Obamas message to Kenya

Habari yako.  Over the years, I have been greatly moved by the warmth and spirit – the strength and resolve – of the Kenyan people. And I’ve been grateful for my connection to Kenya, and the way you’ve welcomed me and my family to your beautiful country – from my father’s village in Alego, to bustling Nairobi.

In my visits, I’ve seen your progress. Kenya has lifted people from poverty, built an emerging democracy and civil society, and sustained a spirit of hope in the face of great difficulty. After the turmoil of five years ago, you’ve worked to rebuild communities, reform institutions and pass a new constitution.

Now, Kenya must take the next step in March, with the first national elections under your new constitution.

We all know what makes for successful elections. Kenya must reject intimidation and violence, and allow a free and fair vote. Kenyans must resolve disputes in the courts, not in the streets. Above all, the people of Kenya must come together, before and after the election, to carry on the work of building your country.

The choice of who will lead Kenya is up to the Kenyan people. The United States does not endorse any candidate for office, but we do support an election that is peaceful and reflects the will of the people.

This election can be another milestone toward a truly democratic Kenya defined by the rule of law and strong institutions. If you take that step, and reject a path of violence and division, then Kenya can move forward towards prosperity and opportunity that unleashes the extraordinary talents of your people – especially young people. If you continue to move forward, you can build a just Kenya that rejects corruption, and respects the rights and dignity of all Kenyans.

This is a moment for the people of Kenya to come together, instead of tearing apart. If you do, you can show the world that you are not just members of a tribe or ethnic group, but citizens of a great and proud nation. I can’t imagine a better way to mark the 50th anniversary of Kenyan independence.  And I say to all of you who are willing to walk this path of progress—you will continue to have a strong friend and partner in the United States of America. Kwaheri

Risala kwa Wananchi wa Kenya

Habari yako.  Kwa miaka mingi, nimeguswa  na  ukarimu na moyo – nguvu na ukakamavu – wa watu wa Kenya.   Na ninashukuru kwa uhusiano wangu na Kenya, na jinsi mlivyonikaribisha mimi na familia yangu katika nchi yenu nzuri – kutoka Alego, kijiji cha baba yangu, mpaka Nairobi, mji wa harakati nyingi.

Katika ziara zangu, nimeona maendeleo yenu.  Kenya imenyanyua watu kutoka kwa umaskini, imejenga demokrasia inayoibuka na vyama vya kijamii, na kudumisha moyo ya matumaini palipo na changamoto nyingi. Baada ya msukosuko wa miaka mitano iliyopita, mmefanya bidii ya kujenga upya jamii, kufanya mageuzi kwenye taasisi na kupitisha katiba mpya.

Sasa, lazima Kenya ichukue hatua nyingine mwezi wa Machi, kwa uchaguzi wa kwanza wa kitaifa chini ya katiba yenu mpya.

Sisi sote tunajua kinachofanikisha uchaguzi.  Lazima Kenya ikatae vitisho na ghasia, na iruhusu kura huru na ya haki.  Lazima Wakenya wasuluhishe migogoro mahakamani, sio barabarani.  Na zaidi ya hayo, lazima wananchi wa Kenya waungane, kabla na baada ya uchaguzi, ili kuendelea na kazi ya kujenga taifa.

Chaguo la nani atakayeongoza Kenya ni juu ya wananchi wa Kenya.  Amerika haiidhinishi mgombea uchaguzi yeyote, lakini tunaunga mkono uchaguzi wa amani na ambao unaashiria matakwa ya wananchi.

Uchaguzi huu unaweza kuwa tukio jingine la ufanisi kwa nchi ya Kenya iliyo na demokrasia halisi na inayoendeshwa kwa utawala wa kisheria na taasisi zilizoimarika.  Mkichukua hatua hiyo, na kukataa mkondo wa ghasia na mgawanyiko, basi, Kenya inaweza kusonga mbele na kupata neema na nafasi zitakazokuza vipaji maalum vya wananchi wenu – hasa vijana.  Mkiendelea kusonga mbele, mnaweza kujenga Kenya inayosimamia usawa na inayokataa ufisadi, na huku ikiheshimu haki na hadhi ya Wakenya wote.

Huu ni wakati wa wananchi wa Kenya kuungana pamoja, badala ya kugawanyika.  Mkifanya hivyo, mnaonyesha dunia kwamba nyinyi si jamii ya kikabila tu, bali wananchi wa taifa kuu na lenye fahari.  Siwezi kufikiria njia bora ya kuadhimisha miaka 50 ya uhuru wa Kenya.  Na ninawaambia nyinyi nyote mlioridhika kufuata njia hii ya maendeleo – mtaendelea kuwa na rafiki na mshirika imara nchini Amerika.   Kwaheri.

 

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32 comments on “Obamas message to Kenya

  1. knowing how idiotic those running the government are, hence even a class 1 child can see through their actions, I suspect the deployment of GSU to ksm might have something to do with the court ruling this friday as to whether the duo criminals of uhuruto can run. i believe the judges on the case will issue some redicolous ruling allowing these guys to run, which they are likely to have already discussed with kina kibaki and his cabal, who as always in their narrow/shortsightedness they think pple in ksm will reject the decision or riot

  2. Heheheee!! That is what is called caught between a rock and a hard place!

    Clarify stand on polls, Kenya tells US

    NAIROBI; KENYA: The Government is seeking clarification from the US Government regarding their position on the March 4 General Election.

    At the same time, a committee facilitating the handing over by the President Kibaki has recommended that the incoming Deputy President be assigned duties currently carried out by Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

    Head of Public Service Francis Kimemia welcomed President Obama’s statement, but insisted the Ministry of Foreign Affairs would seek clarification after US Assistant Secretary for State on African Affairs Johnnie Carson appeared to contradict Obama.

    “The Government welcomes the statement by President Barack Obama on assurance of non-interference, non-endorsement and respect for the will of Kenyans. Lately, there have been contradictions but the Government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will seek clarification,” Mr Kimemia said during a breakfast meeting at a Nairobi hotel yesterday.

    On Thursday, Mr Carson said Kenyans would bear the consequences of electing suspects at the International Criminal Court.

    The Assumption of the Office of the President Committee suggested the roles of the incoming Deputy President be clearly spelt out. They said the Deputy President would be idle since they would not head any ministry.

    http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/?articleID=2000076930&story_title=Kenya:Clarifystandonpolls,KenyatellsUS

    • This is now becoming a national embarrassment. Why are Uhuru’s TNA throwing stones at the US and the international community? For who and for what?

      Here are the people who want to govern our country by insulting the rest of the world. Shame on them.

      Here we go.

      http://elections.nation.co.ke/news/TNA-dismisses-Carsons-message-to-Kenyans-/-/1631868/1689278/-/5cb2m5/-/index.html

      And here is more of the same crap about Kenya ready to go to war against the rest of the world for Uhuru and Ruto. It won’t happen but here is what I am talking about.

      http://elections.nation.co.ke/news/-/1631868/1689204/-/p8563tz/-/index.html

      • Jubilee has completely lost it. Urging Kenyans to fight the international community is going to get you nowhere. Oh Jubilee. The gift that keeps giving.

        http://elections.nation.co.ke/news/-/1631868/1690116/-/p7ovtkz/-/index.html

        And then there is next week starting monday on the presidential debates and then to the ICC on Thursday and god knows what the High Court ruling on Friday will be.

        I think Raila is going to do surprisingly well at the debate tomorrow. Thursday will be a Tsunami as both indicted candidates on the Jubilee ticket will be told they will have no powers to influence the ICC schedule once the trial begins.

        In the meantime let them keep kicking themselves in the teeth a few more times. It looks very good on them.

      • these guys need to be told

        western diplomats and any other diplomat have opinions just like everybody else and they can exercise these according to their respective countries protocol. if their opinions have not been officially sanctioned, their countries will pull them back home. so far i have not heard of any such action

        regardless, these diplomats will not be voting.

        its kenyans who will be voting. kenyans have a right to listen to the opinions of uhuruto, CORD, amani and any other person. voters are above 18 years old and therefore need no hand holding. they can make mature (shudder shudder) and informed decisions. those who cannot will make wrong decisions anyway. nevertheless, it is kenyans who will be voting, and not diplomats, so quit the lies of imposing leaders, they will not and cannot. they will not rig the elections. the only fear kenyans have right now is that there are some sinister kenyans who want to skew and rig the elections

  3. There you have it ladies and gentlemen. Could he be working for CORD and Raila?
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    The United States top diplomat for Africa has said the duty of electing Kenyan leaders rests with its people but added the rider that “choices have consequences”.

    Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson refrained in a conference call with reporters from naming Jubilee presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta or his running mate William Ruto, who are facing crimes against humanity charges at the International Criminal Court (ICC).

    Mr Carson, a former US ambassador to Kenya, did not specifically say that the US-Kenya relations would suffer if Mr Kenyatta is elected on March 4 or in the second round of voting.

    But the diplomat warned repeatedly in response to questions referring to Mr Kenyatta that “choices have consequences”.

    Noting that “we live in an interconnected world,” Mr Carson suggested that the choices Kenyans make in the election will have repercussions internationally.

    People should be thoughtful about those they choose to be leaders, the impact their choices would have on their country, region or global community,” he told reporters.

    Asked about US attitudes toward Mr Kenyatta specifically, Mr Carson said: “Individuals have histories, individuals have images, individuals have reputations. When they are selected to lead their nations, those images, histories and reputations go along with them.”

    Mr Carson was also asked whether the US might adopt an arm’s-length position toward a Kenya-led by Mr Kenyatta as it has done in the case of Sudan, which is led by another ICC indictee, Omar Bashir.

    He acknowledged that the US has a policy of not engaging with President Bashir and other Sudanese who have been charged but not yet tried by the ICC.

    “We have taken our distance, our diplomatic distance,” he said.

    Mr Carson then drew a distinction between Sudan and Kenya.

    “I don’t want to make a comparison with Sudan in its totality because Sudan is a special case in many ways.”

    He noted that the US has “rigid and tough sanctions” in place against Sudan due to its government’s actions in the Darfur region. Sudan is also on the US list of countries that support international terrorism, Mr Carson said.

    “None of that applies to Kenya,” he emphasised.

    Mr Carson sought throughout his 30-minute conference call from Washington to reinforce President Obama’s comments in a videotaped message on Wednesday to the effect that the US does not favour any candidate in Kenya’s elections.

    He repeatedly affirmed on Thursday that the election of a president is a choice for Kenyans alone to make and that the US will not be involved in that choice.

    But Mr Carson also tried to lend nuance to Mr Obama’s remarks. Using cautious diplomatic language, he worked to leave an impression with listeners that the election of a candidate charged by the ICC would potentially have consequences different from those that would ensue if another candidate is chosen.

    He also urged for a peaceful and fair election in Kenya. Mr Carson stressed Kenya’s importance as the principal US ally in East Africa as well as its economic and political significance to states throughout the Horn and Central Africa.

    Mr Carson’s remarks come just days after President Barack Obama said the US will not take sides in Kenya’s elections.
    http://elections.nation.co.ke/news/-/1631868/1687566/-/p86h8fz/-/index.html

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      That is exactly the point. Johnny Carson is right in highlighting the nuance in President Obama’s statement. People may interpret it whichever way they wish –the fact is electing a Kenyan President and Deputy President both charged by ICC for the most serious crimes in humanity WILL HAVE NEGATIVE consequences for the country, period!

      The cold war that’ll ensue will only isolate and create economic hardship in a country that will ironically start exploiting its oil and coal resources. There is no doubt –Kenya will be made an example to pay for its anti-West belligerence which Uhuru and Ruto have been trying to sell to its citizens. Instead of leaping forward, we’ll have wasted a golden opportunity to jump-start prosperity –all because of ethnic jingoism, misplaced hatred and exaltation of outright criminals. To Mr. Ruto and Mr. Kenyatta…A criminal is a criminal — tribe shouldn’t be the shield against justice! You will soon find out.

      When President Obama said:


      “Show the world that you are not just a member of a tribe or ethnic group, but citizens of a great nation”.

      His assumption was of course that Kenyans would use their wisdom and see the big picture — forthcoming diplomatic & economic consequences of having both a fugitive President and Deputy President.

      Here it is kinaganaga!

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/us-warns-of-possible-consequences-for-kenya-depending-on-presidential-election-outcome/2013/02/07/566fed20-7131-11e2-b3f3-b263d708ca37_story.html

      The statement by U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Johnnie Carson appeared to be a warning of potential consequences if the country votes in Uhuru Kenyatta, one of two top candidates for president. Kenyatta faces charges at the International Criminal Court in connection with the massive violence that occurred after Kenya’s last presidential election in late 2007…

  4. this message is very clear and only talks about conducting free and fair elections and stresses that it should be free of violence. it is the same message by all foreign govts

    it is not endorsing or condemning any of the 8 presidential candidates

    the reaction by jubilee is not surprising, they go into this election with the mindset that they have suspects leading their quest. as such they move every step cautiously and nervously expecting or anticipating some authority will call for their arrest or bar them from contesting. with such an insecure mindset, anytime they pass a gate and are not “arrested” they automatically assume to be endorsement of their bid.

    a rather myopic and bleak outlook but it is what it is.

    that’s why they don’t want anybody bringing up history or the past, because in that past we have PEV. they do not want land issues brought up because the land issues point at the two of them.

    makes you wonder, are they targeting the youth, because the youth do not have clear memory of what is in the past, whereas older folk have the facts and details?

  5. Obama’s statement is directly to the Kenyan people. Not via Ministry of Foreign Affairs or any political office, but a direct recording to Kenyan people.

    PRAY, why do Jubilee Coalition leaders find it necessary to react to this statement with a counter statement?

    I think it was unnecessary and unwittingly betrays their state of mind.

  6. Heheheee!!

    I have just read a few reactions by the Jubilee brigade on the blogosphere to Obama’s message above and the UK take below on the forthcoming Kenyan elections and I must admit that the naivety of the bloggers is mind boggling!

    http://standardmedia.co.ke/?articleID=2000076672&story_title=Kenya-UK-Govt-on-Polls-and-ICC

    http://intelligencebriefs.com/?p=3373

    It is now being peddled by these bloggers that the UK and US have discerned a definite win by Uhuruto in the coming elections! See link below. Good grief! This is worse than self consolation amidst an impending catastrophe!! Do you really believe that the governments of the UK and US would make public their findings as to the probable outcome of an impending election? The most they can do is to give you the so called ‘exit polls’ right on the election day!!

    http://www.kenyan-post.com/2013/02/us-and-britain-predict-uhururuto-win.html

    Let me state this in all clarity. The US and the EU will only work with Uhuruto ONLY IF the duo win in a free and fair elections and ONLY IF the duo continue to cooperate with the ICC!!

    Any deviation from the two conditions above by the duo and Kenya lands in a quagmire. So folks (the Jubilee brigade) should be careful into reading too much from those US and UK messages. Those blocks of countries are not going to entertain impunity just for the sake of their so called ‘own interests’. NEVER!!

    Please synthesise this statement by Ambassador Turner of the UK:

    “Ambassador Turner said the ICC suspects were free to visit United Kingdom and had no sanctions imposed on them as yet.

    “We support continued cooperation with ICC because we support the rule of law. We stand for justice for victims of Post election violence and our current policy is not to speculate on what will befall Kenya should suspects be elected to office,” Turner said.”

    After which, please chew this one from President Obama:

    “The choice of who will lead Kenya is up to the Kenyan people. The United States does not endorse any candidate for office, but we do support an election that is peaceful and reflects the will of the people.

    But what do I know!

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      Einstein, Adongo and others,

      Forget the nutcases trying to distort President Obama’s simple message. They are trying to spin liquid –looking all pathetic in the process.

      Here are the five (5) things I deciphered from President Obama’s address:


      1) “Kenya must reject intimidation and violence [during the elections]”.

      The U.S. President is obviously reflecting his updated grasp of the issues surrounding elections in Kenya, such as the link between intimidation and violence. A prime example of political intimidation (tied to promised violence) that Obama is warning against is the kind of myopic ‘deal’ that Jubilee’s Sam Ongeri was trying to “broker” between the Abagusii and Kipsigis..

      ati the Abagusii to vote for Jubilee to “guarantee peace” of their brethren in Rift Valley.

      That is the kind of dangerous politics that could officially sanction promised violence. The Abagusii must never be held at ransom, ati to vote with the Kalenjin or else…’there will be no peace’. What kind of dangerous politics and intimidation is that? Every Kenyan should be allowed to exercise their democratic will whichever way they wish. A clear majority of the Abagusii are right now CORDED. Why should they be intimidated (through coded promises of violence) to change their conscientious preference?

      Of course the Jubilee propagandists would want to either gloss over or spin this timely word of caution from President Obama.

      Another Prime example is the misguided and desperate attempt by Ethnic Cohesion Chair – Mwalimu Kibunja and newly installed Inspector General of Police – Shadrack Kimaiyo to intimidate Kenyans against exercising their inalienable democratic right to free speech on matters regarding land and landlessness. When President Obama urges Kenyans to reject intimidation, what the heck do these Jubilee folks think the U.S. President is talking about?

      Obama is asking Kenyans to reject being intimidated against discussing land matters and other issues that concern them. Landlessness is one of the biggest issue of our time in Kenya. How the heck can an election proceed without discussing one of the top socio-economic issues of the day?

      Thanks to ubiquitous intelligence, President Obama is well aware that the head of Kenya’s civil service Francis Kimemia, and Inspector General of Police Shadrack Kimaiyo, met Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto just a night prior to release of the twin gag-statements by Kibunja and Kimaiyo –purporting to block any speeches on land and landlessness during political campaigns.

      Kenyans will surely reject such illegal and unconstitutional orders being made for partisan political purposes. Like President Obama urges, Kenyans will surely not be intimidated against dissecting land matters…for instance questioning how Uhuru Kenyatta’s family came to own all these 500, 000 acres of prime arable land?

      On October 1, 2004 the Standard’s lead story was on how the Kenyatta family is reputed to own 24,000 acres in Taveta, 50,000 acres in Taita, 29,000 acres in Kahawa Sukari, 10,000 acres in Gatundu, 5,000 acres in Thika, 9,000 acres in Kasarani, and 10,000 acres in Naivasha.

      The newspaper also quoted another 52,000 acres in Nakuru, 20,000 acres in Bahati, 10,000 acres in Rumuruti, and 40,000 acres in Endebbes.

      There was also mention of 100 acres in Karen and 1,000 acres in Dagorreti. The paper explained that this land was acquired during the 15-year reign of Uhuru’s father, Jomo Kenyatta.
      http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/article-105730/uhuru-kenyatta-has-no-moral-authority-solve-kenyas-land-problems

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      2) “Kenya must allow a free and fair vote”

      This is a direct message from President Obama principally to Isaak Hassan and the IEBC, and secondarily to the incumbent out-going President Mwai Kibaki. IEBC Commisioners and secretariat are politely being reminded that the entire world, including President Obama is watching how they conduct these elections.

      If Isaak Hassan is truly a patriotic son of Kenya with wisdom to learn from Kivuitu’s mistakes — he would carefully heed Obama’s word of advice; summon all his returning officers and read them the riot act. He would remind them the harsh penalty of abetting electoral malpractices such as the hanky-panky games involving Form A-16s. He is being urged to ensure a free and fair election.

      Obama’s use of the word “allow” can only be directed to one person. Obama is telling the only person with top authority over government – Mwai Kibaki – to ALLOW a free and fair vote. Kibaki is not being begged to allow it — he is being told he “MUST ALLOW” it, period! It is what it is!

      3) “The U.S. does not endorse any candidate for office”.

      The U.S. President in his own political wisdom is definitely stemming the sprouting of more propaganda that has been emanating from Jubilee quarters…along the lines of “oh Obama, the U.S., and U.K., Kofi Annan, Hillary Clinton, are all supporting Raila Odinga…trying to impose a leader on Kenya…yada yada yada…”

      Both the U.S., and U.K. (with one of the best intelligence systems in the world) know who the clear front-runner in this election is. They definitely are comfortable with it and don’t wish to rock any boat. They will distance themselves as far away as possible, to play the ‘neutral’ card. Those who live in the West know the strategic importance of such gestures.

      4) “The U.S. supports an election that reflects the will of the people”

      This is yet another direct message to Isaak Hassan and the IEBC –warning against rigging and subversion of the democratic rights’ of (some or most) Kenyans (either by omission or commission).

      In the State Department website are archives of the U.S. position in 2008, with one particular stinging report which stated (paraphrased) — Kenyans peacefully went to the elections in 2007, voted for change, but were given more status quo.

      IEBC is being told to safeguard the democratic rights’ of Kenyans and not serve the narrow interests of a few anti-reformists “mashetanis”.

      5) “Show the world that you are not just a member of a tribe or ethnic group, but citizens of a great nation”.

      Anyone reading between the lines will quickly realize that this is a direct indictment on the very doctrine of the Jubilee campaign — premised on “tribal numbers”.

      President Obama is directly talking to the Kenyan people, especially the youth, urging them to use their conscience as individual citizens — and not members of a tribe. He is asking Kenyans to realize they are citizens one nation called Kenya…a nation that either rises together or falls/collapses together.

      For instance, should economic sanctions come Kenya’s way as a result of election outcome & ICC-non-cooperation, it will not matter whether you are Kalenjin, Kikuyu, Luhya, or Luo….sanctions will indiscriminately bite people of all tribes and ethnic groups.

      If Western companies decide to relocate from Kenya –I will give you a list of such companies below — employees to lose their jobs will come from virtually every corner of the country.

      You could be a Kikuyu working at Barclays or Pfizer, who proudly votes for Uhuru Kenyatta only to subsequently lose your job as a result of economic sanctions necessitated by Uhuru’s ICC conundrum. In short, membership of a tribe may not usurp the role as citizen of a bigger nation.

      As Jubilee propagandists try spinning these timely and straight-forward words of caution from a concerned friend with Kenyan blood (President Obama) — let the people chew about how much invested the West is in Kenya. Here (below) is a list of economic sectors tied-to and companies owned-by the West, that directly or indirectly employ millions of Kenyans.

      If you are employed in the tourism, hospitality, tea, coffee, horticulture, airline, finance and banking, international humanitarian, auto, or other import and export sectors, you may lose your job or business contract should Western-imposed economic sanctions hit Kenya.

      You may lose your job if you are employed by a Western corporation like:

      Barclays, Standard Chartered Bank, StanChart Finance, East African Breweries, British-American-Tobacco (BAT), Old Mutual, Citibank, Coca Cola, General Electric, IBM, Google, Boston Consulting, Intel, Mastercard, Cisco, Rockefeller, Sage Group, Motorola, Pfizer, Pricewaterhouse, British American Insurance, BASF, Nescafe, Unilever, Eltech, CIBA, Chartis, Qualcom, Xerox, Shell-BP, Chevrolet, ITI, Stratlink Global, Sterling, Eveready, Visa Inc, Wellcome, Safaricom (Vodafone) – including MPESA agents, Microsoft, Hilton Hotel, Serena, Intercontinental, Holiday Inn, Other Int’l hotel chains, Sasini Tea, Sasini Coffee, Delmonte, Oserian, Finlays, Sher-Karuturi , Homegrown, Flamingo Exports, Kakuzi, Rea Vipingo, Unilever Tea, Williamson Tea, Limuru Tea, Kapchorua Tea, Eaagads Coffee, Kenya Orchards, Kenya Airways, Tullow Oil, CMC Motors, General Motors, Car and General, Crown Berger, East African Oxygen (BOC), Carbacid, Baumann; International NGOs , International entities like World Bank (K), IMF, ICAO, UN, GTZ, Red Cross, and others.

      Voting may mean a little more than tribe this time. It may very well mean your imminent ability to put Ugali on the table. This election will have economic consequences…either trending towards or away from the Zimbabwean, Sudanese direction.

      • Job,

        Thank you so much! This is what I also intended to say, but today God did not give me as much wisdom as He gave you.

        God bless my brother!!

      • Exactly:

        http://elections.nation.co.ke/news/Raila-hails-Obamas-message-on-Kenyan-polls/-/1631868/1686366/-/etr3arz/-/index.html

        Enough with the coordinated intimidations and thought police. It is quite disturbing that the new Inspector General of our so called reformed police force is already issuing decrees on what Kenyans are allowed to talk about right in unison with NCIC and Ministry of information. Even Moi in the darkest hours of his dictatorial regime never got this crazy. He was a little more discreet. Let Kenyans deal with the issues that matter to them without state intimidation and threats. Enough is enough.

      • Guys,
        I think that CORD is actually ignoring Kibunjas stupid calls and going ahead with their campaign which among other things include talking about historical injustices. The new police boss and Kibunja are acting as colonial village chiefs trying to tell us what to think, when and how. This stupidity is already being resisted and no amount of threats will stop the ongoing discussion on land. I wonder how talking about historical injustices amounts to hate speech.

        Is this the same Kibunja who allowed Uhuru and Ruto through their so called prayer meeting to go around the country insulting Raila and people from other communities? This silly man has another thing coming.

      • job & others,

        Here are the mashetani forces ready for full scale voter intimidation and suppression. Exactly the same thing they did in 2007 when contingents of AP were sent just before the election and confrontation with voters started right away. This time they are starting straight up with the killing machine known as the GSU.

        Why Kisumu? Why not Nairobi, or Eldoret, or Naivasha? This nonsense of state intimidation should be condemned. Don’t threaten the voters. Let law enforcement work. We do not need GSU patrolling peaceful neighbourhoods to stir problems.

        Here is what I am talking about:

        http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/?articleID=2000076876&story_title=Kenya-GSU-to-be-deployed-in-Kisumu-next-week

        President Obama was right about urging the country to make sure there is no voter intimidation. This is going too be resisted. There is no need to provoke people. CORD should condemn this move and make sure it is stopped.

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        Adongo, Akinyi, et al.,

        1) TNA’s press statement responding to Johnny Carson should be treated with the full contempt it deserves. These desperate criminals of humanity must not try to underestimate the intelligence of the Kenyan people.

        2) There is absolutely no contradiction or variance between President Obama’s self-explanatory statement and it’s emphasis by U.S. Asst. Secretary of State Johnny Carson. The bottom-line message is the same, period!

        3) To the government (& IEBC) – they are being told to hold free and fair elections free of intimidation.

        4) To the Kenyan people, we are being told – the U.S. will not meddle in the election BUT its outcome will have obvious consequences. People are being told to remember that they are living in an inter-connected world; whereby electing a fugitive president only ends up isolating the nation globally (like Mugabe’s Zimbabwe). We all know how Zimbabwe’s economy is performing. It is as simple as that! No rocket science.

        5) The pathetic and hopeless attempt to drag in Kenya’s Ambassador in the U.S. – Mr. Elkana Odembo only shows how ignorant these TNA folks are about the running of the U.S. government. Odembo does not and will never heck have any iota of influence to shape U.S. policy at the State Department. Odembo can visit the State Department on very many matters (concerning Kenya or his own staff) but he has absolutely no say in U.S. or Carson’s or John Kerry’s or Obama’s decision-making.

        6) Johnny Carson cannot arbitrarily issue policy edicts. He only implements policy handed from above. President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are the authorities who sanction these policies ultimately read out by Johnny Carson and other Asst. Secretaries.

        7) Like it or not, take it or leave it – TNA will have to accept Johnny Carson’s statement as being the policy interpretation sanctioned by President Obama and Secretary John Kerry, period!

        8) It would be good for TNA to let tax-payer remunerated Embassy officials like Lucy Kiruthu and the litany of spies (drivers, attache`s etc) perform their day jobs…rather than running TNA errands at the Embassy. This is godamn pathetic and shameful –being paid hefty perks in Washington D.C. to engage in silly partisan politics that belong in Karumaindo. Must Kenyans always bring these tribal and political nonsense into their Embassies abroad? Most of these officials need to be returned to Kenya to practice their tribalism unencumbered. Why must a junior official (spy) want to accompany the Ambassador everywhere they go? Why should they sneak upon their boss, tracking his every foot step? This ukabila that Kibaki entrenched in government has gone too far!!!!!!!! These Embassies were never like this even in the Moi era. Damn!

      • job, akinyi & others

        That TNA OO stuff just shows you how crude, uncouth and politically backward these Uhuruto chaps are. Insulting Johnny Carson for stating the obvious is political stupidity at its worst. Johnny Carson is one of President Obama’s most trusted diplomats whose docket is the continent of Africa. You pick a fight with him at your own peril. TNA if it had any sensible characters should have known better than going on such juvenile power trips. Who advises these people on foreign relations? Sonko or Waititu? You don’t throw stones at the international community which is doing everything to help your country.

        Onyango Oloo of TNA may be our next Foreign Affairs Secretary of State or minister if the impunity mob was ever to get their way. Now imagine that fool representing you as a country and picking fights with world leaders.

        Have the TNA boys asked themselves why President Obama sent a video message complete with a Swahili version to Kenyans addressing them directly? Have the TNA boys asked themselves why Johnny Carson was on a teleconference hours after the president issued his plea to Kenyans? How foolish can these people be to assume that somehow there is a fight between Johnny Carson and the President of the United States and Mr. Carson should apologize to them?

        They(Uhuruto) wanted to jump on President Obama’s very clear message to Kenyans to claim the president has endorsed impunity in Kenya. Now they realize that is not the case. And now they want to pick a fight with the international community? Fair enough. Go ahead and fight the world. But not in the name of our country. Not in the name of the republic of Kenya. It is your own personal problem with the ICC. Deal with it. Please.

        But this is what Uhuru wants to install in our country. A bunch of rude hungry people in his government fighting the whole world for him. Kenyans will not allow it. He can pay his rude boys in spades of cash but how about our country? Does it still matter? It does obviously to the 40 million Kenyans. We will see that on March 4, 2013.

        If we go back, the pariah state option was the one Uhuru and Ruto promoted at first. Oh there will be no sanctions. Oh we can finance 95% of the national budget. Oh we can trade with China and Russia and forget about the West. Oh we will work only with those countries who support us. And on and on. That didn’t work. Kenyans are scared of that direction.

        So Uhuruto mob has now been reduced to accepting that the pariah state nonsense is unworkable. They have also accepted that they have to go for the trial and continue to cooperate or else! Good for them. We will know how that is going to work come Feb. 14, 2013.

        Then all of a sudden in the middle of these storm the Uhuruto mob want to inject a new narrative. They jumped onto President Obama’s good message to our nation to say the world has finally come to reality and they are ready to work with indicted suspects as president and deputy president of Kenya. Then they get a different message and they are mad. Let them get used to it. They live in a mad world anyways.

        Before I go. One thing struck as very special. How many times has President Obama sent a video message to other countries facing elections complete with a translation in their national language? I think never. That is how special Kenya is to this guy. He is proud of us and we are very proud of him. Great stuff. Will President Obama tolerate a fugitive president in Kenya? Ask him.

        And then there is next week with two key decisions, one by our own High Court and another in Netherlands. 10,000 Km away.

        On a lighter note. Does anyone remember when the then PNU man in Washington, my good friend Oginga Ogego trashed Obama after his speech at UoN Taifa Hall which unsettled the gods of corruption and repression in the republic. Ogego called Obama a “junior senator” who should shut up. In very short order the “junior senator” became the president of the United States. I am not sure how his relation with our Mr. Ogego was as our ambassador there but here we go again. What else is new?

      • Lobbies call for more security in hotspots

        KENYA: Human rights organisations want the Government to deploy adequate police personnel in conflict flashpoints to prevent a recurrence of election-related violence.

        The recommendation is contained in findings of a three months study of the country’s preparedness for the first elections under the new Constitution, also the first since the cooling of embers of the 2007-2008 post-election violence.

        The study by the US-based Human Rights Watch identifies Central, Coast, Eastern, North Eastern, Nyanza and Rift Valley, as potential conflict hotspots the Government must watch.

        More below

        http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/?articleID=2000076905&story_title=Kenya:Lobbiescallformoresecurityinhotspots

    • Adongo,
      I smell trouble.
      in 2007 just a few weeks before elections, the GSU was sent to patrol Kisumu, driving in their lorries and combat gear around estates with the sole purpose of intimidating voters. But little did we know that they were on a mission to kill people.

      The same thing is happening today and I hope that the PM will take note.

      Why don’t they send the GSU to the epicenters of PEV which were mainly in the RVP?

      These are some of the things that will eventually put doubts in peoples minds and create a belief that Kibaki is at it again, trying to rig the elections.

      I will start a new thread on this issue because its important.

      • this deployment of GSU to kisumu is indeed very worrying

        but to be fair lets interrogate some facts/assertions

        a) first – is the media deliberately and unnecesarily fanning anxiety? by this i mean, is the deployment of GSU only to kisumu or has the deployment also been to other hot spots? we need to ascertain this. if its true that its only to kisumu, then there is an urgent need for CORD to immediately address this. if on the other hand the forces have been deployed to all hot spots, then media needs to be reprimanded for causing anxiety and strife to a specific region, thus further reinforcing stereotypes and in fact can be accused of hate speech (see also bullet point c below)

        b) second – for this the residents in all hot spots have to own up. citizens cannot continuously be seen to be rioting, looting, and causing destruction any time a candidate loses (fairly or unfairly) an election. these acts are the ones providing the govt an opportunity or rather the excuse to use or deploy forces. until we have police reforms, we need to have the residents urged to show restraint, but most importantly provide avenues and mechanisms for immediate and credible redress, both at the local party levels as well as escalation to higher authorities. as long as these are absent or inadequate, then the genuinely aggrieved supporters mingle with criminal elements resulting in the mayhem and it becomes difficult to differentiate between agitation for democratic ideals vs criminal enterprise

        c) according to this report (courtesy link provided by Onyango Oloo of Jukwaa) http://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/reports/kenya0213webwcover.pdf clearly there are still a lot of very hot and volatile spots dotted across the country. many different scneraios play at each location depending on local dynamics, but all point towards brewing violence, not just Kisumu but many parts of the country. there is a lot of detail in that report giving who, what, where, how etc. in the absence of other reports contradicting this study, then the law enforcement should have already been sent especially to rift valley where the so called jubilee partner communities are amassing an arsenal of guns in readiness for hostilities. this being a deviation from the machetes, arrows and other crude weapons used in 2007/8. in this regard i think deployment of GSU to kisumu alone is a most unfortunate and casual/pedestrian response to a very grave situation

    • i think godec has been sworn in at Washington DC towards the end of Jan 2013 but has not yet landed in nairobi and/or has not yet formally presented his credentials to kenya govt. so there exists the vacuum from when gration resigned (jun 2012) to when godec takes over the office in nairobi. i could be wrong though

      == my bad ==

      http://nairobi.usembassy.gov/charg.html

      looks like he has been running the office in an acting capacity

  7. Perhaps Obama should speak to US Citizens living and working in Kenya and also explain why there is no Ambassador to try and clean up the mess left by his buddy Gration!

    • `

      Franklin,

      There is a new U.S. Ambassador to Kenya – Mr. Robert Godec, who was recently confirmed by the U.S. Senate and already sworn into office. Godec has in fact already made a speech outlining U.S. policy towards Kenya, addressing some of your concerns. If I’m not wrong, should there be any serious concern, Godec is the point-person to give any travel advisories or advice to U.S. citizens living in Kenya.

    • Mr Godec has yet to be invited to State House to present his credentials…and he can’t just drop in on the President. In any event it all seems a bit late in the day: the GOK is hell bent on conducting general elections without a functioning national police service and, apparently, without $209 million spent on the KDF in Somalia? The AMISOM cheque is not in the mail and neither the US nor the UK seem willing to state the obvious as we count down to chaos!

      • Certainly the U.S. and U.K do not wish to create anxiety in diplomatic terms…however, it is a fact all is not well…Kenya is walking into these elections with a thoroughly unprepared election body (IEBC), a partisan, unreformed police force, and persistent remnants of a provincial administration structure already disbanded by the new Constitution. The incumbent president has refused to let go of the provincial administration relic – for suspicious reasons of course.

        Truth be told..the mix of the inept and feckless IEBC, a partisan police force, and illegitimate provincial administration is recipe to electoral chaos and possible violence –yes post-election violence.

        Just yesterday there are credible reports Kenya’s Inspector General of Police and head of civil service met with a presidential candidate (& running mate)…a meeting which triggered the Police Commissioner’s attempt to sanction free speech during the campaigns (on land matters). Evidence is suggesting that these unreformed institutions may become (yet again) key planks in undemocratic and underhand schemes for acquisition of (or hanging onto) power.

        Putting more foreign exchange ($$$$) into the hands of these politicans during the campaign season would only add fuel into fire. It’s better to withhold the AMISOM cheque.

    • mzee & others,

      The president has done the right thing and I like his Kenyan touch. President Obama has always been very proud of his Kenyan roots which makes some people very unsettled.

      Our usual politically bankrupt friends are already celebrating elsewhere that President Obama has now endorsed an Uhuru presidency and he will work with Uhuru as president without any problems. Nonsense.

      Here is the deal. If, god forbid, Uhuru is elected Kenya’s president on March 4, 2013, President Obama has a duty and a responsibility to pick up the phone on March 5, 2013 and send warm congratulations to president elect and wish him well. President Obama will have to respect the Kenyan electoral process if it is free and fair.

      Uhuru’s problem starts on April 10, 2013 whether he miraculously gets elected or not. On April 10, 2013 Mr. Kenyatta has to board a plane or take a boat if he wishes and obediently deliver himself as an indicted suspect at the Hague to face his trial for crimes against humanity. If Uhuru does that he will have no problems with President Obama or anybody else. Should Uhuru decide that he is not going to The Hague as required that is when all hell breaks loose and the first person to condemn such a move will be President Obama himself. And from there on if Uhuru were our president the nation would do into a coma until he is kicked out.

      If Uhuru obediently goes to The Hague as required he knows he cannot be the president of Kenya at the same time. The nonsense that the ICC will accomodate them and find a schedule to suit their political timetable is a bad joke. Uhuru and Ruto will go to The Hague as indicted suspects and in no other capacity. That is the only relation the court will have with them and we all know that at the very least the trial will take close to four years. Both Uhuru and Ruto know they cannot run the country while at The Hague and that leads to only two conclusions as follows.

      1. Uhuru and Ruto are hoping to win the presidency and then use their new found powers to abscond from the ICC and push Kenya into a pariah state. Their agents have been peddling that option for a while now but the pressure is just too much for them to sell that ticket. So they have now opted for the option that Uhuru and Ruto will fully comply.

      2. If Uhuru is serious and genuine about going to The Hague then his running for the presidency is a practical joke or some kind of entertainment for the two of them. There will be no Kenyan president sitting at The Hague, period. Which brings me to my final point.

      3.Some people may think Uhuru and Ruto are nut cases given that they are spending a fortune running for offices they possibly cannot hold but these things happen. Sometimes as human beings we find ourselves in situations where we are just at a lose. We don’t know what to do and we just go on through the motions of life. That happens except in this case it is happening at the biggest stage, a presidential election no less. It is really a tragedy for them come to think of it. They can smell the presidency and yet deep down they know it is out of reach. That can drive you crazy. We are just witnessing the madness. When the history of this election is written the biggest question will be why on earth did Uhuru dump Satan’s Gift to him, namely, Mr. Moses Mudavadi.

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