992 General Election when they were caught flirting with Charity Ngilu in Social Democratic Party (SDP) as she sought the presidency against then Luo Supreme Chieftain Jaramogi Oginga Odinga. Their loyal servitude would earn them lucrative ministerial appointments in nusu mkate coalition that transformed their lives to those of overnight multi-millionaires.
The Odinga Caliphate or the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) – as it is known in polite parlance – isn’t really a political party. It’s both a cult and a profit-making enterprise. (Cord’s Okoa Kenya Movement or other clever variants are political tributaries of The Odinga Caliphate; not independent entities).
Raila and his busy bodies Nyong’o and Orengo muted to naked silence
The Odinga Caliphate has two types of members: bona fide Odinga blood (which is the royalty or blue blood), who enjoy full rights; and special privileges over and above that of the interlopers, who are invited members with specific roles. While some of the interlopers are intended for colour, beautification and sprucing up of The Luo Caliphate (so that it has a fake resemblance of the face of Kenya), others are recruited to provide financial, logistical and other pseudo-political support resources. In this peripheral category you find sycophantic Bandis, Aladwas and Muthamas.
Except for the royalty, all Caliphate members have designed roles. They are expected to be inducted into delirious worship of one man called Raila Amolo Odinga. In that state, the mind is supposed to be numb and unreflective. Any sign of thoughtfulness is punishable by a life-term ban, perpetual libel and ostracism.
But more importantly, to The Odinga Caliphate, ODM – like Ford, Ford-Kenya, Labour Democratic Party (LDP) and National Democratic Party (LDP) before them – is just an instrument for controlling Luo Nyanza politics and for earning the lucrative financial livelihood for the entire Odinga lineage.
ODM membership fees, special contributions by elected representatives, donations, annual subscriptions and particularly nomination fees during election cycles earn The Paramount Chief millions of shillings each month and election cycle – with nomination fees going as high as Ksh 5m to Ksh 50 million. In nusu mkate coalition ministerial positions were sold to highest bidders.
If you top it up by other irregular ‘contributions’ of governors, senators, drug lords, lobbyists, influence peddlers and legitimate enterprises eager to cash in just in case The Paramount Chief were to become president, then one can start seeing why retiring from politics isn’t on the cards nor plausible option.
Bear in mind also that there is more money to be made if The Paramount Chief is a presidential candidate. The kind of cash Odinga attracts whenever he runs for president is like water flowing along the Amazon River.
Senior members of The Odinga Caliphate earn tens of millions on nomination fee collections during elections, apart from other deals on the side. Prof Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o, therefore, is just a convenient malleable busy body at Orange House. He is useful to The Odinga Caliphate because he does whatever the blue bloods want so is lawyer James Orengo. Something my comrade Ababu wouldn’t entertain.
Ababu frightened The Odinga Caliphate by shoving aside Agnes Zani – another malleable interloper. That was the final and most fatal sin he committed. Thus, when you hear blue bloods like Oburu and Jakoyo viciously attacking Ababu and portraying him as a Jubilee agent, then you must appreciate that Ababu must have threatened the economic lifeline of The Odinga Caliphate.
To Raila, Oburu and Jakoyo, ODM is nothing but a gravy train, which they intend to ride into perpetuity if they can. That explains why Raila has declared his candidature for the 2017 presidency. It’s also why the referendum is a life and death operation for The Odinga Caliphate.
It is what cults, including religious ones, do – cause delirious excitement and support to make tonnes of money!
So, don’t give up, Ababu! I salute your courage and vision. You are not alone!
Meanwhile, Deputy President William Ruto, who in 2007 pushed Raila to the door steps of State House with overflowing Kalenjin support, accuses his former mentor as a man who subjects his community to “political slavery”. Indeed so powerful is the The Odinga Caliphate that well educated university professors, professionals and ordinary cobblers are bundled in the same basket of total blind loyalty to Raila and his family.
The ominous spell cast upon the Luo community by The Odinga Caliphate makes it possible for spies to be planted on families and business establishments to inform on them to the tribal Paramount Chief on 24 hour basis. They hide not even the most intimate or sacred family, corporate or government secrets as proof of their loyalty and fear of untoward spells.
Politically the so-called Luo Nation lives under virtual siege of Raila Odinga Caliphate single party ODM domination and those who attempt to wriggle out are roped back in the wider dragnet of Cord – still under Raila command. Raila‘s iron fist control over the Luo community makes it impossible for any other party or independent candidates compete for political space in Luo Nyanza.
AS the country moves towards 2017 General Election ODM alias CORD is moving towards militarized political campaign whose litmus test was the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) demonstrations in Nairobi and some CORD zones.
Raila successfully introduced military-style black berets for ODM politicians to convey military control over the demonstrating masses in places and areas where there were no IEBC commissioners to be evicted but general public and commercial establishments to be intimidated with destruction of business premises, burning of vehicles and lighting of bonfires on roads – all aimed at economic sabotage.
ODM Chairman John Mbadi led a team of loyal Raila MPs in unveiling thee caps that are branded the Firimbi Movement, which could evolve into ODM political militia wing.