Anyone surprised at the muses of Kriegler must be an alien visiting Kenya from planet Pluto on a tourist visa and for the very first time. To display overwhelming astonishment at his commissions’ report is in itself not Kenyan. I thought we had all known and accepted that Kriegler was here to simply play his role as pacifier. Sasa nini?
Was it not obvious that after such a mischievous election, the entire nation needed time to cool down tempers? As with Kenyan tradition, enter Kriegler and his commission of respectable professionals turned investigators. And I must say they have done a wonderful job. Kenyans are largely back to business, Lucy is out of hiding, children are back to school, Dagoretii slaughter houses have reopened……even his Excellency Kibaki is meeting Condoleezza Rice in a NY hotel bedroom. Life is back to normal and we should all be happy and move on with the current GNU…so say’s Raila.
The way I see it, anyone castigating Kriegler for leaving out some obvious truths does not appreciate the responsibility on the shoulders of truth. In fact, it could be that they cannot handle the truth…..and I’m not talking about the consequent anxiety that would accompany the truth. Other than earning a fat paycheck and sipping afternoon tea in a cramped musty room for the better part of 2008, Kriegler’s job was to make sure that he drafts a report that ensures the continuity of the prevailing peace. While disappointing to some, the media reports on the report suggest that the commission has succeeded in doing just that.
So let us not ask for the truth. It is not forthcoming. In fact, it has reached my ear that the Right Honorable Prime Minister Raila Odinga was on the ready to dismiss, reject and disassociate himself from any commission findings that would have suggested that he indeed won the election by garnering 70% of the vote.