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Ken-Ya Have Peace In Kenya?

President Kibaki and his biter rival Raila Odinga finally met face-to-face for the first time since their nation was torn apart by anger arising from the blatant stealing of election by the president. What looked unthinkable just last week dramatically changed when both men smiled for the press and shook hands. Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, brought them together and both emerged prepared to express sentiments of reconciliation. Raila told reporters, “I said in the past that I am always ready to walk the extra mile for the sake of this nation. My party and I are prepaed to take thi long journey.” He asked Kenyans to be patient and stated inKiswahili: Wananchi tumefika hapa kew sababu ya sida kuwas inayokumba nchi yetu–“We have come here today because of the grave problems bedeviling our country.”

Kibaki once again argued during the conciliation talks he was the duly elected president even though a British newspaper, The Independent, this week printed a devastating investigation which proved he had doctored electoral results. The central issue in restoring peace is whether Kibaki is prepared to either organize, for the short term, a coalition government or whether he is ready for new election.

Great Britain Warns President Kibaki Of Kenya

Adam Wood, the British High Commissioner in Kenya, warned its government there was a strong possibility President Kibaki’s government would not be recognized due to the blatant violation of democratic procedures in the last election. Kibaki is upset at the debate in England’s House of Commons during which the deputy minister for Foreign and Commonwelath affairs, Ms. Meg Munn, bluntly stated the government’s disappointment with the Kenya election process and would not recognize Kibaki as leader of that country. Kenya’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Moses Wetangula, said “the issue of our eelctions is not a subect to be debated in a foreign parliament.”

Raila Odinga, who most probably won the election, has repeatedly asked for assistance from the world community in order to assist the voice of Kenyans to finally be recognized by President Kibaki. Over 500 Kenyans have died as a result of the stolen election, surely their deaths should not have been in vain. It is encumbent on the part of free people everywhere to come to the aid of the people of Kenya.

Kenyan Impasse Continues-Theater Of Absurd

The political impasse created in Kenya by the blatant election fraud of President Kibaki is still unresolved. Raila Odinga, who apparently won the election, only to have voting figures undergo dramatic changes in order to allow Kibaki to claim he was re-elected, is insisting he will not compromise on the basic principle that there is need for a new election. “It is hard to negotiate with somone you know very well stole a cow from you.” At a church gathering the leader of the Orange Democratic Movement expressed thanks to the audience for electing him president of Kenya even though someone else as this moment is holding that position. The European Union made it clear to President Kibaki the present situation must be resolved in a manner that “reflects the will of the Kenyan people” and there were hints of sanctions unless he is willing to negotiate in good faith.

Raila Odinga expressed the situation most dramatically when he noted that Samuel Kivultu, chair of the Election Commission had quickly declared Kibaki the winner and subsequently expressed the view he really did not know who actually was the winner. Odinga noted this could only occur in a theater of the absurd.

Kenya Impasse Continues As Kibaki Dodges Peace

Joh Kufor, Presdent of Ghana, flew out of Kenya after failing to persuade President Kibaki to engage in meaningful negotiations with opposition leaders. There is no doubt vote manipulation was common in the past election and no time was allowed between the final vote tallies and the hurried installation of Kibaki as president to ensure vote tallies were accurate. The Orange Democratic Movement has promised to organize countrywide demonstrations against Kibaki’s illegal government. Former UN head, Kofi Annan, also from Ghana is organizing a delegation of prominent African leaders to serve as a force for mediation.

Kibaki is digging in his heels because he knows the vote is a fraud. Over twenty of his own ministers lost their seats in parliament, but he continuals to insist his vote count was accurate. His only offer is some type of “dialogue” but for which purposes, he alone knows. It may well be necessary to impose sanctions and force Kibaki to accept mediatioin from fellow African leaders.

It would be wonderful if African leaders displayed as much interest in democracy in Zimbabwe where Mugabe makes Kibaki come across as a leader of democracy.

1,000 Dead In Kenya Violence

At least 1,000 Kenyans are dead in the violence which has torn apart the once peaceful democracy. Opposition leader Raila Odinga called off nationwide protests by supporters in order to create a “peaceful atmosphere” for the talks he will be having with President Kibaki. It is estimated about 250,000 people have been forced to flee to escape angry mobs as tribal identities led to attacks on rival groups. Much of tribal violence is directed toward members of Kibaki’s Kikuyu tribe. The US State Department reiterated its strong support for the Kenyan government despite the violence which has shaken the nation due to the blatant attempt by President Kibaki to steal the election.

Even as Washington continues backing Kibaki, the Law Society of Kneya accused electoral officials of “dishonesty and ineptitude” and called Kibaki’s swearing in-ceremony “null and void.” The world waits for leadership and few eyes are gazing westward to the United States.

Calm Before The Storm Atmosphere In Kenya

The situation in Kenya has become somewhat calm after the fury of outraged Kenyans ripped apart the nation in reaction to the attempt by President Kibaki to steal an election. Over 300 people are dead, including dozens of children, many of whom died trying to get out of a burning church. Several mediators are in Kenya led by Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa. After talking with these negotiators, President Kibaki has finally indicated he is open to the possibility of a coalition government. However, the president made clear, violence against his government must cease and his opponents should seek legal redress in the courts if they disagree with the election results. He flatly rejected the idea put forth by opposition leader, Raila Odinga, for a three month interim government. Kibaki, apparently strongly influenced by Tutu, said, “We would accept even another election as long as the Constitution is followed. If the courts decide it, we would accept that.”

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner expressed the feelings of most diplomats when he said: “Were the elections rigged? I think so.” Many observers are expressing a desire for Secretary of Rice to fly to Kenya and use her influence over Kibaki who has close ties with the Bush administration.

President Kibaki Twists And Dodges From Facing Election Truth

As Raila Odinga, leader of the Orange Democratic Movement met with Archbishop Desmond Tutu from South Africa, President Kibaki of Kenya dug in his heels and insisted the election was fair and he was legally elected. Odinga discussed with Tutu the possibility of some form of mediation that might extricate his nation from the violence which has cost the lives of over 300 people. Secretary Rice and Prime Minister Gordon Brown have both suggested various names like former UN Secretary Koffi Annan or President John Kufor of Ghana. Odinga has indicated a willingness to accept either of these names, but, so far it is far from clear if President Kibaki will even entertain the notion of any review of election results. He ruled out the idea of a transitional government and told his opponents to “follow the law” and cease their complaints. His only concession is a willingness to have discussions with “concerned parties” when things have become quiet.

Kenya’s Attorney General Amos Wako raised two possibilities for resolution of the conflict. One entailed creation of a National Unity Government and the other would ask an independent body to review election results. It appears that President Kibaki interprets mediation to mean having outside parties calm down his opponents, but he does not appear to regard having any role in reviewing what transpired in the blatant effort on his part to steal an election. As of the moment, he has not arranged any meeting with Tutu anymore than with those who oppose his arbitrary actions.

Fires Of Hate And Anger Smolder In Kenya Slums

Alex Ndegwa, of the East African Standard, wandered through the slums of Nairobi where people huddled in their shanties, fearing to leave and face the prospect of being hacked to pieces by those belonging to another tribal group. Kenya has collapsed in a blood bath of anger and confusion, all caused by President Kibaki’s grab for power. Smoke from the shanties billows into clear skies, but Kibaki refuses to leave the presidential mansion and pretends that all is well if only parliament would get back to the business of passing legislation. Gunfire echoes on the streets, mobs emerge, police converge on them, there is fighting, shots, and the mob disappears in the distance while slum dwellers huddle in fear. Mama Chege asked Ndegwa, why is this all happening, she cast her vote, but now votes no longer appear to be of importance due to the fraud perpetrated by the Kibaki government. In the meantime, over 300 are dead, including many children.

Raila Odinga, the defeated leader of the Orange Democratic Movement, has made a sensible suggestion. Establish an interim government which would have three months to calm things down and then hold a new election that would be supervised by outside forces. He even offered to meet and discuss the plan with President Kibaki, but, as of this point, has not received a response. Kibaki refuses to recognize that he is the author of the problem and the solution lies in having a fair and democratic election.

Kenya Violence Continues Over Stolen Election

Violence rages through the streets of Kenya as infuriated people demonstrate against President Kibak’s blatant stealing of an election. The votes were against him, but the president simply made certain vote counts were doctored to ensure his victory. Opposition leader Raila Odinga’s supporters marched through the streets chanting “No Surrender Without Agwamboi”(Kiswahill word for warrior). Hundreds of police and members of the armed forces with guns drawn fired into crowds and latest estimates are that at least a hundred at dead and scores of others wounded. The million person slum of Kibera witnessed troops firing at its inhabitants and fires have now broken out as thousands try to get out of the inferno only to be blocked by military and police forces.

Raila Odinga’s Orange Democracy Movement took its name from the successful Ukrainian challenge to authoritarianism. His party now controls three times the number of seats in Parliament as does the president’s party. For some strange reason, people voted for the opposition party, but then voted for the president. EU observers reported numerous incidents of vote fraud. The people of Kenya hope the international community will comes to its assistance, but President Bush has already announced American support for the vote-stealing President Kibaki. Just another example of the reality of Bush comments regarding the need for democracy. In a Bush democracy, people vote for those whom Bush classifies as “good” and voting against his people is simply an indication that people don’t believe in democracy.

We wait for comments from Democratic party candidates about this blatant abuse of democracy in Africa.

Kenya Democracy Threatened By Rigged Election

The nation of Kenya was demonstrating to Africa that honest elections could be held and an incumbent leader could leave office with grace. That was the intention when the election began, but as results increasingly indicated opposition leader Odinga was headed toward a strong victory, the tides of votes turned and within a few hours what was apparently a victory became a defeat. The Electoral Commission of Kenya(ECK) revealed final figures showed a vote of 4,548,721 for President Kibaki and 4,352,993 for Odinga. Within hours of these figures being published, the head of ECK announced, “Kibaki the President of Kenya.” Thousands of people are now rioting in the streets of Kenya in protest at the blatant stealing of an election.

Last night, early results indicated that at least 20 ministers in the Kibaki government had lost their seats in parliament, a sign that people were voting against the government. Although, there was sufficient evidence to warrant further review of the election, there was a rush to judgment by the election commission and the president was immediately declared he winner. It was not merely a rush to judgment, it was a rush to corruption.