Tongue in the cheek special
It is now 6:29 PM and yet the results of the voting for the speaker have yet to be announced. I smell something much smellier than a rat!
Does this state of affairs sound familiar? You bet it does because unconfirmed reports reaching this Kumekucha reporter on the ground at parliament buildings are that arrangements for Kaparo’s swearing have been finalized and he is to be sworn as speaker at 6:33 PM and yet the results have not yet been announced. It is expected that a KBC recording of the National Assembly clerk Samuel Ndindiri announcing Kaparo as the winner will suffice.
Other fairly reliable reports indicate that the votes counted so far are 257 (there are only 207 members in the chamber). Insiders say that there was a voter turn out well above 100% on both sides of the house but say that this is rather usual with Kenyan elections these days, especially since the last general elections of December 2007. Higher voter turn out is usually something left to the courts to sort out as bodies and individuals running elections in Kenya do not have power to deal with such weighty issues.
This reporter was able to get hold of the statement that Ndindiri is expected to read out as he announces the winner of the race for speaker in a few minutes. I hereby reproduce it here;
“In declaring Mr Kaparo the winner of the contest for speaker this evening, let me say that electoral defeat for speaker can be a very painful thing indeed, especially because the speaker is virtually the third most powerful man in the land. And also especially when your backers were prematurely so sure of a win. One does not even know what to tell them. Hon Mr Kenneth Marende we urge you to take this defeat like a man and desist from the ODM habit of being sour losers.
I am ware that the ODM side has raised weighty issues about the way the votes for speaker were tallied and counted including the fact that Mr Kaparo seems to have won with the help of votes that are way above the number of voters in the house. We urge him to seek redress in our courts and hereby direct the courts to dish out justice speedily in this matter.
Once again the power of democracy Kenyan-style has won over the empty domo strategy of ODM.
Congratulations Mr Kaparo and now I urge you to take your seat as speaker and bring some semblance of order into the house especially on the ODM side."
This reporter later spoke to Mr Marende who referred to the election as a farce, unfortunately this was not reported on the TV news because Mr Kaparo’s first action as speaker was to throw all journalists out of the house and ban any media house from broadcasting any news on the controversial elections for Speaker.
I will keep you posted.