Early this morning, ODM leader Raila Odinga released a heartfelt message urging Kenyans to take more precautions in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a letter dated April 3, 2020, Raila noted that pandemics at any one-time change societies in fundamental ways, and also let it slip that he too had no clear idea where the country will end up due to the Coronavirus situation.
The Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has urged Kenyans to unite and use their social connections in the fight against the coronavirus, further urging them to personalize the war against the disease and use their existing social connections to remain safe.
“Let each of us make daily phone calls, have video chats, send emails and text messages to friends, family and acquaintances including chama members, prayer group members, business people, riders, touts, and drivers, former and current schoolmates and encourage all of them to avoid crowds, observe social distance, wash their hands and wear masks, even improvised and homemade ones,” the letter read in part.
He also noted that pandemics at any one-time change societies in fundamental ways, and also let it slip that he too had no idea where the country will end up due to the coronavirus situation.
“Pandemics from the history change societies in a fundamental way. Where the COVID-19 will take us, we cannot tell for now. But we know that we have to fight it. We need a new breed of patriots for this new breed of war. The war is not for the armed selected few. It is for every man, woman, every boy, and girl.” – Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga
The ODM leader urged his Kenyans to personalize the war and ensure that they use their existing social connections to keep safe each and every day.
Letter to my fellow Kenyans. pic.twitter.com/LYcBsMNJ73
— Raila Odinga (@RailaOdinga) April 4, 2020
The letter was, however, not very well received by a section of social media users who dismissed it as pointless; arguing that there were much more helpful things Mr. Odinga could have during these challenging times for the common Mwananchi – like putting plans in place to ensure those without food and other basic commodities find a way to survive the pandemic.
Thanks for the words of encouragement we will surely do that. We now need foodstuff to encourage us to stay at home, thank you.
— Silvia Wangeci (@Silvia_Wangeci) April 4, 2020
I have never seen Raila donate to any charity course, never. You will not see him do what Joho, Ruto or Sonko do. I wonder what he does with all him money?
— Liverpool 001 (@NickSalesGuru) April 4, 2020
Mr Raila you might write many letters as you want but I can tell you Kenyans won’t eat letters. They need food and that’s the only sure thing that would keep them home. Hizi zingine ambia watoto Wako.
— Chebet🇰🇪 (@KiruiChebet8) April 4, 2020
Raila Odinga is the most stingiest man ever existed ! Who has ever seen this man donating anything ? We don’t have time to read mediocre letters . Join other leaders in donating food ,water and clothes to the needy !
— #LUHYANATIONFORRUTO🇰🇪🇹🇿🇺🇬 💎 (@babakisia) April 4, 2020
I remember when sneezing Chinese landed our land you defended them that it is of our interest as Kenyans, look at now how the scourge pandemic taking us Kenyans, all appeals you are making with @UhuruKenyatt1 are hogwash.
— Princess (@KosutEdward) April 4, 2020
After breaking your silence, you forget to condemn police brutality. You have a huge following but you are avoiding certain topics for political convenience. Uhuru apologized, the DP spoke about it but you have remained mute on the matter. How long will you pretend Jakom?
— Wesley Cheruyot (@wezlie22000) April 4, 2020
Tumesikia Baba but use your local and international connections to ask your friends to donate some food especially to Kibra residents because we know you can’t donate even a packet of unga to a dying soul.
— Justus Sila (@justussila6) April 4, 2020
Someone ask Raila Odinga what changed… pic.twitter.com/dYWZtkiBzC
— Maxon Airo (@MaxonAiro) April 4, 2020
Raila Odinga, you moved from one County to another sensitizing Kenyans on BBI, why can't you do so on Coronavirus?
William Ruto, you moved from one Church to another dishing out money, how much money have you dished out to the poor families effected by the pandemic?
— Muthoni Njakwe (@muthoni_njakwe) April 4, 2020