Of Political Weddings and Engagements

Fidel's ex wife Shiro with Ida Odinga at their wedding ceremony

Photo/JACOB OWITI Ms Veronica Shiro (left) feeds her mother in-law Ms Ida Odinga (right) a cake during a ceremony in which she was officially welcomed at her rural home in Bondo

Very first post on this blog is dedicated to the ever popular Raila A. Odinga but really not about him. Its more about a political game he has mastered perfectly – manipulation and brainwash of people who strongly believe in him. Raila and his advisers are known masterminds of manipulation. Well, this post is not about that but about a specific tact that Mr. Odinga has applied before, went unnoticed and is about to apply it again for the coming elections.

In 2007 as we headed towards the elections, Raila Odinga’s son, Fidel Castro Odinga got married. This was no ordinary wedding. Fidel married a Veronica Shiro Ng’ang’a. Let me explain that further. In an attempt to appease the Kikuyu community and their wealth in voting power, Raila went straight for a Kikuyu girl for his son. Well, it could have been any other wedding and hey, its not illegal to marry from another tribe, actually I would really encourage it since we need to fight tribalism in Kenya, but I insist, this was a political business setup, not a wedding. I will continue to argue my point.

First of all, Fidel comes from one of the richest families in Kenya – recently Raila’s worth was said to be Kshs. 17.3 billion shillings (just before the 2007 elections it was 4 billion). We all know in a really good way that our friends from the Luo community are show offs, so let me ask you this: Why would Raila’s son wed in a Kikuyu customary ceremony in Kikuyu land? Well, that should give you an answer to a lot of questions.

If that is not enough, I have more proof of my point. There was never a real version of the wedding – as we all know weddings associated to Raila and Fidel are expensive, public and seriously well planned – like the one of Jeff Kiboro and Wacuka Gichohi in which Fidel was a groomsman and Raila attended. The wedding was said to be one of the most expensive in the history of Kenyan weddings. So again I ask, How come there was never a real wedding?

Still not convinced that this was entirely a business and political setup? Well, I can bet anything Shiro was paid heftily to play in this roleplay. This marriage of convenience never lasted and we never really heard of it after the elections. Here is what I have found in my little research. They are no longer together. In fact, Shiro is now dating Don-Bosco Gichana, owner of famous night clubs in Nairobi and highly linked to fraudulent bank transactions (see this story and this one). While Gichana’s bank theft and fraud may not be the story behind this post, you will find it interesting that this is the same man who funded ODM’s campaign in 2007 to a tune of Kshs. 30m and also donated the famous Hummer that Raila Odinga rode in the same campaign. Interestingly, Gichana is still very good friends with Fidel, so I ask again, How would I remain friends with the man who took my wife? Unless it was a plot clearly made at that point, nothing else explains it better than the word FRAUD. Do not forget that Gichana is a free man, clearly politically protected.

I could go on and on about this, but if I have not convinced you that this was a political marriage, well, you might need to rethink your stands, you might already be brainwashed into the Odinga vitendawilis.

Now the other day on Churchill Live, Raila introduced his other son’s fiance, Yvonne  Kibukosya. What they didn’t tell you is her Kikuyu links. She is the daughter of Susan Kibukosya Gachukia. I have no much details about it, but I will not be surprised if Raila pulls another Kikuyu wedding ahead of the elections.

Well, leave a comment, am sure I will get love from a few but hey, am here to tell you the truth and support it with facts, not about Raila but about our entire political system. Have a great day!