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Friday, January 25, 2008

Kibaki was sworn in hours before KBC's telecast

The pressure continues to pile on the illegitimate regime in Kenya.

It is now emerging that the Ugandan army men are actually in Western Kenya (Western and Nyanza) and there are many more that have been sourced from that country (about 3,000) to prop up Kibaki, just in case.

You may be wondering why Michuki is now taking a hardline stance. At the rate things are going, we may be headed for a military solution. We are made to understand that Kibaki and his ilk had to seek the assistance of Museveni when the Kenya army defied orders to go out of the barracks to go and quell the civil unrest. The rumour that Gen. Jeremiah Kianga, the Chief of General Staff (CGS) had resigned is no rumour. He actually did resign following a disagreement on how things were being done at Department of Defence, the military headquarters. He could not take it any more that his subordinate, Lt. Gen. A. S. K Njoroge, was giving direct orders to the army and bypassing him.



However, on the other hand, the pro-ODM army units, who are the majority, were of the resolved opinion that should Gen. Kianga quit and Lt. Gen. Njoroge take over as CGS, then the army was bound to do something nasty. That left the Kibaki group with no option but to plead with Gen. Kianga to stay on for another two or three months as they sorted things out. Gen. Kianga has never categorically denied the allegation that he had resigned, something he could have contested were it not true.

Now, if you did not know, Raila is most popular among the military ranks and even the police. Based on these facts and a myriad other complications relating to the armed units of the country, the Ugandan army is the only option, and Museveni is more than willing to assist Kibaki having played the same game himself. This issue of inviting the Ugandan army into Kenya has irked the Kenya army quite a bit, and it may be one point for which they may never forgive Kibaki. Real statesmen in Africa are few and far between. Museveni, Moi and Kibaki do not qualify.

The Michuki and Karua group were counting on the US support, militarily and diplomatically, but with the shifting of alliances and the firm position taken by the US government end of last week, they are feeling lost. In the "mwoto mwoto; chini kwa chini" news networks, it is also emerging that Kibaki was sworn in at 2.00pm. What was televised at 4:45pm by KBC was a recording.

You doubt that? Watch that clip again and pay close attention to the shadow patterns. The Law Society of Kenya and the Kenya Human Rights Commission are within their rights to raise the issues relating to these illegalities of Kibaki being in office. And for the Wananchi, they are arguing (and rightfully so) that since the national anthem was not played when Kibaki was sworn in, he is not president yet.

I also read this observation in the press the other day that Kibaki did the wrong thing by not handing back the army sword that symbolizes state power before the winner of the election was announced. The army failed in its responsibility. Or was Gen. Kianga frustrated?

In essence, what should have happened is that starting from the first date of the election period, Kibaki is supposed to have handed over the instruments of power as C In C to Gen. Kianga, very much the same way it was done during the Moi/NARC transition. Gen. Kibwana handled this very well; picture perfect. Gen. Kianga would have then handed over the instruments of Commander in Chief of the army to the winner of the election upon announcement of the winner by the ECK. In short, the ECK alerts the army boss, the army boss gets the parade and band ready. The instruments are then transferred formally at a designated official ceremony.

But we are dealing with "wakora" here.

When Raila talks of a civilian coup de tat, many do not fathom the weight of that statement. Kibaki should know he is walking on quicksand. Kenya is experiencing the biggest travesty of the law, like no other in the whole world! The law apart, procedure was not followed. Should the East Africa Court have been well in place, in power and structure, these are the kinds of issues that such an institution would handle. We have every reason to holler, good people!

Give up? Never!

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