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Do not forget the past as we go to US elections soon! Odinga and Obama both Luo: “We are Taliban”

Posted by African Press International on October 13, 2008

Watch this video of the conflict in Kenya months back. Odinga and Obama are Luo. Odinga and his American counterpart and strategist Obama both campaigned on this canard of “change”. Obama campaigned for Odinga. Adam pointed out that Obama been in Nairobi politicking more recently than he’s been to Iraq. Why now does Obama pretend he doesn’t know him?

Listen as the Luo calls itself the “Taliban” in the video. It’s graphic, it’s gruesome but it is who Obama supported. Watch the whole thing, particularly the Luos burning church, raping women, and hacking a man to death ……….. vid hat tip kasper

YOU TUBE FEBRUARY 2008 VIDEO: [Channel 4 News] Violence in Nairobi 2008.01.03

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ws5cdiTFa4

From my January 11 post: Obama has backed Odinga unequivocally going so far as telling big media (out of TIME Magazine’s Joe Klein here),

Obama has had near-daily conversations with the U.S. Ambassador in Kenya or with opposition leader Raila Odinga.

More on Odinga and Obama’s phone conversations here.

This is beyond bad judgment. This is just bad and this story is not going to go away no matter how desperately in love Obamedia is with the Christ child. Big media does not control information anymore. And Obama is culpable. Here I am — an individual blogger getting all this terrible information on Odinga and the man running for POTUS is in the dark? Think about it.

Obama’s bias for his fellow Luo was so blatant that a Kenya government spokesman denounced Obama during his visit as Raila’s “stooge.”

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Barack Hussein Obama The Rise of Islam in Kenya

I have worked and traveled in the Christian and Muslim countries of Africa for more than 30 years. I have witnessed first hand apartheid in South Africa, the transition from Rhodesia to Zimbabwe, coups in Nigeria and Sudan, the rise of Al Qaeda, the growth of the Muslim Brotherhood and other key events. In spite of witnessing all these events, I believe that the recent events Kenya stand out as a watershed event signaling emerging resurgence of Islam in Kenya and the beginning of the open Clash of Ideologies between the Muslims and Christians.

Obama’s Oginga Odinga Humdinger 1/8/08
Jihad in Kenya. Obama, your move
Kenya, Islam and Obama Hussein 1/4/08
Manchurian Candidate 1/09/08
Obama’s troubling alliance

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Obama Campaigned for an Ethnic Cleanser with Your Tax Dollars

Posted by African Press International on October 13, 2008

One name: Raila Odinga. You will hear this name in coming days, if the MSM doesn’t bury the story and if John McCain has the courage to bring it up in the debate. Odinga is from the socialist Orange Democratic Movement. He was educated in communist East Germany. Odinga, who calls Obama a cousin from his same tribe, has Christians slaughtered who oppose the Orange Revolutionary Party. Obama campaigned for this tyrant Prime Minister of Kenya in Kenya as recently as December 2007. This despite Odinga’s signing an agreement in August 2007 with the National Muslim Leaders Forum to institute Islamic Law. Obama violated the Logan Act in campaigning for this renown foreign terrorist and should be punished. You need to read this article and the associated video: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/kerry-p…t-raila-odinga
There are other videos on youtube as well to check out on this connection. These are FACTS and I can’t wait for the Obama Kool-Aid drinkers to now say that Obama did nothing wrong or that he didn’t know or some other excuse. Obama is a dangerous man and I fear for what he will do to my country.

Obama’s Logan Act Violations: Kenya 06, World Tour 08″
http://texasdarlin.wordpress.com/200…world-tour-08/

“The Kenya government accuses Raila Odinga of Genocide and Ethnic cleansing”
https://africanpress.wordpress.com/20…nic-cleansing/

“Odinga says Obama is his cousin”
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7176683.stm

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Parliamentary or Power sharing – They want to strengthen the Premiership and that is good for the country

Posted by African Press International on October 13, 2008

By Standard Team

The road to a new constitution has already hit rough waters over the system of governance to be adopted.

Politicians and other stakeholders are headed for a major disagreement over what political system the country should adopt.

They are split mainly over two options a parliamentary system (where the prime minister is head of government) or a hybrid one that combines both parliamentary and presidential as currently spelt out in the Government Grand Coalition.

Few have vouched for the long-established Presidential system that concentrates immense power on the presidents office, an indicator that President Kibaki could be the last to enjoy such vast powers.

Two crucial Bills to jump-start the constitutional review are before Parliament as the clock ticks towards the deadline for a new constitutional dispensation by the end of next year.

With political bigwigs having one eye trained on the 2012 general election, most politicians appear to lean towards a system that would accommodate alliances and regional interests.

Such a solution, for politicians, lies in either a parliamentary or a hybrid system of governance.

Wide-ranging views by politicians and religious leaders point to the looming trouble that would rock the process when it comes up for debate.

Religious leaders joined the row with Anglican Archbishop Benjamin Nzimbi rooting for the hybrid system.

“Kenyans are used to a Presidential system and moving directly to a Parliamentary system may be very unfamiliar for them. It is better to move gradually and hybrid is a good middle ground,” Nzimbi said.

Muslim leaders remained non-committal but promised to issue a comprehensive statement today. “We will give a statement tomorrow (today) after consultations,” said Prof Abdulgafur Elbusaidy, Supkem Chairman.

At the core of differences is the composition of the Executive, which caused a rift at the Bomas constitutional conference, leading to the defeat of the Wako Draft in the November 2005 referendum.

Seven Rift valley MPs have announced plans to table a motion in parliament to push for the creation of the parliamentary system of government that would be headed by the Prime Minister.

Led by Agriculture Minister William Ruto, the ODM MPs said in the proposed system, the president will be appointed by a legally constituted body whose functions will be ceremonial.

“We have to put in place a new system of government borrowed from the Australian system where the PM will be the head of government while the president will perform ceremonial functions,” Ruto added.

Leaders accompanying Ruto at Momoniat Primary School in Kipkelion District during a peace road rally largely concurred with his view.

Even though ODM as a party was yet to make a resolution, MPs allied to it widely prefer a Parliamentary system.

Said Prof Anyang Nyongo, the ODM Secretary General, “The party is yet to reach consensus on this.” ODM had for a long time advocated for a parliamentary system.

But ODM Kenya has been advocating for a hybrid system while Ford Kenya has resolved to support a Parliamentary system.

Hybrid system

ODM-Kenya Secretary general Mutula Kilonzo said the party supports the hybrid system of governance along the Bomas draft.

“Presidential and parliamentary systems of governance are not healthy for the nation since they worked against smaller communities,” he said. But PNU, whose leaders were in 2005 opposed to an executive PM, remained elusive and said the party was yet to come up with a common stand.

Justice Minister Martha Karua whose docket is charged with the process of co-ordinating the Constitution review said she would not give a particular preference to any system of governance, saying Kenyans have the ultimate say on the matter.

Karua said the decision to stick to the presidential or a paradigm shift towards parliamentary system was a matter that should be left to Kenyans to decide when the constitutional review process begins.

Senior Counsel and Safina Party leader Paul Muite says Kenya must decide to go either fully presidential or parliamentary, arguing that the hybrid systems were prone to conflict of interests.

“The hybrid system is a potential for conflict as we have seen in the first few months of the coalition. Kenyans must decide on a working and effective system that pulls in one direction. Personally I prefer a Parliamentary system,” Muite said.

But Assistant Minister Mwangi Kiunjuri and Mathira MP Ephraim Maina said they supported the parliamentary system, but with a rider constituency boundaries in Central Province should be reviewed to ensure fair representation in parliament.

The two said that Central Kenya has suffered a major injustice in representation arguing that despite its constituencies having many registered voters, the region had few constituencies and thus a handful of representatives in the house.

MPs Eugene Wamalwa (Saboti), Dr David Eseli (Kimilili), Cyrus Jirongo (Lugari), Yussuf Chanzu (Vihiga) John Pesa (Migori) and Olago Aluoch (Kisumu Town West) supported the Parliamentary system

“The Bomas Draft which advocates for Parliamentary system should be adopted because this were the views of majority of Kenyans,” said Dr Noah Wekesa of PNU.

Wekesa said his comments on the matter are personal views and not PNUs.

Wamalwa said that there was need to revert to the Parliamentary system that the country adopted at independence.

He added that Kenyans dreams of having good governance would be achieved if powers of the executive were vested in Parliament.

“This system of winner takes it all has hurt this country. It has promoted tribalism, nepotism and corruption and should be done away with in the new constitution,” said Wamalwa.

Olago, Chanzu, Eseli and Jirongo said the Prime Minister must be held accountable to Parliament.

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More of the Same In Zimbabwe: Challenges for the Next US President

Posted by African Press International on October 13, 2008

<by Scott A Morgan

The Unilateral Decision by Robert Mugabe to name a cabinet despite reaching an agreement with the Opposition will mean that the next President of the United States will have to deal with Zimbabwe at least once during their term.

Both Senator McCain and Senator Obama have been critical of the Controversial Presidential Campaign in Zimbabwe that took place earlier this year. After the first round of elections Senator Obama referred to the Mugabe regime as “illegitimate and lacking credibility.” The runup to the second round noticed a gradually increasing of pressure on those who had the fortitude to support the Opposition. The results of the election became a forgone conclusion after Morgan Tsvangiari dropped out just before the second round began.

Senator McCain himself issued a strongly worded statement of support when Tsvangiari was pressured into dropping out of the campaign. McCain has suggested that a League of Democratic States be formed as well. Another Area that a McCain campaign may have problems with the current leadership in Harare will be Transparency in Government. Currently Zimbabwe has some of the World’s most draconian media laws and has outlawed gatherings of 7 or more people without a permit from the Security Forces.

This Action taken by President Mugabe will not alleviate tensions in the region. As a matter of fact this step could make things worse. Tensions with both Zambia and Botswana increased during this campaign cycle. The Divisions within the governing troika in South Africa are once again becoming acute after the Acquittal in the Zuma Treason Trial and the enforced resignation of President Mbeki. The refugee crisis created by the stagnation of Zimbabwe has created problems with the Crime Rate, Homelessness and the rate of HIV in South Africa.

The US Embassy in Harare has had an interesting record within Zimbabwe. Staff Members have been accosted by the Zimbabwe National Police while on official US Business. US Embassy Staff have also been present at trials involving those arrested for promoting Democracy in the Country. And at one point the US Embassy has provided shelter for 200 people who were seeking sanctuary after assaults by supporters of the ruling ZANU-PF.

Several Questions will then come up. First will the Next President find any cause why the US should end the Sanctions currently in place? Part of the Document creating the Government of National Unity was a call for the International Sanctions currently in place to be lifted. So that is one call that will have to be made. Another is whether or not there will be an Increase in Humanitarian Aid. Recent Reports have indicated that food is scarce and Hospitals are running low on medicines.

These are some of the topics that could be driving US Policy towards Africa over the next few years.

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The Author Comments on US Policy towards Africa and publishes Confused Eagle on the Internet. it can be found at morganrights.tripod.com

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MOI IS FIDDLE FIT AT OLD AGE

Posted by African Press International on October 13, 2008

BY BENJAMIN MKODO OCHIENG

When age takes its toll, many become disabled and isolated from the society. But this is not the, case with retired president Daniel Arap Moi whose age is 86.

He retired in 2002 when Mwai Kibaki took over after polls. He now moves across the country preaching peace and to remind Kenyans that KANU was the party of unity.

Unlike Mobutu Seseseko, Laurent Kabila and Idi Amin Dada of Uganda who used ‘in by gun, out by gun’formula to acquire and lose power,Moi took over power constitutionally on 10th October 1978 after the death of President Mzee Jomo Kenyatta. Moi, who was Kenyattas Vice President at the time of death, assumed office immediately and was then sworn in 90 days later, to become the Kenya s second President and Commander in Chief.

Kenyans celebrate Moi Day on every 10th October to commemorate when he started raising his magic stick which symbolized Nyayoism. Unlike Kenyatta who used fly whisk as a Harambee philosophy to unite and develop Kenya , Moi took Kenya through thick and thin and did not allow any political player score in his goal as he played a defensive game.

The retired President unlike his predecessor, Mwai Kibaki who always walk together with his wife Lucy (First lady), could always be alone on official and national functions. Even most young generation thought he was single.

He is remembered as a development conscious leader with several projects initiated during his regime that included Nyayo wards, Nyayo tea estates, Nyayo bus service, several education institutes like Kabarak University, Moi University, Maseno University, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology ( JKUAT), Sunshine Educational Complex and to mention only a few.

He created memories in streets, renamed after him like Moi Avenue and Moi Road without forgetting Moi Barracks and Moi Air Base, the home for defense team. Moi International Sports Centre,Moi stadiums and thousands of children named in his name coutrywide.Many schools refuted their names and were renamed after the retired president just as Moi high School Kabarak, Moi girls Nangina and Hundreds of others countrywide.

His 40 years as unopposed MP for Baringo North,12 years as the Vice President and 25 years as President, made him popular, prominent and powerful not only in his country Kenya but in Africa in general. As a man of peace, he chaired many peace talks within conflicting countries like Somalia , Uganda , Rwanda and Sudan in his neutral country Kenya .

However, his 25 years rule as president was of iron first and kept the special branch currently National Intelligence Security Service NSIS at Nyati House torture chambers paste walls with opposition politicians blood whenever they crossed him with their crisis. Best examples in such cases are the former Subukia MP Koigi Wamwere, former Butere MP Martin Shikuku, the late Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, George Nthenge among others.

Some big wigs lost their lives in circumstances directly implicated by the Moi regime. A good example is former Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Robert John Ouko who was killed and his mutilated body found at the hills of Got Alila in his Koru home area, death of former Cherangani MP Masinde Muliro at the airport upon his arrival in the country from abroad, former Catholic Priest of Mill Hill Missionaries Fr. John Kaiser at Morendat junction near KCC in Naivasha, British tourist Julie Ward at Maasai Mara game reserve and Former police reservist Patrick Shaw and to mention a few.

The worst year retired President faced an acid taste is in 1982 when the Air Force attempted a failed Military coup. The 22nd August incident begun by the capture of the voice of Kenya (VOK) (Now Kenya Broadcasting co-operation KBC) News Anchor, Leonard Mambo Mbotela and forced him broadcast that Kenya was under military command.

On that fateful day, many Air force Personnels who had attempted the coup were killed when the Army engaged them in a heated shoot out. This turned Nairobi to a military training grounds or a temporary battle field like that evidenced in Iraq , Kuwait , Somali and DRC Congo. Dozens of bodies of innocent civilians, Air force and Army soldiers lay in pool of blood in the city streets and its environs. The worstly rocked parts were Makongeni, Kaloleni, Eastleigh and the Central Bureau District CBD.

In turn of events, even the air force soldiers who surrendered after being over powered were paraded and killed in a cold blood. This lead to hanging of Senior Private Hezekiah Ochuka via court martial, former Kajiado North MP Oloitiptip and the detention of former Minister, Constitutional Affairs, Sir, Charles Njonjo, who escaped a hangmans nose by a whisker when the court found him guilty but Moi let him off the hook. It is the same incident that led to the detention of Prime Minister Raila Odinga and the ODM burning spear for 9 years at Kamiti Maximum Security Prison and jailing of dozens of soldiers.

His tenure also made dignitaries billionaires when they emptied government treasury through Goldenberg that swindled more than 58 billion to individuals like Kamlesh Patni, former powerful cabinet Minister Nicholas Kipyator Biwott and Erick Kotut, the former Central Bank Governor among others.

On 10thOCT 2008, Kenyans celebrated the 40th anniversary of Moi since his Vice Presidency and Presidency. Before he retired, Moi urged Kenyans to use the day visiting the sick and help the needy. He is remembered as a true democrat when he took over power as a single party and handed it over as a multi party state

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https://africanpress.wordpress.com/2008/10/12/obama-nation-of-islam/

Author : rosettasister

Comment:
Good morning, API
Here is the latest:

http://rosettasister.wordpress.com/2008/10/12/hyman-%e2%80%9cobamas-kenya-ghosts%e2%80%9d/

Obamas Kenya ghosts

The Light at the End of the Crisis By: LarryKudlow

Railas lies show how far he can go to fabricate a story to justify the massacre of innocent women, children and disabled citizens who were taking refuge in the church.

http://www.washtimes.com/news/2008/oct/12/obamas-kenya-ghosts/

COMMENTARY:

About 50 parishioners were locked into the Assemblies of God church before it was set ablaze. They were mostly women and children. Those who tried to flee were hacked to death by machete-wielding members of a mob numbering 2,000.

The 2008 New Year Day atrocity in the Kenyan village Eldoret, about 185 miles northwest of Nairobi, had all the markings of the Rwanda genocide of a decade earlier.

By mid-February 2008, more than 1,500 Kenyans were killed. Many were slain by machete-armed attackers. More than 500,000 were displaced by the religious strife. Villages lay in ruin. Many of the atrocities were perpetrated by Muslims against Christians.

The violence was led by supporters of Raila Odinga, the opposition leader who lost the Dec. 27, 2007, presidential election by more than 230,000 votes. Odinga supporters began the genocide hours after the final election results were announced Dec. 30. Mr. Odinga was a member of Parliament representing an area in western Kenya, heavily populated by the Luo tribe, and the birthplace of Barack Obamas father.

Mr. Odinga had the backing of Kenyas Muslim community heading into the election. For months he denied any ties to Muslim leaders, but fell silent when Sheik Abdullahi Abdi, chairman of the National Muslim Leaders Forum, appeared on Kenya television displaying a memorandum of understanding signed on Aug. 29, 2007, by Mr. Odinga and the Muslim leader. Mr. Odinga then denied his denials.

The details of the MOU were shocking. In return for Muslim backing, Mr. Odinga promised to impose a number of measures favored by Muslims if he were elected president. Among these were recognition of Islam as the only true religion, Islamic leaders would have an oversight role to monitor activities of ALL other religions [emphasis in original], installation of Shariah courts in every jurisdiction, a ban on Christian preaching, replacement of the police commissioner who allowed himself to be used by heathens and Zionists, adoption of a womens dress code, and bans on alcohol and pork.

This was not Mr. Odingas first brush with notoriety. Like his father, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, the main opposition leader in the 1960s and 1970s, Raila Odinga is a Marxist He graduated from East Germanys Magdeburg University in 1970 on a scholarship provided by the East German government. He named his oldest son after Fidel Castro.

Raila Odinga was implicated in the bloody coup attempt in 1982 against then-President Daniel Arap Moi, a close ally of the United States. Kenya has been one of the most stable democracies in Africa since the 1960s. The ethnic cleansing earlier this year was the worst violence in Kenya since that 1982 coup attempt.

Mr. Odinga spent eight years in prison. At the time, he denied guilt but later detailed he was a coup leader in his 2006 biography. Statue of limitations precluded further prosecution when the biography appeared.

Initially, Mr. Odinga was not the favored opposition candidate to stand in the 2007 election against President Mwai Kibaki, who was seeking his second term. However, he received a tremendous boost when Sen. Barack Obama arrived in Kenya in August 2006 to campaign on his behalf. Mr. Obama denies that supporting Mr. Odinga was the intention of his trip, but his actions and local media reports tell otherwise.

Mr. Odinga and Mr. Obama were nearly inseparable throughout Mr. Obamas six-day stay. The two traveled together throughout Kenya and Mr. Obama spoke on behalf of Mr. Odinga at numerous rallies. In contrast, Mr. Obama had only criticism for Kibaki. He lashed out against the Kenyan government shortly after meeting with the president on Aug. 25. The [Kenyan] people have to suffer over corruption perpetrated by government officials, Mr. Obama announced.

Kenyans are now yearning for change, he declared. The intent of Mr. Obamas remarks and actions was transparent to Kenyans – he was firmly behind Mr. Odinga.

Mr. Odinga and Mr. Obama had met several times before the 2006 trip. Reports indicate Mr. Odinga visited Mr. Obama during trips to the U.S. in 2004, 2005 and 2006. Mr. Obama sent his foreign policy adviser Mark Lippert to Kenya in early 2006 to coordinate his summer visit. Mr. Obamas August trip coincided with strategizing by Orange Democratic Movement leaders to defeat Mr. Kibaki in the upcoming elections. Mr. Odinga represented the ODM ticket in the presidential race.

Mr. Odinga and Mr. Obamas father were both from the Luo community, the second-largest tribe in Kenya, but their ties run much deeper. Mr. Odinga told a stunned BBC Radio interviewer the reason why he and Mr. Obama were staying in near daily telephone contact was because they were cousins. In a Jan. 8, 2008, interview, Mr. Odinga said Mr. Obama had called him twice the day before while campaigning in the New Hampshire primary before adding, Barack Obamas father is my maternal uncle.

President Kibaki requested a meeting of all opposition leaders in early January in an effort to quell the violence. All agreed to attend except Mr. Odinga. A month later, Mr. Kibaki offered Mr. Odinga the role of prime minister, the de facto No. 2 in the Kenyan government, in return for an end to the attacks. Mr. Odinga was sworn in on April 17, 2008.

Mr. Obamas judgment is seriously called into question when he backs an official with troubling ties to Muslim extremists and whose supporters practice ethnic cleansing and genocide. It was Islamic extremists in Kenya who bombed the U.S. Embassy in 1998, killing more than 200 and injuring thousands. None of this has dissuaded Mr. Obama from maintaining disturbing loyalties.

See also:

http://kenyangenocide.blogspot.com/2008/01/raila-odinga-defends-eldoret-massacre.html

Two recent articles about Barack Obama published at African Press International:

https://africanpress.wordpress.com/2008/10/12/11169/

https://africanpress.wordpress.com/2008/10/12/obama-nation-of-islam/

Jerome Corsi Barack Obama Raila Odinga

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February 2008 Story: Barack Obama, Kenya, his cousin Odinga and Islamic jihad

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obama.JPGI work with a young leftist who is on some committee or something raising funds for Obama. I didnt get the chance to ask him what he thinks of Obamas muslim pastbut he came over to me and was showing me his personally-signed copy of audacity of hope – and I asked him what he thought of Obamas liberation theology church. He started backing up with his book, saying he doesnt like to get involved with religion – or peoples religions. And I said, well maybe you should look into it, because its marxist. Thats when he started walking really fast away from me. I left it right there, although Obamas church recently gave Louis Farrakhan the Dr. A Wright Jr. Trumpet award. Maybe I should have mentioned that, too. What Id really like to get around to talking about with this kid is – Odinga, Kenya and Obama.Because its whats going on in Kenya that we should be watching.

It turns out that Raila Odinga, the communist, who has the support of the muslims who are killing people in Kenya- is Obamas cousin.

From Free Republic:

Obama and his paternal 1st cousin Odinga, wanted to bring the whole of Kenya under Sharia law. Obama campaigned for Odinga in August of 2006,just before he filed with the US Federal Elections Commission for his presidential candidacy.

The idea was simply to have the Luo tribe, mostly Muslims, to take over Kenya from the inheritors of colonial power, the Kikuyu, and bring the country under Sharia law, kick out the Western investors in the nation that had made it one of the most stable nations in Africa, and supplant those Western investors with wealthy Arab oil money.It all failed.Then Odinga yelled election fraud, and put his Luo Islamofascists into the streets of Nairobi to protest by murdering, raping and maiming Kikuyu people, including the recent burning alive of a church full of Christians.

If Obama and Odinga had succeeded, the next step in the plan would be for president Obama to help Odinga consolidate his power over Kenya by international recognition and trade. That will NOT happen. Obama wanted to expand Islamofascism, and annex Kenya to Somalia and the Sudan in an Islamofascist axis.

This puts both Obama and Odinga right up there in a pantheon with Idi Amin.Obama hates America, and the basis for Americas wealth. His actions show this.

Ask yourself why black America generally has been ambivalent about Obamas candidacy. They know the nature of this creature. Whitey is simply catching up, but will whitey do so in time?

See: How Obama and 1st paternal cousin Odinga Tried to Bring Kenya Under Sharia Law and Failed, The Dose

Obama, the Muslim thing and why it matters

Obama Odinga Atlas sighting

The Kenyan Jihad

Kenya, Islam and Obama Hussein

Raila Odinga has, in his own words, a close personal friendship with Barack Hussein Obama Junior.When Obama went to Kenya in August of 2006, he was hosted by Raila and spoke in praise of him at rallies in Nairobi: Obamas bias for his fellow Luo was so blatant that a Kenya government spokesman denounced Obama during his visit as Railas ‘stooge.’

Atlas has some important questions in her why it matters piece. Obama went to the madrassas in Jakarta and was a practicing muslim. His father was a muslim. His stepfather was a muslim. In Islam, no matter what your mother is, if your father is a muslim, so are you. Obama understands and knows what is in the koran. Did he leave Islam, and if so, why the silence? If he left Islam, that would qualify him as an apostate, but I havent seen calls for his death-which we most certainly would have seen in his very public candidacy for the presidency. Is Obama practicing kitman or takeyya?

Melanie Phillips thinks this is worrying; and perhaps an indication of what he means when he talks about being the candidate for change.

His cousin Odinga is partnering with Islamic jihadists who are behind the violence in Kenya over his loss at the polls. Odinga is connected with Al Qaeda, for crying out loud. We should be asking question after question of Obama and his campaign, because the next president – like it or not-will be a war president. And we should not have someone in the highest office in our land who would not only be the first muslim president, but who would aggressively enable our jihadist enemies; as their ally.

Whos to say Obama wouldnt aggressively work to install sharia and fulfill CAIRs dream for the US, just like his cousin is attempting to do in Kenya? All indications arethats exactly the change that hes looking for.

Odinga, Obama and the lack of courage

In this video, an Arab political science professor in Gaza says Arabs in the Middle East favor Obama for president. From Pamela.

Gitmo lawyers for Barack Hussein Obama

05 January 2008

Odinga, Obama and the lack of courage

I started looking at Kenya yesterday as Pamela sent out word for help on trying to substantiate some things writers had seen going on there (and her most recent article here). As my readers know I am not an: African specialist, Kenya specialist, up on the tribal politics of Africa, or even having it impinge upon my consciousness overmuch. Put me more in the ‘understanding the systems of organized crime and terrorism’ arena, with all sorts of other fun bits of technological weirdness thrown in. Or just weirdness as the case may be. Still, even with basic historical overview of Africa, I can’t say it has been in the forefront of my thoughts long or often.

Going from the colonial period, which was bad, to this period of kleptocracies, autocracies, totalitarian societies, tribal conflicts on a National scale, and the movement of drug runners, gun runners, organized crime and jihadis into the region is, in many ways, worse than mere imperial paternalism. But the political rule is that home grown despots are much more hated than far-off ones and ‘all politics is local’ thus making this as a better off deal than the previous period. If you trust in the inalienable rights of man, then you also trust that folks will come to a good end once they understand that they are the power in their lives, not the government.

Say, someone has let the folks there know of this concept, right?

So starting out on the pathway to enlightenment, which is less dark than totality but less light then the brightness of the sun doth shining upon solar reflecting mirrors, I put my ignorance to work for me and found the first name that I would never, ever think of when looking at Kenya. Really, there is no one I expected less to show up than Dick Morris (via opendemocracy.net). Mr. Schmoozer showing up in Kenya? WTF?

But, when Raila Odinga, the man who lost the election folks think he should have won, was looked at, things in the political landscape of Kenya suddenly came into focus as Dick Morris had, apparently, been helping out here and there for awhile now. So when you see things like Orange Democratic Movement (hearkening over the the Orange Revolution in Ukraine), a ‘million person march’ ala Louis Farrakhan’s march and then other million person marches afterwards, and National Rainbow Coalition (Narc) hinting at Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Coalition/PUSH, things did start to fall into place. Dick Morris is a past master at playing on such themes and would avail himself of any indigenous views along similar lines and help to make such things more palatable to the US political palate. Mind you these Kenyan versions have zero connection to the things they try to lead one to, but that isn’t a worry if you are pushing talking points and not substance.

How Clintonian!

Now, popping back to the Open Democracy article, I will extract a small piece that let me get my bearings on how things went after the colonial period. It wasn’t in-depth, that would come later… much later… but for a start it gets some of the ‘lay of the land’ down:

The founding president Kenyatta was Kikuyu, and the Central province, the countrys breadbasket, has better infrastructure that most regions in the country. Quite unsurprisingly, Majimbo (federalism) came to the fore during the referendum and subsequent election campaigns, as the best arrangement to even the countryseconomic disparities.
It was rooted in earlier conflicts of the Moi era (1978 2002). Moi was from a minority tribe in the Rift Valley. This became an epicentre of politically instigated so-called ethnic clashes” directed at migrant communities of Kikuyus and Luhyas, who were perceived as opposition supporters. The Moi regime orchestrated seasons of blood that recurred in election years between 1992 and 2002, pogroms that succeeded in scuttling the Kikuyu and Luhya vote as they were displaced during election time, while making a score for Majimbo proponents who believed (and possibly still do) its implementation includes expelling foreign tribes in their midst.
The 2005 constitutional review, which had been in abeyance for over a decade, provided a dress rehearsal for an ODM people power revolution. Its Mt Kenya Mafia sentiments were seen as a rebuttal against the conservative Kikuyu elite who had kept the country pretty much under their control. The ODM bigwigs followed a revolution manual where ethnicity was at the core of its propaganda machine. They were gearing up for the second phase of their propaganda war. This included whipping up ethnic animosities in which the Kikuyu were demonised, hiring pollsters to claim massive leads so as to demoralise and scuttle the rival vote while making constant claims of rigging to prepare the ground for rejecting the poll results if defeated.

Even in the referendum Odinga claimed a verdict in favour of the government would mean the contest had been rigged. In the event, the ODM won it resoundingly so claims of rigging did not arise. It was also seen as a vote-of-no confidence against the government, with Odinga temporarily asserting pressure on Kibaki to resign.

Actually all of the tribes in Kenya have been uprooted during the colonial era, some just made better of that than others, but everyone has a grievance. That is the sort of thing that happens when railroads and workers camps go in: native folks end up having to live elsewhere. The Moi regime would make that *worse* and displace poor tribesmen of various ethnicities to keep a tribal ruling elite in power. That’s right: elite Kikuyu would force their poor tribesmen to shift constantly so as not to vote against them.

What is coming in to replace that is ethnically divisive politics of the ‘ethnic people power’ concept to use as a bludgeon against other ethnicities in Kenya. This is not Philippine People Power, crossing tribes and ethnicities to unite against a corrupt regime, nor is it precisely the Orange Revolution which has some elements of this in the pro-/anti-Russia blocs. No this is the ‘People Power of the Balkans’ sort, used to perform ‘ethnic cleansing’ and disruption based on ethnic alignment. Also note the Clintonesque ‘pre-preparation’ of the election battle to stage it so that even in losing you can claim victory due to vote rigging while, if you win, you keep silent. That is a ‘double standard’ and if a vote has problems even if you *win* you are to look into those problems so that they do not repeat in future elections. So by pitting ethnicity against ethnicity, rich against the poor, and by claiming victory no matter if you actually win or not, you end up with things like: the 2000 election in the US, voting in Venezuela, Mexico, Ukraine, and other places where this is performed. Like Weimar Germany.

This is *not* a pathway to clean elections, democracy and civil government, but one to chaos and authoritarian government with ethnic hatred and demonization as its basis. If you don’t like the outcome of the last election and think it was rigged: demonstrate that problem and find ways to *fix it*. Playing divisive, power politics is not a long term help to you, your ideals or your Nation unless you are fixing yourself up to be a dictator. Then its a great way forward.

Onto Raila Odinga, the man behind the Orange Democratic Movement, National Rainbow Coalition, Million person march and instigator of the recent unrest due to losing a close election. Or maybe not, we will not know as Mr. Odinga does not want to go through the civil court system to work out problems with the election and, instead, looks towards marches and riots to cement his non-win victory. Back on 31 JUL 2007 The Standard, in Kenya, looked at MP Odinga and had some of the following as their viewpoint:

Apart from meeting the top executives in the US, other events lined up included hosting Kenyans at black-tie dinners where a plate went for $100 (Sh7,300). Other dinners he attended drew about 300 people, mostly organised by his supporters, who paid between $40 (Sh3,000) and $70 (Sh5,200) a plate.

His biography, Raila Odinga: An Enigma in Kenyan Politics, launched locally in July is selling at $50 (Sh3,650). The MP then left an indelible mark on his audience that he would stop at nothing short of the presidency.
“Raila is not talking as if he is prepared to play second fiddle to anyone. He is talking as the person who has put his whole in the coming presidential elections, which makes him a danger to the ODM-Kenya coalition,” said Mr Maurice Mwangi of Maryland, who attended one of the dinners.
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Railas list of local and foreign political friends thought to be immensely wealthy remains a closely guarded secret, for strategic reasons.

While still Energy minister, Raila re-established and nurtured his links with the Libyan Government of Col Muammar Gaddafi, where again he not only did good business in oil importation, but also got substantial material support during the 2002 General Election.
Besides supporting Railas political cause, the Libyans also played a key role in stabilising Raila in the oil business. Reliable sources say that Libyans bankrolled the Narc campaign with some $3 million (about Sh210 million), thanks to Railas good contacts in the oil-rich land of Gaddafi.
There is no doubt, therefore, that if Raila becomes the ODM-Kenya presidential candidate, he can once more count on massive financial support from the North African country.

Besides Libya, Raila enjoys good links with the South African Government of Mr Thabo Mbeki while in Nigeria, he is known to have strong links with Gen Olusegun Obasanjo, who was a long time close friend of Railas father, the late Jaramogi Oginga Odinga.

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For Raila, the linkage between politics and business goes much deeper than petroleum business. It is significant that the Odinga family business, Spectre International Ltd, acquired the then state-owned Kisumu Molasses Plant soon after Raila started politically cooperating with Moi.

However, the Langata MP has consistently argued that the acquisition of the molasses plant was purely a business deal, which had nothing to do with politics. But his critics point at the coincidence between the time his family acquired the parastatal and Railas shift of political alliance.

Former Commissioner of Lands Mr Sammy Mwaita offered to sell the 240 acres on which the Kisumu Molasses Plant is built to Spectre International on January 11, 2001 at a price of Sh3.6 million at a time when Raila started working closely with Moi.

By June that year, he was Energy minister.

Acquisition of the molasses plant
Significantly, Spectre had applied for the same land in a letter of February 18, 1999, but the Government at the time had rejected the request. Titles were prepared in favour of Spectre on February 3, 2002 for a 99-year lease backdated to September 1, 2001.
When the Odinga family started the process that led to the acquisition of the molasses plant in 2001, Raila had already established good business contacts in South Africa. Energem Resources Incorporated, an international firm quoted on the Toronto Stock Exchange, had been looking for an investment opportunity in Kenya for a long time and the Kisumu Molasses Plant was just right.

Soon after taking over the plant from the Government, Raila struck a lucrative deal with Energem, whereby the Canadian firm bought 55 per cent of Kisumu Molasses plant.

The Canadians also ploughed in millions of dollars to rehabilitate the plant and it is today one of the countrys largest manufacturing concerns employing hundreds of people and producing at least 60,000 litres of industrial ethanol for local consumption and export

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Back to his whirlwind tour: Raila visited Dubai on a business trip, where he attended the Dubai Grand Exhibition. Dubai is increasingly becoming a haven where big business deals in Asia are sealed, thus offering a fertile ground for the MP to oil his campaign machinery.

From Dubai, Raila headed to Seychelles for a holiday with his family. In January, Raila visited the UK to consult with experts on the way forward on constitution review.

It was after this that the National Democratic Institute (NDI) picked him as a member of a high-powered delegation to conduct a pre-election assessment in Nigeria. Here, NDI President Kenneth Wollack accompanied him. Incidentally, the NDI runs a political party finance initiative in some African countries and other parts of the world.

During his Nigeria visit, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) MP met President Obasanjo, a long time friend, who had been in office since 1999, but relinquished power this year.

The oil rich country is one of the key nations in Africa that the Langata MP hopes would back his candidature. With a long list of oil magnates,

Obasanjo could prove an invaluable ally.

Diaspora is an increasingly influential constituency
Earlier, Raila had been to Saudi Arabia and South Korea, the worlds 10th largest economy and one of the most technologically advanced. While in Seoul, Raila attended the International Peace Federation Conference and later used the opportunity to meet an influential religious leader of a church known to have millions of followers across the globe.
In May, Raila left for Germany, where he visited his former university, Magdeburg, on invitation. In June, Raila flew to the US, where he held talks with Senator Barack Obama, one of the candidates seeking the Democratic Party ticket to vie for the American presidency.

In July, Raila was in Australia for 10 days where he met businessmen and Kenyans living abroad. The visit also took him to Sydney, where he met more business executives and addressed Kenyans living in the city. The Diaspora is an increasingly influential constituency that observers argue the national political class can ignore at its own peril.

There is, apparently, corruption and personal profit being made by Raila Odinga by being a Member of Parliament, and then using those riches to further his political aspirations. Actually the political set-up in Kenya is so chaotic that none of the candidates standing for election for President is being backed by the parties that backed them for reform in 2002. In such an atmosphere it isn’t so much which party backs you as who you know that can give you backing in whatever party you wind up in, plus a good communications strategy. That, for Raila Odinga gets to be a pretty lengthy list, after his being in government and a MP for his district.

The list of his contacts that support him, just from the above, include:

Spectre International Ltd. – Odinga family business
Jaramogi Oginga Odinga – His father, deceased
Mohammar Kaddafy (or the spelling du jour)
Thabo Mbeki – South Africa
Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo – Nigeria
Energem Resources Incorporated – South Africa, Toronto Stock Exchange Listed
National Democratic Institute (NDI)
Kenneth Wollack – President NDI
Rev. Sun Myung Moon – Unification Church (
Unification Peace Tour 18 JUL 2006, Religion News Blog 26 AUG 2006, Lobbying Germany on behalf of Rev. Moon to end the entrance ban open letter, signed

)
Barack Obama – US Senator and Presidential candidate
And places with possible contacts:
Dubai
Australia
Germany
Saudi Arabia
South Korea

Quite the laundry list of individuals and organizations, isn’t it? Instead of tackling that directly, I’ll use the indirect approach so we can get an idea of Raila Odinga’s politics as of late, especially as it relates to the business world. One of the things that stands out is his opposition to privatize government corporations. Doing a quick check at the Business Daily Africa site one can find him opposing the privatization of Safaricom mobile phone (28 AUG 2007) and accused of being socialist and communist in favor of centralized economic management!

After that his committee would move to not accept the individuals nominated for the privitization positions. This would cause problems with small investors to the point where Mr. Odinga would need to allay fears by going to the stock exchange and allay the fears that he had caused by being seen as socialist/communist and centralizing in his outlook. You see it isn’t socialism its ‘controlled capitalism’! Yes government will just need to expand to exert this ‘control’… just like the problem of having good crops ruining the economy because oversupply drives prices down and government has to buy up far more than it expected which causes deficeit spending. People would just starve amidst all the food!

On the conspicuous consumption side there is his ‘first in Kenya’ Hummer, that really does set him apart from all the limousine politicians… nothing says ‘man of the people’ like a H3. This is driven, so to speak, by the candidate’s age and by this being his last chance to have any impact on Kenyan politics, as the next time around it is likely that the new, young professional class of Kenyans, especially in the Luo tribe, will displace the Odinga family dynasty. Not to speak of which many in what should be relatively safe districts feeling left out by the power-plays going on at the upper echelons of the parties involved.

There is, however, one very worrying part to all of this: the Memorandum of Understanding between Raila Odinga and the Moslems in Kenya to turn Kenya into a Sharia based nation and start to get an idea of where the money comes from as it is money that is in the driver’s seat here. This starts with the corrupt politics of Raila Odinga (Source: ‘How Rich is Raila?’, African Press International, 26 APR 2007):

How Raila acquired his billions.

Raila Odingas big break came in 2001 soon after he led his party, NDP, into a merger with KANU, the then ruling party. As Energy Minister in Mois government he was introduced to the family of Sheikh Abdukeder AlBakari, one of the richest families in Saudi Arabia with interests in petroleum drilling, petroleum exploration and export in the Middle East, Asia, USA and Africa.
Through the Saudi contacts,Raila was initiated into the lucrative world of oil business and soon enough he had joined the league of gig independent oil importers via his firm Pan African Petroleum Limited.
Industry sources say that one of the things that helped Raila make a quick buck in the oil business was a concessionary petroleum deal he struck with the Al Bakri Group where he was not only incorporated as a silent partner in the local arm of Al Bakri International but was also supplied with petroleum products from Saudi Arabia at subsidized prices which his firm would sell in the market at normal prices. That way,Raila was able to deftly beat the competition in oil business by occasional price undercutting.

While still Energy Minister,Raila re-established and nurtured his links with the Libyan government of Colonel Muammar Gadaffi where again he not only did good business in oil importation but also got substantial material support during the 2002 general elections.

Besides supporting Railas political causes, the Libyans also played a key role in stabilizing Raila in the oil business in a couple of ways. Industry sources say that between 2001 and 2002 when Raila served as Energy Minister,he received at least three consignments of petroleum products at very low prices which were later sold locally at market prices.

The overall turnover from the three Libyan consignments is reliably said to have been in the region of over half a billion shillings, a tidy sum of money in any language,enough to ensure that one crosses the Rubicon once and for all.

A. K. Al Bakri & Sons Holding is the Saudi group headed by President & CEO Abdulkader Al Bakri, which has more outlets, subsidiaries and other companies than one can easily count. One of the prime contracts they would get is for the supply of jet fuel to Nairobi Airport, which allowed for undercutting of the competition there. This is the very same Abdulkader Al Bakri listed as a defendant in the First Amendment Complaint suit brought by various insurance companies against al Qaeda and associated organizations and individuals. Within that suit is mentioned documents (known as the Golden Chain document) picked up by Bosnian police on a raid on a charitable front organization for al Qaeda in Sarajevo. One of the listed documents is the “Tareekh Osama” (“Osama’s History”) in which Abdulkader al Bakri aka Abdel Qader Bakri gets a prominent listing:

ABDEL QADER BAKRI (ABDULKADER [AL] BAKRI)
CEO, Bakri Group of Cos
CEO, Al Bakri International Power Co. Ltd (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
CEO, Al-Bakri Shipping Group (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
CEO, Alkhomasia Shipping and Maintenance Company Ltd (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
CEO, Red Sea Marine Services (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
CEO, Diners Club International (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
Bakri Group formed in April 2002 a JV with the Malaysian International Shipping
Corporation (MISC) to operate in Middle-East countries, including Yemen. MISC leased
super tanker MT Limburg when it was attacked on October 6, 2002, coming from Ra’s
Tannura (Saudi Arabia).

And then particular to one of the bin Laden brothers:

WAIL (WAEL HAMZA JULAIDAN)
Former Secretary General of the Muslim World League and Rabita Trust in Pakistan,
designated by the United States Treasury as SGDT
Receives donations from Suleiman Al Rashid, Abdulkader Bakri, Salahuddin Abduljawad,
Abdul Tahi Taher

So, when a man like Raila Odinga is linked with Abdulkader al Bakri, you are not making a minor connection, but one directly into al Qaeda. Such are the vagaries of making political bedfellows in other Nations.

Then there are some questions around the murder of Prof. Odhiambo Mbai in 2003, here seen by L. Muthoni Wanyeki in The East African on 22 SEP 2003:

Murder or assassination? That was the question on everyones mind last week, following the fatal shooting of Prof Odhiambo Mbai.
About the fact that he was murdered, there is no doubt. I join other Kenyans in expressing my sympathies to members of his family as they struggle to come to terms with the loss. But was his murder an assassination?

If we define an assassination as a murder with a political motivation, the question that arises is what that motivation could have been.

Could his having chaired the devolution committee of the National Constitutional Conference be deemed sufficient motivation to classify his murder as an assassination? From comments made following his death, Prof Yash Pal Ghai apparently believes so. Particularly given that other members of Prof Mbais committee have since come forward with claims that they had received threats prior to his death.
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Most importantly, however, is the fact that killing him no doubt would have an intimidating effect on members of his committee particularly those who shared his own stand on devolution. But that effect has not stopped the committee from going on with its work. Nor has it stopped the NCC as a whole from convening. If anything, his death seems to have had the opposite effect that of galvanising the NCC as a whole into appreciating the import and weight of its convocation.

It is for these reasons that I am presently loath to trace his murder to his involvement in the NCC. Although I could be and willing to be proved wrong.

Could his having been involved in the Liberal Democratic Party faction of National Rainbow Coalition then be deemed sufficient motivation to classify his murder as an assassination? Mirugi Kariukis warnings to Raila Odinga to recall the fate of Pio Gama Pinto, advisor to and ally of Oginga Odinga, lend some weight to this thesis particularly as those warnings turned out to be unfortunately prophetic. And statements from many of the LDP aligned politicians show that they believe this thesis to be true.

What are the implications of assuming this thesis to be true? It is obvious that the

National Alliance of Party Kenya faction of NARC seems to be increasingly intent on distancing Raila and LDP from the centre of power.

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There is a possibility that the investigations will come up with answers that will satisfy Prof Mbais familys need for justice. As well as our own need to understand what happened. So while we ignore the polices admonition to refrain from crazy speculation, I will state only what cannot be disputed.
Whoever ordered this had ready and willing executioners for hire at hand. Thus, the bigger context is that of organised crime and insecurity. If there is anything that Prof Mbais untimely death pushes us to do, it is to address that context.

On 19 SEP 2003 Raila Odinga would absolve the government of all blame in the murder (The East African via Waybackmachine):

Cabinet Minister Raila Odinga yesterday absolved the Government from blame in the murder of Prof Odhiambo Mbai but maintained that it was an assassination.

“Assassinations are not entirely the preserve of the Government and can be carried out by political opponents,” he said.

Raila said the basis of his statement when he visited Nairobi Hospital upon receiving the news of Mbais shooting was based on earlier remarks by some of the delegates who Mbai had confided in.

He said Mbai had told some of the delegates that he “had been warned to slow down or will be slowed down.”
“That was the basis of my statement at the time and I do not want to make any wild allegations or cast any aspersions. At times like this we have to maintain our cool,” he said.

Raila, however, maintained that Mbais killing was an attempt to try and intimidate delegates at the ongoing National Constitutional Conference.

He argued that if Mbais killers were ordinary thieves they would have gone ahead to accomplish their mission in the house but said it is interesting that nothing was stolen.
Raila appealed to delegates to maintain their cool as the Government tries to solve the murder mystery.
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Raila took issue with one of the dailies on their story of Railas stand on the murder. He said the daily had tried to portray him in negative light on his stand over the murder. “This is very irresponsible and I will begin to fight back,” he said.

He described Mbai’s murder as “cowardly, uncalled for, barbaric and primitive” and hailed the slain lecturer as one of the leading lights in the review process.

“The Government is not involved and it is getting to the root of the matter. Every effort is being made to track the killers and the President has personally expressed concern at the killing and wants the killers swiftly brought to book,” he said.

Yes, he would absolve the government even though the police investigation was ongoing. Mind you this is the committee that would be drafting up changes to the constitution of Kenya. On 12 JAN 2004 The East African Standard would be reporting the following (source: Africa News Update):

Through what appeared to the casual observer as haphazard creation of districts, Moi had ensured that the majority of delegates to the national constitutional conference (the Bomas talks or circus depending on what side of the divide you are on) were from Kanu strongholds.
These were to ensure that the Constitution that would come out of the ongoing process, was a document that would see Moi’s cronies ride roughshod over others and probably fulfil the desire of the former president to rule for life in or outside State House.
And in their haste to see Moi out, the then opposition did not see the trap that had been laid for them by the former ruler.

Raila who has come to be credited with the distinction of bringing down the giant that was Moi and created a king out of Mwai Kibaki (when will Raila himself become the king?), knew then as he does now that the review process would be his surest vehicle to power.

And whether or not he was involved in the selection of the Bomas district delegates most of who are Kanu damu, he has utilised the review process to his best advantage.
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So well has Raila tuned the chairman of the review process that Ghai had the audacity to come out with both guns blazing and the fire directed at the Government when the late head of the devolution committee at Bomas, Prof Odhiambo Mbai, was murdered.

It is not also lost on observers that the LDP wing of Narc has depicted their NAK colleagues especially those who come from the Mt Kenya region, as power hungry individuals (I am not sure they are not), who have no intention of sharing power with anybody else. Little wonder then, that the delegates will jeer at President Kibaki and cheer Raila.
Raila who for a while played the cat and mouse game with former President Moi inside Kanu, is now playing a similar game with the current regime. But this one has higher stakes – for while

he wanted Moi to sort of hand over power to him, he now wants (and impatiently at that) to take over power from the group holding it albeit constitutionally.

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But they did not reckon with the review process, especially the Bomas meeting and the influence the Langata MP would have there. Even if he shouts from the top of highest of mountains, any sane Kenyan will tell you Raila wants to be the Prime Minister of this country. This job as envisaged by Bomas will either give him the position he craves as the most powerful man in the country, or become the springboard he needs to leap to the presidency.
And therein lies his major partisan interest (they say that is what constitution-makings is all about) in the review process. And that is why the calls by their NAK counterparts to have the Bomas process abandoned and taken over by experts, is sending chills down the spines of loyal LDP leaders and followers.

But the review process especially Bomas and its chairman are giving the NAK power wielders sleepless nights too; so damning is their mission to stop the Bomas process that even the advisory services of shrewd former Safina leader and an erstwhile political enemy of Kibaki, Paul Muite are not enough. Checking the wrath of the Wanjikus at Bomas will require more muscle than can be flexed by the man whose bright political career was halted by the Goldenberg boss a few years ago.

This group has tasted power and at it rawest at that. They are surrounding a president who is not 100 per cent hands on because of a temporary health problem brought about by an accident just before last year’s General Election.

The President’s handlers know that with a powerful prime minister, they will not have much breathing space and if that premier is Odinga, they will most likely not even be anywhere near the seat of power.

This is hardball politics of the ‘old school’ which leads to much blood on the streets if it gets out of hand, which it has in Kenya. And Raila Odinga and his LDP faction of Narc, now the ODM, feels that it is ‘entitled’ to run Kenya. This is seen in a 2005 country report on Kenya at the World Bank:

It soon became clear that NARC was seriously divided between the largely pro- Kibaki NAK (the “original” opposition grouping) and the LDP, under its de facto leader, Mr Odinga, which had defected from KANU. The two factions profoundly disagree over the proposed new constitution, and in particular over whether Kenya should stick with a presidential style of government, as has been the case since independence-the NAK view-or switch to a primeministerial system, as favoured by the LDP. Kenya does not currently have a prime minister, but the final draft constitutional proposals that emerged from the National Constitutional Conference (held at Bomas, a town outside Nairobi) in March 2004 call for the creation of such a position, with strong executive powers. The LDP’s stance is partly motivated by the belief that it is “owed” the prime-ministership under the terms of the pre-election Memorandum of Understanding. The NAK opposed a powerful presidency during the Moi era, but is now keen to preserve Mr Kibaki’s authority. The Kibaki camp believes that having twin centres of power would be a recipe for conflict and confusion. Mr Kibaki had originally promised a new constitution within 100 days of being elected, but this was a forlorn hope and the deadline has been extended several times. Under the latest plan a new constitution is due by the end of 2005, although further delays are possible (see Constitution, institutions and administration).

Now are we starting to get an idea of what kind of individual Raila Odinga is?

Then there is Raila Odinga’s Memorandum of Understanding with the Moslems in Kenya to turn the Nation into an Islamic State. Here is an excerpt from that agreement (via Wikileaks) and thanks to Pamela where I am cribbing this from:

b) Within 6 months re-write the Constitution of Kenya to recognize Shariah as the only true law sanctioned by the Holy Quran for Muslim declared regions.
c) With immediate effect dismiss the Commissioner of Police who has allowed himself to be used by heathens and Zionists to oppress the Kenyan Muslim community.
g) Within one year facilitate the establishment of a Shariah court in every Kenyan divisional headquarters. [Note: everywhere in Kenya, not just in “Muslim declared regions.”]

The entire document is really quite an eye-opener, but the import of it is most chilling, considering the connections to Al Bakri and Kaddafy. Add that in with suspicious assassins at hand and one really does start to wonder just what is up with Raila Odinga.

A quick recap on Raila Odinga:

-Son of a former leader Oginga Odinga
-Utilizing a position of power to enrich his family business
-Utilizing a position of power to get contacts with a Saudi backer of al Qaeda
-Utilizing a position of power to get contacts with the Libyan leader Mohammar Gaddafy
-Utilizing a position of power to assure himself of petty luxuries, junkets and spending time with the rich and powerful across the globe
-Seeking to influence the constitutional drafting committee to ensure that the Prime Minister under the revised constitution will be more powerful than the President
-Feeling “owed” the Prime Minister’s position
-Signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Muslim population (roughly 10% of Kenyan’s are Muslim) to shift Kenya towards Islam and becoming an Islamic state.
-Utilizing his contacts to bring in political advisor Dick Morris
-And close association with US Senator Barack Obama

So, to sum it up: Mr. Odinga feels ‘entitled’ to be Prime Minister of Kenya so as to turn it into a Sharia law following Islamic State.

Given that one wonders why Barack Obama decided to take sides in the Kenyan problems, beyond his heritage there and talks with Raila Odinga who considers Obama to be a friend. I don’t go for the ‘intuitive grasp’ concept of personal politics for foreign policy, as I didn’t with the current President and Putin. There are enough problems via the State Dept without those personal feelings adding into the mix.

That is, however, just me. YMMV.

But then Sen. Obama has had some problems with this ‘foreign policy’ concept, hasn’t he?

Take for example, Iran, as seen in an interview with the Chicago Tribune on 25 SEP 2004 (via Sourcewatch):

[T]he big question is going to be, if Iran is resistant to these pressures [to stop its nuclear program], including economic sanctions, which I hope will be imposed if they do not cooperate, at what point … if any, are we going to take military action?

Another lovely site that no leftist should complain about, the World Socialist Web Site, gives a further look on that interview in a 01 OCT 2004 article:

In an interview with the editorial board of the Chicago Tribune published September 26, Democratic Senate candidate Barack Obama said he would favor the use of surgical missile strikes against Iran if it failed to bow to Washingtons demand that it eliminate its nuclear energy program. Obama also said that, in the event of a coup that removed the Musharraf regime in Pakistan, the US should attack that nations nuclear arsenal.

And here we get yet another place that Sen. Obama would use force: Pakistan!

Why, the man is a virtual *hawk*, no?

Then the WSWS gives us a bit more from the interview:

He said: With the Soviet Union, you did get the sense that they were operating on a model that we could comprehend in terms of, they dont want to be blown up, we dont want to be blown up, so you do game theory and calculate ways to contain. I think there are certain elements within the Islamic world right now that dont make those same calculations.
In the case of Pakistan, the Senate hopeful added, I think there are elements within Pakistan right nowif Musharraf is overthrown and they took overI think we would have to consider going in and taking those bombs out, because I dont think we can make the same assumptions about how they calculate risks.

Yes! Contingent risk analysis, exactly right! Which is, BTW, one of the reasons it became repugnant to let Saddam Hussein let everyone think he still *had* chemical and possibly biological weapons AND consort with all sorts of terrorists from al Qaeda to the PLO to various other groups less savory around the world.

Yes this is the man who is for the ‘politics of change’.

One would have thought it would be change for the *better* not for supporting an individual who wish to take over their country to make it an Islamic State.

Not to throw out empty rhetoric of saber rattling unless you actually mean what you say and support those that wish to hold Iran and the Islamic extremists and terrorists accountable. If that is the case Sen. Obama should have been voting for a stronger military so that the US can be prepared for an uncertain future going from bad to worse as terrorists of the Islamic kind only see Empire in their future.

Instead it is platitudes and never backing up a tough idea with actual commitment to it.

He puts forward the ‘politics of hope’.

Hope is many things.

Hope is a feeling and a strong one.

Hope is an idea that by working a future can be built that is better, if you hold to keeping others accountable for their actions.

Hope, most notably, is a town in Arkansas.

What it is NOT, however, is a strategy nor a foreign policy.

Sen. Obama wishes to be President.

It is time for him to back up his words and disavow friends wishing to institute tyranny because they feel that is what they are ‘owed’ and it is their ‘right’ to kill their way to power on the bodies of the innocent that they inspire to riots and murder.

But that is not ‘politics of hope’ or ‘politics of change’: it is actually meaning what you say and backing it up so that you can demonstrate that you have some moral fiber or set of beliefs that go beyond the words you speak.

So far, he has not met that challenge to himself.

The next President will be a War President.

Choose wisely as your life depends upon it.

War is a blessing compared with national degradation.
Andrew Jackson

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Posted by African Press International on October 13, 2008

Battle for the heart of America

US Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama arrives at a campaign rally in Philadelphia on Saturday. Photo/REUTERS

ByTOM WOLF

In Summary

  • Amid a steady surge in opinion polls, Obama is pushing McCain out of some key states

The considerable interest in the US presidential election around the world may partly reflect just its entertainment value

But it is also true that however much of its single superpower status America has lost since the early 1990s (and this even before the current financial crisis that serves in part to confirm this), the outcomes of such elections have major global implications.

Indeed, some (such as Emmanuel Todd, in After the Empire: The Breakdown of the American Order) have argued that it is the very decline of the US economic might, in large part a result of its energy dependence, rampant consumerism and the resultant burgeoning indebtedness, financed primarily by foreigners, that promotes ultimately futile military adventurism, designed more to show fire-power hardware than to rationally address threats to the US national security.

But whatever ones view of the evolving US position in the world, the importance of its national leadership to people outside its own borders is obvious, and has been, at least since World War II.

And with one of the two major candidates in this years election having Kenyan roots, the heightened interest here and indeed in much of the rest of the world, even outside Africa, is to be expected.

Over such roots, however, it is misleading to describe Barack Obama as an African-American, as his wife Michelle for example, should be.

More accurate, perhaps would be American-African, at least in terms of his origin, since being a point 5 (in local parlance), he is at least genetically much more of a mixture than are African-Americans, as the term is generally used.

Yet especially given the fact that his father featured so briefly/distantly in his actual upbringing, he may be viewed, especially by many African-Americans, with some disdain as far more white than a 50-50 mixture.

In this sense, too, it is suggested that while certainly being the first major presidential candidate of colour, his rather unique mixed identity actually constitutes much less of a barrier to high office than to those in his wifes racial category, which is a sad commentary on American race relations, even after all the recent progress.

But the unusual, if not rather unique, aspects of this election go beyond Obamas DNA.

For each of the candidates are outsiders in a number of other ways.

Having yet to complete his first term in the US Senate and having had no previous executive experience, besides having been trounced in an earlier election for one of Illinois seats in the House of Representatives by over 30 per cent while serving in the Senate of that state, one wonders just how Obama was able to even get close to capturing the Democratic Partys presidential nomination.

As The Economist noted recently, Obama has the thinnest resume of any (presidential) nominee in living memory.

The same bewilderment may be applied to John McCains success in getting himself onto the Republican ticket.

After all, here is a long-serving senator who some years ago considered becoming a Democrat, an option that seems less bizarre when one examines the ranking he earned a few years ago from the conservative National Journal.

Among some 50 Republican senators, he ranked 46th in terms of backing his own partys position on legislative initiatives. Such a ranking fits in with his maverick reputation generally.

For example, when Bob Dole was running for president in 1988, his campaign staff is said to have suffered near-nervous break-downs whenever McCain accompanied him as he could make statements to the Press that were completely at odds with the Dole/Republican party policy.

Said one aide: We didnt even want him on the airplane with Dole

Within Republican circles, McCain claims that his voting record proves he was a foot solider in the (President Ronald) Reagan revolution.

But when asked if McCain could be trusted as a conservative, fellow Republican, Utah Senator Robert Bennett, coyly replied: Im going to dodge that question.

Thus, even if his lifetime voting rating by the American Conservative magazine is 82 per cent, it dropped to 65 per cent in 2006 when five other Republican senators had a perfect score 100 per cent.

For example, even while he has backed conservative positions on gun control and abortion, he opposed the massive 2001 Bush tax cuts, being one of only two Republican senators to do so, arguing that they would, as indeed they did, produce huge federal budget deficits, and gave disproportionate benefits to the wealthy.

Later, he earned the wrath of many fellow Republicans for jointly supporting an Immigration Bill with Democratic Senator Edward Kennedy that would have granted amnesty to the current illegal immigrants. Opposed by President Bush, it was eventually defeated.

Some would also consider his age, at 72 the oldest presidential candidate in history, an aspect of his outsider status. Obama, while at 47 not by any means the youngest to have sought the presidency, is certainly on the junior side of the ledger in this regard.

The US constitution requires that one be at least 35; there is no upper age limit.

So what explains how these two outsiders and mavericks managed to capture their party flags?

Among a number of complex factors, two quite different, if complementary, ones seem to have been especially salient.

One is more permanent and structural, and relates to the primary election process itself. The other stems from the current circumstances the US finds itself in, starting with the highly unpopular Bush presidency.

Regarding the primaries, a key factor is that participation is low, with turnout figures rarely reaching even half of those who vote in actual elections, but which was the case this time, the highest level since 1972.

They are also generally restricted to registered members of political parties, or at least require a pledge not to participate in the primary contest of any other party; the specific rule varies from state to state.

This means that a relatively small number of highly energised party activists, including newcomers associated with the campaigns of particular candidates, can have a major impact on the outcome.

And this is especially so given the psychological knock-on effect of momentum of those candidates who do well as the primary calendar plays itself out.

As was summarised by an article on the ABC News website a few months ago, the question is whether the more organically grown game plans that carried Mr Obama to victory in Democratic primaries and caucuses can match the well oiled organisations Republicans have put together

Obama has moved in recent days to transform his primary organisation into a general election machine, hiring staff, sending organisers into important states and preparing a TV advertisement campaign to present his views and biography to millions of Americans who followed the primaries from a distance.

Underlying these dynamics that link the parties nomination contests to the election itself is the fact that the American electorate has become increasingly fluid in recent decades, as cultural issues such as gun control, abortion, religion in schools and, earlier, the racially charged issue of affirmative action along with such global issues as terrorism and the appropriate use of military power abroad dilute some of the traditional dividing lines between Democrats and Republicans, starting with the role of government in the economy and addressing socio-economic inequality generally, with the former generally backing more and the latter less state intervention.

Independents

According to the Pew Research Centre, while more Americans now identify themselves more as Democrats than Republicans (36-27 per cent), an equally significant number (37 per cent) classify themselves as independents, though here, too, the Democrats have an edge, with 15 per cent saying they lean towards the Democrats and only 10 per cent say this about the Republicans, with another 12 per cent saying they lean in neither direction.

Note also that in 2004, these partisan figures were equal, and until that year there was a tie between those identifying themselves directly with the two parties.

Thus, while Democrats would seem to have a clear advantage in this election, independent voters nevertheless hold the key to the White House.

This leads to the second key factor in this election the highly unpopular Bush leadership.

With his approval ratings around 30 per cent the lowest ever recorded for a U.S. president McCain is having to both distance himself from his partys own incumbent to win over independents and non-Obama Democrats (by keeping any joint appearances with Bush off of his campaign schedule, for example), even as he seeks to ensure that all of Bushs steadfast supporters mark their ballots for him on November 4.

Perplexing question

Yet this reality raises a perplexing question for the Obama campaign. Given Bushs unpopularity reflecting, among other factors, even before the Wall Street crash, rising unemployment and stagnant or falling wages, illusive progress in Iraq and Afghanistan, the massive rise in energy costs (even if this cannot be blamed entirely on Bush), a growing sense of US isolation in the world, and more general fatigue with Republican leadership in general after eight years, notwithstanding the Democrats success in capturing first the lower and then the upper house of Congress in the last two elections it is striking just how narrow Obamas lead is.

This suggests not only how many potential voters find it difficult to entrust the countrys well-being with such a newcomer in public life, but that even his poll ratings may be shakier than they appear.

Thus, even with just three weeks and just one final debate between the two contenders remaining, the outcome is still far from certain.

A more precise appraisal of this situation may be discerned by looking at the most recent polling results in a clutch of key states.

Together, these 10 states represent 117 electoral votes, just over 40 per cent of those needed to win (270).

As the McCain campaign team has already pulled out of Michigan, where Obama has a 7 per cent lead, it may be assumed they have effectively written off Minnesota, Iowa and New Mexico as well, where the latters leads are even larger.

Most significantly, the fact that in defeating John Kerry four years ago, Bush won six of these states Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Mexico and Ohio and with Kerry ending up with just 252 electoral votes suggests just how good Obamas chances are, at least as of now.

Indeed, figures provided by Real Clear Politics indicate that if the current poll numbers hold, Obama should romp home with some 364 electoral votes.

But as already suggested, Obamas current standing in the polls may be a bit misleading.

It is suggested that up to 3 per cent of his ratings could be false an expression of support to the pollsters by those who want to look liberal while being interviewed, even when done so anonymously over the telephone, but who at the moment of voting will find themselves unable to elect a non-white.

In addition, such expressed voting intentions may capture antipathy to the status quo as represented by Bush and, by extension, McCain simply because he represents the same political party.

But again, at the moment of truth, many of these people will simply not be willing to entrust the countrys national security to such a novice, especially in terms of his minimal national security credentials.

In the meantime, however, Obama has achieved phenomenal success in one critical area fund-raising.

Having rejected public funding, he has avoided restrictions that would have put him at a clear disadvantage compared to McCains generally much wealthier contributors.

In the event, Obama has raised more money than any presidential candidate in history, even with the average donation being just $60 (Sh4,000).

In addition, there is the critical factor of voter turnout. Americans are notorious among advanced countries for failing to vote in national elections.

Although this figure reached 56 per cent in 2004 , it has hovered close to the 50 per cent mark in previous contests, with only about 70 per cent of those eligible to vote bothering to register in the first place.

Historically, this factor has been a clear advantage for the Republicans, since better educated, more affluent people both feel more empowered and have the means (vehicles, time, information) to enable them to vote, whether, increasingly by absentee ballot or at polling stations on the election day.

In the 2004 election, for example, while only 43 per cent of those in the lowest economic quintile voted, 77 per cent of those in the richest did so.

Efforts by the Obama campaign machine, targeting especially first-time, younger white voters who have been critical to his campaign success so far, and African-Americans whose turnout rates largely a reflection of their relative poverty compared to whites, now that intimidation and victimisation to discourage them from doing so is much less common have also been low, will thus also be critical to the actual outcome.

Taking all these factors into account, the question is, assuming no major event occurs before the election, if these possible disadvantages for Obama will be of such magnitude as to shoe-horn McCain into the White House.

With only one debate remaining and with Obama having had a slight poll boost after each of the first two and with the vast majority of voters having by now made up their minds, the McCain team may resort to much more negative tactics than have been employed so far.

How Obama reacts to any such attacks, rather than their actual content, may then determine whatever impact they have.

Aside from the cards played by the candidates themselves, any credible security threat to the US, let alone an actual attack, would undoubtedly play greatly to McCains favour, given his own heroic military background and apparent greater willingness to employ this type of hard power to pursue Americas global objectives.

Why anyone would actually want to be president of the US at this particular point is another question.
Many issues confront him.

They include the collapse of the financial markets, the constraints of the budget deficit and the finely tuned policy remedies devised by think tanks and other experts.

Other challenges are job losses and declining real wages, burgeoning health care costs along with the proportion of those without medical insurance, energy shortage/dependence.

Also on the plate are the highly problematic Iraq and Afghanistan military campaigns, the stalled Middle East peace process, terrorism, global warming and other environmental threats, drug trafficking and other crimes as well as the looming bankruptcy of the social security retirement kitty, among other issues.

Thus, and even without considering McCains age, whoever wins this election should not count on much of a chance for a second four-year term.

But even four years sitting in the chair of the most powerful office in the world can be a very long time. So the interest that Kenyans and many others have shown in this riveting contest is far from misplaced.

Dr Wolf is an American political scientist based in Nairobi

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