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What is ODM’s official position on the Hague?
The party fought for post election suspects to be taken to the Hague rather than be prosecuted locally. After a rather bruising battle, they won and got their way.
The party is also on record for saying that they will NOT support any Hague-bound suspects financially or otherwise. ODM was also against the PNU policy of using taxpayer’s funds to pay legal fees for the Ocampo 6.
But last weekend the Prime Minister and leader of ODM Raila Odinga made an about-turn, trashed all the good work the party has done in the past in seeking justice for Kenyans and pledged full support for Henry Kosgey who is one of the Ocampo 6. This was during the wedding of Kosgey’s son to a beautiful Kikuyu lass. Read the story HERE.
Kenyans are now very confused. If ODM fully supports Kosgey, why did they fight so hard for the Hague? And now that Kosgey is going to receive full support which obviously includes financial help, what was all the hullabaloo about taxpayers paying legal fees for the Ocampo 6 about?
What clearer evidence does one need to conclude that ODM has no official position on anything. Party policy depends on what mood the party leader woke up with. Or which direction the political winds are blowing. This simply means that if the party leader wakes up feelng friendly towards Kosgey and the ODM members in the Ocampo 6 then the official party line is that of support. But if he wakes up in a foul mood or if Kosgey attends a PNU/Ruto meeting and tells the people to read the sign of the times, then the party position is that of absolutely NO support.
Even former president Daniel “road-side declarations” arap Moi who used to craft government policy on the roadside was at least consistent. The former president always had a firm official position on everything, including wife-beating and ugali in sufurias. Not to mention mini skirts and KBC programming (Moi once banned a KBC sponsored programme educating the masses about family planning called Tushariane. Some hands-on president he was!!).
But I will tell you why Raila Odinga and ODM are not consistent. The problem here is the fact that Raila Odinga is very desperate to be the next president of Kenya. There is nothing wrong with that of course. It is his constitutional right. But the people of Kenya will decide if this is thye kind of president they want based on his track record as Prime Minister.
Sources indicate that Raila handlers have been very busy behind the scenes crafting ways and means for their man to politically win back Rift valley support which they see as being crucial to Raila’s bid for the presidency. And this camp is prepared to do anything to get this support. Hence the sudden warming-up to Kosgey.
Anybody who wants change in Kenya will be alarmed at the PM’s pledge of support for Kosgey. This is the man who bankrupted the once very prosperous insurance company called Kenya National Assurance. It wasn’t even mis-management, the new blue-eyed Raila man just looted the State Corporation dry. He did the same with the 4th All African games held in Kenya in 1987. These are the two main sources of revenue Kosgey used to become the stinkingly wealthy man he is today. So wealthy is he that he was one of the major financiers of ODM in 2007. This is the “good work for the party” that Raila was referring to last Saturday when praising Kosgey for contributions to ODM.
I also have to add that a successful Raila bid for the presidency is very wishful thinking indeed. Politics does not work like that. Consider the following.
In the first multi-party elections of 1992 Kenneth Matiba and Ford Asili gave a very good account of themselves and indeed there are those who believe that Kenneth Matiba won those elections. Those were the Ford Asili elections. And so in 1997 some people assumed that Ford Asili would continue to be very popular countrywide and especially in Central province. Even Kanu strategists rubbed their hands in glee secure in the assumption that the Kikuyu vote would at the very least be split between Kenneth Matiba’s Ford Asili and Mwai Kibaki’s DP. Instead the whole of Central province put their weight behind DP and Mwai Kibaki. And so in 2002 some people assumed that DP would continue to be popular. Instead what happened is that an alliance crafted by Raila Odinga called the National Rainbow Coalition carried the day. But again in 2007 some folks made assumptions and again things changed. Those were the ODM elections and everybody knows that it is Raila who triumphed.
Now some people are sure that in 2012 we will have a repeat of 2007 and that Raila Odinga will carry the day and end up in State house. This reasoning does not make sense based on what we have seen has happened in the past. Not only that. Nationally Odinga benefited from a strong anti-Kibaki wave so that the votes he received were protest votes. With Mwai Kibaki out of the way the protest votes dissappear and the scenario completely changes. What will happen is that Raila will have a strong showing in Luo Nyanza and nowhere else in the republic.
Briefly told: Strange things in the Zimbabwean Voter's register
If you thought Kenyans are good at rigging, then you will change your mind when you hear what is happening in Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe. The voters register there has 40,000 voters aged over 100, "which is four times more than the number of centenarians in the whole of Britain." Then at least 16,000 of these voters all mysteriously share the same birthday of 1st January 1901, while 133,000 voters are between the ages of 90 and 100.
The voters roll also lists about 230 new voters under the voting age of eighteen, including some children who are only one or two years old.
But the biggest problem is that the current roll is based on the 2008 voters roll, which contains about 2.5 million names too many. These "ghost voters" are more than enough to decide the outcome of any election.
Recently instead of removing these fictitious entries, the Registrar-General, Mr Tobaiwa Mudede, an outspoken ZANU PF supporter, has added more than 360,500 new voters.
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