Raila Implicated in the South Sudan Conflict
I am no longer of the persuasion that Raila Odinga is the Joshua of our times; a hero who will lead us to the Promised Land. Having said that, I find it difficult to trust the intentions of Thomas Greenfield’s article on the involvement of Raila in the south Sudan conflict.
Thomas Greenfield has published an article on fp-news.com that claims Raila Odinga fueled the war in south Sudan. In the article, he claims that Raila gave financial support and facilitated arms purchase for the Riek Machar’s faction in the south Sudan conflict. Greenfields source of info is a British secret service report, but the article also quotes American Intelligence services.
I find this article overly biased against Raila. It does not come out as an objective look at the reports of the intelligence agency. It draws its own conclusions rather than presenting findings and leaving it to the reader to judge. Some statements that the article makes are untrue and only appear intent on evoking emotion. For example: “South Sudan is in turmoil today courtesy of weapons and drugs supplied by the Odinga’s” This statement implies that there is one supplier of Arms to the south Sudan’s opposition faction, and the supplier is Raila. I don’t know if this is true or not, but I have read of involvement of many other actors. I thus find it hard to agree that all the suffering in south Sudan is due to One man; Raila.
My other problem with Mr. Greenfield’s article is its timing. It is coming 8 years after the alleged crimes were committed. Why now? We went into the 2013 elections knowing that we had a choice between suspect criminals (Uhuruto) and innocent reformers (Rao and Kalonzo). The suspect criminals went ahead to win the elections 🙂 . Will we now have the same choice in 2017? Between an ICC suspect (This time Raila) and an exonerated suspect?
Will a prosecution follow?
The intelligence report linking Raila and violence in south Sudan is a; “just for your information ooh noble citizen” It is a result of a criminal investigation. If the report has substance, then a prosecution should follow.