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Saturday, January 19, 2008

How Long Can Mwai Kibaki Survive?

Breaking News: ODM has announced that mass action will continue next week after all. This will be coupled with economic boycotts.



The angry reaction from a section of suspect readers of this blog illustrates the current mood in State House perfectly.

Why do I call the readers of a blog suspect? For the simple reason that their behaviour is bizarre to say the least. Their comments clearly suggest that they abhor and strongly disagree with the content in this blog. Ordinarily when you do not like something that you see on the web, you move on. Time is precious. And yet this group of readers have stayed on, saying everything they know how to discredit every story published here. They have refused to leave. Make your own conclusions as to who they really are and what their real objective is.

When I re-introduced comment moderation yesterday, this group was extremely angry. Threats poured in as I moderated and I deleted most of them. It was easy to sense the frustration at the fact that things did not go their way. The carefully and well thought out damage they had planned for the most popular Kenyan blog had been thwarted.

The mood is the same inside Mwai Kibaki’s State house as handlers scramble to find a way to keep the Kibaki administration going for another couple of months. Their plan to enforce the daylight vote theft has met with much stronger resistance than they had imagined. Despite the largest deployment of security forces countrywide in the history of the country, the situation is much worse than it was on 30th December, the ill-fated day when a few individuals inside State House decided to bite the bullet and...

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demogod said...

Kibaki, an Imposition of the West, Says Rawlings

01.19.2008

Former Ghanaian Presid-ent, Jerry Rawlings, has said that the violence that erupted in Kenya over alleged rigging of the election by the incumbent President, Mwai Kibaki, is a protest against neo-colonialism and the imposition of leadership by the West. According to him, Kenyans do not want to go through the same kind of experience again hence their insistence on change.
Speaking to journalists yesterday at the Murtala Mohammed Airport Lagos, Rawlings said: “Kenyans are demonstrating that enough is enough in neo-colonialism. If we have done away with coup d’etat, then let us preserve the integrity of the electoral process. And if we cannot count on the integrity of the electoral process, where do we go? This is happening in many countries in Africa, including my own country.”
The former Ghanaian president said that the electoral process in many African countries is so weak, which in turn weakens the relationship between the African governments elected in such doubtful electoral process.
“Since the collapse of the bi-polar power, I have always been saying that the uni-polar power has been displaying some very unethical and immoral political standard and that is a price they (African leaders) had to pay. I keep repeating this.
It does not surprise me the way economic affairs are handled, it is always as if we are living in the days of mercenary tendencies,” Rawlings said.
It does not surprise me that a country like Venezuela should swing 180 degrees south of the US, when the Soviet Union has collapsed because the economic philosophy has just swung to one extreme with government just selling all national assets to themselves and to their families. So where is this going to lead us to? It is going to lead to arson. People are being violated and there is going to be a reaction,” Rawling also said.
He remarked that if the African Command that United States is proposing is going to complement the efforts of African forces let it be established so that it would help to stop the situation in Darfur, Sudan, but “if it is 21st century form of trying to colonise the continent, then it is absolutely wrong and I think African Union (AU) should have a position on this.
Also speaking to journalists, the former Ghanaian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Victor Gbeho, who arrived at the airport with Rawlings, said unless the electoral processes in Africa are reviewed, the kind of crisis happening in Kenya would not end.
He said the crises in the African region were due to the failure of electoral processes which are usurped by malpractices and urged the AU to take wade into the political turmoil in Kenya by forming a coalition and organising a re-run of the presidential elections in that country.
"The Kenyan situation is regrettable, no African country is proud of what is happening now especially now that we are trying to earn an international reputaion as a democratic continent, what is happening there is due to the fact that the electoral process has failed and what they called rigging was put in place. Those who are in the office in Kenya know that they did not win.
This is a challenge to the A.U, they should get involved and organise a re-run election, otherwise the opposition party will never agree, they are prepared to shed more blood", he said.


http://www.thisdayonline.com/nview.php?id=100826

Anonymous said...

Does the phrase Plan B exist in ODM’s lexicon?

The calls for mass action by ODM epitomizes the glaring lack of a post election victory strategy.

From 2005 when ODM scored a moral boosting victory in the referendum against Kibaki and his henchmen, ODM should have known that Kibaki had no intention of giving up power let alone share it with anyone outside his nucleus of Mt. Kenya golfing buddies. Infact this had rightly been captured by Mutahi Ngunyi in his now famous article from 2003.

Right before the referendum, Kibaki had exhibited a great disregard for the other arms of governance namely the legislature and the Judiciary as he entrenched his dictatorship on Kenyans. Clear examples of these are his distribution of title deeds to squatters in the Rift Valley despite a court order outlawing that very act. Another one was his wanton poaching of opposition MPS through bribes to prop up his government. Interestingly, Kibaki’s sycophants or are they the real power behind the throne are busy telling the opposition to respect these same institutions.

So come the 2007 elections, ODM should have known that relinquishing power was not an option for Kibaki and for them not to have had a plan B in this eventuality is a gross disservice not only to the millions who voted for the party but to the about 1000 lives that have been lost so far.

Sample this excerpt from an article titled aptly Kenya crisis: A case of a bank robber agreeing to share the loot by Omar Kalinge Nnyago in the Ugandan Daily Monitor:
Kibaki knows all too well he can get away with the election theft, for as long as he promises to support the war on terror and not disturb the profit margins of the multinationals. Raila knows too that the so- called donors do not believe in the democracy they preach, or even export by even force of arms as in Iraq and Afghanistan. What a loaded statement.

Rabet Maatari.

demogod said...

Chris,

I just heard the following, is it true or false, can you verify the reports.

Lucy Kibaki allegedly slaps Gitobu Imanyara at State House. Gitobu retaliates by flooring the first lady infront of Mwai Kibaki. Security beats Imanyara senseless, dislocates his spine.Conflicting reports that Imanyara was indeed slapped by the First Lady of Kenya and indeed retaliated but was unharmed by security agents.

Anonymous said...

Kenya has been turned into the old South Africa. Kibera is the new Soweto. Kibaki is our new Botha.

We hold all the cards we hold all the keys, it is only a matter of time before those "Kaburus" mitchuki et all realize the games up.

Anonymous said...

So Mwai Kibaki meets members of the "business communtiy" to hear their grievances and carries a paper and pen to take notes.

I almost threw up watching that.This man is worse than we think

Anonymous said...

Yes, that was pathetic.

kitumoja said...

Chris,

Just a question, did Mr. Kibaki join in the fracas after Old Mama was floored? I suggest that, he sat there waiting for the likes of Karua and Michuki to provide the next move, and judging by the way the security personnel mismanaged Imanyaras spine, we can only conclude that the Old Windosorian was at it again! Poor Gitobu, get well soon.

Abdi said...

I heard the Imanyara story too. Apparently, he shouldn't have conceded defeat so early!!!. The guy is in Nbi hospital now. Another slap from Mama kofi.

Anonymous said...

I just heard the following, is it true or false, can you verify the reports.

Lucy Kibaki allegedly slaps Gitobu Imanyara at State House. Gitobu retaliates by flooring the first lady infront of Mwai Kibaki. Security beats Imanyara senseless, dislocates his spine.Conflicting reports that

Anonymous said...

I just heard the following, is it true or false, can you verify the reports.

Lucy Kibaki allegedly slaps Gitobu Imanyara at State House. Gitobu retaliates by flooring the first lady infront of Mwai Kibaki. Security beats Imanyara senseless, dislocates his spine.Conflicting reports that

Anonymous said...

Foreign envoys have been meeting with the feuding factions in a bid to resolve the crisis that has cast negativity on Kenya's image as a haven of stability and economic prosperity in the region.

European Commissioner for Development Louis Michel arrived in Nairobi on Saturday.
The European Union said earlier this week it may slash aid to Kenya if a political settlement was not found.

The crisis has crippled the region's largest economy and slowed many sectors in East Africa to a crawl.

On Friday, demonstrators in Kibera uprooted several hundred metres of Kenya's main railway, a key regional trade route.

Anonymous said...

The conduct of the police in handling riots triggered by the stolen Presidential election has exposed the stuff Maj Gen Ali is made off. The police have come out in full force – a thing that has never been witnessed in Kenya’s independent history – to defend the stolen presidency. Kenya has been turned into a police state.

Being a career soldier, Maj Gen Ali knows survival tactics. It’s public knowledge that Maj Gen Ali had fallen out with the Kibaki Administration in 2006 over growing discontent within the force over his poor leadership and rising insecurity through out the country.

In fact, the bona fide president for Kenya after the December 27 General Election, Mr Raila Odinga, had been applying pressure on the Government to sack Maj Gen Ali after the Kisumu killings. Mr Odinga publicly stated that the solder should be sent back to the army where they are used to kill people

Anonymous said...

The conduct of the police in handling riots triggered by the stolen Presidential election has exposed the stuff Maj Gen Ali is made off. The police have come out in full force – a thing that has never been witnessed in Kenya’s independent history – to defend the stolen presidency. Kenya has been turned into a police state.

Being a career soldier, Maj Gen Ali knows survival tactics. It’s public knowledge that Maj Gen Ali had fallen out with the Kibaki Administration in 2006 over growing discontent within the force over his poor leadership and rising insecurity through out the country.

In fact, the bona fide president for Kenya after the December 27 General Election, Mr Raila Odinga, had been applying pressure on the Government to sack Maj Gen Ali after the Kisumu killings. Mr Odinga publicly stated that the solder should be sent back to the army where they are used to kill people

Anonymous said...

Kibaki had exhibited a great disregard for the other arms of governance namely the legislature and the Judiciary as he entrenched his dictatorship on Kenyans. Clear examples of these are his distribution of title deeds to squatters in the Rift Valley despite a court order outlawing that very act. Another one was his wanton poaching of opposition MPS through bribes to prop up his government. Interestingly, Kibaki’s sycophants or are they the real power behind the throne are busy telling the opposition to respect these same institutions.

Anonymous said...

Kibaki had exhibited a great disregard for the other arms of governance namely the legislature and the Judiciary as he entrenched his dictatorship on Kenyans. Clear examples of these are his distribution of title deeds to squatters in the Rift Valley despite a court order outlawing that very act. Another one was his wanton poaching of opposition MPS through bribes to prop up his government. Interestingly, Kibaki’s sycophants or are they the real power behind the throne are busy telling the opposition to respect these same institutions.

Anonymous said...

Kibaki is worse than Mugabe. Kenya will suffer that Zimbabwe

5th estate said...

Not surprised, It would be strange if the first major group kibaki invited into state house in public after he was "elected president" was not the biz community, Na Wanainchi je ? whats that ? just goes to tell you the power of a million shillings a plate.

Which came first the chicken or the egg ? Some think the chicken some seem to think the egg.

mntu said...

What Ghanian Former president is saying now is what i have been saying in this blog for the longest time.

The west and the likes of puppet Kibaki and Raila should not be our leaders. As a Kenyan i would urge every development conscious person to reject Kibaki and Raila and start thinking of new leaders who have the interest of the country at heart. These guys are crooks, power hungry and thives, since 1963. Look at how much money they earn from tax payers. MP`s earn more than the canadian Prime Minister and Kenya is a third world that get AID from Canada. It`s unbelievable.



We need a new breed of Kenyan leaders.

Wanjiku - Mombasa said...

People please take a moment and think of one Uhuru Kenyatta. Very soon he'll have to be making milk only for central and a quarter of Nairobi. I come from central and only a very tiny fraction of the population buy milk in packets. We milk our cows and before we sell the milk to Kenyatta for processing we split our share for domestic use. So there's not much market to count on in central. That is one major blow.

Now think of what awaits the poor guy in the local government docket. He has a big fight coming as it will be flooded by ODM.

Its a bad thing that Kenyans are dying but other than that I'm really enjoying this because it will only get better with time and I have no doubt that the truth shall prevail and Raila will have his sweet day soon.

Here in Mombasa people were earlier so wary of each other. Some had even stopped talking Kikuyu in public areas. But sometimes it's so instinctive you just pick your phone in a mat and start chatting away in Kikuyu - then you remember and suddenly surprise your mum upcountry with a barrage of Swahili. Now it seems other people are making a joke of the whole thing. Clothes sellers are now advertising their wares in terms of ODM PNU friendly colours. I was at the market yesterday and youths could be heard shouting PNU! for blues and related colours and likewise for ODM. Trust Kenyans to find fun in everything. As that drunkard who fell into the river the other day as aired by KTN said, sisi sote ni Wake.................. Wakenya.

And these KTN camera men deserve some Kudos! They capture the best.

Prince charming said...

By all standards, I believe the economic boycott will be the most effective and death free way to finally bring down this regime. Whereas the mass action has been brutulaised by the forces, they can not do anything about the boycott. I can assure you that I have been carring out my surveys and the whole concept has started working very well. This form of boycott will also enable a large percentage of ODM supporters who would have otherwise not had the chance to go to the street to effectively participate towards a common course.
No matter how long it takes, Kenyans must send that clear message that stealing elections is not and will never be accepted in this country.

Anonymous said...

We shall all be losers at the end of the day, the kikuyu and the Luo. The people to gain in all this mess are the political elites and the Kamatusa mafia. The luos live side by side with Kikuyus all over Nairobi unlike Kalenjins whom we do not know where they live. The Luos have burnt properties but have been fair in Killing. The Kalenjins have looted property, Killed women and children, displaced so many people etc. UNfortunately ODM could cleanse itself by ensuring they isolate some person among them. Luos will live togther with kikuyus for time immemorial. Hawa ni watu wa chanda na pete. Kalenjin leaders who have killed watch out

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