Posts Tagged 'Amos Wako'

Kibaki Might Be Forced To Step Down

Attorney General Amos Wako has waived the demand that an election petition must be presented to an election court before a constitutionally-elected President can be forced to stand down.

He said the crisis facing Kenya was of a political nature that required a political solution without the express demand for a legal obstacle.

Kenya’s President Mwai Kibaki might be forced to stand down following Thursday’s order by the East African nation’s Attorney-General, Amos Wako, for a re-tabulation of the presidential vote, which saw him re-elected Sunday.

The vote tallying would preferably be done by an independent team of experts, who will be required to examine the election documents to detect cases of fraud, re-tally the votes and present their findings.

“The level of violence has never before been witnessed in our country,” Wako conceded as protesters battled with the police after they were denied access to the venue of Thursday’s opposition rally.

In a five-point statement, the Attorney-General said the level of violent protests witnessed in Kenya Thursday, a week after Kenyans went to the ballot to elect a new president, might get out of control forever unless precautionary measures were taken.

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Uhuru Park Rally Called Off

Odinga has called off the mass action meant to take place today in Uhuru Park. It has now been rescheduled for next Tuesday (according to Kenyan press, but the international media are saying it will take place tomorrow). News in the UK is showing crowds of people still trying to get into the city with GSU firing live rounds into the air, using water cannon and there’s plenty of tear gas around. Riot police were determined to keep the residents of Kibera from leaving the slum and residents played cat and mouse with them. This will all be repeated again tomorrow if the government refuse to allow the rally to take place.

Attorney General Amos Wako has called for an independent review of the Kenya election. “It is necessary … that a proper tally of the valid certificates returned and confirmed should be undertaken immediately on a priority basis by an agreed and independent person or body.”

Thomson Holidays is flying planes out to Kenya to airlift tourists. All major tour operators have suspended flights to Kenya.

In Nairobi mounted police baton charged crowds of supporters. ODM supporters interviewed by a BBC reporter say that they are ready to die for their rights and this is described as their right to be given their President, Raila Odinga. ODM supporters say they voted for change and not to see the corrupt Kibaki government get into power again through a stolen election.

Thousands of ODM supporters were seen carrying branches symbolizing their peaceful intentions as they tried to get to Uhuru Park. Riot Police are beating the protestors. A witness who described being beaten by the police and had suffered a broken arm described seeing an ODM supporter shot dead and his body removed by the police.

Other demonstrations have taken place around the country including Mombasa where there have been running battles with police.

150 cars escorted out of Eldoret under military convoy but with the vigilante road-blocks in the region there are fears that they will not get far. The people had been waiting for 24 hours to leave. Shops have been torched.

Kisumu, the heartland of Odinga’s support, is facing a humanitarian disaster as food runs out and in Rift Valley Kikuyus who have been displaced by the violence are similarly facing a crisis. The Kenya Red Cross have been handling the situation. A UN representative on BBC Radio 4 says that the road blocks in the Rift Valley were cleared yesterday, so supplies are now starting to reach the region.

Earlier reports say that the situation is still tense in and around Eldoret…

At the East African University of Baraton, a seventh-day Adventist college near the Rift Valley town of Kapsabet, terrified Kikuyus were trapped on the campus with close to 200 foreign students and staff.

Outside the gates, warriors from the Kalenjin tribe, which largely supported Mr Odinga, laid siege.

“We have no food but if I try to go outside I know they will kill me,” said Julia, a 21-year-old Kikuyu student.

They have lists with the names of the people they want dead. They have already killed many. If we are not evacuated, God knows what will happen tomorrow.”

Across the country, food was running out in many places – none more so than in Kisumu, where thousands desperately queued at the handful of shops that dared to open.

“A big disaster is looming in the next 24 hours,” said the district commissioner. “There will be no food by tomorrow. Kisumu is a food deficit area and we can’t get supplies in because of the security situation.”