The worrying signs of Police brutality in the coming elections in Kenya; as the Anniversary Tower and the siege of IEBC offices turns heads; My question to the JAP is: If they will be gentlemen or conning rulers, in either the spirit of Mwai Kibaki or the spirit of Daniel Arap Moi?

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Just as the dust-settles and the tear-gas canisters get cleaned away from the area of the Anniversary Tower of Nairobi after the demonstration yesterday that ended in Police Brutality and arrogance from the Kenya Metropolitan Police Japhet Koome and his IGP Joseph Boinnet. They did this in service for the ruling party and the ruling government.

Ladies and Gentlemen President Mugabe of Zimbabwe because of yesterday have let the world know that Hon. Raila Odinga cannot look at the Lancaster House in Harare and see the inflation levels up-close in the Republic of Zimbabwe. That because the grand dictator of Southern Africa is disgusted with the actions of the CORD leader and his Political Alliance.

Let’s be clear, for the Jubilee Alliance Party MPs and Leaders speaking their mind and trying to deflect the issue. The Danger is the vacuum that the political framework is creating. Everything can’t be fixed building walls even if Donald Trump and Ministry of Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery building them to secure themselves. The same metaphor should not happen between the current ruling party and coalition towards the ODM, WDM and FORD-K of the CORD. That will just make it more heated then needed in the coming months.

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Just as this is happening certain voices has answered with this:

“Chief Justice Willy Mutunga has condemned the Monday teargassing incident by police on a group of CORD protesters who were calling for the removal of commissioners at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission” (…)“The past is never dead. The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” William Faulkner. “Faulkner’s quote is my very painful reflection that teargassing of peaceful demonstrations has not been our past since our independence!” said Mutunga on his Twitter account” (Ombati, 2016).

This is a just answer to what happen as the Police shouldn’t attack fellow citizens in this way. That is not the way of creating dialogue between the CORD and JAP. That just becomes to stale counterparts who creates an environment that makes it harder to reform and make changes in society as the CORD will be bluntly pushed away by the security forces and Police Force without any impunity. Then I came over this fellow. The Embu Senator Lenny Kivuti said this!

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Also the other reaction the CORD demonstration yesterday:

“We are thankful to God the way Kenya has been peaceful. We do not wish the country to plunge into turmoil again,” said Mr Kivuti” (…)”Anyone who has evidence against any IEBC official who has done something wrong should come forward,” said Mr Kivuti” (…)”Those against IEBC (commissioners) should start their campaigns early,” he said” (Wanyoro, 2016).

You are right at some Point, but the ones creating violence and tension yesterday wasn’t the demonstrators, but the Police Force and their reactions to the demonstration itself. This is the chain-reaction from the ones shooting the tear-gas and demolishing the citizens who have reacted together with their political party; something that Mr. Kivuti should understand as a political figure himself.

Well, the issue I have is that the IEBC have acted in bad-faith and created a uncertainty of their connection towards the ruling regime and the coming election if they will be civil. Then the IEBC need to be a unit that is not connected to none else then the procedure. The IEBC should be independent and not be partial towards any government or the Executive.

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That is the issue that the Opposition have since the lawfulness of the Electoral Commission of the IEBC seems to be embedded with the Jubilee. Since it seems like that and the way they obviously demolished the Constitutional Referendum also questions their level of independence as the rules now is tailor-made for the ruling elite and is not opening up to the opposition parties.

So the Hon. Raila Odinga (ODM), Hon. Moses Wentagula (FORD-K) and Hon. Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka (WDM) the main trio of the CORD went into the cross-fire and melee. Because of the Anti-Riot Police under the regime put the tear-gas and the bullets towards fellow citizens without any questions. As they wanted to get answers for their muffling and hustling the reality coming to the opposition.

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The Ruling Party and the Opposition need both to relax into the coming months even as the aspired campaigning will start. The worry is that the police of Nairobi have set the precedence and might even create more havoc for the opposition as the ruling party can do as they do without any questions. That with the sense of how the Police entered and made the situation more unclear at Kakamega around 2nd April 2016; where the Police even hurt fellow protesters and fellow supports of FORD-K and ODM supporters. This here is not now a single incidence at the once again the Police went all-in in Nairobi yesterday.

The IGP Boinnet need to think through if his loyalty is to the citizens of the Kenyan People or the President and his ruling regime. The same must the Nairobi Police Commander Koome need to think about. Where does their loyalty lay we may ask?

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The other question after yesterday should be to reconcile the Opposition, the Police and the IEBC quickly and briefly if not then the hate-speeches and the termination of the resilience of the opposition will prosper in the vacuum created by this. That is not good for the ruling regime and their rhetoric. Especially, if them in the JAP speaks like the Senator Kivuti, who blames the Opposition for it, and not the ones who created the mess yesterday. Then you will have a stalemate and none will be able to counter each other in peace.

The peace that it will be will be shallow and the sudden impact might arrive later and nobody wants that. The need for dialogue and create an established level playing-ground. Not build walls, not throw tear-gas and not call each other out for non-sense need to be made. As the CORD only did what they knew, as much as the Jubilee live in arrogance and elitist place where the CORD wishes seems to be extra work and not earn extra on. Therefore the reforms from them are pointless as the ruling regime does not earn on listening to the opposition.

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The Ruling Regime seems to be fixed in their own island and think they are untouchable out of reach and the ones that deserve to run the country without question. That is not a healthy position especially when the bodies that runs elections are questioned for their independence from the current regime. Not that the opposition is always right or always wrong. But when they can question the behaviour and the actions of the institution and then get tear-gassed for doing so; then there are something missing in the dialogue between the opposition and the government body. The Government is an overbuilding of all the citizens, even the ones that didn’t vote for the current government, the government represent the whole country even the voters and supports of the CORD; they do not only represent the JAP. That is important thing to put in mind and in spirit of the discussion and movement into the coming elections in 2017.

There are roads to take and hurdles to pass, but the way they are taken will show the true character of the ruling regime and the real ethical space of all actors in the political landscape in Kenya. The determined actions and rational deficiency of the speech and asks from opposition should be worry for the ruling regime. The vacuum and the impression of the stalemate is not creating the effect or the stable consensus that should be there. This not about Hon. Odinga, Hon. Wetangula or Hon. Musyoka and their parties alone, it’s about the image and maturity of the JAP and their president Kenyatta and Deputy Ruto.

The question is: If they will be gentlemen or conning rulers in either the spirit of Mwai Kibaki or the spirit of Daniel Arap Moi? How will the Jubilee want to be remembered and how will they lead into the elections as the legitimate leaders and might be after the elections. But if the elections are run by a questionable government body then the result of the ballot might be altered in favour of the rulers who secures the payment of salaries; instead of being independent of whom ever who runs and who might be running the government and appoint the government body. That is why we have to worry and question the actions that lead to tear-gas around the Anniversary Square and the outcome of yesterday’s Police Force in Nairobi towards the CORD demonstration. If we don’t then we let them get away without even a scratch for the tears and the agony while the ruling elite rides their Mercedes and appoint officials without questions is not a healthy political environment and not the kind of precedence that His Excellency Kenyatta would leave his name to and be remembered for. Peace.    

Reference:

Ombati, Cyrus – ‘Chief Justice Willy Mutunga condemns teargassing of CORD protesters (26.04.2016) Link: http://standardmedia.co.ke/article/2000199641/cj-mutunga-condemns-teargassing-of-cord-protesters

Wanyoro, Charles – ‘Cord protest against IEBC could spark unrest, Senator Lenny Kivuti warns’ (26.04.2016) link: http://www.nation.co.ke/counties/Senator-warns-Cord-protests-could-spark-unrest/-/1107872/3177060/-/14pl832/-/index.html

CORD leaders seek audience with IEBC officials (Youtube-Clip)

“Anti riot police in full combat gear cordoned off the Anniversary towers which hosts the IEBC offices to ward off attempts by CORD leaders and their supporters to stage a sit in. The top Leadership of the Coalition for Reform and Democracy (CORD) were expected at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) offices to meet the commissioners. CORD planned to use the opportunity to seek answers from the IEBC on the question of the collapsed referendum dubbed Okoa Kenya that failed to take off due to numbers hitch. CORD also wanted the IEBC to dissolve to pave way for another commission that they said would be free from manipulation” (NTV Kenya, 2016).

Nominations headache for coalition parties in Kenya as aspirants line up for lucrative positions (Youtube-Clip)

“They may be facing off on all other matters but there is one issue which now threatens the major coalition parties in Kenya. With many aspirants lining up for lucrative elective positions, the race for nomination slots in the parties promises to cause friction and even fallouts within both CORD and Jubilee alliances. In some cases even the slot for the presidency is a matter for much acrimony” (KTN News Kenya, 2016)

Wiper, Ford Kenya say were duped by ODM in 2013 MOU (Youtube-Clip)

The coalition agreement signed by CORD co-principals Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula does not outline how the presidential baton would be handed over from one candidate to another. Copies of the agreement submitted to the Registrar of Political Parties in 2013 does not include an alleged clause detailing how Odinga would vie for the presidency in the last General Election for one term, and pave the way for Musyoka next year, and Wetangula in 2022. The CORD management team has been on a fire fighting mission, following friction triggered by contents of the MOU detailing how Odinga, Musyoka and Wetangula would seek the presidency for a single term each in 2013, 2017 and 2022. However, copies of the coalition agreement signed by the three on the doorsteps of the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) in December 2012 do not include the clause that has caused disquiet in the opposition coalition” (Kenya Citizen TV, 2016).

The Storm of who has the right of running as Opposition Presidential Candidate in Kenya; Who is the supposed Presidential Candidate in the up-coming election for CORD?

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The Diligent race of who will run against Jubilee Alliance Party (JAP) and their incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto. Therefore they need to be a strong and viable force to be able to run a good campaign and be a viable choice instead of the men running the country currently. Especially since Kenyatta is the following of a cloth of leaders from his father Jomo Kenyatta, Mwai Kibaki and Daniel Arap Moi. So there is even more important for the Opposition to have certainty and clarity of their vision to counter the JAP.

As early as 4th April 2016 there was on this day the FORD Kenya opened the Campaign trail in Kakamega with first consultative rally for Hon. Moses Wetangula for his start for the Presidency 2017-2021.

This didn’t go down well as this sparked reactions as the ODM supporters crashed the venue and had violence between them, the ones taken part of the rally and the Police in the area. There were different excuses for how it went down and who to blame. As there were even reports saying they we’re hired by the JAP to make the Opposition look out-of-control. So there are issues to handle that I am coming to address as they need to be addressed while it still is time.

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There are two important characters and opposition leaders who will have their place, first the grand opposition leader in Kenya, Hon. Raila Amullo Odinga and Hon. Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka.

As there are three main parties in the Coalition for Reform and Democracy (CORD) are the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM, Odinga), Wiper Democratic Movement (WDM, Musyoka) and Forum for Restoration of Democracy (FORD-K, Wetangula). These three gentlemen and their parties went into a coalition before the 2013 General Election. Since then they are supposed to be an alternative to the ruling regime.

So the recent days of internal squabble and fight does not look good compering to the solidification and cleared air in the ruling party. Therefore the CORD looks like a wounded dog trying to all grab the bone. That is the outside look of it all. As they all had signed an agreement and if they we’re gentlemen they wouldn’t try to deflect it.

At this time there is emerging that the CORD had written a Clause 8: Special Condition.

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That Special Condition says this:

“This Memorandum of Understanding also expressly states that the CORD Coalition Presidential Candidate for 2013, 2017 and 2022 are Hon. Raila Amullo Odinga, Hon. Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka and Hon. Moses Wentangula respectively”. This was part of the agreement that the parties signed in 7th December 2012.

If they should honour this agreement, Hon. Moses Wetangula should have waited a tenure or term, the transition after Hon. Raila Odinga was Hon Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka. That is if this political agreement and framework is supposed to be respected by the fellow parties involved. Since they should have some common sense, if not then all of them just want power by stifling everybody on the way to the Executive Position in the country. That kind of way of gaining power is not great way and you will have less friends to help you out if you get in office, as you left all of your allies in the dust while you shine in the sun.

There more parties in the Coalition they are Kenya Social Congress, The Independent Party, Kaddu Asili, Peoples Democratic Party, Chama Cha Uzalendo, Muungano Development Movement Party of Kenya, United Democratic Movement, Chama Cha Wannachi, Federal Party of Kenya and the Labour Party of Kenya. So there are more constituencies and alliances at stake, the Wiper Democratic Movement, Forum for Restoration of Democracy and Orange Democratic Movement. So there are a lot of fancy names and loyalties involved. As there next coming days will extend and show especially as the alliances will be altered by the inaction and the counter-attacking the running-mate of the CORD alliance.

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The Cord Alliance could be strong if they we’re certain of who they wanted to be their Presidential Candidate, if the three main candidates didn’t start to show aggression and ambition, but showed loyalty towards each other. Now the men are showing the tone of the coming election, as the CORD alliance is dwindling as rain-water floods slowly to the river.

They could be strong political unit together and scratch each other’s backs when times need so. But when they are going alone into the campaigns and also dissolving the opposition power that they had. Because they now have to form something new with the other parties, if not then there will be 11 presidential candidates against H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta. And we all can guess the outcome. There will be no struggle and reach to prove their viability towards the ruling party.

CORD could if they go for either of Moses Wetangula, Raila Odinga or Kalonzo Musyoka. Especially considering the agreement of 2012; that the 8 clause said clearly that there was the time for the Hon. Musyoka of WDM and not the term for running for Hon. Wetangula of FORD-K. And Hon. Odinga had promised to step back after the first election under the agreement as he was the Presidential Candidate in 2013. Something that failed, still the other parties was behind him and the ODM as their flag-bearer. Now was the time to support Hon. Musyoka of WDM. Instead before the Kakamega rally of Hon. Wetangula on the 1st April Hon. Odinga endorsed him, while not showing up and having alleged ODM supporters creating animosity at the starting rally for his Presidential Campaign of 2017.

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There is certainly something lost between the leaders of the ODM, FORD-K and WDM. The other 8 parties should either get them to choose one leader in peace, or else go to the ones they have the most faith in, instead of dismantling the Power of the Opposition. As if they still standing united they have something to come with, the sense of a sensible choice of leaders that can work together even with their differences. But if they fail to unite right before the races to the 2017 Elections; then there are only one winner, and no winner is at the camps of the Opposition. The winner is the JAP and incumbent Kenyatta, who gets a weak opposition and also together with no reform of the Electoral laws, gives the way into second term without much work.

The internal bickering and fighting for the Presidential Candidate in CORD will only give the JAP a stronger position into the coming elections. As the fighting between Hon. Odinga, Hon. Wetangula and Hon. Musyoka starts, and there can only be sorrow on the opposition side, as they can see the internal fighting only weakens their position and their capabilities to counter the ruling party. And what happens with the other 8 parties can question where they should go and who they want to be loyal with. Or if they want to stay alone against former allied and be single political party with their own Presidential Candidate. That is what the next few days and months will say. But there seems like there are open frictions between the three leaders of CORD coalition and it is not strengthening the opposition, but instead making the election look better for Kenyatta and Ruto. Peace.

The Markie event of the President Bid of Hon. Moses Wentangula in Kakamega yesterday; as the rally happen; the chaos and the bickering transpired; either it is issues between the Opposition or the hired noise from JAP; it make me worry about the coming election!

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Yesterday the Forum for the Resotoration of Democracy (FORD-Kenya) Hon. Moses Wentangula had his Presidential Bid Rally in Kakamega at Muliro Gounds. As much as the Kakamega County said the grounds we’re rebuilt for recreational use and not public rallies anymore. The rally still occurred. Though under some unfortunate circumstances as Orange Democratic Movement supporters crashed the venue and created unnecessary actions, that lead to tear-gas and people hurt in melee.

Yester was supposed to be the start of the Hon. Wentangula bid for presidency as the main candidate for the Opposition Parties and their alliance Coalition for Reform and Democracy (CORD-Kenya). That is a multi-party coalition of the most of the opposition parties that are in the country. They are supposed to be the stark contrast to the Ruling Jubilee Alliance which is the ruling coalition with Jubilee of President Kenyatta and his Deputy Hon. William Ruto of the United Republic Party.  Just as they in October 2015 was to create a Party out of the coalition that becomes the Jubilee Alliance Party (JAP). So the ruling party will be stronger and counter stronger towards the opposition coalition.

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As we saw yesterday even with the days before Hon. Raila Odinga in his written statement on 01.04.2016: “I will endorse Wetangula Tosa 2017 at the monumental Muliro gardens Kakamega.I find strong leadership in My brother Hon Moses Wetangula,he is young,energetic and brave to face-off with Uhuru in the 2017”.

Hon. Odinga had already given in public sphere the endorsement of Hon. Wentangula as he had planned his bid and surely had worked the CORD before this, so it was not a coming like a lightning strike or all of sudden no Chapattis in the whole of Kenya!

The ODM supporters acted wildly as they tried to undermine the leadership of CORD. If not is strange tactic from Hon. Raila Odinga to first endorse then sending his loyal followers to destroy the start of Hon. Wentangula bid for presidency in coming election of 2017. CORD if they will ever counter the ruling regime, need solidarity and ethics. Prove that they are different from them and strike as viable choice for the public to run behind.

If the Opposition wants to be taken serious they have to show it with actions and not go to grind against each other; especially not rowdy ODM Supporters at a campaign rally. The same would be if FORD Supporters ran around creating havoc at an ODM Rally. Even if the ODM supporters did this in good faith to support Hon. Raila Odinga and tamper with the President Bid of Hon. Wentangula. As he already had endorsed and given way for in the way he did Mwai Kibaki.

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As long as they bickering and look chaotic the JAP under President Kenyatta and Deptuy Ruto will blossom while looking smart to the public. That is something both Hon. Wetangula and Hon. Odinga. The Odinga family have had misfortune compared to the ruling mafia in Kenya that is in fourth extension with Uhuru Kenyatta, as he follows the proud leadership click from Jomo Kenyatta his father, Daniel Arap Moi who was Jomo Kenyatta’s Deputy; the same with Mwai Kibaki who worked under Daniel Arap Moi before being ready for the Executive position or become the President; the same was with Uhuru Kenyatta who got groomed during Mwai Kibaki and made ready when his turn came. While Jaramogi Ogdinga Odinga got detained and lost his Prime Minster position, Rail Odinga got to become Prime Minister under Kibaki as the Power-sharing agreement was to med peace. After that he lost on his bid to again try to become the President as Uhuru Kenyatta won on his coalition and Raila Odinga got back into Opposition.

Now that the Opposition should be gearing up together and make sure the makeshift that the Opposition wish to create, instead the ruling party and the JAP can have field day and think their wise as their consolidate their alliance and coalition under one house to strengthen the party towards the General Election in 2017.

The actions of yesterday was to be a merry and not create tension between the ODM and FORD, which is not needed; if they want to be seen as professional partners who have one single presidential candidate, if not they may fall short as the The Democratic Alliance before the General Election in 2016 with the bickering between the partners and the loosing of the major-party and their main candidate Dr. Kizza Besigye while Amama Mbabazi and his newly formed party Go-Forward got the whole Coalition for himself, but the DP and the UPC struggled with affiliation, as the FDC grew strong by being the third force during the election period.

The same could happen, but the CORD have been strong together for long under the regime of Hon. Raila Odinga, but the assessment after yesterday seems bleak as even Hon. Raila Odinga did not show up at the venue, even Hon Nabil Naberwa (FORD) was detained after the rally.

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Cord Effect Says this:

“Intelligence reaching us indicate that a prominent Western Kenya leader, working with unnamed politicians from outside Western, not aligned to CORD and suspected to be heavily financed by Jubilee, has spent the better part of the last three days hiring buses and trucks full of people from as far as Khayega and Kibigori with the intention to use them to cause disturbances at Moses Wetang’ula presidential launch later today” (CORD Effect, 03.04.2016).

So the Government and Police will investigate the matter and the cause for chaos that happen on Muliro ground at the Presidental Bid of Hon. Wetangula. The matter at hand it’s supposed to be a joyful occasion to inspire the opposition and gain support as something else then the JAP. The day was not only marked with the words, but with the killing of an unfortunate police officer and people hurt by the crowd of ODM supporters. If they we’re payed to be that by the JAP then this is a sorry for a ruling party to make a propaganda victory and senseless actions towards counterparts, fellow brothers from another mother.

We as pundits like me, hope for peaceful election and not of violence by any means. If this is only the start then it is worrying of the state of the politics, if it is really ODM supporters, then the ODM Party have to sufficiently either stand by their endorsement of Hon. Wetangula and Hon. Odinga better enlighten his fellow supporters. If the FORD gets hurt by this, they better get into dialogue and square it out, as this should not be something that creates animosity. Certainly JAP will win on this if this is truly a actual event where the Opposition parties going against each other, but if this is payed and staged by them. Then the JAP Party is the reason for the death of Police Officer, and then getting the FORD Official behind bars for their own gain, which is political manipulation and then trying to score a mental victory by making it look like a flawed event.

That is just my vision. You might have another one. Peace.   

BREAKING: One person injured as explosives disrupt Moses Wetangula’s presidential bid launch in Kakamega & More Footage of Raila Odinga Supporters clashes at Muliro Gardens! (Youtube-Clip)

“BREAKING: One person injured as explosives disrupt Moses Wetangula’s presidential bid launch in Kakamega. Wetangula had just started speaking. Pandemonium as people flee the gardens. Several explosions reported. May be loud firecrackers.

ODM supporters disrupt Wetangula’s presidential bid launch (Youtube-Clip)

Tension was high in Kakamega as Bungoma senator Moses Wetangula launched his 2017 presidential bid. Police were forced to use tear gas to evict members of ODM party who went to the venue to disrupt the meeting. Namukabo Werungah reports from Kakamega” (NTV Kenya, 2016)

CORD on Nkaissery’s remarks Media Freedom (Youtube-Clip)