Uchaguzi

by zunguzungu

I’m fighting a stomach flu and don’t have much to say, but if your appetite for horrible political news hasn’t been sated by the Benazir Bhutto fiasco, you can read about the stolen Kenyan election at www.kenyanpundit.com . I was initially pretty excited; all the early returns were that the incumbents were getting slaughtered and although I don’t know much about Odinga, it would be truly great if Kenya had been able to change power via ballots. But that’s all done now, and Kibaki, the guy who was supposed to bring post-moi kenya into a democratic age, has become the new despot (they’ve actually shut off the media). Even the EU observers–not known for their boldness–were blunt about the election’s lack of credibility; apparently they witnessed a district vote tallying center deliver one number of votes to the election committee and then the election comittee announced a different number, coincidentally inflating the vote totals of the guy who appointed them to that position. Here’s an excerpt:

“We regret that it has not been possible to address irregularities about which both the EU EOM and the ECK have evidence. The result for the Molo constituency, for example, was announced in the presence of EU EOM Observers at the constituency tally center as 50.145 votes for President Kibaki, while the ECK today declared the result for the President to be 75.261 votes. Because of this and other observed irregularities, some doubt remains as to the accuracy of the result of the presidential election as announced today.” 

 What a fucking disaster.   Also see:

http://www.thinkersroom.com/blog/2007/12/what-have-they-done

and

 http://whiteafrican.com/?p=831

Update, according to CNN:

“The U.S. State Department echoed the president’s sentiment and congratulated Kibaki on his re-election. A spokesman for the State Department called on all Kenyans to abide by the results so that the nation can move forward.”