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Opinion: Ten ways Raila Odinga has shown his loyalty to Kenyans

Raila Odinga has been the greatest politician of all time in Kenyan politics, especially in the opposition part of the government, keeping the government in toes of performing positively to Kenyans. Here are Raila Odinga's ten ways that his loyalty to the people of Kenya has been evident beyond any reasonable doubt.

1. Political activism

Raila Odinga has been an active politician for over 40 years and has played a significant role in shaping the country's political landscape. He has been involved in various political parties, movements, and initiatives that aim to promote democracy, good governance, and social justice.

2.Fought for multi-party democracy

During his early years in politics, Raila Odinga was one of the leading proponents of multi-party democracy in Kenya, advocating for the repeal of the one-party system that was in place at the time. He was detained several times for his political activism.

3. Championed the rights of marginalized communities

Raila Odinga has consistently fought for the rights of marginalized communities in Kenya, including the Luo community, which he belongs to. He has advocated for their inclusion in national development, and has spoken out against discrimination and marginalization.

4. Supported the fight against corruption

Raila Odinga has been a vocal critic of corruption in Kenya and has supported various anti-corruption initiatives. He has called for the prosecution of corrupt officials and for the establishment of effective mechanisms to curb corruption.

5. Promoted peace and reconciliation

Raila Odinga played a crucial role in promoting peace and reconciliation after the 2007-2008 post-election violence in Kenya. He led negotiations that resulted in a power-sharing agreement between him and the then-President Mwai Kibaki, which ended the crisis.

6. Advocated for devolution

Raila Odinga was one of the key architects of Kenya's devolved system of government, which was enshrined in the 2010 Constitution. He advocated for a system that would empower local communities to participate in decision-making and to benefit from the country's resources.

7. Improved infrastructure

As Prime Minister in the Grand Coalition Government, Raila Odinga was instrumental in the implementation of various infrastructure projects in Kenya, including the construction of roads, railways, and ports. He also championed the use of renewable energy sources.

8. Promoted regional integration

Raila Odinga has been a strong advocate for regional integration in East Africa, calling for closer ties between Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, and South Sudan. He has supported initiatives that promote cross-border trade and investment.

9. Championed the rights of women and children

Raila Odinga has consistently advocated for the rights of women and children in Kenya. He has spoken out against gender-based violence and has supported initiatives that promote women's empowerment and gender equality.

10. Supported youth empowerment

Raila Odinga has shown his commitment to youth empowerment by supporting initiatives that provide education, training, and job opportunities for young people. He has also advocated for the inclusion of young people in decision-making processes at all levels of government.

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