Raila Odinga shares New Year Message with Kenyans


Raila Odinga has today shared a New Year Message with Kenyans as 2018 comes to a close. Raila’s message is one full of hope and encouragement to Kenyans as he says that the year kicked off with difficulties but he believes in greater things.

“The end of one year and the beginning of another is always a hopeful time. As we wind down 2018, I join you fellow Kenyans in your hopes and wish you a rewarding 2019. While 2018 began as a difficult year, we end it on a hopeful and sane note. I am confident that brighter days are ahead of us.” reads statement

Raila highlights his greatest 2018 lesson is that as a people, we are as good as the choices we make.

“We can divide or unite our nation, setting ourselves against one another along tribal lines or coming together as one people with one destiny. We can unite against corruption and impunity that have long ruined us, or tolerate them and let their purveyors divide us and hold us at ransom.

We can create a conducive environment for business and investment or we can make this impossible through endless rhetoric and ethnic balkanization.” he says

The most important part according to Raila is when we realize that we are lost and  choose to start over and retrace our steps. He adds that the power to choose lies within us and remaining in the wrong path results to ugly consequences.

“In 2018, we chose unity over division. We chose to let the corrupt carry their baggage and pay the price of their sins. We chose a peaceful environment that allows trade and businesses to thrive and jobs to return. We did this by retracing our steps and agreeing to start over again.

We have a long way to go. But if we carry the spirit of difficult but positive choices we made in 2018 into 2019, we shall triumph and be a happier and better country at end of 2019.” he states

To conclude his message, Raila  assured Kenyans that he commits to stick to those difficult positive choices of 2018 and to make more of such so long as they carry Kenya and Africa forward in 2019.


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