Monday, February 28, 2011
- WANDUI ALBERT KAMAU (Moi High School Kabarak)
- MARUBE MACHUKA ALLAN (Alliance High School)
- GETEGA OBINCHU JOSHUA (Maranda High School)
- MUTUA BRIAN MULU (Alliance High School)
- MWANGASHA KATINI LYDIA (The Kenya High School)
- MWANGI ANDREW KABUCHO (Moi High School Kabarak)
- OCHIENG FELIX OGOLA (Kanga High School)
- OPERE LESLEY OWUOR (Alliance High School)
- MONG'ARE NEWNEX BRIAN (Moi High School Kabarak)
- MACHARIA IVY MUTHONI (The Kenya High School)
- Alliance High School
- Precious Blood Secondary School Riruta
- Bahati Girls Secondary School
- Maranda High School
- Alliance Girls High School
- Moi High School Kabarak
- Moi Girls High School Eldoret
- The Kenya High School
- Starehe Girls Centre School
- Strathmore School
- Starehe Boys Centre & School
- Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed al-Nayhan
- Kianda School
- Maasai High School
- Mangu High School
- Sacho High School
- Mary Mother of Grace Boys
- Pangani Girls School
- Loreto High School Limuru
- Moi Tea Girls Secondary School
ELDORET North MP William Ruto’s planned funds drive in Kisumu today has been put off. Kisumu police boss John Mwinzi confirmed the cancellation of the meeting which was to take place at the Jomo Kenyatta Sports Ground.
Mwinzi was however quick to add that he had asked the organisers to reschedule the event until the row on the nomination of key judicial officials was solved. “I advised them to hold their horses until the political temperatures cool,” Mwinzi said.
He however said his office is ready to offer security at the event with support from neighbouring police divisions in Nyanza. Ruto’s point man in Nyanza George Ayugi confirmed the postponement of the funds drive till March 19.
Ayugi said the MP will be arriving at the lakeside city on March 18, where he will spend the night and attend the harambee the next morning. “The MP will be arriving in Kisumu on March 18 and we expect him to spend a night at the Imperial Hotel before presiding over the function the following day,” he said.
The funds drive will be in support of the youths in the region especially those involved in boda boda business, he said. “The function has totally nothing to do with politics some people have perceived it,” he said, adding that youths from the region had called for the funds drive. “We therefore want to clear the rumour going round that the MP will be coming to Nyanza to measure his political strength with the Prime Minister,” said Ayugi.
Last week, the Eldoret MP’s confidantes announced that the MP would be leading a number of his allies for a mass rally in the lake side city which is perceived as PM Raila's stronghold.
Ayugi said Ruto will be leading more than 40 MPs to Kisumu, among them the Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, Eugene Wamalwa, Samuel Poghisio, Najib Balala, Charles Keter among others.
Elius mbau of Maragwa, Maina Kamau of Kandara and Kiharu’s Muturi Mwangi lashed out at their colleagues accusing them of being hungry for power. He said their calls are motivated by the false notion that they would be appointed to ministerial positions currently being held by the ODM party.
Speaking at Kandara during the burial of the brother to immediate former MP Joshua Toro, the legislators said even if there is a provision in the National Accord which empowers the President to reconstitute the Cabinet if one partner in the coalition pulls
out, the country was not ready for elections. “The National Accord empowers the President to reconstitute the Cabinet but the provision does not mean the end of the grand coalition,” Mbau said.
He wondered what has cropped in the mind of some leaders in the party of national unity saying that general elections are out of question as there was no credible body to conduct the polls.
Mbau noted it is wrong for politicians to put the country into an election mood instead of engaging in development matters adding that partisan interest are to blame for the myriad problems facing the grand coalition government.
The MPs praised President Kibaki for withdrawing the controversial list of four top officials of the Judiciary. “President Kibaki will be remembered as a courageous man who had national interest at heart. He revoked his own nomination list to show that Kenya is big than everyone,” Mbau said.
Speaking in Nyeri on Sunday, Uhuru gave examples of Raila's alleged activities since the 1982 coup attempt, Ford politics, distabilisation of Kanu party ahead of 2003 General Election and National Rainbow Coalition woes.
"For the years he is known in leadership, there has been no instance where peace prevailed and it is unfortunate that he is proceeding on the same path," said Uhuru.
Speaking to journalists at the Nyeri Golf Club, where he inaugurated a swimming pool and a borehole, the Gatundu MP claimed the Prime Minister was out to seize power just for the sake of it.
"It is the vision for the people that you have which brings development, not vitendawilis (parables)," said the Deputy Prime Minister.
Later, at an awards presentation by the club’s pool side, Uhuru hailed President Kibaki for initiating development without discrimination.
He singled out free primary education, infrastructure development and rejuvenation of the
"Legacies are not made by war of words. Leaders should unite Kenyans instead of creating divisions," said the Deputy Prime Minister.
Uhuru later spoke at Wamagana Catholic Church in Tetu, and said Kibaki’s tenure should end peacefully.
End of tenure
He at the same time noted that some positions created under the National Accord had created two centres of power.
"We were not dishing out leadership. We were just silencing those who opted for violence," said the Finance Minister.
Special Programmes Minister Esther Murugi, speaking at the church, urged Kenyans to append their signatures to compel trial of post-election violence suspects locally.
"We are in your full support, and if it means undressing, we will do it for your sake," Mrs Murugi told Uhuru.
Other leaders present were Tetu MP Francis T Nyammo, and leaders from Nyeri County, led by County Council Chairman Wachira Keen and Nyeri Town Mayor Joseph Thuo.
Government functionaries have launched a bid to collect two million signatures from Kenyans to prove that the deferral bid has popular support.
The exercise in which chiefs and councillors are being used to collect the signatures is a direct response to civil society groups that announced they would collect a million signatures to oppose the deferral drive.
On Sunday, Internal Security PS Francis Kimemia and Assistant Minister Orwa Ojode denied knowledge of the briefs given to their officers, but chiefs’ who spoke to The Standard on condition of anonymity said they were under instructions to deliver two million signatures of people opposed to the ICC case proceeding at The Hague.
Kimemia said if the forms were from his office, they would have had a forwarding letter from him.
"We cannot break the law on such issues. If this office has to be involved there must be a forwarding letter to show it is legal," he said.
He said some non-Governmental Organisations have been pushing for and against ICC involvement, but did not explain who was behind the two million-signatures drive involving Government officials.
"Of course there are busybodies all over, but our stand is very clear on that. We have to follow the law," he said
Ojode on his part denied knowledge of the exercise even though chiefs come directly under him.
"There could be people pushing it from this office but I personally do not know of the same. Many things happen in the Government," he said.
But as the officials denied knowledge of the fresh bid by Government to disprove the claims by NGOs that the deferral bid is unpopular, politicians have hit the ground to woo Kenyans to volunteer to sign the forms.
On Sunday, Special Programmes Minister Esther Murugi called on Kenyans to volunteer to give their signatures to support local mechanisms to deal with the post-election crisis.
"We do not want to go to The Hague. We want the suspects to be tried in Kenya, since we have realised that some of them were just framed after they helped evacuate victims from troubled zones," she said at a rally in Nyeri, where Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta was present. Uhuru is one of the personalities ICC Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo wants tried for crimes against humanity.
She caused a stir when she claimed that women would hold demonstrations and undress to show solidarity with the suspects, as they did at Uhuru Park during the struggle for multi-party democracy.
In Rift Valley, home to four of the suspects, local politicians said they would raise five million signatures to prove that the NGOs were wrong. Those on Ocampo’s list who come from Rift Valley are Eldoret North MP William Ruto, Tinderet MP William Ruto and Radio presenter Joshua Sang. Former Police Commissioner Hussein Ali also comes from Eldoret area.
Konoin MP Julius Kones said they would collect five million signatures from supporters of the Ocampo Six to counter efforts of the civil society groups.
Kones, who heads the Rift Valley Parliamentary Group, also cautioned residents not to sign forms being circulated round the region to push for the trial of the six at The Hague.
"We have received some information that those going round to mobilise residents of Rift Valley to sign the petition are using the name of Ruto to hoodwink the locals into believing that they have the blessings of Ruto in pushing for the ICC process," Kones said.
A group calling itself Kenyans in Support of the ICC Process has been running advertisements in the dailies as part of their campaign to mobilise Kenyans to sign the petition in support of the ICC process by collecting one million signatures.
It has also emerged that the chiefs who were instructed to collect signatures are those who are viewed to be loyal.
The ICC process has led to a rift in Government with those loyal to President Kibaki supporting the deferral bid, while those loyal to Prime Minister Raila Odinga are opposed to it.
The bid to collect the two million signatures is part of efforts by the Kibaki side to sway international opinion for the deferral bid.
Already, Kenya has written to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to inform him of the wish to have the cases deferred to give time for Government to establish a local tribunal.
Earlier in the month, Kibaki summoned over 20 envoys representing Kenya in countries that are members of the UN Security Council to brief them on how to lobby support for the deferral bid.
ICC judges are this month due to rule on the application by Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo for the issuance of summons against the suspects who also include Head of the Civil Service Francis Muthaura for their alleged role in the violence.
Against the six
Forms that are supposed to be filled by the two million willing to see the case against the six deferred describes those signing as "Kenyans expressing their inalienable right to determining their destiny and deal with their internal affairs and agreeing that a local mechanism remains the best option for dealing with all matters related to the 2007/2008 post poll chaos".
The forms say that the victims of post poll violence will not get justice at the ICC, and that the process of reconciliation and healing can only be achieved through a local tribunal.
"We support Kenya’s case for a local tribunal since Kenya has or is in the process of putting in place a capable judiciary system and preserve Kenya’s sovereignty since it is not a failed state," adds the form for the councillors.
Informed sources within Government said senior officials at the Office of the President and Local Government drafted the forms.
Attorney-General Amos Wako is also understood to have said that trying to lobby the world on the ICC cases at this stage is a waste of time because it cannot be established whether there is any case since judges have not given their verdict.
Wako, according to sources, has maintained that he can get involved only if the judges confirm the cases.
Wako’s position has driven a wedge between him and the PNU side of Government. Some in PNU have already said that Wako should quit even though his term comes to end in August.
The developments emerged as President Kibaki gave instructions to Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka to travel to New York to hold a meeting with the UN boss before Kenya’s request comes up at the UN Security Council.
Kalonzo’s spokesman Kaplich Barsito said the VP might travel in a week’s time.
The talks between Kalonzo and Ban Ki-moon could feature the CommuniquÈ of the 17th Extra-Ordinary Session of the InterGovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Assembly of Heads of State that expressed concern the ICC process in Kenya "threatens the on-going national efforts in peace building, national reconciliation and political transition".
The agenda will also feature in discussions between the two on an aide memoire titled "Kenya’s Reform Agenda and Engagement with International Criminal Court (ICC)" which the Government had presented to the UN.
—Additional reports by Peter Mutai and Job Weru
|President Mwai Kibaki|
I thank all Kenyans for their enduring commitment to the accord, which has enabled the coalition Government to succeed in managing the affairs of our country.
The Kenya National Dialogue and Reconciliation Committee identified four main reform agenda items identified as critical to address the causes of the national crisis we experienced, reconciling our various communities and preventing future conflicts.
So far, we have made tremendous progress to address these reform agenda items.
The signing of the National Accord enabled us to end the post-election violence and restore peace in early 2008.
It also enabled us to address the humanitarian crisis through resettlement of IDPs and to resolve the political crisis through the creation of the coalition Government. In addition, we established the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission as well as the National Cohesion and Integration Commission.
Similarly, we created the Independent Review Commission on the 2007 General Election and the Commission of Inquiry into the Post-Election Violence.
We have also made commendable progress as regards the fourth agenda. Most notably, we have, after two decades of fruitless effort, succeeded in adopting a new Constitution, which Kenyans approved in a referendum held on August 4 and promulgated the new Constitution on August 27, last year. With the new Constitution in place, the next step is to implement it.
I am happy that we are making good progress in this regard. So far, the Commission on the Implementation of the Constitution has been established under Section 5 of the sixth schedule of the Constitution.
The Commission on Revenue Allocation has also been established under Article 215 of the Constitution. Similarly, the eight members of the Judicial Service Commission have been appointed and were sworn in on January 11.
I appreciate that there will be challenges in implementing the Constitution. As the Executive branch of Government, we will engage in productive dialogue with Parliament and the Judiciary to address such challenges as may arise from time to time.
I want, therefore, to assure all Kenyans that the challenges we have experienced in the past few weeks should not be cause for worry. I am committed to the successful implementation of the constitution and I urge all stakeholders to join hands so that we can open a new chapter of prosperity for our country.
In addition, we have also made progress to address unemployment. We have taken a wide range of measures to create employment opportunities particularly for the youth.
These measures include the strengthening of the Youth Enterprise Fund, the Women Enterprise Development Fund and the Kazi kwa Vijana programme.
In spite of this progress, we are aware that these schemes are not adequate to deal with the millions of young people desiring decent jobs.
For this reason, the Government is engaging in massive infrastructure projects that generate a wide range of employment opportunities for the youth. To eradicate poverty and create more opportunities for employment, we have also pursued sound economic policies while paying attention to Vision 2030.
I note that after a period of slow growth in the past two years, the economy has turned around and recorded a 5.4 per cent growth rate last year. This improved performance is expected to continue over the next two years, with a forecast of between 6.5 and 8 per cent by 2012.
I acknowledge that there are many challenges that remain to be addressed. I am aware that some IDPs are yet to be resettled. The Government has set aside resources to resettle all genuine IDPs.
Finally I appeal to all Kenyans to remain united and focused on the work ahead. Let us always remember there is so much that unites us. We are one nation, one people. Let us commit Kenya to the Almighty God who has seen us through this period. Thank you and God bless our country.
Raila: Never again should politics turn us against one anotherThe Peace Accord, whose third anniversary we mark today, was a remarkable act of compromise with an unforgettable offer of help by the international community.
|Prime Minister Raila Odinga|
I landed in a once prosperous and stable African country, the one-time jewel of the Francophone Africa, now struggling to stand with two presidents, two prime ministers, two Cabinets, two militaries and two ‘State Houses’ all running the same country.
It struck me how much we can save, and how much we did save by just agreeing to compromise.
We missed the Ivory Coast route and collapse by a whisker in 2008. That is why February 28 will forever remain in our collective memories as the day we made a commitment as a people never to take up arms against fellow citizens again.
On this day, we committed to reform our governance and electoral systems to ensure we shall never go to the polls again and come out claiming not to know the winner as a result of incompetence and lack of professionalism on the part of those we trust with managing our elections.
We shall forever be indebted to Dr Kofi Annan, President Jakaya Kikwete, President Benjamin Mkapa and Madam Graca Machel for putting their integrity to severe test in standing up for Kenya.
I pay tribute to our own leaders who, divided along party lines, all the same constituted themselves into negotiating teams and came up with a working document that formed the basis of the Peace Accord. And we shall never forget the role of the European Union and the US in helping our country rediscover itself and find a route out of the chaos and the precipice.
The Accord did save lives. It saved our economy and it gave us a second chance. There have been many false starts in this pioneering experiment of Grand Coalition Government, but that was to be expected. The experiment we were embarking on was new not just to us in Kenya but also to the entire continent of Africa. We embarked on it in the enduring belief that because of the exceptional circumstances our country found itself in, we would improvise as we went a long, hoping that the luck of history would be on our side.
The Accord came with the proviso that we would address the immediate and long term causes of the violence. We agreed to do everything to blunt the ethnic jealousies and address the economic hungers and inequities that were identified as the root causes of this conflict.
A lot has been achieved; but much is pending. Our economy is up and competitive again. We can say that we emerged out of the chaos, sadder but wiser, and that is why we were able to give ourselves a new Constitution last year, after many failed attempts.
spirit of compromise
We have revamped our agriculture, invested heavily in infrastructure and made serious attempts to address poverty, unemployment and inequality through interventions like the Economic Stimulus Package, Kazi kwa Vijana and revamped women and youth funds, rural electrification and provision of water to remote and dry parts of the country. We have made significant gains in the war on corruption and impunity, although a lot remains to be done. I am convinced that none of these would have been achieved had we not agreed to compromise and sign the Accord.
After signing the document, I toured parts of the country, sometimes with the President. The evidence of destruction and mayhem was everywhere. People nursing bullet wounds and deep panga cuts occupied hospital beds. Mortuaries were teeming with bodies and families were burying their dead. Everywhere, there was anger, suspicion and distrust.
But we still have a lot to do to consolidate the peace and trust. In our years of independence, the election violence of 2008 stands as the saddest, the most reckless and the cruelest. It should never have happened.
I remain extremely confident that if the Constitution we endorsed last year is implemented and respected, it will deal with most of the issues that took us to war. I commit to explore all avenues to sustain the spirit of compromise that gave birth to this Government.
Indeed, many people nowadays learn to go to Facebook even before they know how to browse other sites. For others, especially those who discover Facebook through the phone, there is nothing else on the Web apart from Facebook and its many attractions. It has caught on even in the rural areas.
This is a great thing as many people are able to network, make new contacts and establish other links that may translate into jobs or business. It has even been rumoured that some people met on Facebook, started dating and went ahead to walk down the aisle. All these myths about the usefulness of these sites have fuelled even more interest in Facebook, Twitter and the like.
Be that as it may, the problems that come with being a Facebook addict are legion.
First off, many people find themselves giving too much information (on Facebook) to strangers they have not met. Jimmie, a job seeker in
"One day she will rant and rave about the husband and how he behaved the previous night. She will then give me details that make her to suspect that the husband is seeing another woman. Then another day she tells me how she met her husband and all the things they are currently quarrelling about. After that she asks me whether I think she should leave him (the husband) or whether I think there is another woman," Jimmie complains. "I don’t know her, neither do I know her husband. So I am not in a position to tell what is wrong them!"
Real personAnd it is not only women who open up to strangers. Some men will launch into a long story of their past love lives when chatting on Facebook with people they have never met. Take the case of a lawyer in Eldoret who divorced his wife and has been spilling the beans about his ex to a girl called Janet in Nairobi. This lawyer has never met Janet, and does not know whether she is a real person or someone operating on a fake profile.
Janet says: "This guy sometimes shocks me. I do not even know why I gave him my number. Every night before I sleep he calls me to say goodnight. He won’t stop even after I make it clear that I am a bit uncomfortable about the time he calls. I tried once to tell him that he is intruding into my privacy but he retorted that he does not see any problem as I had already told him that I am single.
"He even keeps repeating that he constantly dreams about me. He recently claimed to have had this weird dream where he got a revelation that soon we would get married. He has really drained my energy and I might even consider changing my phone lines."
And with generation Y being very restless and, therefore, always wanting to change jobs, some employers are signing in on Facebook using pseudonyms just to see how loyal their employees are.
Says Simon, a manager with a media company in Nairobi: "When one of my employees handed in his resignation letter, he indicated that he was quitting for personal reasons. So I signed in on Facebook using a different name and got round to chat with him. I said that I liked his posts and would have loved to know where he works. He told me that he works with a media company but is quitting because he does not want to work for his boss. He then went ahead to list the problems with his boss (that’s me) and I could not believe the many bad things he said about me. I had to let him leave earlier than we had agreed."
It is not only employers who are concealing their identity to dig information about their employees. Many people are said to be requesting for friendship from their spouses disguised as other people just to ask them what they think about their spouses. Others track the lives of their ex-girlfriends or ex-boyfriends just to hear what they think about them.
Apart from saying too much about oneself, there is another cadre on Facebook that have two lives. Some girls search for photos of beautiful girls on the Net and upload them as profile pictures. This keeps men making advances on Facebook and requesting many times to meet the ‘beauty’. Kim, an IT intern at a local University, once met a girl who had drop-dead gorgeous images in her Facebook album. He could not believe it when she agreed to a date.
"I was terribly nervous when I went to meet her. It is not always that you get a date with such a gorgeous girl. However, I was shocked when she showed up at the hotel in Thika where we were to meet. She was an old, big woman with wisps of grey hair jutting out of a bad wig that was carelessly placed on her head. For a moment I thought she looked like my grandmother. I will never go on a Facebook blind date again," he swears.
Camps girlIt is also not uncommon for a beautiful campus girl to get swept off her feet by the vibes of a stranger on Facebook, especially if that stranger happens to have the fairy tale features of a super star, as happened to a KU girl who asked not to be named.
Listen to her story: "This dude had nice photos. In the photos he looked very handsome. He also had a way with words. I really wanted to meet him. Then one Friday evening we agreed to meet for a drink. Actually, we had agreed to rave all night. I was excited as I had waited to meet him for many months.
"Every day he would send a soothing message to my inbox or call to say hello and to drop a few romantic lines. I even sneaked out of class at times when he called in the middle of a lecture. Then I met him.
"Oh my God! He was a terrible sight. He had on an old wrinkled coat with the traditional slit at the back. His hair was grey and balding and his old shoes were so dusty with some kind of soil that you only see upcountry. He smelled of tobacco and the way I hate smokers! Then he couldn’t eat a snack without making some very bad mouth sounds. Yuck!"
Bottle of sodaSo how did she react when she saw him? "When I got to the entrance of the hotel in town where we were to meet, I dialled his number hoping to see someone resembling what I had seen in the Facebook photos picking the call. No one who looked like that was picking. I only saw one ‘mzee’ pick up the phone. Then that kamzee walked over to where I was and called out my name.
"After introductions, we headed straight to a hotel and I ordered for a bottle soda, despite the fact that we had agreed earlier in a chat session that we would rave till late. I wanted to be done with that soda and out of there as fast as possible," she recalls.
So the next time you see a Facebook photo, it would help to clarify whether the photos uploaded belong to the owner of that Facebook page. It would help to do that before showering undeserving strangers with undue compliments. It would also save you the agony of reconciling the person on the photo with the real person should you happen to meet some day. This is because with Facebook, what you see is not always what you get.
Three years later, the candle of optimism and hope that swept across Kenya, carrying along with it unbridled expectations that seemed to defy the time and confront political differences of the day is dying.
The road to Grand Coalition, propped up by the two claimants to the 2007 shambolic presidential elections, started off with suspicion and hostility between the two principals and their lieutenants.
Then after the Cabinet portfolio war, where each side wanted ministries deemed to be strategic and more influential in management of public affairs, there seemed to be developing a working relationship between the two principals. Both used every opportunity to assure the Kenyans and the World they would make the Grand Coalition deliver.
|President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga on the front steps of Harambee House signing the National Accord that ushered the Grand Coalition Government. (Picture file/The Standard)|
But three years later, after the rows by both sides over the 50-50 power sharing and the seat of Executive authority, the picture of the two principals is that of two comrades no longer at ease with each other. However, in language and their dreams of Kenya, they remain ‘comrades’, something that is discernible from the messages of hope for and solidarity with Kenyans they sent yesterday on the eve of the third anniversary of the Accord.
Their statements came against the backdrop of disagreements and a public spat over nominations to key Constitutional offices, over which the Constitution and the Accord requires them to ‘consult’. Their messages also had one common denominator; the importance of smooth and full implementation of the Constitution. May be, Kenyans could argue, they agree on the road to take but not the means of getting to the destination.
Message of assuranceKibaki’s verdict, as conveyed by the Presidential Press Service, was: "In spite of challenges, the letter and spirit of National Accord has prevailed over last three years." He then thanked Kenyans, "for their enduring commitment to National Accord and Reconciliation Act which has enabled coalition Government succeed."
He also had a message of assurance: "I want to assure all Kenyans the challenges we have experienced in last few weeks should not be cause for worry. I am committed to successful implementation of the Constitution."
Raila was also had a pledge to make: "I commit (myself) to explore all avenues to sustain spirit of compromise that gave birth to this Government…The (new) Constitution remains our best hope against another war." He added with a touch of optimism: "History shows civilisations can be swept by devastating fires, but in the aftermath, a vigorous new growth emerges, industries rise from rubble and cities and communities rebuild."
Kibaki also advised that today affords Kenyans an opportunity to reflect on the past in order to make the future more secure: "On this third anniversary, we reflect on the road we have traveled over the last three years with a view to drawing lessons on the road ahead of us as a nation."
He also was, probably because of the bloodshed in the first months of his controversial second term, prayerful: "Let us always remember that there is so much that unites us as Kenyans. We are one nation, one people. Let us commit Kenya to the Almighty God who has seen us through this period."
Drawing from the chaos in Ivory Coast, where he was dispatched by the African Union to lead conciliation efforts, Raila painted the picture of Kenya that would probably have come to be, were it not for international mediation.
Warring lieutenants"I always knew the decision by President Kibaki and myself to agree to share power was momentous. But its real magnitude struck me when I traveled to Ivory Coast at the beginning of the year to mediate in the election dispute there," he said.
He added: "I landed in a once prosperous and stable African country…now struggling to stand with two presidents, two prime ministers, two Cabinets, two militaries and two "state houses" all running the same country. It struck me how much we can save, and how much we did save by just agreeing to compromise.’’
But while Kibaki and Raila, painted a rosy picture of Grand Coalition, their lieutenants kept on throwing brickbats at each other.
Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, who reports to Raila, said the power-sharing deal was just meant to "silence those who opted for violence’’.
Uhuru, who is on the list of the ‘Ocampo Six’, added: "We were not dishing out leadership. We were just silencing those who opted for violence."
Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka argued despite the constant political competition, the coalition had managed to work in the best interest of the country.
"The fact that three years on, the coalition, still holds is a testament to the values both sides hold on peace and normalcy without which ideologies would be meaningless,’’ he said. He added Kenyans were forced to challenges among them tricky process of harmonising divergent perspectives and visions into one ‘Programme of action policy’.
Lands minister James Orengo, who was one of the eight members of Kenya National Dialogue and Reconciliation Committee known more as Serena Team, reflected on the protracted negotiations, saying: "It brought peace and laid foundation upon which the new Constitution was later enacted."
He, however, lamented the ‘old order’ was fighting back: "We have covered some ground, but there are difficulties because many have not internalised the complete change of attitude."
Assert rightsHe advised Kenyans to, "be vigilant to ensure the new Constitution is fully implemented and continue to assert their rights."
The President gave a raft of steps taken by Government to heal the country following the disputed elections, including the setting up of Agenda Four Commissions and the ongoing resettlement programme for Internally Displaced Persons.
“Tulikuwa KICC tukichunga kura wakati vita vilitokea. Sasa yeye anasema eti mimi nilikuwa napanga vita Eldoret, Kakamega, Kisumu, Bungoma mpaka Mombasa. Si huyu mtu ni wazimu? (We were at KICC protecting our votes when chaos broke out. Now he is saying that I was planning the fighting in Eldoret, Kakamega, Kisumu, Bungoma even Mombasa. Isn’t he a mad man?”