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Kenya: Press release from Canada

Posted by African Press International on January 1, 2008

PRESS RELEASE: KIBAKI MUST STEP DOWN!

CDMK Canada denounces the results of the 2007 Kenya elections as declared by the ECK Chairman, Mr Samuel Kivuitu and urges the Kibaki illegal government to step down and allow the recount of votes.

The press conference which was called by the Executive organ in North America, The President, Rev. Okoth Otura, Head Human Resource Development, Mr. Maurice Nandwa Khaguli, categorically stated that the CDMK which allied to ODM (Orange Democratic Movement) during the electioneering period have proof from reliable sources that ODM overwhelmingly won the 2007 Kenya general election by the majority votes. Therefore, it will be undemocratic for the CDMK to accept the just ended illegal inauguration of Mr Kibaki as the president of Kenya at statehouse. CDMK consider this a civilian coup against the popular democratically elected government of ODM.

We urge international community not to recognize or accept the said government on the ground that the ECK commissioner chairman Mr. Samuel Kivuitu was compromised and announced illegally that Mr Kibaki is the winner of the election. This is clearly contrary to electoral code of ECK upon an open declaration of one of the ECK presiding clerk Mr Samuel Kirui and ECK Commissioners Mr Jack Tumwa, Mr Daniel Ndambiri, Mr Samuel arap Ngeny and Mr Jeremiah Matagaro, that there was a clear anomalies in vote tallying in favour of Mr Kibaki at the ECK Offices at KICC, Nairobi. This has been confirmed by the international election observers of the just ended Kenyan elections that there were irregular vote tallying at the ECK Office at KICC.

CDMK demands that Mr Kibaki Presidential candidacy at the just ended election, Mr Samuel Kiviutu ECK Chairman, Mr. Evans Gicheru, Chief Justice who were involved in the hurried illegal inauguration of Kibaki as the Kenyan president be charged in court of law for electoral fraud and misuse of public office. Mr. John Michuki should be charged for miss use of power. CDMK strongly condemns the ongoing phase one massacre and genocide being carried out by the GEMA ethnic sponsored government on other communities across the Kenya region. CDMK believes that this a continuation of cruel criminality by the illegal government to continue killing the defenceless citizens of Kenya as already been filed by the CDMK at the International Criminal Court (ICC) the Hague , Case Reference OTP-CR-206/07.

cdmk.jpgWe therefore urge all Kenyans at home and in the Diaspora to stand and protest against this evil perpetuated immoral irresponsibility which has been there for the last three regimes. CDMK would not like to see a similar type Mugabe government being allowed to rule in Kenya. Therefore, the Kenyan across the world should hold a peaceful demonstration until this illegal and dictorial government steps down.

From reliable sources, CDMK has been informed that the GEMA community took an oath to protect the presidency through ethnic cleansing. CDMK warns that Kenya will go the direction of Darfur and Somali if this illegal act is not stopped.

By CDMK, Canada.

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Deaths in Kenya – Untold suffering after the elections

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Dozens burnt alive in church attack

Dozens are feared dead after rowdy protesters attacked a church and set it ablaze in Eldoret, as violence continues unabated following the disputed presidential election.

Police have confirmed the number of the dead to be between 35 and 40 women and children.

Elizabeth Wangoi wails near the Kenya Assemblies of God church in Kiambaa, Eldoret, where more than 35 women and children were burnt beyond recognition. The women and children sought refuge there after their homes were burnt in violence over disputed presidential poll results. Photo/JARED NYATAYA

The congregation, mostly of women and children, had sought refuge at the Kenya Assemblies of God church, before their aggressors set it on fire. The women and children were fleeing from their homes which had been burnt in earlier attacks.

Red Cross officials say they are overwhelmed by the number of casualties from the violence in Eldoret.

Meanwhile, over tens of thousands of armed people are heading towards Burnt Forest, a few Kilometres from Eldoret. Burnt Forest has a history of violent tribal clashes.

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Statesmanship called for by a Kenyan Daily Nation writer.

Posted by African Press International on January 1, 2008

The nation writer is right when he asks ODM leaders to show statesmanship instead of thinking of themselves and putting their ambitious thoughts ahead of the country!

They have lost. They may have been rigged as they say. What is important now? Them – ODM leadersorKenyans to live in peace? If ODM leaders are really people who love peace,prosperity and want Kenyans to enjoy peace, then they should cool down and look ahead instead of planning demonstrations that may end up causing casualties.

Instead, the should put written evidence on the table as the writerof the article below is asking them to do.,They have promised to produce documents to confirm there was fraud but have failed to do so.

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Daily Nation story:

Who will save Kenya from the brink? Raila must try Story by MACHARIA GAITHO
Publication Date: 01/01/2008

EVEN RIGGING REQUIRES a little intelligence. Those were the immortal words of Mwai Kibaki in September 1988 when then President Moi tried to rig him out of the Kanu leadership right down in his own village in Othaya.

Some more urgent issues first. The country is ablaze. The blood of innocent people is on the hands of those who mismanaged electoral process that returned President Kibaki for a second and final term at State House.

A reaction that could leave this country deeply wounded is playing itself out in various parts of the country. Innocent people are being slaughtered on the basis of their tribe, because they are perceived to be a particular political persuasion.

Thugs are taking advantage to go on looting sprees that have nothing to do with politics. The security forces are completely unable to offer protection to those targeted. A president who had to retreat to a swearing-in at State House simply does not carry the mandate or the authority to personally visit the affected areas and plead for peace.

So who will save Kenya from the brink?

Mr Raila Odinga may be rightfully aggrieved at the election outcome. He may be enjoying the paralysis facing the newly-installed president, and salivating at the prospect of an Orange Revolution that will run the president out of town and pave the way for his own triumphant entry into State House.

But this should be the time for statesmanship, not brinkmanship. Mr Odinga may well have been robbed of electoral victory, but this is the time to demonstrate leadership in the interest of the nation.

Nobody right now is better placed than Mr Odinga and his key ODM lieutenants, Mr William Ruto and Mr Musalia Mudavadi, to do what the Government is unable to do save this country from total destruction, and President Kibakis people from the threat of genocide.

The ODM leaders must rise above the political fray and call off their people who have reacted with such anger against what they see as a stolen election. If their intervention can restore a peace the Government is unable to, that will be the real demonstration of who has the peoples mandate.

Back to 1988. Things had become really blatant when President Moi introduced the infamous queue-voting system. The spin was that queues in the open represented the ultimate transparency, not secret voting on slips of paper which could be miscounted or made to disappear.

Transparency, it brought. Everybody saw it in broad daylight when the count was ignored and returning officers declared candidates with the shortest queues the winners.

The embarrassments out of the 1988 daylight robbery forced President Moi to abandon mlolongo and go back to the secret ballot and good old-fashioned ballot stuffing.

BY THE TIME THE 2002 POLLS CAME around, new measures had been put in place that we all thought made rigging almost impossible. The main innovation was that there would be no more transportation of ballot boxes. Counting would go on right at the polling station in full view of candidates, their agents, the media, observers and anybody else.

When ODM started raising the alarm ahead of the just-concluded elections, I was highly sceptical. What would one do with pre-marked ballot papers if they could not be introduced at any stage without detection?

Well, they say they were robbed of victory by the results recorded at the polling stations simply being altered at the ECK headquarters. They, indeed, produced one return from Molo where the vote recorded for President Kibaki was much lower than the one announced by the ECK. Independent election observers also cited the Molo case where they say Kibakis vote was highly inflated.

ODM officials were on Sunday insisting they had in their possession copies of the results from many constituencies signed by returning officers and poll agents of the various candidates.

They also said they had copies of the result forms from ECK files which had been clearly altered.

ODM also produced what looked like potent evidence in testimony from an ECK officer who said he had witnessed with his own eyes figures being altered. He said he had the evidence, but did not produce any such papers.

Curiously, the ODM leaders had, at the time of writing, not bothered to make public any of the documents they claimed to have in their possession, save for the Molo returns.

I personally spoke to Mr Odinga on Sunday shortly after the statement issued at the KICC. He promised to have the documents delivered to me at Nation Centre within the half hour. No show.

I know that many of my colleagues seeking the same documents also spoke to other members of the ODM Pentagon, campaign aides, party officials and anybody else who could help. Blanks.

The ODM leaders would help their cause a great deal if they provided that documentary evidence. If they have it, it need not await the filing of any election petition. They battle right now is in the public court.

This is my fist column for 2008, and it fortuitously falls on New Years Day. Under the circumstances, I am not wishing anybody a Happy New Year.

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Why is Raila running to the White Ambassadors??

Posted by African Press International on January 1, 2008

According to the Standard report below, Raila has just met with the white representatives in Kenya, why? He tells the media that he has “met the American Ambassador, Mr Michael Ranneberger, British High Commissioner, Mr Adam Wood, the Canadian High Commissioner and the UN representative in Kenya.” Did they fund him and his party during the elections? Foreign ambassadors have nothing to say about the running of Kenya affairs. It is the Kenyan people and the embassies mustnot meddle in therunning of the country. Why do Kenyan leaders rush to the white men when defeated?

Kenyans were colonised and now they are free. Therefore there is no room for white ambassadors to try and have a say through the back door being opened to them by ODM.

It is clear that Raila depends on the white countries. He has not seen it necessary to meet with ambassadors from black nations.

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The Standard story:

Raila and Kalonzo meet

Published on January 1, 2008, 12:00 am

By Samuel Otieno and Maseme Machuka

ODM leader, Mr Raila Odinga, last evening met ODM-Kenyas Mr Kalonzo Musyoka for the first time since the General Election.

Raila also met the Commonwealth chief observer and former president of Sierra Leon, Mr Tejan Kabbah, over the escalating wave of violence that has rocked the country since the ECK declared President Kibaki the winner.

Though Raila did not disclose what he discussed with Kalonzo, he said he would explain his grievances to the Commonwealth judges to reconsider ODMs stand in particular matters.

Raila reiterated that he would not take the election dispute to the Judiciary, which he described as a system that was allegedly full of Kibakis agents.

“I have no confidence in the Judiciary. It is compromised and bloated with State agents and that would be a mere waste of time,” he said.

He also blamed ECK officials for the violence in several parts of the country and accused it of engaging in “shameful acts” of rigging.

Raila said he would never participate in any elections because what was witnessed in the recent elections would definitely be repeated in other polls.

“There is no point of if the electoral process can be reversed by a few clerks sitting in an office. Such a process can easily be repeated in 2012,” Raila said.

The ODM chief disclosed that he had met the American Ambassador, Mr Michael Ranneberger, British High Commissioner, Mr Adam Wood, the Canadian High Commissioner and the UN representative in Kenya.

Raila also dismissed an initiative by former peace envoy Mr Bethwel Kiplagat, which aims at reconciling aggrieved parties over the elections.

“We know what he (Kiplagat) is made of and that is a pure waste of time,” Raila said.

He said the ban slapped on the media prohibiting live broadcasts had denied him a chance to speak to his supporters.

“We need peaceful resolutions and since the ban on the media was enforced, there was no way we could speak to our supporters,” Raila said.

He discredited the ECK, terming it an organisation that was bloated with the Presidents appointees.

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Kibaki will deal with law breakers

Posted by African Press International on January 1, 2008

Kibaki, the man opposition thought was weak has now won the elections. The man the opposition thought cannot deal with situations has now warned the opposition that he will deal with law breakers sternly.

Railaand his pentagon will not be allowed to mess the country and Kibaki has now made sure they understand that. Railahas called fordemonstration on Thursday. By doing so, he is bringing people to the streets to die because if the demonstration turns violent, the police will shoot to kill. When the people will be dying, the pentagon and Raila will not be in-the-near-reach for the bullets.

People should therefore think of their families and stay home in order not to loose their lives for one man and his pentagon.

Why should the opposition call for a demonstration. Just because things did not go their way? No demonstration will change the leadership in Kenya.

This time around, Kibaki will be wise in choosing his ministers. He will not bring in people who will work aginst him from within just like he did last time.

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Nation story:

Kibaki warns law breakers of stern action Story by FRED MUKINDA and SAMWEL KUMBA
Publication Date: 01/01/2008

President Kibaki has called on all Kenyans to desist from any forms of violence and maintain peace.

The Head of State warned that stern action would be taken against those who breached the law.

At the same time, the President, in his New Year message, called on all Kenyans to team up to build the country, terming the election as an event that had already passed.

I want to remind you that God has placed us in a beautiful country. He has also blessed us with peace and stability which we must all, as patriots, jealously guard and maintain at all times, he said.

Mutual respect

He further appealed to Kenyans to live together in tolerance and mutual respect.

President Kibaki pledged to serve all equally and called on Kenyans to rededicate themselves to overcome national challenges.

He took cognisance of the fact that the country was marking the New Year at a time when it had just concluded a closely contested free and fair General Election.

However, his close challenger Raila Odinga of ODM has dismissed the ECK results as not reflective of the voice of the people.

The President thanked God for seeing Kenya through the year 2007, adding that he was encouraged by the progress the country had made in the past five years and was confident the tempo would be achieved in his new term.

While wishing Kenyans a happy and prosperous New Year, President Kibaki reminded them of their duty to make their own lives better.

Meanwhile, police commissioner Hussein Ali has assured the country that his officers would contain the post-election violence.

He said police officers had been deployed in violence-hit areas but ruled out a declaration of curfew.

According to the police chief, security hot spots had been identified as Burnt Forest in Eldoret, Molo, Mombasa and some Nairobi estates.

Police will adequately deal with internal security and ensure we protect life and property of all people, he said.

Maj-Gen Ali also called on traders in Nairobi to open shops and request for armed police guards free of charge.

By yesterday, police had arrested several people in Kisumu, Nairobi and Mombasa. All would be taken to court.

For as long as it takes, rest assured all the perpetrators will be arrested. Their case files will remain open for as long as 100 years regarding all capital offences, Maj-Gen Ali assured the nation

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Kenya: Can Raila Odinga, a defeated man set terms for talks with president Kibaki?

Posted by African Press International on January 1, 2008

The Nation carries the story below reporting that Raila has terms for talks with President Kibaki. Surely, can a defeated man set terms for talks with a winner? Raila tells the media that,

“the country is in a funeral mood.”

When he says the country is in such a mood, it is not correct.Better is that his supporters and himself are in a funeral mood! Those who support Kibaki are not in such a mood at all, rather, they are in the highest spirits ever.

Nation story:

Railas terms for talks with Kibaki on crisis .Story by NATION Team
Publication Date: 01/01/2008

ODM has set the resignation of President Kibaki as their condition for talks over the disputed General Election results.

ODM leader Raila Odinga addresses a news conference at Orange House.Photo/JOSEPH MATHENGE

To sit at a negotiation table with President Kibaki while still in office, said party presidential candidate Raila Odinga, would amount to endorsing a government that was illegitimately in power. While reiterating that he was the rightfully elected president, Mr Odinga appealed to all ODM supporters to remain calm and stop engaging in violence.

We can only engage in talks with President Kibaki if he resigns from office. For us to start negotiations with him while he is still holding office, it would be equal to accepting that he is legitimately in office when we know he is not. His is an illegitimate government, he said.

Speaking at the Inter-Continental Hotel after leading the Pentagon members in a meeting with the Canadian high commissioner Ross Hynes, said they would not let the Government off the hook until Kenyans get their democratic rights.

Flanked by Pentagon members Musalia Mudavadi, William Ruto, Joseph Nyaga, Najib Balala, Charity Ngilu and party secretary general Anyang Nyongo, he said they would hold a meeting on Thursday expected to be attended by a million supporters to push for his recognition as the legitimately elected President.

We will engage in mass action which would be peaceful. We have called for a peaceful rally on Thursday and the police have been given the necessary notifications. We do not want them coming to our meeting dressed the way they did today (yesterday), he said.

And he cautioned that the mass action would not fizzle out as the Government was expecting until the elections disputes have been solved.

Times have changed and Kenyans are now more informed. They will hold out for the truth until they get it, he said.
Votes cast

Earlier, Mr Odinga had ruled out talks with President Kibaki.

Addressing an international Press conference at Orange House, Mr Odinga claimed ODMs tally showed he defeated President Kibaki with one million votes and therefore could not recognise him as President.

He said he had evidence of massive rigging in Thursdays polls.

Nothing would stop the ruling clique from repeating the same thing five years from now, he said.

Mr Odinga said votes for President Kibaki were well doctored especially from Coast, Upper Eastern and North Eastern Province where he had no support to enable him get the statutory 25 per cent of votes cast in five provinces.

Votes for Mr Kibaki from Kisii region and Western Province were also inflated, he said.

Mr Odinga said he did not also fear arrest, prosecution or detention as it would be the 20th time for him to be put behind bars.

The last 48 hours have been the saddest in the history of this country. We have seen democracy shackled, eventually strangled and buried. The country is in a funeral mood, Mr Odinga said.

The Langata MP-elect regretted that Kenyans had fought for change only to get the continuation of status quo.

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Kenya and leadership: What did we say?

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