Reports appearing in Uganda's press attributed to PNU Spokesman on-a-public-payroll Afred Mutua indicate that PRESIDENT Mwai Kibaki has ruled out the possibility of sharing political power with Opposition leader Raila Odinga, with his spokesman saying that would be “unconstitutional”. Dr Mutua is further quoted as accusing ODM politicians of “greed, ignorance about democratic practice and plotting ethnic cleansing” against Mr Kibaki’s Kikuyu kinsmen and women.
Ironically, at his own website Mutua says that the government is committed to dialogue. In other words, Kibaki can only absorb ODM MPs as ministers in his cabinet and they must remain his subjects whom he can hire and fire as he so wishes. Surely, is this man Mutua serious and does he understand the gravity of the Kenyan crisis? Power-sharing (explained at this link) does NOT and cannot mean 'having two presidents'.
In what should be the mother of all cock-ups since his namesake Mutua Kivuitu declared Kibaki the winner of the presidential polls, Afred Mutua says in an interview with Kampala's 93.3 KFM’s Hot Seat programme, that for Kibaki’s PNU to share power with the ODM leaders would be tantamount to allowing the Opposition party to “eat the piece of the cake that does not belong to one”. What nonsense Mutua I say.
President Kibaki's history teaches us he is poor at keeping promises or honouring agreements. It goes without saying international pressure is what has forced PNU into the Annan mediation talks but it is safe to assume that ODM, the international community and Kenyans at large being taken for a ride.
Going by Mutua's rants and that he was speaking on behalf of his boss, it is possible the on-going mediation efforts are but a waste of time and are meant to allow Kibaki consolidate his illegitimate regime. Mutua seems not to be aware that Koffi Annan has called for a special session of parliament and that he has also held several meetings with Speaker Kenneth Marende because the legislature will be a facilitator to the peace deal in creating necessary constitutional amendments to accommodate whatever will have been agreed upon. The IPPGs and MOUs of yesteryears will not do this time and no one will trash anyone.
Meanwhile in USA, another court-jester V-P Kalonzo Musyoka told US officials that a power-sharing arrangement “is not a panacea” for Kenya’s crisis. Mr Musyoka told the Daily Nation on Thursday that he conveyed that message in meetings with John Negroponte, the State Department’s second-highest ranking official, and with Ms Frazer. Kalonzo had earlier bragged to Kenyans in London that the Annan talks are aimed at asking Raila and Kibaki to hand over power to him as a moderate!
Although millions of Kenyans are praying for a deal to be reached soon, it appears 'the duly elected government' is not perturbed by these concerns nor does it care that thousands have died all because of stolen presidential elections.
Trusting that a power sharing deal is not the only option available to ODM, Kenyans must ignore doomsayers like Mutua and his ilk. They know which side of the bread is buttered and are much aware they would not last in their jobs a day longer were ODM to take over government.