He is generally loved by 'enormous maltitudes' of people across Kenya, furthermore, widely cherished and admired. Additionally, he has acquired nicknames all over the years, he has been known as 'hammer', 'tinga' and now 'baba' all representing a particular activity done by him or something associated with him in his political career or limelight.
For instance, the first nickname came as a result of his continuous flaunting of a rare special, strong and indestructible vehicle which went by the name Hammer. The third nickname was as a result of 'fatherly' influence in the nation and was given on his return from US sometime back before 2017 general elections.
Despite being a loving figure by many, 'not all that smile and laugh with you always mean well for you', he has a considerable huge number of 'passionate haters especially from the Mountain side'. This hatred has some 'roots embedded' deep within the community and it is not easy to 'dig it out without falling the entire tree', suggesting that space, coercion and time are pertinent factors in undoing the 'evil planted' by forefathers.
Today morning on Citizen TV, ODM Secretary General, Edwin Sifuna has shared a story which was also told to them( Sifuna and a number of delegates in the mountain) by a community in Mount Kenya.
The story is about the perception of Raila in the region, how they came to hate him. He says, there is a time they were in Central and happened to visit a certain region whereby, exchange of stories touching on many angles were shared intensively.
According to the story revealed by Edwin, the young generation of the 'mountain region' were constantly instilled this frightening kind of fear of a 'gigantic man with deep voice' (Raila Odinga) who will come for them if for example, 'they don't finish eating their food, or come home late from school, or play in far places away from home'. So these communities learnt to always hate this 'man' simply because he may 'devour' them anytime anyday if callousness and laziness defines them.
So this 'seed' was planted in this manner long time ago, and unfortunately, it has come to grow the size of a 'fig tree', and that's why we see 'baba' constantly touring and 'climbing' the 'thick mountain' in an effort to reach for the 'gigantic fig tree' so as to prune the unproductive part that might render the 'productive fruitful tree, fruitless'.
Do you see the former premier winning the 'mountain love' back to his side so that later on translate it into votes?
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