Is it that impossible to tell who won the 2007 general elections? Well Judge Kriegler thinks so. But is that the truth?
Last night the retired South African judge was interviewed on a live talk show on KTN. It was obvious from the call-ins that Kenyans are very angry at the judge for wasting our time and telling us nothing. Political analyst Mutahi Ngunyi put it very well when he said the old Afrikaner man told us nothing that his (Ngunyi's) grandmother would not have told him. Incidentally Kriegler said on the show that he has not spend a single cent of the Kenyan tax payers money and that he has been paid by “other people.” Interestingly he did not mention who these other people are. Okay so he wasted somebody else’s money, but that still does not make us feel any better does it?
I can understand the anger that Kenyans feel. What really infuriates me is the lack of honesty in our people. Shortly after the “acrobatics” of last December 30th or thereabouts Kumekucha had a reporter on the ground in Naivasha and she clearly reported that people who had solidly voted PNU were saying that Kibaki had stolen the elections from the Jaruo. We reported that right here. Now just a few weeks later, those same people were swearing on their dead grandmothers and other ancestors) that Kibaki won. Eti fair and square. I still cringe when I see them in the media trying to keep a straight face and saying that Kibaki won. Even when all the evidence says otherwise.
This morning somebody told me that the wisdom of King Solomon can be used to easily discover who won the elections. I was amazed.
You remember the bible story about the two women who both claimed that the live baby was there child and that the dead one belonged to the other? Well earlier this year the same scenario was repeated in Kenya. As the country tottered on the edge of an abyss and as Kenyans and the international community discovered for the first time exactly what Emilio Stanley was about, there were a few interesting things that happened that people have now forgotten.
Even as the country neared shut-down, PNU and Kibaki were saying that they would not under ay circumstances cede key ministries to ODM and Raila. These ministries included the now famous ministry of “Grand Regency scandal” Finance, Foreign Affairs, Internal security and defence. In fact clearly Emilio did not seem to care less if the country shut down. At this point he was very much the woman in the Bible who was saying that it was okay of the child whom they were squabbling over was cut into two and each woman given her half. After all it was not her child. After all the presidency was NOT rightfully Kibakis. The real mother took the baby and handed her over to the other woman rather than see him die. In the same way Raila and ODM agreed to receive weaker and less powerful ministries (although they won the elections) rather than have the country fall apart. They handed the country to Kibaki even though it was NOT rightfully his. Sadly there was no King Solomon there to hand over the “baby” to the rightful owner.
So now you know who won the general elections. Case closed.
Now before the PNU brigade comes out spitting fire or the ODM die-hards come out celebrating. Let me emphasize that all that is now water under the bridge. In my opinion both Kibaki and Raila should now go home and the sooner the better for Kenya.
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