Why US Warnings and French Appeal To Security Council Could Signal An External Solution… Maybe Even Of The Military Kind
President Paul Kagame’s idea that Kenya should turn to the military for a solution was received with silent shock by most Kenyans. Still there is no denying that President Kagame as young as he is knows a thing or two about stopping genocide dead on its’ tracks. Somebody has to stop the killings, in Kenya… PLEASE!!! (See photo below of woman who was killed in her house in Nakuru in the presence of her wailing son)
Photo courtesy of pandashuka.wordpress.com
In fact Kagame has gone beyond that and is now firmly at the helm of a country that many see as the most progressive in the region despite having gone through the worst ethnic cleansing recorded in history.
A closer look at what the President of Rwanda was saying reveals plenty of wisdom. He said (in front of journalists who had mostly dropped their jaws in shock) that when institutions fail, then bringing in the military to restore order makes plenty of sense.
If we are brutally honest with ourselves, the truth is that we currently do not have any leaders in the country and our institutions are literally dead in the water. What we have are plenty of selfish politicians on both sides of the political divide who are only hungry for power at whatever cost. To our current political class human life is absolutely worthless. I beg you fellow Kenyans to forget your political affiliations for a moment and even if you are paid to make your political party look good remember that at the rate we are going, your (blood money) will not help you much in the rapidly emerging new balkanized Kenya where human life, even that of toddlers who don’t know their tribe yet is not worth 2 cents.
Ladies and gentlemen let us sober up for a few minutes and take a very sober look at our country.
Both Baba Jimmy and Baba Castro have let down Kenyans badly. These two gentlemen both have blood on their hands. Patience please so that I can explain myself.
Baba Jimmy went ahead and did what he did with the presidential elections on live TV and in full view of the world. And to make matters even more sickening he went to great lengths to prepare the security forces to quickly quell down any rebellion. The most dangerous thing that can happen to a country is when very intelligent people who happen to be political idiots are in power. Baba Jimmy’s team of very intelligent persons who have clearly shown how politically naive they can be, came up with the reasoning that people will usually quickly cool down when faced with the threat of death. So the idea was to shoot rioters and swiftly scare them into submission.
What a terrible miscalculation these otherwise intelligent guys made!!! They did not realize that the lives of a substantial number of Kenyans are so miserable that death under certain circumstances can even seem attractive. The rest is history.
Actually the latest is that Baba Jimmy while in Ethiopia has bluntly blamed the opposition for instigating post election violence when the whole world knows who started the fire. This is a clear demonstration by Baba Jimmy that the Annan talks mean nothing to him. After all he left the country (as the duly elected president who cannot solve the crisis in his own country) to go to the AU summit to help solve the problems of other African countries like Sudan and Somalia. What a big joke.
But Baba Castro is not innocent either. Yes, the election was stolen from him. Yes, it must have been terrible when he had already started “smelling” the sweet aroma of the lawns of State House. But he missed a golden opportunity to go down in history for courage and maybe he would even have won occupancy of State house in the process. What he should have done is tell the people of Kenya that he valued human life more than his ambitions and as a result he should have stepped down from his “protest” to save human life. He would then have resumed his fight for justice in a non-violent manner after things cooled down. Heard of a guy called Mahatma Gandhi? He proved that peaceful protest can be much more effective than powerful guns and the then mighty British empire.
What Baba Castro and many ODM supporters do not realize yet is that if he was to take over as the president of this country, there is a high possibility that we may end up in a much worse crisis than we have at the moment.
The truth is that many Kikuyus are being held back by the fact that Baba Jimmy is still president. If he is replaced by a person that most of them don’t trust, then chances are that they will go ballistic.
The neat solution is to divide the country into the Republic of Mount Kenya (to be ruled by Baba Jimmy) and the Republic of 6 and half provinces to be ruled by Baba Castro. However since the majority of Kenyans seem to be against this solution, then Baba Castro will never be president of the country called Kenya. Very sad because I personally believe that he was robbed of a clear victory, but that’s life. Surely Kenya is bigger than Baba Castro and his ambitions.
Which brings me to the military solution that can save Kenyan lives and bring us all to the new political dispensation that we all so eagerly desire.
The Kenya army should be invited to take over and then ALL members of the 10th parliament should be placed under house arrest. The Kenya army should then invite International forces sanctioned by the UN to help them restore order and sanity in the country. The country will then be ruled by a neutral military council or committee whose task will be to stop the killings, restore order and prepare the country for a new general elections in the next one year or so where all those who have held public office before, including those in the 10th parliament will be barred from running. The military will also oversee strict rules for the elections where candidates using any form of ethnicity will be promptly barred from running. Note that in this kind of arrangement whoever wins the presidency will have to be acceptable to a sizeable number of people on both sides of the political divide, meaning that such elections can play a very important role in healing the country.
This may not be a very far fetched eventuality considering the fact that the United States has already warned about implementing an external solution while the French have appealed directly to the UN Security Council to intervene in the Kenyan situation. Not to mention the fact that a UK Minister has called for the deployment of the Kenya Army to bring back order. Read between the lines, folks.
P.S. President Kibaki’s statement in Ethiopia blaming the opposition for instigating the post election violence is extremely reckless when you consider that events of the recent past have clearly showed us that violence tends to escalate during weekends. It happened in Nakuru and it happened again in Naivasha.
P.S. 2: Wild But Persistent Rumours that we are unable to confirm at the moment...
That Lucy Kibaki injured Jimmy Kibaki in an incident in State House after the latter suggested that his dad should step down.
That Gitobu Imanyara is in critical condition from injuries sustained from beatings by security agents after he hit back at first lady shortly after receiving one of those famous slaps.
What we have confirmed…
The First lady is currently under “lock and key.” Impeccable sources told Kumekucha this evening that nobody is taking any more chances with her. But the same sources have refused to confirm or deny whether anything happened to justify the “lock and key policy”.