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As people we are as good as the choices we make- Read RAILA ODINGA’s New Year’s message to Kenyans.



DAILY POST: As people we are as good as the choices we make- Read RAILA ODINGA’s New Year’s message to Kenyans.

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.
If we learnt anything in 2018, it should be
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
Whenever we feel we have lost our way, we can
start over and retrace our steps or we can continue down the same wrong path
and face its ugly consequences. It is all within our power to make these
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
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.
Across our borders, many countries in Africa
are going to face elections in 2019. They too will have critical choices to
make. We wish them peaceful, transparent and democratic processes.
I commit 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. Let’s make the choices together.
Happy New Year, fellow Kenyans

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