Our country Kenya is bleeding. My motherland is at a crossroad. One group ‘BORA UCHAGUZI’ advocating for fresh elections to be done tomorrow regardless of its quality, while another ‘UCHAGUZI BORA’ demanding that the elections be postponed until the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is reconstituted, and the environment is conducive to a free, fair and credible process. I’m for the latter.
The proponents of tomorrow’s elections, which the opposition has dubbed “Jubilee’s Opinion Poll,” argue that the economy is ailing as a result of the prolonged electioneering period. They say we should not be stuck in one thing and it is now time we get over and done with it. They say so albeit the challenges that we witness within the presiding body, IEBC.
The Commission in Tatters and the Envoys of Doom
The European Union and the US seem to be reading from that same script. The envoys have chosen to be silent on the commission’s grievous mistakes but louder on criticizing the opposition’s hard stance.
The west, led by the American ambassador Bob Godec, have regretted the opposition’s withdrawal but they do not seem to raise concerns over the issues raised by the opposition, which successfully petitioned the August polls.
The Common Wealth has already withdrawn its observers citing insecurity, and the withdrawal of the opposition from the rerun.
Last week Roselyn Akombe, the former IEBC head of public relations, withdrew from the commission saying it is lying to Kenyans. In her resignation letter, Akombe narrates her ordeal at the election body as she tried to get things right. Her statement just came a day after the envoys, who since been dubbed “envoys of doom,” had lauded IEBC’s preparation levels.
The commission chairman, while responding to Akombe’s resignation, confirmed her claims. He read what seems to be a warning notice to the political actors. And the commission’s drama didn’t stop there. The intrigues continue with news emerging day and night.
Deaths and Poachers of Men
In the run to August 8 elections, we lost the country’s Cabinet Secretary in charge of security. Bomas, which was under preparation to host the IEBC’s national tallying centre, is the last place he visited before retiring home to meet his fate. His death was not investigated, but the police were quick to rule it as a case of heart attack. His death came exactly a month to the elections.
One week to the Aug 8 polls, the poachers of men descended on the IEBC, this time it was the commission’s head of ICT, Chris Msando.
On that fateful day, Msando spent the better part of the day in media houses trying to explain how the polls would be tamperproof. He went back to the office and left late in the night, only to be kidnapped by unknown people.
At about 1 am, the CCTV cameras captured Msando, together with two other people, one of them a woman in his Land Rover within the CBD, making a call and later along Mombasa road. His body would later be found in a thicket in Kikuyu. The police are yet to come out with any meaningful information on his murder, but they h suggested that Msando’s death was perhaps a case of a love triangle.
Last week, the police descended on Jimmy Wanjigi’s house. They broke into the house like thieves, without a search warrant. Not even a court order against this invasion could stop them. It took the intervention of the opposition Chief and his supporters for the police to leave.
A day later, a similar incident happened at another billionaire’s home, this time Bobmill’s owner is the victim. However, Bichul is not as lucky Jimmy; he loses his life in unclear circumstances.
These poachers of men spare no one. Yesterday, we woke up to another sad news. Do you remember the Bondo reverend father who warned Kenyatta against profiling and killing of Luos by the police? Yes, that man of the cloth is no more! He was shot in the head and his car burnt.
Sublimely Tamed Supreme Court
Yesterday, as the Supreme Court prepared to hear the cases relating to tomorrow’s election, the DCJ’s car was shot at. Her driver was injured and rushed to Nairobi Women’s Hospital, where he succumbed.
The acting Internal Security CS and the Inspector General of police went to visit him. While we thought he would recover, the injury he sustained was fatal.
So in the morning, we wake up to screaming headlines about the impending case at the Supreme Court. And when Maraga came out, he was only accompanied by Justice Lenaola. And as principled as Maraga is, he decided to let the public know who is where and why they have not appeared in court to preside the case.
As you have anticipated, both the dissenting judges Justice Njoki Ndungu and Justice Ojwang were conspicuously absent. As Maraga reported, Ndungu was out of Nairobi could not get a flight back to the capital to hear the case. Ojwang’s whereabouts were not known.
Judge Mohammed Ibrahim is still sick. His counterpart Wanjala was said to be uncomfortable with the case, while Justice Mailu was so devastated after yesterday’s incident. But this evening, it is emerging that the DCJ might have been under house arrest. The other four are yet to verify their stories.
Could yesterday incident have been a warning to the supreme court bench? Did it mean that the case that the outcome of the case was so obvious that it had to be nipped in the bud? Only God knows and time will tell.
The Birth of National Resistance Movement
Tomorrow, Oct 26, about half of the country will be going to the election while the other half would be staying away. As the opposition chief as advised his supporters, none of them is expected to turn up for tomorrow’s “ritual.”
While I pray that all of us remain safe, bloodshed is eminent should Jubilee try to force elections in the opposition stronghold. To say that tomorrow will go without shedding blood would be living a lie.
Could tomorrow’s election solve our current problems? No, it won’t! In fact, it could escalate the problem.
Listening to Raila today address his supporters at a rally at Uhuru Park, he said the coalition has morphed into resistance.
If we are to move out of the current quagmire successfully, we must open our eyes to see and our ears to hear voices of reason.
We must first accept that we have a problem, and agree to dialogue about it. Much blood has been shed, and only the truth will set us free. If we want to see the light, let’s put our heads together and open our hearts to have a national dialogue, for there’s nothing greater than coexisting in peace, love, and unity.