Sunday, January 6, 2008

ECK to blame for recent election violence in Kenya

The peace loving people of the Republic of Kenya have been deprived of their right to democratically elect a President of their choice for the last 44 years until the December of 2007 general elections when they decided to vote for a President of their choice. Of the three Presidential hopefuls, they opted for Raila Odinga of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM)as their preferred choice. But hell broke loose, when the Electoral Commission of Kenya (ECK)headed by Kivuitu announced the incumbent President, Mwai Kibaki, as the overall winner of the elections despite trailing behind Raila by a big margin of votes. Irregularities in the election and theft of the ballot created chaos never before imagined. Within minutes of the announcement of the election of Kibaki as the winner, Kenya exploded into tribal warfare. Central, Nyanza, Rift Valley, and the Coast Provinces saw the worst rioting since independence triggering a spate of murder, arson, and daylight robberies that stripped the Republic of Kenya of life and property. The chaos took the lives of over 300 people as reported by the media and properties worth billions of shillings was destroyed.
International mediators from all corners of the world continue to pour into the country to try to salvage the deteriorating situation. Obviously, Kenya will not descend into chaos like neighboring Somalia. A solution will be found and peace will be restored. But the main question here is: who was responsible for all these problems? The question is clear and the answer to that is the ECK headed by Kivuitu. He should be brought to justice to face the music.

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