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Nairobi: IEBC Presiding officer commits suicide after conducting elections

Posted by African Press International on August 13, 2017

By Caroline Chemayiek

An elections presiding officer with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) committed suicide over the weekend. The body of Orenge Nyabicha, a former sub-editor with The Standard, was found in his house in Mukuru kwa Njenga on Saturday morning.

A postmortem conducted at the City Mortuary, where the body was taken by police, indicated Mr Nyabicha died of carbon monoxide poisoning. According to a relative he was living with, Nyabicha arrived home after concluding his work as a presiding officer at the Imara Daima polling station and appeared disturbed.

When police broke into his house, they found a charcoal stove, which he had apparently lit, and all the ventilation holes covered. A suicide note left behind, which is in the possession of police at Embakasi Village Station, read that Nyabicha was frustrated with "IEBC’s failure to deliver a credible, free and fair election".

The letter also read that the possibility of Kenya realising change was not feasible and that he was going to heaven to be "in the company of Mahatma Gandhi".

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Will Raila Odinga be Kenya’s Tom Daschle?

Posted by African Press International on August 13, 2017

By Mukurima X Muriuki

Raila Odinga is the in the same place the Democrats were in 2004. After the humiliating defeat of John Kerry-who was an elections observer in the just concluded election in Kenya-the Democratic party faced an uncertain future. Back then, the Democrats had failed to capture the White House or Congress

The Democratic Party Senate Leader Tom Daschle, who lost his election bid, was leaving as the party’s leader. Tom Daschle had noticed Obama’s unique talents exemplified at the Democratic Party convention where Obama re told the American story in only a way he could do, conjuring up the aspirations of many Americans thus:

“It is the hope, of a skinny kid, with a name, who believes that America has a place for him too. The audacity of hope.”

As Daschle was leaving, his eyes were on Obama. He saw Obama as the party’s future. He gathered the party’s veterans and they all rallied around him. He also managed to get Obama some of the best staff who knew the ways around Washington, among them Pete Mikami Rouse. Rouse was so powerful that he was nicknamed the 101 senator.

The rest, relative to Obama, as we know it, is history.

Will Raila Odinga have a Daschle moment, or just like Moi did in 2002 with Uhuru Kenyatta, bequeath unto Kenyans the next generational leader? Fresh blood with no scandals or baggage?

To this end, I think Raila Odinga has in his possession the most dangerous card that can alter the 2022 election race in a very significant way. But the value of that card will start to diminish if the current demonstrations continue. If there is a lesson every politician has learned by now, it is how not to damage relationships across board.

Politics at times calls on people to regroup; to have a moment of reflection and introspection. And doing so doesn’t mean one is weak or a coward.

Like Tom Daschle, Raila Odinga, and with the utmost respect and appreciation of the sacrifices he has made for this country, should mentor a young person. Maybe that fresh blood will finally implement Raila’s vision.

And to me that young blood is David Osiany

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