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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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Dueling Election Numbers in Kenya Cause Chaos

Kenya conducted a democratic election which was supposed to produce a president who had clearly gained a majority of the vote. Unfortunately, there are widely different vote results at this point in time. The opposition party, the Orange Democratic Movement, claims the vote results are 4,215,000 for its candidate Raila Odinga and 3,715,000 for the incumbent President KIbaki. However, the Election Commission is offering a different set of numbers claiming the vote is 3,880,000 for Odinga and 3,842,000 for President Kibaki. There are some reports of violence in Nairobi although, overall, the election was conducted in a fair manner.

One problem about the Election Commission results is that at least 20 top level ministers in the current government were defeated for seats in parliament. Ordinarily, when a government suffers such dramatic loss among its top leadership it is indicative that the electorate is voting for the opposition. The nation of Kenya waits anxiously for final figures and if they reveal a victory for President Kibaki, one can expect justifiable complaints from the opposition.