It’s impossible to know who really won the Kenya election.
Official results gave Kibaki an edge of 231,728 votes, or 2 percent, out of about 10 million cast. Initial results of an exit poll by the U.S.-funded International Republican Institute found that rival Raila Odinga had won by an 8 percent margin.
Election officials allowed five accredited Kenyan observers into the tallying center in Nairobi only in the final phase of vote-counting, and three of them shared their accounts with McClatchy [News Service]. All said that the gravest cheating occurred in that room, where commissioners — all appointed by Kibaki — compiled returns before announcing them to the public. [SNIP]
Results were announced even when documents were missing, incomplete, unsigned by officers or party representatives, incorrectly tabulated, photocopied or forged.
"Both sides stole votes," said Julius Melli, a 31-year-old Kenyan radiographer who witnessed the tallying of Maragua [District]. "But Kibaki stole more, and they stole it inside the tallying center."Again someone wants to know where to locate the leadership—governmental, moral and spiritual.
Another ODM MP dies—this time at the hands of the police. From the details, the shooting may merely be the result of a romantic triangle, but the timing couldn’t be worse.
The killing has led to the postponement of peace talks in the capital, Nairobi.
The first substantive talks between government and opposition began earlier on Thursday.
"We have postponed this afternoon's session and we will work all day tomorrow [Friday] so that the leaders can attend to urgent matters and call their constituents," said former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, who is mediating the talks.(As you may have gathered, I’m not all that jazzed up about Kofi Annan’s arrival to mediate the conflict. It isn’t as though he has an exemplary track record in such matters during his tenure as Secretary-general of the UN. :::cough:::Iraq:::cough:::)
This past Saturday, Father Michael Kamau of the Nakuru diocese lost his life to the downward spiraling violence in Kenya. A man of faith, kindness and inspiration, Father Michael will be deeply missed.
His death is the terrible result of terrifying ethnic divisions that are splitting Kenya in two. Father Michael was returning from the seminary where he taught, in Kakamega, to his home diocese. Like thousands of other Kenyans, he was stopped at a roadblock by a gang of vengeful youth. He was asked to show his ID, and when his name revealed that he was of the opposing Kikuyu ethnic group, the gang brutally killed him on the roadside.Unfortunately, I think that this is an answer to the above question regarding moral and spiritual leadership.
The Government and ODM negotiators Thursday gave hope to millions of Kenyans deeply hit by a political crisis by agreeing that the ongoing violence must end in seven days.
The talks are expected to be boosted Friday by the arrival of United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon to offer support to his predecessor, Mr Kofi Annan, who is leading the mediation process.
The two teams will today decide on a proposal to bring on board former African National Congress (ANC) secretary-general Cyril Ramaphosa as the chief mediator of the talks.
The six-member team, which will henceforth be called the Kenya National Dialogue Team, emerged from their inaugural meeting chaired by Mr Annan beaming with optimism at progress of the talks.African Union chairman: "If Kenya burns, there will be nothing for tomorrow.”
The Kenya Crisis