Is Kibaki Mad?

News that Kibaki has appointed ministers to form a new cabinet from within his own party (the same corrupt ministers Kenyans hoped to see the backs of) and only minutes before AU head John Kufuour was due to land in Kenya to help broker a peace agreement, has been met with incredulity, disgust and nausea by many Kenyans. Kibera and Mathare have erupted into violence once more with ODM supporters reported to be on the rampage. Vehicles are being stoned on Nairobi’s Ngong Road.

“What Kibaki has done is really eroding the conditions for peace talks,” Karuti Kanyinga, a political scientist at the University of Nairobi, said of the new Cabinet. “For a government of national unity to have meaning, it must include Odinga and (Odinga’s party), otherwise it cannot bring about reconciliation.”

One of the solutions brokered was the formation of a coalition government which was seen by most as a naive idea, and now is certainly not an option as none of Odinga’s party were offered posts. Odinga has called off meeting with Kibaki this Friday.

Western diplomats are furious.

“This is a complete reversal of what the government had led us to believe would happen. The level of tension is going to be ratcheted right up instantly.”

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1 Response to “Is Kibaki Mad?”


  1. 1 Firoze Manji January 9, 2008 at 11:08 am

    Kenyans for Peace with Truth and Justice

    Statement from concerned citizens and governance, human rights and legal organizations
    We speak in the name of Kenya’s governance, human rights and legal organizations, as well as the concerned citizens who have contacted and chosen to work with us over the last two weeks.

    In our previous statement, we noted that, at the heart of the three forms of violence now being experienced across the country—disorganised and spontaneous, organised militia activity and disproportionate use of force by the Kenya Police Force and the General Service Unit—is the violation of fundamental freedoms and rights directly related to the electoral process. It is clear that the electoral anomalies and malpractices experienced during the counting and tallying of the presidential vote were so grave as to alter its outcomes. Some of those electoral anomalies and malpractices were, in addition, illegal—thus rendering the supposed presidential outcome not only illegitimate but also illegal. We therefore consider Mwai Kibaki to be in office still on his first term.

    We note now, with grave concern, the announcement yesterday by the man sworn in as President of his supposed Cabinet. We consider this announcement to have been made by a man in office illegitimately and illegally and therefore to be null and void. We further note that this announcement has, in fact, aggravated and inflamed the current violence—as evidenced by the disorganised and spontaneous protests witnessed yesterday in reaction to the announcement. We consider that the announcement has thus seriously compromised the environment for mediation. We refuse to allow the man sworn in as President to continue presenting the nation with what is, in effect, a series of ‘faits accomplis.’

    We therefore reiterate our demands that, in particular:

    1. African states and the rest of the international community, particularly the United States given its currently unhelpful unilateral approach, to continue to pressurize for mediation by the region under the leadership of President John Kuffour of Ghana, current head of the African Union, between the Party of National Unity and the Orange Democratic Movement on addressing the electoral travesty that has occurred;
    2. The mediation process to, as its first priority, agree upon an interim electoral oversight body to conduct a forensic audit into the polling, counting and tallying process with a view to recommending, depending on its findings, a re-count, a re-tallying or a re-run within a specified time period;
    3. African states and the rest of the international community to, in the interim, deny official recognition to the man sworn in as President and his supposed Cabinet; and, in addition;
    4. All those supposedly announced as Cabinet members to refuse to take up their positions upon their swearing in so as to enable the mediation process to proceed.

    Signed:

    Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG)
    Awaaz
    Centre for Law and Research International (CLARION)
    Centre for Multiparty Democracy (CMD)
    Centre for Rights, Education and Awareness for Women (CREAW)
    (CRADLE)
    Constitution and Reform Education Consortium (CRECO)
    East African Law Society (EALS)
    Haki Focus
    Hema la Katiba
    Independent Medico-Legal Unit (IMLU)
    Innovative Lawyering
    Institute for Education in Democracy (IED)
    International Commission of Jurists (ICJ-Kenya)
    Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC)
    Kenya Leadership Institute (KLI)
    Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR)
    Kituo cha Sheria
    Law Society of Kenya (LSK)
    Media Institute
    Muslim Human Rights Forum
    National Constitution Executive Council (NCEC)
    Release Political Prisoners (RPP)
    Society for International Development (SID)
    Urgent Action Fund (UAF)-Africa
    Youth Agenda


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