Kenya Death Toll being kept Artificially Low

January 7, 2008

Living in Tanzania, I’m frequently able to talk with refugees that are constantly streaming into the country from Kenya. Something that I have repeatedly heard from many refugees here is that the actual death toll in Kenya is at least 1000. The official government figure is 486, but the Kenyan police have stated that there are at least 600 dead, with more bodies still hidden in bushes. Furthermore, according to refugees that I’ve met, there are areas in the deep slums which the police have barely set foot in since Kibaki stole the election: these areas house scores of bodies. From listening to the refugees, it seems that 1000 killed is a conservative figure – and the death toll looks set to rise even more, considering that the Kenyan army has been sent into Kibera to quell unrest (i.e. kill people).

There’s really nothing left to add to this that I haven’t said before. Odinga has had to call off his nationwide protests scheduled for tomorrow because of this violence; protests that he has every right to hold. (At least protests can still be held in the UK).

There may not be much left to write about this, but first-hand photos can tell the story in greater depth – here’s another good blog to find some pictures.

– Nishant

Violence Eases in Kenya

January 5, 2008

Although the crisis in Kenya is probably not over, tensions have cools and violence has eased. Mr Odinga has realised that he will not get justice in Kenya, and possibly the best he can hope for is a revote – if properly monitored, this could easily go his way. However, the chances of that are slim as long as the government rejects any and all outside help – as seen in this article.

The country, however, will not be the same. Tribal tensions are now out in the open, and many Kikuyus who have fled may not have plans to return. Tensions have yet to subside completely in major cities and slums, but people are trying to get back to normal life. However, violence still abounds, as can be seen from Ory Okolloh’s account of his trip to the airport.

The government is not making a return to peace any easier. As long as they continue to block demonstrations, (as pictured) protesters will simply seek another – less peaceful – outlet to release their tensions. And if the government continues to prevent outside forces from mediating, (since they support Odinga) then they may lose precious donor aid, threatening the economy even further. (For more pictures, try this blog).
The main concern at this stage is that of genocide erupting. Tribal tensions are strong and out in the open, and Genocide Watch has placed Kenya on a Stage 6 – the last stage before genocide erupting.

For more information, here’s a list of blogs that are covering the situation in Kenya.

Kibaki Calls for ‘Peace’ – that is, for Acceptance of Blatant Election Fraud

January 4, 2008

As can be read here, Kibaki has taken an even more audacious step (as if inventing voters to steal the worst-rigged election ever wasn’t bad enough) and called for peace – specifically, for Kenyans to ‘remain calm’. He has also ruled out talks with Odinga until Kenya is ‘calm’.

Let’s take a look at this statement. What would remaining calm mean here? Remaining calm would mean accepting Kibaki’s blatant election fraud. Remaining calm would mean giving up the fight for democratic rights. Remaining calm would mean forgetting everything that democracy means. Fitting that Kibaki will not hold talks with Odinga until Kenya is calm, since both actions would indicate an acceptance of the election fraud.

So let there be no calm until Odinga, the rightful president of Kenya, is sworn in. When democracy fails, as it has, the only way to engage in the pursuit of justice is through force.

Oh yes, and even more audacious (if that’s possible) is Kibaki’s claim in the same article that the opposition is ‘fomenting violence’ in Kenya. There is only ongoing violence in Kenya because of Kibaki’s blatant fraud. So Kibaki, you are wrong on all counts – it is you who has started the violence in Kenya.

And, through your childish stubborness, it is also you who may lead to the continuation of violence in Kenya. This excellent blog post shows how blocking Thursday’s, (and Friday’s) opposition rally will only lead to greater tensions. How can there be dialogue and peace when Kibaki wont even allow Odinga’s support to gather in a peaceful manner to relieve their tensions? There cannot be. Kibaki, you are a monster blinded by your own power, and you’re sucking the life out of Kenya.

Save Kenya: tell Kibaki to step down now.

– Nishant

Kibaki, Destroyer of Kenya

January 3, 2008

Oh Kibaki, what have you done.

One man’s greed and childlike inability to concede defeat has led to the uprooting of a whole country. Kibaki, every time the death toll climbs, look at that number and know that you have killed those people. You are a murderer.

I honestly don’t understand Kibaki. He is well off, and has presided over a term of good economic growth and stability in Kenya. So why not just stand down as president on a good note, and move on? I see no logical reason for his clinging to office.

Therefore, I can only conclude that Kibaki has a mental problem. Only someone irreperably deranged would do so much damage to a country he helped build up with little comparative gain for himself.

– Nishant

Kenyan Presidential Election Blatantly Rigged

December 31, 2007

Rail Odinga

This is Raila Odinga, who should be the president of Kenya. However, that looks unlikely, following incumbent Kibaki’s blatant and deplorable vote rigging. Indeed, Kivuitu, (Chairman of the Electoral Commission) himself said that the results indicate a turnout of 115% in one constituency. Apparently Kibaki is desparate enough to resort to inventing voters.

As if a botched vote rigging wasn’t bad enough, the government has also banned any live broadcasting linked to the live election. To their credit, European Union officials have raised doubts about the results, and even the British foreign secretary has called the results into question, (a veritable miracle considering the tendency of the British government to support the US in all matters). Chief EU Election Observer, Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, stated that he had personally seen voting forms doctored. “Interestingly enough, all the changes favoured the same candidate”, he said.

Speaking of the devil, the United States has congratulated Mr. Kibaki on his (false) victory – hardly surprising, considering George Bush was originally elected on similarly shaky grounds: the two presidents must feel a kinship of sorts. Of-course, Mr. Kibaki’s willingness to deport Muslims to Guantanamo Bay, (i.e. the Hellhole) will also help his case, considering that the US desparately seeks out allies in its War On Terror Freedom.

However, there is yet hope for freedom, and that hope lies in the violence that has sprung up across the country. Odinga cannot take his case to the courts, as ballot boxes will doubtless be ‘misplaced’. The only way forward here is through violence and protest. Kibaki could not predict the passion of the Kenyan people for their freedoms, and a daytime curfew has quickly sprung up, with police ordered to shoot violators. Furthermore, police have cordoned off Uhuru Park, where Odinga planned to hold a ceremony.

One fear is that the violence could go too far and plunge the country into disarray; people have apparently been killed in the central city of Nakuru.

But there is still hope for Odinga’s presidency. With implicit support from the UK and EU, and the will of the people on his side, Odinga may yet be sworn in as president. As he said, “The train of democracy in Kenya is unstoppable like the flow of the Nile.” As Neil McIntoch says, “It’s not over yet”.