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Tales from Jaramogi and Mwai as told by Raila

The former Prime Minister Raila Amolo odinga in his farewell speech about mzee Mwai Kibaki took Kenyans to untold history about the genesis of the strong Kenya Africa Union (KANU) manifesto that defeated Kenya Democratic Union (KADU) in 1960 making Kenya an independent state and eventually a Republic.

Raila indulged Kenyans about how the late third president of Kenya met with the late Jaramogi Odinga in Uganda after he had visited the  former president of Uganda Obote, who later showed Jaramogi the brains behind his manifesto that Jaramogi admired and poached to have a better one for KANU and thus Kibaki started his political journey.

Mwai Kibaki would then retire from teaching and join the liberation movement KANU and become the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in the most vibrant Movement.

According to Raila, Mwai Kibaki from then became Donholm member of parliament, to an assistant minister of commerce then the minister of Finance, to the then position of Vice President then to being the third president of Kenya.

Speaking about how the agreement between him and Mwai KIbaki came forth after the 2008 post-election violence, Raila said that the two of them came to an understanding through the guidance of the late Koffi Annan in an office without their close supporters who had no chance but to agree to disagree when Kibaki confirmed that it was finished, bringing Kenya to a healing point.

He termed Kibaki as a transformative leader who brought all the leaders from different political divides together, accepted ideas, allowed long debates in his cabinet, welcomed new perspectives. Raila adds that although sometimes they had differences they were able to work on them amicably.

Raila added that Kibaki always empowered his Ministers and gave them authority to work but not be involved in graft and that his greatest enemy was corruption. Through it all at the end of the grand coalition government, Raila says the Kenyan economy had grown to 7% per annum

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