Guest post By Sam Okello
I'm increasingly disturbed by the drip drip of intrancingence that's coming from the men and women around President Mwai Kibaki. Recently Kenyans had a reason to smile and indeed the entire nation exploded in song and dance when Prime Minister-designate, the Hon. Raila Odinga and the President, signed an agreement that literally pulled kenya back from the edge of a precipice. Since then, we've watched with cautious admiration as the two bitter rivals adopted a body language that further put the nation at ease. Matter of fact, it made all of us realize that nothing was insurmountable if we put our mind to it.
But now we have the Muthaura statement. And the Karua statement. And the Kilonzo statement. What are we supposed to make of these utterences? Are these gentlemen and lady telling us that the ODM side signed the agreement without an unerstanding of what it entailed? Was Dr. Anan duped? Because of the unfortunate statements these officials have made, it's important that Kenyans rehearse the facts.
1. On December 27th, 2007, national elections were held and the Hon Raila Odinga won the contest. We're all aware that after the Hon Odinga's decisive win, the ECK corruptly called the election in favor of President Kibaki and promptly plunged the country into chaos...where our fellow kenyans paid the ultimate price.
2. In the ensuing chaos, the Hon. Odinga did everything to ensure that the nation stayed focused on a search for a lasting soltuon. Indeed, it was because of his relentless drive that the international community responded and sent in none other than Dr. Anan to help steer the negotiations that ended positively.
3. But before that positve end, we were all witnesses to the stalling tactics engaged by the PNU side. At every point in the negotiations, they found a way to stick a sword through the neck of the talks, including the adolescent and embarassing behaviour of the woman who is supposed to be the constitutional affairs minister! On the other hand, you also saw a determined ODM. You saw the future of a stable Kenya by the seriousness and professionalism with which the ODM brigade handled themselves. What they realized was that we have a nation to pass on to our children. We want to pass it on in a bettter state than we found it.
4. And finally, now that the attention of the international community is in search for the next fire to put out, the men and women around President Kibaki think they have room to reinterpret the agreement to suit their taste and naked lust for power. What these people don't realize is that while they've stuck in the first gear since independence and think that Kenyans can be manipulated, the good people of Kenya have moved on. We now boast professors, worldclass lawyers, runners and one of the most highly educated populace in Africa. We've metastasized into a modern nation with a driven media, a robust economy and the beginnings of a stable democracy. Becausde of what it took to get this far, we have no choice but to zealously protect our gains.
And so, my fellow countrymen, we must take care not to let people like Muthaura and Kilonzo and Saitoti and Uhuru and Michuki and Karua derail our determined march to a better Kenya. They may have succeded in subverting the will of the people by the blatant rigging they staged two months ago, but they must make no mistake. Kenyans will NEVER allow scoundrels like them to get away with a repeat of such deceit.
President Kibaki, let us honor the agreement as it was signed. There will be no way around it!
For love of country,
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P.S. I will forever remember that it was Sam Okello who wrote an open letter to Mwai Kibaki urging him to resist the temptation to go ahead with rigging and save Kenyan lives. Kumekucha published that letter hours before the Kivuitu circus that plunged the country into bloodshed, started.