Raila Odinga Stripped Of The Only Political Privilege He Had Left

Did you know that those who were once VIPs are now turning back to commoners? It will surprise you to know that you might only enjoy a lot when you are still an active government worker holding a high office. But when you get kicked out, odds are that you will be fighting for a spot with the ordinary citizens of Kenya which will come from the act stripping you off  some of the old privileges which you must have enjoyed in the past.

See Also: 10 Lesser Known Facts About Raila Odinga

Raila Amolo Odinga (born 7 January 1945), also well-known to his supporters as Agwambo which means the “Mysterious One”, Tinga, Baba, RAO, and Jakom(“Chairman”) is a Kenyan veteran politician popularly regarded by many as the father of democracy in Kenya owing to his pro-democracy political engagements.

Additionally, he was first elected Member of Parliament for Langata in 1992, he served as Minister of Energy from 2001 to 2002 and as Minister of Roads, Public Works, and Housing from 2003 to 2005. However, he was the main opposition candidate in the 2007 presidential election. After a violent post-electoral crisis, Odinga took office as Prime Minister in April 2008, serving as supervisor and coordinator of a national unity coalition government.

He came second in Kenya’s 2013 presidential elections after garnering 5,340,546 votes which represented 43.28% of the total votes cast. Son of first Vice President of Kenya, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga with all the profiles possible, is left with nothing to boast about his past glory in politics. After all his contributions to Kenya, he can hardly live on any benefit from the government. Read the full story below:

On February 21, 2015 – a Prime Minister Raila Odinga was reduced to zero and made worthless. So, as for now the former Prime Minister is a normal citizen like you and me. This was done after he was deprived of his Diplomatic Passport, and nearly a year after, his VIP status at Kenyan airports and seaports was withdrawn.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy, William Ruto, through the Joseph Nkaisery – led Ministry of Interior and National Government Coordination, Immigration Department, deprived Raila of his  only remaining privilege from being former Prime Minister and equal partner to ex-President Mwai Kibaki in the Grand Coalition Government.

The new development therefore implies that the former PM is now raiyaa and will pass through the normal checks at the airport, which include screening or searching for explosives, drugs or other contraband and will have to queue like the rest of Kenyan people without any exemption privileges. No more VIP treatment for him or stepping near the Vip lounge.


Meanwhile this happened not up to a year after he was stripped off of his VIP treatment at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) forcing the Opposition party to cry out bitterly to Uhuru/ Ruto to pardon him if he had stepped on their right toes and to revert his VIP status since it was the only thing he could boast of after he had failed in the 2013 General Election. But their plea was not granted.

Additionally, others who once held high offices including Governors, Senators and Mps were also stripped off their Diplomatic Passports.. Do you think this is fair?