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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Kumekucha’s Birthday

Friends, countrymen, Kenyans, today is December 31st 2007. On this day 4 hours before midnight in the year 1963 I was born. Ironically in Kisumu as my parents were traveling on a job transfer. In 1985 in the same city I met my dear wife. But I digress.

I celebrate my birthday today fighting using the “gift” the almighty gave me. And if it is true that the pen is mightier than the sword then it explains the rapid removal of press freedom instituted on Kenyans by a group of people that were rejected at the polls just a few days ago but insist on ruling us against our will.

Most people leaving comments at this blog are either working for a salary or doing it for fan. A very small percentage are genuine folks worried for their country. Am not joking and I am not paid any salary. In fact I have made many sacrifices to keep this blog going and I will continue to make them.

I fear nothing because I see no sense in living for 100 years as a chicken and prefer to live 50 as a lion. I have no interest in allowing a country full of injustices to be inherited by my children and grandchildren. That is why I started this blog and have been repeatedly warning Kenyans since May 2005 (just go back and read for yourself). Mostly I have been ignored. Today as I celebrate my 44th birthday my most treasured present is the captive audience and especially those genuine ones who will understand me a little more and what I have been saying here.

To those who claim that I am an inciter here is a simple question. Who is more of an inciter of violence Kumekucha or Mwai “stole the 2007 presidential elections” Kibaki?

Thanking you in advance for your sincere birthday wishes.

33 comments:

Anonymous said...

Chris, I want to complain about being maligned. can you kindly correct that. Please Chris. You know me and it is said that it can happen.

-Derek

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday to Kumekucha anyway.

-Derek-

Anonymous said...

Many happy returns Kumekucha - keep the home fires burning!

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday. You have done us proud over the last few days. Keep up the good fight.

Proud Kikuyu Woman said...

Happy Birthday, Chris/Kumekucha!

Vikii said...

Happy birthday Chris. But you have to agree with me that you have to change the way you view life. I have always told you to stop double standards. Here is something else we can do; Why cant we have a repeat poll? When that is held, I can assure you the difference will be more than a million. Let us treat this as a case where there is no clear winner. A run off between the top two cadidates is ideal. If that happens my friends, you will be silenced once and for all

Sam Okello said...

Happy birthday, Chris. Thanks for your sacrifices on behalf of truth and justice. Let Kumekucha continue to roar like a lion!

tnk said...

many happy returns chris.

Anonymous said...

How lucky are you Chris that on the day of the inaguaration, we start a new year. That is good. Is it God sent. If so, Chris I would kindly thank you for keeping the fire burning. Best wishes in your other endevours in life Chris. The story of Kumekucha underlines many sacrifices that normal souls cannot handle. With you as a buddy/alumni etc

-Derek-

Anonymous said...

derek

you astound me

you post (on) very contentious issues with abandonment and zeal and you'd like for chris to correct your "malignment".

how?

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday Chris.

Kenyans say no to violence. He who fights and runs away lives to fight another day. A dead or limbless person is useless to this struggle and is consequently useless to the betterment of his family and Kenya at large

athenaeum said...

Happy Birthday Chris. Im very grateful for the work you put into keeping me informed of what has been happening in Kenya today. For those of us abroad news of events in Kenya have been very thin on the ground, there was a sense that reporting proper would start once the machetes were wielded and not so much in the actual democratic process. I am gutted at what has gone down today and yesterday. Unbelievable how blatant the theft was. Please keep us up to date and don't let the b'stards get you down. You know what they say "first the b'stards ignore you"... etc. etc. Just keep up the good work and rise above it.

Please could you stress that this breakdown in civil society is not about tribalism but about politics. Kibaki and company are politically bankrupt.

Anonymous said...

Who spoled the brooth? It was Ruto, by heckling. I have been told off for calling epeople hecklesr before.

Ruto just proved today what he prophesied that 'RAILA IS UNELECTABLE' of which Raila said, some ODM nomination candidates have questionalble backgrounds.

-Derek-

chris said...

Dare I request a birthday present?

Don't worry it won't cost shillings.

-Kumekucha-

Proud Kikuyu Woman said...

Musalia Mudavadi talked of Idi Amin-ish ODMers not too long ago. I never got round to figuring who he was talking about. Maybe we are about to find out.

Anonymous said...

I give PEACE CHRIS. And Democracy, Kivuitu-style

-Derek-

Proud Kikuyu Woman said...

Yeah, Crhis, be my guest. I mean if one of 'you' pays. We are notoriously frugal, you know. And not just with shillings.

My I ksh bet is that Mwai, Lucy, Jimmy Judy, Mwai Jr etc Kibakis are safe, so are the Odingas, the Okellos and the Kumekucha-last-names.

So much for courageously putting your life at risk-when you didn't even vote. Good luck!

RG said...

Perhas Ruto is the loudest ODM heckler because he remembers how much he gained in the Moi regime and he has even greater dreams to gain more with an ODM govt. Mudavadi is more quiet lakini you can almost see the drool running down his cheeks. All these people are crooks none is interested in Kenya. Both sides now are guilty oF hoodwinking Kenyans. None has a shred oF honor in their bones and now people are dying because o them. IF they so loved Kenya they should sacriFice their ambitons and do the right thing.

Anonymous said...

kumekucha,

Happy Birthday, i am one of the anonymous, i have never commented on your blog but today was my first day. Mine i prayer for 2008, if Kenyan pass this test, we are going to go far! Now you enjoy your B-Day

Proud Kikuyu Woman said...

This post has got kiasi mzee and has not be surpassed with 'new ideas' at similar speed like the older ones were. Phil amelala, I think watu wengine bado wako Ocha :0)
I'm gone kodogo narudi nikiwa rejuvenated.

-Bado Mapambano-

athenaeum said...

Isn't that just what this is about Proud? Elites unless they become as reckless as the Tsars and Ceaucescus are always going to survive the foundations of society being rocked. Marie Antoinette and the attributed quote "let them eat cake" when the issue is about bread didn't do herself any favours either. They're never very good at reading the wind and neither are we the underdogs - we have hunger, anger etc while they have privelege and wealth to lose. Unless we have a committed leadership ready to LEAD going down this path is madness. The question I have does Odinga have the necessary virtues to lead Kenyans out of the abyss? Does he have the wits, the nerve, the intelligence, experience and enough understanding of the situation to take Kenyans to this place where lives will be/are being risked - will the means justify the ends? Do they?

anaweza said...

Happy birthday Kumekucha. Thanks to your existence, I do not feel so alone as I try to follow the events that are happening at home.

Anonymous said...

Kikuyus are the ARISTOCRATS of Kenya. Those people who formed snake-like-lines to vote on 12/27/07 were merely low life "chicken littles" of Kenyan who wasted their pathetic time voting for a pre-ordained outcome "The Aristocratic Presidency of Mwai Kibaki". He is the president of Kenya for life because how aristocracy works. This is what bloody DEREK has been oozing to say in his repeated comments on this subject.
Kenya belongs to the Kikuyus. Other tribes "chicken littles" are merely there to serve them. Right Derek?

Kenyan and a Kikuyu said...

Kumekucha--happy siku ya kuzaliwa. Could I recommend that you add this blog to feedburner to get RSS atoms setup. It would make it so much easier for us (bloggers) to keep track of the blog threads being posted. Just a suggestion.

Kenyan and a Kikuyu in Diaspora.

Anonymous said...

This is the saddest day in Kenya's history. KM you have done a great job covering this event, and we hope you continue to do so for the sake of Kenya and its democracy and justice.

I am very impartial to who should be elected as the president of Kenya. However what Kibaki has done is a 'face in the slap" of democracy. Let's look at some facts here:

(1) Vote counting was delayed for days?
(2) Why was Kivuitu holed up in Statehouse?
(3) Why does Kivuiti need to take orders from Statehouse, when he is the only personal to make the final decision based on the actual audited results?
(4) Why were audited results of the elections not published?
(5) Why did Kibaki hurriedly swear himself in?
(6) Kivuiti addmitted he has no idea of his election commissioners whereabouts? How is that possible in this day and age?
(7) Observers have cried foul over the process of ECK and it handling of vote counting?
(8) Why is Kibaki afraid of a recount? Even Wangari Maathai has suggested this should be the way to relieve any doubt.
(9) How can a presidential candidate win just from 2 constituencies in Kenya?
(10) Why ban the media from covering events in Kenya?

The factual evidence is all to see that these elections have been rigged beyond any doubt, and they should have nullfied the results in view of such anomalies. That would be the best verdict for all Kenyans.

What we now witness is not democracy but a totally political dictatorship that is controlled by the few elite in Kenya. The people of Kenya should stand up for this injustice, and make the government fully accountable and produce the results in an open and transparent manner. Let the world see. If Kibaki has genuinely won this election, then why does he need to be afraid to show such documents.

Kenya has always been an example of a peacful and democratic country in Africa. However, what has happened infront of the eyes of the world is shameful and unacceptabe by anyone.

If this country has to be governed in peace, then results need to be recounted, verified and audited or the elections must be held again. Kenya is bigger than any individual, and there is no way that a government should be elected if the voting population has not given its mandate legally.

Unfortunately, there will be a lot of bloodshed during this process, as democracy comes at a price especially when the elections are not fairly and honestly won by any party.

We as Kenyans want peace, and no one should be hurt or die in the process, but if the parties involved in this process are not honest abouts its intention then we Kenyans will have to suffer the longest.

The country has taken 10 steps back, and if we want to move forward, then justice must prevail at all costs!!!

God Bless our beloved country and the people of this country, as the Kenya from yesterday has change forever.

Anonymous said...

anonymous- I think you mean "a slap in the face"

Anonymous said...

Yes, thats what I mean, typing too fast!

Anonymous said...

Today Kenyans have been robbed...I truly do hope that the common thief is able to succeed in his miserable quest...surely,he couldn't even try to con us? so blatantly he stole?...we pray for you all in Kenya, it is important that you remain safe, my fellow Kenyan's lets try and be peaceful despite the fact that we have been stolen from...the tall order remains with God who will not forsake us AT ALL!!

A Kenyan and a Kikuyu said...

Mr Anonymous -- Let me take a stab at your questions.

Disclaimer
I'm sure their may be more than one answer to your questions.

(1) Vote counting was delayed for days?

Too many votes to count and they also had to audit votes from areas that had been disputed as well as ones that had issues such as Kamukuji.

(2) Why was Kivuitu holed up in Statehouse?

Not sure what you mean. Kivuitu's final release was done in his office to avoid disorderly conduct as exhibited in previous press conferences.
(3) Why does Kivuiti need to take orders from Statehouse, when he is the only personal to make the final decision based on the actual audited results? Kivuitu does and didn’t make the final decision. The KENYAN voters made that choice. Kivuitu’s role was to give a final count of the tallied votes not to decide who did or didn’t win
(4) Why were audited results of the elections not published?
I gather you missed the published results. Please check other threads to catch up on the different counts
(5) Why did Kibaki hurriedly swear himself in?
Kibaki was sworn in—he has no authority to swear himself in.

(6) Kivuiti addmitted he has no idea of his election commissioners whereabouts? How is that possible in this day and age?
Try tracking ballots from 210 constituencies with thousands of observers and agents all in remote polling stations. You can’t blame Kivuitu for not “ensuring the votes were brought in for counting” from the polling station

(7) Observers have cried foul over the process of ECK and it handling of vote counting?
Sure—both sides of the aisle have their own reseverations
(8) Why is Kibaki afraid of a recount? Even Wangari Maathai has suggested this should be the way to relieve any doubt.
Wangari Maathai does not speak for all Kenyans. The Kenyan Voters made that decision on Dec 27th
(9) How can a presidential candidate win just from 2 constituencies in Kenya?
Easy, check the population stats from the 2 constituencies and check that against the registered voters and I’m sure you’ll get the picture
(10) Why ban the media from covering events in Kenya?
To avoid politicians using the Media to incite violence.

Anonymous said...

Iam suprised that you are 44 years old. You sound so juvenile in your attempt to incite ethnic violence. Why dont you act your age? Or are you going through mid life crisis?

josse said...

Congrats keep the good work going.

don said...

Happy birthday! Some guyz supporting this administration only prove my worries that they could be of questionable sanity. With eyes wide shut they choose to declare Kibaki winner despite every evidence that he is a tyrant. Where will they run to when our beloved nation falls for the dogs? But Kudos to all kenyans who have shown that they were born for a purpose. A purpose to leave a lasting impact on freedom and human rights.

Supafly said...

Hi, Happy Birthday.
I think before you go too far you need to read the nation page 19 and look at the ODM strongholds there that mysteriously garnered upto 120% voter turnout... mystery of mysteries.... could it be that all parties might have dirty hands? is it possible that we are actually being lied to by a POLITICIAN?? Oh say it ain't so, my bleeding heart can't handle it.
Chris snap out of it and become a voice of peace... they're all messy, now put the interests of the 30million plus brothers and sisters of ours before your soapbox!!

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