Countdown to ‪#‎SabaSaba‬: CORD Confirms Nationwide Consultative Rallies

The opposition CORD coalition has resurrected its grassroot networks in preparation for a series of countrywide consultative rallies beginning with one in Migori Stadium this Friday 13th June.

The CORD principals will be in Migori County to attend the funeral of the late veteran Nyanza politician and former MP and assistant minister Hon Phares Oluoch Kanindo in Awendo before proceeding to Migori Stadium to take the coalition message for the proposed national dialogue. The late Kanindo served as a member of parliament from 1979 to 1988 during which time he also served as Assistant Minister for Education.

CORD is using these rallies as consultative forums with local leaders and opinion shapers expected to take to the podium to express their support for the proposed national conference.

Rarieda and Bungoma Funerals

The following day, on Saturday 14th June, the CORD principals will in Rarieda to attend the funeral of Abonyo Oyombe the immediate former ODM Siaya branch Chairman, before proceeding to Bungoma County to attend the funeral for the late Mzee Lucas Watta who was is a former ODM nominated councillor, and former Chair of the Luhya Council of Elders.

#‎BabaTukututaneMombasa‬ Rally Sunday 15 June

The CORD Leader and former Prime Minister @RailaOdinga, together with his fellow CORD principals and top coalition leadership, are then expected to fly into Mombasa to address a highly anticipated political rally at the historic Tononoka Grounds. The rally whose theme is expected to centre on the proposed national dialogue takes place on Sunday June 15th and already the Mombasa Governor @AliHassanJoho is trending the hashtag ‪#‎BabaTukutaneMombasa‬.

The coastal town of Mombasa has been a beehive of activity in the last one week in preparation for giving the CORD leaders a what sources close to Mombasa governor termed a “visible reception”.

Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho and Senator Hassan Omar are leading in mobilizing supporters from as far as Taita, Kilifi, Kwale, Lamu and Malindi to attend the rally in declaring support for an all-inclusive structured national conference, failure to which the region will join other Kenyans in Nairobi’s Uhuru Park on July 7th at a rally dubbed #SabaSaba.

The Mombasa County Women representative Hon Mishi Mboko and MP Jomvu Badi Twalib were on Pwani FM this morning to discuss the upcoming CORD rally.

Coastal Counties of have bore the brunt of travel advisories by Western governments that has seen unprecedented evacuations and low bed occupancy, with more than 50 hotels, guest houses and beach apartments reportedly closed down, resulting to more 50,000 job losses in the last one month. The message of insecurity, extrajudicial killings and disappearance, as well as terrorism are expected to dominate discussion at the rally.

ODM leader is also expected to thank the voters of Shella Ward in Malindi who braved a high profile campaign led by Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko for Jubilee and Gideon Mungaro for CORD to vote overwhelmingly for the coalition. The April county assembly by-election was reduced to CORD affair with ODM’s Adamson Mwathethe emerging the winner after garnering 2,236 votes ahead of WDM’s Abdulkarim Twaher who got 1,967 votes, with Jubilee coaltion RCP’s Abdalla Abbas trailing at 927 votes.

Residents of the former coast province are expected to attend the rally in their thousands and the venue has reportedly been booked and secured by a private firm hired by Governor Joho who is an unapologetic supporter of ODM Leader Raila Odinga.

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42 comments on “Countdown to ‪#‎SabaSaba‬: CORD Confirms Nationwide Consultative Rallies

  1. All these propaganda’s led by cord and their hawkers cannot help this country at all.These people were in the past regime and they have not done anything good for their own constituency while in high offices,e.g. Raila was a prime minister,Kalonzo Musyoka was the vice-president of Kenya. Look at Kibera represented by then Prime Minister Raila and Kalonzo’s tsekuru and you expect these people to head this country. Just image someone cheating Kenyans this much. They were defeated to manage a small constituency and they now want to head this vast nation. Please ,Kenyans think twice,let us not be cheated by these sweet talkers.

    • How much development do you think Uhuru Kenyatta brought to Gatundu yet you rigged him into presidency? Are you aware that development of any part of kenya is sole responsibility of the government and not individual? For how long are you going to bury your head in your anal and keep smelling fecal matters thinking its the way air should smell?

    • phil,

      I have read the CORD statement and I must say it is very well thought out and impressive.

      I am one of those who saw no value in the call for national dialogue. Kenyans don’t reason with each other to find solutions. They yell. Those in power think they will be in power forever and can screw the country whichever way they want. That is what Uhuru has been doing for just over a year now and look at the mess. My question was why would anyone want to help Uhuru ruin the country. He seems very capable of doing that all by himself.

      Things like IEBC will not be solved by sensible thinking and working as a country. It will be solved after things explode and they will if IEBC continues in the same trajectory. Once elections become useless Kenyans will figure out how to deal with it. Kibaki did not want to talk about ECK reforms and went ahead to put his henchmen there. Poor Kivuitu ended up going to his grave a very lonely and miserable man. I don’t think Kibaki even attended his funeral. But electoral reforms were later forced and as messed up as IEBC is it will be solved one day.

      Having said that a few good things have come from this whole national dialogue and saba saba thing.

      1. The panic from Jubilee has shown Kenyans that the Moi boys will not address issues that are important to Kenyans. In fact they do not even want Kenyans to enjoy their rights and meet whenever and wherever they want. It was funny listening to Ruto saying there should be no rallies because there are no elections.

      These are the same dudes who crawled into every corner of the country holding disgusting tribal hate festivals which they called prayer meetings. And why were they holding these endless festivals? Because they had been charged with the crimes of murdering thousands of Kenyans. So it was OK for them to hold these meetings literally dancing on the graves of Kenyans they were accused of killing and it is not OK for Kenyans today to meet and talk about things that affect the lives of millions of Kenyans. That is just plain rubbish.

      2. Many of the key issues raised to be discussed on the Saba Saba event are critical to Kenyans and they are looking for answers. I will restrict myself to only two issues.

      (a) The Cost of Living nightmare for ordinary Kenyans. This is a big problems and it affects everybody whether you are Jubilee of CORD. There are no special supermarkets for Jubilee members with different prices for wafuasi. Kenyans need a solution and they need it now.

      My earlier suggestion was the this meeting comes with a Cost of Living Committee and give them six months to come with practical solutions. We will give ideas. My initial idea was that pressure be put on the government to eliminate all VAT on all necessities including household fuel and electricity bills. I was shocked yesterday to read that the government is just about to levy a huge tax on kerosene to raise Kshs 7 billion.

      Here is the insanity that must be stopped. I hope CORD can give these practical examples of how clueless these people are:

      http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/business/article/2000126824/state-to-up-taxes-on-kerosene-to-fund-gas-cut-fuel-adulteration

      This committee can also look at the incentives to improve food production including looking at the prices of farm inputs irrigation etc.

      If we keep waiting for phony gimmicks like this below Kenyans will starve for a very long time.

      http://www.nation.co.ke/news/PIC-Daniel-Baraza-Galana-Kulalu-Irrigation-Scheme/-/1056/2370174/-/eqg0soz/-/index.html

      (b) The other issue raised by CORD which is going to win them a lot of support is the demand for the immediate implementation of the TJRC report. Uhuru has an obligation to present the report to parliament and to start implementing it without any farther delays. The whole TJRC project cost Kenyans billions. We have the report now. What is the hold up. What excuses can Uhuru possibly give for sitting on this report and acting against the law which specifies the process of implementation.

      CORD must come with a practical process to put pressure on Uhuru to publicly release and start implementing the TJRC report. It means a rotating sit in in front of State House and Harambee House so be it. CORD should also upload the report and publish it using their own money and start distributing it to the citizens. This report is important to all Kenyans. We must force Uhuru to address it NOW.

    • Glad to see a well-articulated statement that boldly addresses issues which are threatening to tear the country apart. we have hit rock bottom and there’s only one way to go – the pressure must be sustained.

      phil, ION, while you guys were away holding peaceful and hugely successful rallies, jubilee propagandists were having a ball inciting their followers and painting the mother of all rallies as some kind of Armageddon. Despite all the threats, provocation and outright intimidation I hope you guys will continue putting the warmongers to shame.

    • Hehehe, the boot licking kenyan media simply refused to air the event live. Sad day indeed because Al-Jazeera aired the whole thing live. What a shame

      • WHATS NEXT AFTER RESOLUTIONS?

        THEY are coming to a venues near you in this month of July. CORD referendum petition forms requesting for your signature and voter registration number.

        It’s the intent of CORD coalition to collect up to and exceeding six (6) million signatures to:

        1. Force a referendum
        2. Prove to the world that Raila Odinga was indeed duly elected president only that one candidate had his votes illegally topped up in an elaborate rigging scheme.

        Kindly check and make sure your voter card and national ID are safe and within easy reach. We know, the predictable Jubilee will soon issue a budget to buy your voter registration or ID. Please resist the urge to sell your birthright. We know people are hungry and broke, but for the sake of future generations DO NOT sell your ID card under whatever circumstances. Mvumilivu hula mbivu.

        Meanwhile, the up coming referendum shall not be presided by IEBC. IEBC has to be reconstituted and reconstructed prior to the referendum. Isaak Hassan has been for the last three months now trying to reach out to CORD principals, more so Raila Odinga using third parties. His time and that of his corrupt commissioners is up.

        Be ready, as the comprehensive resolutions issued at Uhuru Park are just the start towards a peaceful, constitutional and people driven process to change our beloved country.

        GOD BLESS KENYA

      • phil,

        A Referendum is a YES or NO question. What exact question does CORD want to put in the referendum question? That has to be very clear and relevant to all Kenyans. Also you cannot put a bunch of questions in a referendum. That will just confuse people. CORD has to be very careful with this referendum thing. On the surface it looks good and from reports Kenyans like the idea even from those unscientific TV polls. But it is a very tricky business.

  2. After failing to convince Kenyans that CORD wanted to join the government Uhuru and company are now complaining that all the issues of national importance being raised by the opposition are insults. The weighty issues that are insults are e.g. security that has deteriorated and seen tourists leave the country in droves and look for other destinations such as Tanzania. 21 Muslims clerics have been killed yet no killer has been brought to book under UhuruTU watch. Meanwhile the president travels in a tank even the middle of Nairobi on a peaceful madaraka day.

    Joblessness is another issue which has become an insult if mentioned. Just the other day William Ruto came up with some juju statistics claiming that they had created over 500 000 jobs. The liar was forced to back off from the same when he could not show where those jobs had been created. On the contrary over 70 000 have been lost in Mombasa alone due to Jubilees incompetence over security issues.
    Being one who does not know what suffering is, Uhuru simply told the tourist that “wazungu waende” for we will be tourists in our own country. Then he went on to make some cosmetic changes that he hoped would boast local tourism. But the measure fell too short. He for example reduced the national park entrance fee from 1200 to 1000 KES which is a joke in my opinion. Just last month I visited Mikumi national park in Tanzania and as an East African paid 10000 TZS equivalent to 53 KES. Those coming from outside EA paid 30USD, compare that to over 100USD in Kenya. But it’s not the entrance fee that is a problem. Other things such as accommodation and transportation is beyond many ordinary Kenyans. How about giving Kenyans a lower rate in some of the five star hotels? Our tourist industry is geared towards foreigners and we need to do more than lip service to change that.

    Then there is the endemic corruption that we all thought Uhuru would stump out since he is not a needy person. But how wrong Kenyans were. While people hid when participating is corrupt activities, the vice is now overt and in your face. Corrupt figures are being paid billions for work that was never done and for goods that were never delivered. Basically the country is bleeding cash. Presidents often try keeping off corruption but look at what Uhuru did with the safaricom deal. He decided that if his people are afraid of leading the corrupt cartels, he will. That’s how he ended up buying cameras for over 8 million shillings each.

    Tribalism is now being practiced openly. If you don’t come from the Kikuyu and Kalenjin communities then forget about being appointed to any position in the civil service. And if you were there before the UhuruTU crowd came into power then your days are numbered. That’s jubilee for you.

    Drug trafficking in the country has also reached alarming proportions. The police always look the other way because the loot is often from connected individuals. It does not surprise me that a drug dealer was caught taking bhang to state house. As far as we know, it’s only Uhuru and family who live at the state house.

    None of jubilee lofty promises including the laptops have been delivered. By the way, this was a bad idea from the beginning because I can’t see the fun of using a laptop in a “classroom” under a tree. Now they are at it again promising free secondary school. But it turns out that this is not jubilees idea in the first place. A CORD MP introduced a bill in parliament intended to compel the government to make secondary school education free. Uhuru Kenyatta was just pre-empting the whole thing by announcing the same when he was in Kisii this week.

    • This is beyond madness. Uhuru and his incompetent bums are now blaming the Al Shabaab attack in Lamu as the work of CORD. They can’t handle a handful of jua kali terrorists and are bumbling around like fools and now they want to turn this into a political project. This just adds to the growing sense that all these attacks could be the work of the very government which is supposed to protect Kenyans. We saw the sad spectacle in the Westgate mess and now we have this.

      http://www.capitalfm.co.ke/news/2014/06/political-link-likely-in-mpeketoni-attack-lenku

      • Actually the clashes are reportedly ethnic in nature with Kikuyus mainly targeted. Raila has dismissed Ole Lenkus assertions and reminded the country about travel advisory, unprecedented evacuations and embassy closures. Besides the terror attacks happened even during the time Raila was away in US. The JubileeGovt stands accused of gross incompetence. Could be an inside job too, much like Westgate. Then they are also telling brazen lies on death toll, which is rumored to be over 200.

        The government played into CORDs hands when they turned.down offer for dialogue. The threat of civil unrest grows by the day even in their own strongholds. Kenyans have had it up to here and threats of arbitrary arrests of opposition leaders will only make a bad situation worse.

        The rallies continue regardless. Tononoka was very successful. Kisii next Friday.

      • Listened to Ole Lenku and this man is a total imbecile

        Have also read Onyango Oloo’s article herebelow

        http://demokrasia-kenya.blogspot.com/2014/06/oloo-not-surprised-by-mpeketoni-tragedy.html

        and the write up

        http://www.mazinst.org/files/mazpub/Firimbi%20Bulletin%20No%2037.pdf

        – clearly there are some major land issues to deal with in Lamu, but this is not attributed to this massacre

        These accounts here from survivors – (the kind of news that the Kenyan media is hiding from Kenyans and instead playing the stupid political games on behalf of Jubilee)

        http://www.latimes.com/world/africa/la-fg-kenya-attack-20140616-story.html

        http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/06/16/villagers-watching-world-cup-slaughtered-in-kenya/?tid=hp_mm

        http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/kenya-attack-extremists-spared-muslims-somali-speakers-in-deadly-attack-1.2676654

        THis clearly shows a repeat of Westgate strategy with the militia interrogating the victims before either sparing them or killing them

        The fact the travel advisory were issued to British, US and other citizens, these advisories were specific and mentioned the escalated threat of attack in the coastal towns shows that foreigners have far much more superior intelligence gathering than our Ole Lenku whose only intelligence demonstrate thus far is threatening “opposition politicians”

        Lets wait for more conferences as Kenyans continue to get slaughtered

      • The incompetent and dysfunctional jubilee government should have resigned by now. Apart from mobilizing gullible mostly uninformed followers for demonstrations, plus unleashing the jubilee propaganda machine to demonize, vilify and ‘kill’ Raila on social media what have they resolved after the daylong crisis meeting? Cancel all CORD rallies and throw Raila in jail or kill ‘makaburi style’ as advocated by the likes of moses kuria and mugo wa wairimu?

        OMT, it’s been almost 24 hours after this latest attack where the hell is the CiC?

      • Now here is Uhuru himself making the same politically motivated stupid allegations that Ole Lenku made. Welcome to team Uhulenku. Dangerous animal:

        http://www.nation.co.ke/news/Uhuru—Political-groups-to-blame-for-Mpeketoni-killings/-/1056/2351554/-/jvmp24/-/index.html

        There are a few very deadly things in these Uhulenku new game plan.

        1. If Uhulenku knew and still know who the political groups organizing the massacre of Kenyans are, how many people have to be killed before they take action?

        2. Is Uhulenku telling the Kenyans being killed that their lives are useless and Uhulenku are only interested in the political mileage they can get out of this catastrophe?

        3. If Uhulenku are lying, which is obviously the case, what are their objectives? Are they trying to manipulate the communities being targeted to respond by attacking the manufactured culprits to revenge and defend their communities? That is how toddlers in Naivasha and Nakuru got burnt in their homes by groups claiming to be defending others. Do these people realize how dangerous their nonsensical talk is?

        4. Beyond the Uhulenku madness of linking terrorist attacks to internal politics there is even the more scary part of communities banning some leaders from going in their neighbourhoods. I saw a video clip of kina Kabando and other Mt. Kenya politicians frothing in the mouth warning Raila and CORD never to step in their communities or else.

        It was even more telling that this was during Uhuru’s visit to Othaya. Uhuru sat there proud of his little noise cans. May be this is the so-called development they want to talk about but where does this end? Is Uhuru going to confine himself to Kiambu and will be banned from going to other communities? This is the stuff that gave us the PEV and other ethnic cleansing manenos in the past. When leaders start be declaring that some people are not allowed in their communities the next level is we will see people being expelled from communities and it can easily go nuts. What do these people think they are doing?

        5. Then we have the talk from Jubilee threatening to mobilize their supporters to hold parallel rallies with those of CORD. Just have your rallies and let others have theirs. Show boat rallies often lead confrontation and mayhem. We have been there before.

        And this thing is just getting worse. Uhulenku on a roll. To what only god knows.

        Here we go:

        http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2000125071/gsu-deployed-in-nairobi-western-kenya-over-threats-of-mpeketoni-like-attacks

      • Adongo

        This is not at all surprising

        Here is the problem, Westgate attack happened almost 1 year back. No one (as far as I have read) has been apprehended (other than a few sideshows), and there has been no report or conclusive findings on what exactly transpired. However what we do know is that the security response was disjointed, unnecessarily complex and ended up with a confusing collapse of a building. No one has ever accounted for all the attackers and the final tally of victims.

        There have been a few other attacks but on a relatively minor magnitude, but nevertheless the death toll is climbing.

        This new attack is a copy of the Westgate attack. But the security response is so poor that it brings to light such major incompetence that simply cannot be brushed aside. THey had to take the bitter pill and “refuse to accept” Al-Shabaab as the attackers, because people will ask why the government has still not figured out how to deal with Al-Shabaab especially considering that they have been telling everyone that Al-Shabaab is no more and have been neutralized. Rather than concede incompetence, its easier to rally and shore support for the government and this is where Mutahi Ngunyi comes in. He knows exactly the mindset of the blind supporters of TNA, and its therefore easy to manipulate the mobs into believing that somehow, this ties in with their political rivalries. It deflects attention from the fact that despite advisories, there were only a handful of police in Lamu. Response came 12 hours after the attackers left the first site. While the officers were walking around the 1st site of the attack, another attack took place, raising the death toll. And up to this moment, they do not know the whereabouts of these attackers. And they are only hoping that the attackers have achieved their objective and gone away. Sadly, these attackers may just possibly have an end game of fight to the death, which is very worrying.

        Just like in Westgate and other security lapses, everyone else is to blame except the those directly in charge of security. By raising enough dust and pointing fingers elsewhere, they can manage to deflect attention from gross failures and lapses and thus survive for another day and still look pretty to their fan-base.

        What is comical is that Al Shabaab are actually begging to be tied to these attacks while government is totally ignoring the admissions.

        But why would the government be so determined to exonerate a known terrorist group and instead play up a loaded political game

        Its because simply it shines a spotlight on the core historical injustices that saw the former RV rise up against former Central in a murderous mayhem. Whether coincidence or that these attackers deliberately chose a target that brings to the surface, how Kenyatta Snr distributed folks who had been displaced from Central province. Considering how shaky the TNA/URP alliance is, since they have not actually resolved the issues they were at war with, this attack has the potential to rekindle bitter memories, and the only resort is to blame someone else

        Funny how those 2007 / 8 memories have morphed and led to rewrite of history, the attackers, were URP base, victims were TNA base, retaliation lashed out at ODM base, in a cruddy triangle but now its more convenient to blame ODM base for everything and remove both TNA and URP bases.

        _________

        Anyway all the above is neither here nor there, my question is (or questions are)

        A while back we stated very clearly that the government was issuing decrees and setting up policies that fool the wananchi into wrongly beleiveing that they were anti-terrorism steps and would deter future acts of terrrorism

        lets review some of them

        a) When the deputy CJ (Baraza) was hounded out of office, I specifically stated that guards with reflective mirrors inspecting handbags and peeping under skirts are not a deterrent to a terrorist. I specifically stated that a terrorist does not walk up to a guard and wait to be frisked and when a grenade is found he apologetically smiles and offers himself for arrest.

        Westgate attack – four or more attackers started firing and continued firing until they were done. Can anyone tell me, where the guards to frisk them were. How did that frisking help or deter?

        b) Nyumba Kumi – so this has been in effect for some months now

        Mpeketoni attack – how did this Nyumba Kumi work out? Did this help or could it even have helped foresee this attack? How about the sporadic attacks in Garissa, Gikomba etc How has Nyumba Kumi helped?

        c) Asking touts to frisk passengers – see arguments above

        d) Wrongful profiling, detention and deportation of Somalis (both Kenyan and refugees) – How have these measures even remotely dented the capacity and ability of Al-Shabaab to strike in Kenya?

        In short, what am saying is that the incompetent security apparatus in Kenya, is manufacturing their own type/brand of terrorist/terrorism and then creating measures to deter this terrorist. Of course having mis-identified the problem, the proposed solution is stuff for a comic book or trash can.

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        Finally, how about this as food for thought

        The government – holds a press brief and assures Kenyans that they have restored peace and “beefed up security” (see note below), and the citizens are now safe and should return to normal activity. But then in the same breadth proceed to cancel a trip by the president to the area (who incidentally has an armored car), ostensibly on security grounds. No wonder some HRM tweet poked fun at this

        _____

        Beefing up security is a term that gushes out of Ole Lenku and his gang every time there has been a security breach. I really have a hard time understanding this. Do they mean got/added more personnel? Got more tech gear? Or does is simply mean they are providing security personnel with more more meat (beef) in their diet? Considering that the attacks persist am inclined to believe the latter i.e eating more meat in their diet

      • And have you guys seen this posted in twitter by Phil.
        ———————————————————————
        Wetangula Reports Kamanda Death Threats To Police

        Senate Minority Leader Moses Wetangula has recorded a statement with the police after receiving death threats from Starehe MP Mr. Maina Kamanda. He reported this with the OCS Parliament Police Station (OB39/17/June 2014) today at 4:50pm that the TNA Legislator accosted him yesterday and told him to his face “wewe na Raila mumeua watu wetu, we will kill both of you”…
        ———————————————————————-
        Now this is what Uhurus warlordish talk can lead to. Im not suprised that people such as Kamanda, Kuria et al are openly threatening people with death. Mutahi Ngunyi on the other hand is posting all manner of tribal nonsense in the social media. Its as if to say, no one can touch us because we are protected.

        My question is how long will the threats last. And if they actually murder someone (God forbid) what will be the consequences. Will it just pass like JM and Mboyas murders? I dont think so. Such characters must therefore be taken very seriously.

        Uhuru has missed the opportunity to unite the nation. If he thought that this is the way to heal Kenya then he is obviously wrong. I’m surprised that the CORD rallies are more important and must be averted by all means necessary but Al-Shabaab who have actually claimed responsibility and warned of more attacks are left off the hook. Wont they be laughing and rolling on the ground knowing full well that the government is clueless and fang-less.

        As Senator Hassan Omar said, don’t blame Ole Lenku, he is just a symptom of the dysfunctional jubilee government.

      • Guys,
        Check out this write up of four scenarios by BBC
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        Mpeketoni attacks: Four possibilities
        By Dennis Okari BBC News, Nairobi
        Residents of Kibaoni look at the ruins of the burnt down Breeze View Hotel after unidentified gunmen attacked the coastal Kenyan town of Mpeketoni June 16, 2014. Non-Muslims were singled out to be killed
        Continue reading the main story

        The style and scale of the attacks in and around the Kenyan town of Mpeketoni have left many questions unanswered. Who carried out the violence? Why kill only men? President Uhuru Kenyatta has blamed a “local political network”, but Somali militant Islamist group al-Shabab says it was behind the killings. However, for the moment, most Kenyans remain unclear as to who the perpetrators are.
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        Possibility 1: Al-Shabab
        Al-Shabab fighters (file photo)

        Al-Shabab has said it carried out the attack in order to take revenge on Kenya for the presence of its troops in Somalia, where they are battling the militants, as well as for the killing of radical clerics linked to al-Shabab in the port city of Mombasa.

        If the Somali group is to be believed, then it may have changed tactics for fear of losing support.

        Many women and children, including Muslims, were among the 67 people killed during the siege of the Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi last September.

        The indiscriminate attack angered some al-Shabab sympathisers, and the Mpeketoni attack could have been a way of sanitising the group’s image: kill the men, spare the women and children.

        However, not all of the women were spared – at least 12 women whose husbands were not at home during the raids were abducted, local residents have told the BBC.

        Sowing terror among ordinary Kenyans could be a strategy to increase pressure on the government to withdraw its forces from Somalia.

        Who are al-Shabab?
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        Possibility 2: Local dispute

        Mpeketoni is a farming area, not a popular tourist resort like the nearby Lamu island, and the attack took the country and security agencies by surprise.

        In the past, terror groups have concentrated on Kenya’s major towns and cities, or targeted foreign tourists in order to gain maximum international publicity.

        According to reliable accounts, the attackers were well organised, and as soon as they finished their mission, they disappeared, supporting the theory that they may be locals.

        President Kenyatta blamed “local political networks” for the overnight raid

        “This… was not an al-Shabab attack. Evidence indicates that local political networks were involved in the planning and execution of a heinous crime,” said President Kenyatta.

        “The attack in Lamu was well planned, orchestrated and politically motivated ethnic violence against a Kenyan community, with the intention of profiling and evicting them for political reasons,” he said.

        Many of those who died in the attack came from Mr Kenyatta’s Kikuyu community.

        There are long-standing political and ethnic divisions in this area.

        It could be that local Somalis and Oromos who claim the area as their ancestral home are trying to drive out Kikuyus, who they see as interlopers.

        The president’s father, independent Kenya’s founding President Jomo Kenyatta, gave the area to ethnic Kikuyus in the 1960s.

        Such disputes over land ownership were behind much of the ethnic violence which broke out across Kenya after the disputed 2007 elections.

        A group of Kenyan Somalis or Oromos could easily wave al-Shabab flags and shout slogans such as Allahu Akbar (God is great) in order to divert blame.

        Possibility 3: Separatist rebels
        map

        President Kenyatta did not name the local political group he was accusing.

        In recent years, the Mombasa Republican Council (MRC) has been campaigning for autonomy for Kenya’s largely Muslim coastal region, arguing that local people see little economic benefit from the region’s trading ports and tourist industry.

        It has been accused of carrying out small-scale attacks in and around Mombasa, which it has strongly denied.

        But it might be that it has launched an armed insurrection.
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        Possibility 4: An alliance
        Armed security forces walk past a barricade of burning tyres set up by residents to protest against the recent killings and what they claimed was the government”s failure to provide them with enough security, in the village of Kibaoni just outside the town of Mpeketoni, about 60 miles (100 kilometers) from the Somali border on the coast of Kenya Tuesday, June 17, 2014. The attack has led to protests by local people who accuse the government of ignoring them

        Of course, it could be that one of the Kenyan groups has decided to work with al-Shabab, which would explain some of the confusion.

        President Kenyatta would want to downplay the al-Shabab angle in order to try and protect Kenya’s embattled tourist industry, so if there were an alliance, he would focus on the local group.

        This would also enable him to send Kenya’s security services after some of his political enemies.

        While if some al-Shabab fighters were involved, it would enable the group’s spokesman to say they were behind the attack, even if it was not solely their idea.

        They have never previously said they carried out an attack which later proved to be untrue.

        And al-Shabab might like to target ethnic Kikuyus in order to take their battle right to the president’s doorstep.

        http://linkis.com/www.bbc.com/news/p63dk

      • Adongo,
        everyone in the world says its Al-Shabaab.
        Its also said that Shabaab never claims things that have not done.
        They have claimed in both written and audio thats its them.
        Uhuru Kenyatta absolves them.
        Uhuru says, that some politicians want to evict Kikuyus which is the reason for attack.
        This is how the guardian summarizes it.
        ……………………………………………………………………………….

        …..Speaking from her hospital bed in Lamu where she was recovering from bullet wounds in her legs, Najma Wairimu, 36, said a group of hooded gunmen attacked her village of Mapenya, near Poromoko, at around 11pm….

        “They came in a group of almost 30 men and broke into our houses while shouting in Somali. My house was set on fire while we were still inside. We ran out and I was shot in the chaos. My aunt called and said her village was attacked and my uncle is dead,” she added……

        Kenyatta’s assertion is likely to cause puzzlement. Matt Bryden, director of the Nairobi-based thinktank Sahan Research, said: “Although al-Shabaab has a history of hyperbole and exaggeration, it would be highly unusual for them to take responsibility in an opportunistic fashion. No other group currently operating in Kenya is known to have the capability for this kind of attack.”

        http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/17/kenyan-president-blames-local-political-networks-mpekotoni-poromoko-lamu-al-shabaab

      • AlShabaab claims responsibility as NIS confirms that they gathered and indeed relayed information about the impending attack by AlShabaab. http://www.nation.co.ke/news/Spy-agency-warning-on-attack-was-ignored/-/1056/2352354/-/vx9v59/-/index.html

        Meanwhile Uhuru in his address absolved AlShabaab and instead blamed it on politicians.

        Somebody is obviously playing very dangerous political games.

        [* Full Text of article appended below – BlogAdmin]

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        Intelligence officers knew about the impending attacks on Mpeketoni and Maporomoko, it became clear on Tuesday.

        The National Intelligence Services is said to have warned of the imminent attacks three days before they happened, the Nation has learnt.

        However, the warning was not acted on by local security chiefs and the police, according to security sources who spoke on condition of anonymity. They ignored the intelligence report despite a proper briefing by the NIS who had received a tip-off,” a source said.

        “Three days before the raid, NIS officers relayed information to their bosses in Nairobi about a looming high-scale attack by Al-Shabaab. They advised NIS headquarters to send alerts across the county and mobilise adequate personnel,” the source said.

        The message was also reportedly passed on to the Lamu county security and intelligence committee.

        It also emerged that the police were aware of the imminent attack.

        A Mpeketoni farmer told journalists that there was an increased police presence on the eve of the attack, but he was surprised that when the attackers struck, none of the officers showed up or responded to calls for help until about 3am after the damage was done.

        Travellers to Lamu said they were stopped at a roadblock at Witu trading centre at about 7pm on Sunday and warned not to proceed because “things will be bad ahead”.

        A businessman driving to Lamu, Mr Ahmed Musa, told the Nation that he was advised at Witu to cut short his journey. “A police officer told me that if I had to proceed beyond there, I must be very careful,” Mr Musa said.

        He decided to take his chances and proceeded, but about three kilometres from Kibaoni, he found a bus parked on the roadside.

        “I asked the driver what was happening and he told me he had been warned from Mpeketoni not to proceed to Lamu,” he said.

        The bus driver and Mr Musa then drove on to Kibaoni and parked their vehicles at Kibaoni Filling Station.

        “Immediately, we heard gunshots from afar but they quickly grew louder. Before we realised what was happening, a group of men arrived, shooting indiscriminately,” he said.

        Suddenly, he said, the shopping centre was swarming with attackers who spoke in Somali and “broken” Swahili.
        “It was dark but we could see them. People fled into the nearby maize shambas and bushes,” he said.

        Mr Musa said the attackers targeted only men. He saw at least three boda boda riders being shot dead after they were ordered to alight from their motorbikes.
        “Their female passengers were left to go,” he said.

        Four journalists heading to Lamu, NTV’s Nehemiah Okwembah, KBC’s Dickson Wekesa, The Star’s Alphonce Gari and K24’s Sharif David, took cover in a nearby goods shop.

        “We heard them tell the watchman that they were Al-Shabaab and that the attack was a mere warning to the governments of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania,” Mr Okwembah said.

        “When daylight broke, the men who had taken over Kibaoni went to a nearby mosque and prayed. After the prayers, they came out and fired indiscriminately and set some houses on fire,” Mr Musa said.

        By daybreak, no police officer had arrived at the scene.

        Some villagers, however, timidly came out of their houses and there was wailing and confusion all over.

      • Wow just Wow

        Reading that article posted by Akinyi, its unimaginable and unbelievable that these guys decided to sacrifice the lives of villagers just so that they can turn this into a propaganda tool for political capital. No offense but these guys from former Central province allow themselves to be (ab)used as political pawns by their leaders and still remain fiercely loyal. No wonder their leaders don’t give a hoot. Its very disturbing.

        Also clearly NIS are once again distancing themselves and making it clear they have done their part and the problem is with those mandated with response or mitigating action that are letting the country down.

        It is also clear that this information was duly shared with all involved thus there are no excuses.

        Someone somewhere is lying to the public. They deliberately allowed the terrorists to carry out their mission

        Madness

      • I guess it wont hurt to inject a little humor into this sordid mess

        and perhaps this is the kind of meeting that can take place somewhere as experts come up with solutions to people problems

      • Adongo, Blog Admin and the rest.
        There are several way of causing war in a country and this madness of absolving terrorists and blaming opponents with an aim of intimidating them is one of them. We have started seeing all manner of characters frothing from both corners of the mouth of how they are going to kill so and so. The tribal hatred in the social media has reached its peak. What people forget is that media, specifically radio contributed immensely to genocide in Rwanda. All I know is that civil war can spare some few for sometime but eventually it catches up with everybody. Those calling for hate in social media and even accosting others in broad day light to warn them of dire consequences are joking with fire. Once the country is out of control nobody can steady it. We saw this 2007.

      • A great write up by Onyango Obbo
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        In September last year when Al-Shabaab terrorists attacked the Westgate Mall, killing nearly 70 and wounding over 100, Kenya rallied like never before.

        When President Kenyatta and other leaders and commentators said the attack had been a “failure” and that it had only succeeded in bringing out the best in the country, they were right.

        Then the Mpeketoni attack happened on Sunday and Monday nights, and the tone has changed. It has set off a divisive debate, after Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku, then later, President Kenyatta said it was the work of “local politicians”, not Al-Shabaab — who actually claimed it.

        Some have understood that to mean he was pointing a finger at the opposition, Cord. The opposition has pushed back angrily, with Senator Moses Wetangula labelling the accusations a “joke”.

        READ: Raila says Uhuru statement unfortunate

        READ: Forget your differences for sake of Kenyans, leaders urged

        In one sense, it is not important who is right or wrong here. The more critical issues are two: first, how did we get to this pass? Secondly, what is Al-Shabaab thinking as it looks on?

        There is no doubt that the Westgate victims were more “politically correct” than the Mpeketoni ones. There was no obvious attempt by the killers to discriminate against their victims on the basis of race, tribe, age, or sex — they killed them regardless.

        The only attempt they made was to find out who were “good Muslims” or not. In the end they decided that all the Muslims at Westgate were bad ones, so they killed several of them too. So there were victims from several corners of Kenya and the world, and from all religions.

        WORKING CLASS TARGETS

        With Mpeketoni, populated mainly by the Kikuyu, it was understandable that one would feel they were targeted on ethnic basis — although that of itself isn’t enough reason to rule out Al-Shabaab’s hand.

        However, if we stand back with calmer minds, clearly the terrorists’ target choice has changed in shrewd ways.

        If I were Al-Shabaab, I would not choose another target like Westgate because not only would I end up uniting Kenya, I would also generate huge international solidarity for it.

        Perhaps that is the reason why the places where culturally diverse audiences hang out in Nairobi, even though they have tighter security, have not reported being terrorists’ targets since Westgate.

        The terrorists have been focusing on working class targets; buses, matatus, markets, and pubs. One immediate difference is that these targets have not generated the same international solidarity as Westgate.

        When Gikomba Market was hit, it struck a raw nerve.

        There were reports of police stopping angry traders from marching on Eastleigh, the Somali-dominated business suburb. This action was driven by the perception that the terrorists were Somalis and Muslims, so they needed to be given a taste of their own medicine.

        In time, we might think back to that point and see it as the turning point. What the terrorists needed was to set Kenyan against Kenyan.

        SECTERIAN SCHISMS

        In Nigeria, the Boko Haram terrorists have tried very hard to get the mainly Christian South to turn against the Muslim North, but they have failed so far although they have been at it longer than the terrorists in Kenya.

        Assuming Al-Shabaab were not involved in the Mpeketoni massacre, now that they have seen the potential to light Kenya’s ethnic powder-keg, the real danger is they will do their own ethnic thing and cause more divisions.

        A country riven by sectarian schisms can’t fight terrorism.

        Take something like the Kenya Defence Forces presence in Somalia, whose withdrawal Al-Shabaab has been demanding.

        Though there has been dissent over the issue, on the few times we have had opinion polls on the matter, they have indicated a majority in support of KDF. And after Westgate, we saw Cord leader Raila Odinga and President Kenyatta side by side, with the former on several occasions saying KDF should stay on in Somalia.

        In the current environment, we can expect partisan divisions over issues like the KDF in Somalia, a position that makes it difficult to maintain Kenya’s current policy on Somalia in the long run.

        Whether or not they did Mpeketoni, this week Kenyan politics (and venomous Kenyan-on-Kenyan attacks on social media) finally gave Al-Shabaab the prize that had long eluded it.

        Mr Onyango-Obbo is editor of Mail & Guardian Africa. (mgafrica.com). Twitter: @cobbo3

        http://www.nation.co.ke/oped/Opinion/our-politics-gave-Al-Shabaab-a-gift/-/440808/2353384/-/12dhvrez/-/index.html

      • How accurate this is:
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        With the CORD consultative rallies demanding for #NationalDialogue, the nonsensical hashtag that #WeAreOne is slowly making its way back on timelines, with #KOT going further to start another hypocritical hashtag #StopSocialMediaHate. Another laughable hashtag I saw #EthnicHateInKenya. It just had to be oblivious #KOT. Why not #EthnicBalanceInKenya? I will join that anytime, anyday!
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        Read on here;
        http://www.kenya-today.com/news/clueless-kenyans-twitter-kot-shag-rest-kenyans-street-kots

      • This is just crazy as muslims now flee mpekotoni for fear of reprisals.

        vvhttp://www.worldbulletin.net/world/139167/muslims-flee-kenyas-mpeketoni-fearing-reprisals

      • More and more information is seeping in about who lead the attack in mpekotoni.
        ———–
        White man speaking ‘fluent British English’ led al-Shabaab attack in Kenya that left 60 dead, witnesses claim
        Farmer’s Hotel in Mpeketoni was one of the buildings burnt down during Sunday night’s attack
        60 people were killed in Sunday night’s attack on the small coastal town of Mpeketoni Photo: EPA
        Mike Pflanz

        By Mike Pflanz, Lamu

        11:18AM BST 18 Jun 2014

        A white man speaking “fluent British English” led suspected al-Shabaab commandos who ransacked towns in northern Kenya leaving 60 people dead, witnesses have said.

        Several people in Mpeketoni, which was attacked by as many as 40 Islamist gunmen on Sunday, told The Telegraph that the gang’s leader was pale-skinned and spoke English and Arabic.

        One of the witnesses is a primary schoolteacher who speaks good English, unlike many people in the remote corner of Kenya near the Lamu archipelago that earlier this week became the country’s latest terror target.

        The accounts strengthened suggestions that the attackers were part of a well-trained team sent by al-Shabaab under the co-ordination of an experienced foreign jihadi now working with the Somali Islamists.

        “I saw a white man who was speaking in fluent British English commanding the rest of the attackers,” said Mary Gachoki, who lives in Mpeketoni.
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        Another woman, who did not want to be named for fear of al-Shabaab reprisals, said: “There was a white man among them, he was commanding them and was shouting now and then.

        “I saw him ordering them to carry out the attacks, he could be heard speaking frequently and at one point he spoke in Arabic but most of the time in English,” she said.

        James Mwangi, another witness, was talking with a friend when he heard the first gunshots.

        “I saw a group of armed man standing then dividing themselves into groups, one went to the police station, one towards the town centre to attack the banks and businesses,” he said.

        “All were commanded by someone who was white or an Arab,” he said.

        The claims echoed similar allegations made during the Westgate terror massacre in a Nairobi shopping centre last September, when witnesses said they saw a white woman among the attackers.

        This prompted suggestions that Samantha Lewthwaite, the world’s most wanted woman who is said to be living in al-Shabaab territory in Somalia, was involved.

        CCTV footage has since shown these reports were false.

        The larger of the two most recent raids happened on Sunday night, when gunmen took control of Mpeketoni town and went door-to-door asking people if they were Muslims. They executed those who were not. Sixty people died.

        There were further clashes on Monday night, when as many as 15 more people were killed. So far, no one has been arrested.

        Kenya’s president, Uhuru Kenyatta, shocked many when he claimed the raids were the work of local politicians trying to stir up ethnic hatred against his Kikuyu tribe, and not al-Shabaab.

        This was despite the fact that the Somalia-based al-Qaeda army had already claimed responsibility.

        Benson Maisori, the region’s deputy commissioner, denied that a white man had led the raid and said a German man who lives with his Kenyan wife in Mpeketoni may have been mistaken as one of the attackers.

        http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/kenya/10908481/Kenya-al-Shabaab-attack-was-led-by-white-man-speaking-fluent-British-English.html

      • “There is one half of Kenya which the other half is unaware of – a quote from The NFD book ” – by Negley Farson

        The same literally applies to Mpeketoni, a division of Lamu County whose current population is edging on close to 50,000. For every 1 Kenyan who is aware of the origins and current status of Mpeketoni, there are 50 others who are not. It is these 50 Kenyans that we want to bring to their attention some startling facts about Mpeketoni Division.
        Mpeketoni owed its name to an admixture of Swahili (mpe meaning give one) and English (carton) whence was coined the name: mpe katoni.

        As each landless Kikuyu got off the administration lorry at the site designated for their settlement, the officer in charge barked: Mpe katoni (a carton of essentials).

        That phrase evolved ultimately to Mpeketoni as we know it today. That was in the late Sixties. By the 1999 census, Mpeketoni’s population had mushroomed to 25,000. Today it is nearer the 50,000 mark – easily the most populous division of Lamu County. But it is not a naturally inhabited division of Lamu. It is, on the contrary, an artificial creation by the Kenyatta despotic regime drunk with ethnic chauvinistic power that can best be described as Extreme Chegemony (Chege, the Kikuyu male name blending easily with the English word hegemony).

        This Chegemony was superimposed upon a peaceful, backward and illiterate community known collectively as Walamu comprised of Amus who are indigenous to Lamu town and Bajunis in the sprawling Lamu Archipelago.
        Kenyatta’s inglorious act of ethnic transplantation resulted in a cultural shock to the people of Lamu who are 100 percent Muslim and have a totally different cultural way of life compared to the newcomers from Central Kenya.
        Thanks to Kenyatta’s tunnel vision Chegemony, Mpeketoni is the only division in the whole of Kenya that has been settled and exclusively inhabited by Kikuyus.

        Their numbers would have grown by leaps and bounds had not Allah intervened by recalling Jomo Kenyatta to the Great Skies. The Man from Sacho to his credit ordered a stop to the Kikuyu influx when he took over. PEV created a new wave of influx through IDPs who are continually streaming to Mpeketoni and branching out into other nearby urban centres such as Witu and Mkunumbi.

        The son of Kenyatta, Uhuru, far from seeking to make amends for his father’s ignominous ethnic transplantation, has lately sought to settle some IDPs in his dubiously acquired vast land holdings in Taveta. But the valiant Taveta people have been putting up a stiff resistance to Uhuru’s attempt. In Lamu, tension has been building up between the settler community and the true owners of Mpeketoni.

        Last week, the National Cohesion & Integration Commission sent a team to probe the issue in Mpeketoni even as Esther Murigu’s Ministry of Special Programmes denied it was settling IDPs in the area. Yet they have been coming in numbers that have justified the recent introduction of daily bus services from Nairobi to Mpeketoni. I am asking my fellow Kenyans who sincerely believe in the principles of justice, fair play and equality to stand shoulder to shoulder with the Walamu People against this settler invasion of their lands which is illegal and immoral.
        No Constitution on earth allows wholesale translocation of one community from its region to another community’s area.

        That is not National Cohesion. It is territorial aggrandisement, not unlike the annexation of territory by a foreign power. The right to live, reside and work in any part of the country may be enshrined in our Constitution, but its incorporation applies solely to the individual and his family but not his entire tribal community. Today, Mpeketoni is well served by both Government and CDF. It has electricity supply whilst many parts of Lamu have no such service. And it is the most developed area of Lamu county whilst other parts of Lamu county are lagging far behind.
        Lamu people have been grievously wronged by the Kenyatta regime. This historical injustice must be addressed now for the sake of genuine peace and stability in the area.

        Above all, the new influx of IDPs which is further displacing the people of Lamu must be brought to an immediate end and the new arrivals returned whence they came from. If steps are not taken to deal with this situation, do not be surprised if you come to hear Lamu youth crossing the border into Somalia to train as terrorists and return back to fight for their homeland. What is happening now is recipe for future violence. Be warned Kenyans and start championing the cause of Lamu people for justice.

        http://uchunguzi.wordpress.com/2011/03/02/mpeketoni-ni-ya-walamu-milele/

      • So Nairobi claim that Lamu police have apprehended several MRC members who were about to cause mayhem. This done to further prove that the absurd claim that the Mpeketoni massacre was genocide

        And then Lamu police come out to dismiss this as rubbish

        http://www.nation.co.ke/news/Police-denie-alleged-arrests-of-MRC-members/-/1056/2361776/-/101pnq8/-/index.html

        The farce of Kenya from the ministry of eternal insecurity


        Police bosses in Lamu County have dismissed as lies reports that 13 alleged arrests of the members of the illegal Mombasa Republican Council in Kiunga, in Lamu East.

        County Commissioner Stephen Ikua also denied the reports of the said arrests dismissing them as rumours.

        This is contrary to an earlier report from the Interior Ministry’s communication office that members of the illegal group have been arrested.

        Lamu County Commissioner Stephen Ikua dismissed reports of the said arrests as rumours. “That is rubbish. There is nothing like that,’’ he told Nation’s.

        Police Commander Ephantus Kiura said they had no such reports. “I have contacted my OCPD in Lamu East and he told me that there are no such people who have been arrested in Kiunga,’’ he told Nation on telephone from Lamu Island.

        Lamu East OCPD Mr Samuel Obara also refuted the reports attributed to the Ministry of Interior.

        “I have personally gone into the cells to see these people who are said to have been arrested here and have seen none. I am the OCPD here and I can say with clear mind that we have not arrested such persons.

        He added while speaking from Kiunga some 168km from Lamu town, “why should we hide if have arrested them,’’.

        Last evening when contacted further he said, “Take it from me, there is no one arrested and please quote me.’’

  3. I think that CORD has every right to interrogate the Jubilee administration on a range of issues. I also think that its a great idea to encourage the public to articulate grievances, fears etc on national issues and these are many but include run-away crime/insecurity, rising cost of living, etc

    I think that Saba-Saba should happen irrespective of whether the Jubilee administration agree to dialogue or not because it creates the avenue/platform for the general public to air their issues

    Where I have my doubts, is with the long term road map.

    Let me explain, lets first look at our own immediate past history (for those with short memories)

    National Dialogue is not new and in fact the Coalition govt, New constitution, and many of the reforms such as parliament, judiciary etc, are as a result of setting up a national dialogue and reconciliation committee/task force, which over time made several recommendations and drafted various agreements

    http://www.dialoguekenya.org

    http://www.dialoguekenya.org/index.php/agreements.html

    Of particular interest to me is the agreement or statement on “long term issues” which continue to dog us today

    http://www.dialoguekenya.org/Agreements/23%20May%202008-Statement%20of%20Principles%20on%20Long-term%20issues%20and%20solutions%20from%2023%20May%20updated%20with%20implementation%20matrix.pdf

    Lets sample a few of these e.g Parliamentary reforms, and constitution reform. What was envisioned here, as well as what was drafted by the CoE, laid the framework for a just society, governed by reasonable men and women

    What has transpired however, is a tyranny of numbers, bringing in a large number of uncouth and sycophantic parliamentary and senate rabble incapable of national interest but driven primarily by (personal) greed and deep seated bigotry overriding any national interest.

    My point is that, we cannot keep reinventing the wheel. We already have sufficient channels and avenues that need to be jolted into action, and perhaps given the force of law through bi-partisan legislation.

    Its also true that many of these outfits owe allegiance to Jubilee administration e.g IEBC, NCIC, etc and therefore may not want to rock the boat, but I still maintain that these present the most viable channels for recording public disaffection. I do not think that creating new vehicles or channels will necessarily make things any better.

    In this regard, its important that CORD makes very specific demands and/or invitations to these existing institutions for their participation in the national dialogue, after all, that is precisely what these bodies were created for.

    I see that recently the NCIC held a “Pamoja Conference” which basically is a suck up to Uhuru’s pet phrase “tuko pamoja”. Nevertheless, the point is that this institution is mandated to seek solutions to societal issues. Another that comes to mind is the TJRC and its findings/report. Although some of these institutions’ mandate may have expired, the issues have not, and its up to CORD to revive interest in the issues and recommendations of such institutions. Shine the spotlight on all these reports gathering dust on shelves, and insist on seeing action.

    Because the National Dialogue desired by CORD cuts across various sectors (security, economy and of course politics, etc), CORD therefore needs approach all other institutions mandated to deal with these issues.

    Touching base with these organisations will help compile existing issues/solutions, as well as eliminate duplicity and which can then be combined with what transpires at the Saba-Saba forum or events leading to it ( I don’t quite see how a one day event like a rally can be used to obtain public input – logistically impossible but a nightmare at best)

    None of the issues experienced in Kenya are new and they have been the subject of political party formation and campaigns from colonial times to date.

    Every new administration right from independence, has promised to tackle these issues, and what happens is that they either altogether fail, or are too slow, inept, start their own set of sleaze or are swallowed in existing web of corruption, etc (as in this Jubilee regime) and the people get fed up and what a new team.

    I think the challenge here, is for CORD to once again articulate these frustrations (remember the manifesto) and then knowing fully well that they do not control any of the state resources, chart a way that will help the ordinary citizen cope with these issues, with or without state resources. That is indeed a tall order

    Roping in Jubilee govt should not even be on the table, and CORD should only rely on a willing population to carry out strategies and instead have the govt scrambling to catch up

    The Jubilee govt has really no proper strategy to address the mwananchi issues, because the top two and a majority of their core support are not only super wealthy but are offspring, student, and direct beneficiaries of KANU and its attendant kleptocracy. Everything that they do is based on a highly patronizing and condescending attitude that cannot be helpful because that is all they know

    In conclusion, I suggest that CORD need to outline and document a proper LEADERSHIP strategy and framework including both the short term and long term (10+ years) road map, with clear action/outcome/responsibility maps, otherwise, this exercise will be nothing else than a rabble rousing event, with nothing tangible to mover forward with after the rally.

      • And here is another puzzle. Apparently NIS had info about the impending attack. As usual nothing was done about it. Now here is the mystery. If NIS had info that Raila and co were about to kill Kikuyus in Lamu as has been claimed by Uhuru shouldn’t Uhuru have done something about it? May be but the info from NIS is that they had info that Al Shabaab was planning the attacks. Or may be Uhuru and NIS are working with different intelligence reports. Uhuru is just a complete goof whichever way one looks at the nightmare in the country.

        Here is the story:

        http://www.nation.co.ke/news/Spy-agency-warning-on-attack-was-ignored/-/1056/2352354/-/vx9v59/-/index.html

      • Adongo,
        Perhaps you have not seen them yet. But there are leaflets being spread in Nakuru to the effect that Luos should leave the town or else. So the speech by Uhuru that his community is being attacked in bearing fruit. But as you mentioned before just one killing of one tribe by another for revenge might trigger a counter attack, evictions and counter evictions. Sooner or later we might forget Kenya as it is today. Thats the simple truth.

        By the way, just two weeks ago leaflets were doing round chasing away Kikuyus from parts of Rift Valley. This wont end if we dont have leadership that can arise above tribe.

      • Adongo,
        By the way, where have the kalenjin be left in this whole affair of protecting kikuyu presidency. I thought the so called leadership was between Uhuru and Ruto. The latter has been left to fend for himself.

      • Uhuru hasn’t even got to the latest ‘fire’ in Baringo. What with problems in his own house popping up every now and then. check from ~ 6:00

      • mzee,

        Yes I have read about the leaflets ordering Luos to leave Naivasha and Nakuru or else. But this was expected after Uhuru’s incitement yesterday. When the president tells Kikuyus that they are being killed by Raila and his friends it is a call to arms. Uhuru doesn’t have to tell them to do anything. That is for the field generals on the ground to do and they are doing just that as we can see from the declarations of people like Kamanda and Wambui.

        The one thing I think Raila and CORD need to do is to take Uhuru’s nasty statements on National TV very seriously. I know they have responded and dismissed Uhuru’s lies but they need to go farther than that.

        CORD has to demand that Uhuru and the security officers provide the evidence and arrest the alleged perpetrators. If Uhuru and his Lenku incompetents cannot provide any evidence Raila and CORD must demand that Uhuru apologizes to Kenyans for lying to them and for engaging in reckless actions that incites ethnic strife and possible violence against communities that Uhuru’s statement targeted. CORD should not let this just slide.

        Uhuru put himself on the spot. He must be held fully accountable for what he said and its consequences. Generally even the Uhuru friendly media seem to have accepted that Uhuru was nuts to say what he said. Nobody takes him seriously but he must be held accountable.

        And here is another version of Kamanda’s declaration of war. Here he is very direct.

        http://www.capitalfm.co.ke/news/2014/06/dpp-orders-moses-kuria-charged-for-hate-speech

        It also seems to me that sending GSU and other armed forces in Kisumu, Kibra, Bungoma etc are in preparation for some backlash. NIS must know that given the circumstances and heat generated by these tribal porojos some people will attack Luos or Luhyas somewhere soon. Once that happens it is very likely that the Luos in Kisumu and elsewhere as well as the Luhyas may hit back and start expelling people from their communities. The GSU are ready to deal with that.

        It is ridiculous to suggest that the GSU are being sent in these areas because of fear of a terrorist attack in those places. In any event if Raila is now the chief terrorist it makes no sense that he will be unleashing his Al Shabaab forces in Kisumu, Kibra and Bungoma.

        This the problem when you start mixing things up. You can’t know what is coming next.

  4. NATIONAL DIALOGUE NOT ABOUT JUBILEE & CORD

    When we talked about a national dialogue we never intended it to be between CORD and JUBILEE. Nor did we mean that it was a matter confined to political parties alone. It is a dialogue among the Kenyan people from all walks of life currently confronted by crises of unprecedented proportions.

    Anybody interpreting the reaction of Jubilee as an affront to CORD is obviously missing the point. In its usual authoritarian reaction to any proposal addressing the popular concern of the Kenyan people Jubilee will obviously want to confine this dialogue to a corner where its tyranny of numbers will subvert a genuine national debate.

    We in CORD are ready with our preparatory team which has embarked on consultations with stake holders en route to the national dialogue. We hope Jubilee will drop its arrogance and grandstanding and come along with the Kenyan people.

    We invite religious leaders, trade unions, civil society organizations and the popular masses to join us to save this nation from collapse.

    Prof. P. Anyang’ Nyong’o,
    Secretary General, ODM
    10/6/14

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