Raila Odinga’s broken promise to his supporters that could end his career

NASA leader Raila Odinga facing defining moment of his career

Addressing his supporters during a recent visit to Kisumu, Raila promised that “all cases against Miguna Miguna will be withdrawn” following his deal with the President.

It is this promise that has placed the veteran opposition chief on a collision path with his supporters who feel bitter, betrayed and merely used to increase Odinga’s bargaining power.

The self-declared NRM general arrived in the country on Monday to a hostile reception, was denied entry, detained at the airport before being deported to Dubai.

NASA supporters are angry at Odinga for doing little to help Miguna Miguna and attribute his woes to the critical role he played during the ‘swearing in’ of Odinga as the ‘People’s President.’

His Easter message to Kenyans provided perhaps the best platform for his supporters to express their feelings on how the NASA leader had failed in securing the release of the man who administered his ‘oath’ on January 30.

Many of those who responded to the message had no kind words for the NASA boss, urging him to rethink his handshake with President Kenyatta and appeal to ‘his brother’ to secure the safe return of Miguna Miguna.

Odinga's relations with NASA co-principals are also at an all-time low following his recent deal with the president that left out other principals. The ousting of Moses Wetangula as the Senate Minority leader has made things worse for the seasoned politician.

With Wetangula vowing to teach Odinga a lesson and ANC declaring that Odinga is not the NASA leader, the former premier finds himself surrounded by more political enemies than friends.

While the opposition leader has remained silent on the Miguna Miguna circus, how he handles the issue will determine whether he goes into retirement or remains an active player in Kenyan politics.

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