I know I have given Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) a lot of flack. Since their lacking work and also proven respect for the government members, instead of being direct and being critical to their work. Again, they have given a second statement on the Presidential Elections in Kenya. This after they commended it after the 8th August 2017 and was ready to give the powers to the incumbent. We will see in this statement where the IGAD stands, it doesn’t stand by the people or the rights of an honest free and fair election. But more keeping the institutions for the institutions sake. They are defending the IEBC, even after the Supreme Court ruling, which is following the law and codes to follow when concerning Electoral Law. This should be respected, but they fear the approach of reform and question the IEBC even further. Its like its a Multi-National Mouthpiece of the Jubilee Party. Look!
IGAD Statement today:
“The Fresh Presidential Elections scheduled by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) for 26th October 2017, in line with the requirement by the Kenyan constitution that Fresh Presidential Elections be held within 60 days, provide another opportunity for the people of Kenya to show their commitment to their constitution. IGAD has every confidence that the will of the people will again be expressed clearly in the ballot, and that Kenyans will elect their leaders in the constitutionally mandated manner on the 26th October 2017. IGAD is however concerned by statements and actions from some quarters regarding the Fresh Presidential Elections. Statements and actions that undermine the people’s confidence in the ability of the IEBC to manage the fresh elections, as well as unrealistic demands that frustrate IEBC from conducting fresh elections, or indeed calls to boycott the Fresh Presidential Elections, put Kenya on a dangerous path. Whereas, as the Supreme Court determined, IEBC has to make certain critical administrative adjustments and correct certain errors that became evident on the 8th of August 2017. IGAD, based on its prior assessment, is confident that IEBC can execute its constitutional mandate to facilitate the expression by the Kenyan people of their sovereignty. IEBC must thus not be crippled from executing this mandate. Sabotaging IEBC or boycotting the elections will put Kenya in a constitutional crisis and likely on a path to Unconstitutional Change of Government” (…) “IGAD urges all actors in Kenya to reject those who would seek to interfere with the constitutional order by seeking to disrupt or prevent the court-mandated fresh election, thus putting in peril democratic change of government and ushering in a crisis from which unscrupulous actors can seek Undemocratic Change of Government” (IGAD, 2017).
I am disappointed by IGAD. IGAD has again shown their mentality and their reality, that fits the paradigm of the government that they work for and not trying to enforce a better state. They are loyal to their contractors and not loyal to the people. The IGAD proves again, that the state of affairs and loyalty to Kenyatta is more important that actually reform. The IEBC in Kenya needs reforms, it needs to change. The IEBC was ruled against in the Supreme Court, since their manufactured and doctored results could be proven. That they didn’t follow the codes and Electoral Laws. The Supreme Court followed the Constitution and didn’t create a crisis. On the other half, that was created by the IEBC, as they working closely to Jubilee and not validating the ballots and results. That is why the trust between IEBC and the people are at an all-time low. It isn’t the Supreme Court or the Constitution fault, it is the IEBC Secretariat for their decisions to not respect the people’s will.
The IEBC was not sabotaged, it was the IEBC who sabotaged and we’re holding the people hostage with the announced results for the incumbent. The statement proves he could be working in favor of Jubilee, not in favor of just results for Kenyans. Its weird, but not unexpected with the IGAD track-record. Kenyan opposition should and could boycott elections, as long as the IEBC is not reformed, if not is a second possible rigging scenario. Just moths after the other was hold. There been minor changes inside the IEBC Secretariat, but they are not transparent and not giving way for the challenges of possible rigging again. The computer generated Presidential Elections could easily appear in October 26th 2017. It might be a road into uncertainty, and the NASA Coalition knows this. Jubilee knows this too. Its not a clear answer, but the IEBC has to changed, if it will ever get trusted with doing their duty as civil servants. That is not the Supreme Court fault, they are just the messenger.
It would be undemocratic for the IEBC to announce anyone who was rigged into power. That should worry the IGAD, but its not doing so. They are more in-line of the process, instead of thinking of respecting the power of the ballots and announcement of the counted ballots. They are accepting an unconstitutional process, as long as someone is elected. The IGAD is a disappointing organization as they are clearly serving the elites of the nations who are members. Not considering the will of the people, as even them are defending the IEBC. It would be better if they we’re silent instead of releasing this statement today. Peace.
IGAD – ‘STATEMENT BY THE IGAD EXECUTIVE SECRETARY ON FRESH PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS IN KENYA’ (24.09.2017) link: https://www.igad.int/executive-secretary/1655-statement-by-the-igad-executive-secretary-on-fresh-presidential-elections-in-kenya
The incumbent continues to be a bitter man, a very bitter man. Certainly, the hours of ruling didn’t help his mind or his spirit. Since the ruling was known on 1st September 2017, the explanation from the Supreme Court has not landed well with him. Uhuru Kenyatta is mad and his logic is bonkers. Therefore, I first shows his quotes and after that, briefly comment on it.
“What happened is a judicial coup,” President Kenyatta said. “We have a constitution which has placed the interests of wananchi far above those of individuals; we have a constitution which has curtailed the powers of the Presidency, so that the will and wishes of the citizens would be respected,” said the President” (…) “In a democratic and free nation, where citizens’ rights are to be respected, we are now being told their will doesn’t matter; … wananchi who thought that the constitution guarantees their sovereign will are being told it doesn’t matter; it’s only few individuals who can decide for the 45 million people who their leaders can be,” said the President” (…) “As Kenyans, we have witnessed what has never happened in any democratic country in the world. We thought we were instilling democracy as a result of our new constitution; we were entrenching devolution to ensure equity in the disbursement of national resources so that no Kenyan is left behind,” said the President” (Kenyatta, 2017).
Oxford dictionary explains a coup as a: “A sudden, violent, and illegal seizure of power from a government” (Oxford Dictionaries – ‘Coup’). To put into the judicial coup, would mean that the Judiciary took power away from government. The Supreme Court of Kenya never took anything away in their ruling, they followed the laws, the constitution and the electoral legislation that was not kept by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission. This is why the Supreme Court Justices could vote in favor of Kenyatta and the IEBC.
Therefore, this was not a coup, if the SCOK did a coup in Kenya, it would mean the CJ Maraga or any other ones voting on nullification of the Presidential Election of 8th August 2017, they didn’t take power themselves. The SCOK just put the check-in balances and justice for the ballots. The announcement of the results and verification of it. That is why the coup is nonsense, since the Court Justices didn’t take power, they just suspended the power of Kenyatta and stopped his second term. They just put the incumbent in a limbo. Something he certainly don’t like.
It is weird that he tries to defend the Constitution and talks of a few people’s individuals rights countering the value of 45 millions citizens. What is strange about this, is he saying that Kenyatta own value is higher, than the ones of the legal scholars who wants the elected people and representatives actually being elected by the 45 millions, not rigged in without evidence. Clearly, the President believes that the laws has lesser values because of the people, but the laws are made so the rules are the same for all citizens. That implicates that the IEBC has to make sure all citizens votes are counted and announced after the law. Something that apparently didn’t happen in the recent election. The reason for the mad attacks on the judiciary and not the IEBC. It impress me, the continuation from Kenyatta!
It wasn’t the Supreme Court that decided for the Kenyan people, neither did Jubilee, it was the rigging of the IEBC, that decided for the Kenyans. They made sure through their shady work and little evidence of following the Electoral Laws, was the reason for the judgment. Kenyatta, should respect it and not call it coup. Neither say the judges are a little group who acts against the people. They are safeguarding the people, because the ones who should feel tricked is the people. They went innocently to the polling stations and their incumbent President would easily have continued with a forged and rigged result. That is the will of the people, that they are listen to and not be cheated. It is a sad sight, that the President continue to pound on the people who are safeguarding the laws. The ones who respects and honors the laws, that is made in his August House, the National Assembly or the Parliament. Peace.
Kenyatta, Uhuru – ‘Supreme Court ruling a set back to democratic ideals, says President Kenyatta’ (21.09.2017) link: http://www.president.go.ke/2017/09/21/supreme-court-ruling-a-set-back-to-democratic-ideals-says-president-kenyatta/