Raila Odinga Quotes

A compilation of 13 Raila Odinga quotes.

Raila Odinga is a Kenyan politician, former Member of Parliament (MP) for Langata, and businessman who served as Kenya’s Prime Minister from 2008 to 2013.

Since 2013, he has served as Kenya‘s Leader of the Opposition. Odinga is the presidential candidate for the ODM under the Azimio La Umoja Coalition in the August 2022 presidential elections. Prior to this, he ran unsuccessfully for the presidency four times: in 1997, 2007, 2013, and 2017.

Raila Odinga Quotes

  1. “The networks of corruption have become extremely active. We hear warning to the corrupt, but we see none sacked or arraigned in court.”

2. “You cannot forget the past, but you can forgive him.”

3. “I’m no fool, I had no choice but to make a painful decision to work with Uhuru in a bid to realize a unitary state.”

4. “Regardless of what you hear, the successes and failures you see, I want to tell you that it still pays to work hard and play by the rules. Success is a lie when founded on short cuts and deals negotiated in smoke-filled rooms.”

5. “You don’t want to live in the past. Everything in life is in the future. You don’t want to continue to be buried in the past.”

6.  “The mediocrity with which Africa has been ruled is responsible for its underdevelopment.”

7. “The future is moving toward Africa but for us to accommodate the future and create opportunities, we will have to do more than exporting raw materials and venture into value addition and manufacturing.”

8. “The problem we have is the mismatch between skills and demand in the market. We have so many young people running around with only academic papers.”

9. “Africa is the richest continent on earth with regard to raw materials. The paradox is that it is also the poorest in terms of the living conditions of its people.”

10. “The security of the country must be in the hands of the best men and women for the job.”

 Raila Odinga quotes

11. “At independence Kenya’s economic indicators were equal to those of South Korea, but 45 years down the road, Korea’s economy is 40 times that of Kenya. The mediocrity of leadership is across the continent .”

12. “Africa has a historic opportunity, born out of a historic tragedy, to put an end to our tradition of importing everything and producing nothing.”

13. “Women make nations through innumerable sacrifices and should be accorded their deserved place, honor and dignity.”

14. “What has happened in the past is a lot of good policies have been developed on paper, but you find they are not implemented. So there is a disconnect between rhetoric and practice.”

15. “You cannot have free and fair elections while one party controls completely and monopolizes the instruments of power.”

 16. “It is a big embarrassment that a leader can say on the eve of an election that he is not willing to hand over power to an opponent, that he can only hand over power to a member of his own political party.”

17. “I can feel the pain of the Mau Mau and the other freedom fighters. They must have concluded that life is cruel and worthless and that Kenya has no place for heroes.”

18. “We cannot build county councils based on one single constituency. It doesn’t make sense because it does not have a sufficient revenue base to be able to provide the services that county councils are required to provide.”

19. “Young people now begin the day checking the phone battery and data bundles. Something to wear, something to eat and a place to sleep come much later. Battery, bundles and the phone are the new basic needs.”

20. “My view is that the time has come for the international community to act on Zimbabwe in the way that it did in Bosnia – I do not think that we are going to get free and fair elections in Zimbabwe.”

Raila Odinga quotes

21. “A presidential system cannot work in an ethnically polarised country like ours. It is only a parliamentary system that can ensure even someone from the minority rises to the top.”

22. “For my country Kenya, the picture is sad indeed. Greg and Jeffrey correctly state that “if an outsider had looked at Africa in the 1960s and then been asked, “What are the most likely successes, the answer would conceivably have been Kenya and Cote d’Ivoire.” Yet look at where we are today.”

My favorite Raila Odinga quotes are, “You cannot forget the past, but you can forgive him.” and “You don’t want to live in the past. Everything in life is in the future. You don’t want to continue to be buried in the past.”

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