Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Shots Run High Above Demonstrators
Demonstrations planned for 30 cities and towns across Kenya by ODM to protest last month's FLAWED elections are on. True to expectation, the police have backed their refusal to allow the same by not only terming the demos "inappropriate" but firing shots at demonstrators.
While electing Hon Kenneth Marende House Speaker yesterday was expected to take off some political heat and tension off Kenya's warring parties, the fires appear to have been given a new lease of life. Speaker Marende has told the BBC that the ODM had the constitutional right to begin three days of protests against the election of President Mwai Kibaki.
We aren't out of political woods yet. Not only have we lost more than 600 Kenyans and displaced a tidy fraction of a million but our scoundrels for politicians appear to be all smiles in this absurd drama.
No free lunch
With live bullets fired above demonstrators in Kisumu and skirmishes in Mombasa and Eldoret, yesterday's theatrics may have provided the perfect rehearsal for the gloomy times ahead. But as Bob Marley aptly captured it 'YOU CAN FOOL SOME PEOPLE SOMETIME BUT NOT ALL THE PEOPLE ALL THE TIME'.
Perpetrators of December 27 elections grossly underestimated the collective intelligence of Kenyans. Scare mongering and insensitivity while mouthing and abusing Rwanda genocide won't wash. Kenyans must emancipate themselves from these scoundrels once and for all.
Apologists may spin all the much they care but Kenya will never be the same unless the root cause of present tension is squarely addressed. You can dress the festering wound as immaculately as you can with exotic bandages but if you loathe amputation then you better seek treatment first. Justice, period.