A Kenyan Pastor is doing a series of inspiring series of posts on “Kenyan Heroes”
There was indication that the teams were making progress when Mr Odinga emerged from the meeting with President Kibaki and Mr Annan at the Office of the President.
It was a moment of relief as dignitaries, mediators and the media watched Mr Odinga move to the PNU side and shake hands warmly with people perceived to be his adversaries. He exchanged pleasantries and a hearty laugh with Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister Martha Karua and Mbooni MP Mutula Kilonzo, both members of President Kibaki’s team to the negotiations.
The mood, captured live on national televisions, was a manifestation of what the country was waiting to see to restore hope.
The rest of this post links to:
- NEGST’s own Njeri has more sobering reflections on the long-term implications for freedom of what has happened here.
- The real reason for the post-election violence
- My mother did not shoot me, says Kibaki’s son
- A Ugandan calls Kenyans amateurs when it comes to vote stealing.
Njeri has more sobering reflections on the Kenyan situation . . .
So now bus load after bus load arrives in towns and village centers all over the country, returning a disillusioned mass to start new lives amongst ‘their own’. Freedom to live and work anywhere in this country is a right that is slowly being eroded to the point that dreams of free enterprise and the entrepreneurial spirit of our young people is being squelched almost irrevocably. Driven by fear, anger, revenge and despair, the average mwananchi [people] is becoming more polarized by tribal sentiment…believing the only way to be survive, to be safe, to secure their future is within the cocoon of tribal based political patronage.
The real reason for most of the violence (land):
Judging by the form the violence has assumed in recent days, it appears evident that the poll outcome explosion was just but a cover for animosity by communities in the region against one another.
Interviews by the Saturday Nation revealed that the increased population in the region had put pressure on available land, forcing some of the indigenous people to seek ways of recovering land that was “irregularly” allocated to non-indigenous communities.
“Yes, we were unhappy about the election outcome,” says Mr Paul Yego, a resident of Uasin Gishu. “But more importantly, the presidential election result presented us with a good chance to ‘right’ some of the historical wrongs committed against us as a community.”
In Uasin Gishu, the area that experienced the worst violence in the latest ethnic attacks, the land issue spans the two major phases of Kenya’s history: the colonial and the post-colonial eras of Presidents Jomo Kenyatta and Daniel arap Moi.
. . . what used to be the open grazing and farming lands of the Kalenjin and Kikuyu were transformed into coffee, tea, wheat and maize plantations.
“Instead of restoring our lands that we lost to the white settlers, a few individuals benefited, relegating the majority of us to squatters even with the attainment of independence,”
“My mother did not shoot me” said the president’s son.
(Addressing rumors that have been circulating. But maybe his leg wound has healed enough now ;-). Just joking.
A Ugandan calls Kenyans (and Ugandans) Amateurs when it comes to vote stealing.
A neighboring country that deals with corruption (notice that another energy company from the good ole USofA is said to be involved.