Sen. Barack Obama with Raila Odinga
Barack Obama directly intervened in last December’s presidential election in Kenya, supporting fellow Luo tribesman Raila Odinga’s candidacy, despite an agreement Odinga signed to back radical Muslims, according to an explosive new book written by WND senior staff reporter Jerome R. Corsi.
In “The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality,” Corsi footnotes and discusses two television news videos that fully document his charges.
The first video shows Obama’s direct involvement in Kenyan politics to support Odinga, and the second video shows a press conference held by the Muslims who signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Odinga.
“There is nothing on the record to indicate Obama ever withdrew his support from Odinga,” Corsi told WND, “even after Odinga signed the agreement with the Muslims in Kenya.”
Corsi said that to the contrary, Obama “appears even today to be a direct and active supporter of Odinga, as Odinga himself frequently boasts.”
Obama visited Kenya in 2006, while President Kibaki was locked in the election contest against Odinga.
The Kibaki administration objected that Odinga was using Obama’s visit to win votes. Obama’s repeated public appearances with Odinga and the senator’s almost daily criticism of the Kibaki government added to the administration’s objections.
A report by Chicago’s WBBM-TV news team, which covered Obama in Kenya, shows Obama in Kenya making statements critical of the Kibaki government.
Two separate video segments in the news broadcast document that Obama spoke at the offices of Kenya’s oldest newspaper, the Standard, where he accused the Kibaki government of suppressing freedom of speech, and at the University of Nairobi, where he accused the administration of corruption.
The WBBM broadcast noted that criticizing the Kenyan government was “something [Obama] has done almost every day since he arrived in Kenya last week.”
The news report also showed repeated clips of Odinga accompanying Obama at various speaking appearances in Kenya, so much so that the news broadcaster commented in the background that Odinga “has been at Obama’s elbow here fairly often.”
The WBBM news team also interviewed on camera Kenyan government spokesman Alfred Mutua, who accused Obama of meddling inappropriately in Kenyan presidential politics.
Mutua said politely but pointedly that “I think Odinga has to look at critically where he is receiving his advice from. Just because somebody wants to run for president, and he is using Senator Obama as his stooge, as his puppet, to be able to get where he wants to get.”
Odinga’s agreement with Muslim leaders
Although Odinga professes to be an Anglican Christian, concerns even today continue to circulate that he intends to pursue an undeclared radical Islamic political agenda.
The concerns grew, especially among Kenya’s Christian leaders, as rumors circulated prior to the December 2007 presidential election that Odinga had signed a secret agreement with radical Muslim leaders.
Finally, a Memorandum of Understanding, or MOU, which Odinga had signed with radical Muslims was posted on the website of the Evangelical Alliance of Kenya, a national Christian religious organization established in 1975.
What appears documented by Kenyan newspaper and television news reports is that Odinga, representing the Orange Democratic Movement, or ODM, and Sheik Abdullah Abdi, the chairman of the National Muslim Leaders Forum, or NAMLEF, signed an agreement Aug. 29, 2007.
The second news video shows a press conference held during the Kenyan election campaign and broadcast in Kenya by Nairobi-based NTV.
The NTV news report shows Sheik Abdullah Abdi, the chairman of NAMLEF, discussing the MOU point-by-point.
The NTV report ends by showing the three-page MOU clearly enough for the document to be recognized.
“For their own separate reasons, Odinga and Sheik Abdullah Abdi joined forces,” Corsi wrote. “Sheik Abdullah Abdi agreed to swing Islamic voters to Odinga in Kenya and Odinga agreed to support Islam should he become president.”
Corsi continued, “By endorsing Raila Odinga during his 2006 visit to Kenya, Obama positioned himself to be seen by Kenyans as an important U.S. senator who was joining forces with his Luo tribal kinsman. This positioning further sided Obama with Raila Odinga as he ran against President Mwai Kibaki in the December 2007 presidential election in Kenya.”
When Obama decided to support Odinga, Corsi noted, Obama embraced the extreme left wing of Kenyan politics, going back to Raila Odinga’s father, Odinga Odinga, known as “Double-O,” who was overtly communistic during the presidency of Jomo Kenyatta.
Odinga’s current party, the Orange Democratic Party, or ODM, is a leftist-socialist political party that stops short of being openly communist.