Why Raila is Silent on Bashir Ouster

Opposition leader Raila Odinga is conspicuously silent on the ouster of long-serving Sudan President Omar Al-Bashir.

While Odinga was quick to congratulate Zimbabwe after citizens and the army managed to end former President Robert Mugabe rule, his silence has been suspicious.

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In his congratulatory message to Zimbabwe, Odinga said: “You have succeeded in peacefully overthrowing tyranny and dictatorship and created for yourselves the promise of a prosperous future that only democracy can provide.”

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93-year-old Mugabe had clung onto power for close to one week after the army took over, with ruling party ZANU-PF urging him to quit leadership.

The strongman was to later step down moments after parliament began an impeachment process which was seen as the only legal way to force him out.

AU Stand

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Word is Raila may have decided to side with his employer’s position after the African Union Head condemned the Military Take-over.

In his statement, AU Chairman Moussa Faki said: “The military take-over is not the appropriate response to the challenges facing Sudan and the aspirations of its people.”

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Expressing AU’s evident disgruntlement with the manner in which Bashir was removed from power, Chairman Faki said AU Peace and Security Council would meet to “swiftly to consider the situation and take the appropriate decisions.”

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In contrast, United nations Secretary General, Antonio Geuterres seemed to have no issues with the fall of Omar al-Bashir, who has pending charges at the highest court in the world.

In his statement, Guterres called for a peaceful transition in the volatile oil-rich country insisting on a model which reflects the “democratic aspirations” of the people of Sudan.

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