Sunday, December 30, 2007

Kenya, a new country

Violence has erupted in various parts of the country after Kibaki was today declared president in highly disputed results. It appeared he had been sworn in during the day before the results were announced. Kivuitu the ECK commissioner announced the results shortly before nightfall yet Kibaki's State House had bright sunlight. It means the broadcast was a replay.

A petrol station is on fire in Kibera where Kibaki's main challenger is MP. Kitale, Nairobi's South B and Eastleigh estates are engulfed in smoke. Kenya is a new country. God save us all.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Voting in Nairobi: Mourning Benazir Bhutto

This is a leaflet at the polling station where I voted today. I exercised my democratic right and I hope it will send Kibaki home. Already there are serious flaws in the voting. My favorite candidate's name was missing from the voter's register. Being Kibaki's main challenger, I cannot see how a major presidential challenger to Kibaki can have his name missing in the register. Finally, Raila Odinga went back to his constituency and voted, but not until he had kicked up somem dust.

Rigging takes some brains.

Related to today's voting in Kenya is the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, a woman I admired a lot for her courage. Like her father before her, she was killed at the altar of political power. She was shot dead today as she entered her car after a rally. The details are scanty but her death is a stark reminder that leaders who cling to power will stop at nothing to hold onto it.

With hindsight, we can see her return to Pakistan was a grave mistake. Pakistan is not ready for her, and her death was probably calculated to deal democracy a fatal blow. I hope Musharaff who recently shed his military skin has a good explanation for this sad event.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Enter Zumi the ogre

Democracy can be a terrible animal. So Zuma is now president of ANC biding his time for 2009 to take over SA? What a prospect! For a man who survived rape charges by the skin of his teeth, is on his way back to court over corruption and is barely literate to rule SA, I tremble on behalf of the continent.

Like Ebrahim Harvey, I will still insist that Zuma is a mistake courted so assiduously and crowned by ANC voters, SACP and Cosatu who should have known better.

Sometimes errors turn into sweet dreams. I hope Zuma will not turn into a nightmare. Oh, did I hear he was elected by 2000-plus people? I thought S. Africa had so many people, or is it democrazy again?

Monday, December 17, 2007

A week to go

We have nine days to the General Election, a much-awaited event in Kenya. The main contenders, Raila Odinga and Kibaki, are out, wives in tow. To a journalist, the events are electrifying. Every single day, there is a never-to-be-missed story out there waiting to be discovered.

The other day, it was the president's wife slapping an emcee. Although she helped journalists to discover the incident - by walking briskly to the hapless man and slapping him in the face - the reporters failed to capture the event. Or rather, they did but the presidential security ensured they had nothing to show for it. Their cameras were briefly confiscated and the footage erased.

I'm told digital cameras store such things even if someone erases it. Hopefully, some computer geek will help us put Lucy Kibaki on the world map for the umpteenth time, slapping a face here or damaging a camera there. If there are women who will define Kibaki's re-election or lack thereof, they will be Lucy and her nemesis, Wambui. It was Wambui (her alleged secret co-wife) whose name sparked the outrage in Lucy as the emcee introduced the First lady thus: Your Excellency, President Mwai Kibaki, First Lady Lucy Wambui..."

Needlesss to say, he did not complete that sentence. A slap did the rest.

I will not forget how a friend of mine in Riyadh laughed his head off when I related the story to him. He believes our Fast Lady is in the wrong profession.

I'm watching the ANC election in South Africa, so if you will excuse me....

Monday, December 10, 2007

Back, finally

I'm not sure anybody missed my ranting. If you did, raise your hands and say Phew!

I haven't posted anything on this blog for about a month. That's about a light year webwise. I was on leave and one of the things I do when I'm on leave is to take a break from everything. Well, almost. So I also avoided comps, cybercafes and anything that remotely resembles things I use in th office. I often joke when I sneeze in the office that I'm allergic to work (I'll be fine when I get home, hehehe!)... I'm sure you understand.

During my break, I got round to visiting my aging parents in the countryside. Haven't seen them in a while, so it was refreshing to be with them and to see them talking to my kids. I will not forget the privilege of taking my children to see their grandpa and grandma. I mean, how many orphans exist and here I am with my parents and a grandparent alive! It is more than good cause to thank God.

Did I mention that the air at home is absolutely refreshing? If it wasn't for the horrendous road leading home, I would be there every weekend. The only saving grace on the Maai Mahiu-Narok road is the occasional wildlife you come across. That horrendous road is one more reason I want Mwai Kibaki's government thrown into the dustbin of history on Dec 27 when Kenya votes.

Can't wait!