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5 years apart; the same old story!

Posted by Popular Ombudsman on April 29, 2009

Today, we will start highlighting significant points in Mwai Kibaki’s life so that readers can understand what motivates the man:

1960-Resigns from Makerere Uni and helps draft Independence Constitution.

1960’s-1983-Serves as Minister for Finance (whispers of a fictitious KENREN fertilizer factory scandal follow him).

1978-Becomes vice president under Daniel arap Moi.

1982-Sponsors motion to make Kenya single party state.

1988-Elijah Mwangale attacks him for being too parochial, having no engagement outside Othaya.

1988-Dropped as vice president, retained as minister.

1991-Defects from KANU at eleventh hour soon after repeal of Section 2A which he had SPONSORED and forms DP a

largely central Kenya gathering.

1997-becomes leader of opposition in Parliament.

2002-Wins landslide while in hospital courtesy of NARC.

2003-Reneges on some secret MoU.

2004-Appoints two dubious characters going by names Artur Margarian and Artur Sargasian to full Deputy Police Commissioners, with access to all security establishments.

2004-Releases first statement about his other wife or lack thereof.

2005-Is trounced badly at referendum, retreats into tribal cocoon…sacks all ministers who differed with him.

2005-Kenyan economy recovering with several infrastructure projects going on.

2006-Allows hooded policemen together with suspected dubious characters to attack The Standard Group; his confidante Michuki says “If you rattle a snake, be ready to be bitten”.

2006-Remains silent as two foreigners draw guns inside JKIA Airport, something unheard of in Kenyan history.

2007-Single-handedly appoints majority of ECK Commissioners to the horror of Kenyans, disregarding IPPG which he had benefitted from in 1997. It is an election year.

2007-Launches party late into the campaigns.

2007-Most polls point to a poll loss to the last.

2007-Declared winner and sworn in hurriedly under darkness within precincts of State House.

2008-Keeps silent as Kenya erupts into civil strife, occassionally going on televised press conferences to announce that he had been duly elected and installed as president.

2008-Takes three months to realize that Kenya was no longer governable, finally signs accord under great international pressure to share power and responsibility with Raila Odinga.

2009-Calls rare press conference to clarify that he has only one wife

2009-Ugandan soldiers annex Migingo Island

2009-Disregards the National Accord and Reconciliation Act and unilaterally appoints vp Kalonzo Musyoka to lead government business in parliament. Business is paralyzed in parliament for days by the ODM side of the coalition until speaker rules to enable business to go on as executive sorts out the wrangles.

So the question is what does the future hold for this veteran of Kenyan politics? How will history judge him?


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Zimbabwe times, March 2009

Posted by Popular Ombudsman on April 29, 2009

I have one wife – Kibaki

March 4, 2009

NAIROBI (BBC) – Kenya’s President Mwai Kibaki has held a rare press conference to deny rumours that he has a second wife.

Mr Kibaki said he was in a “foul mood” and warned that anyone repeating the rumours would see him “in court”.

His wife, Lucy, accused the media of “tormenting” her, and said she had she considered attacking one TV station.

The BBC’s Anne Mawathe in Nairobi says the president’s office has denied the rumours several times in the past but they have refused to die.

Observers had said it was common knowledge that another woman was given protection on the level of the first family after Mr Kibaki took office in 2002.

But, flanked by his wife and senior government officials, Mr Kibaki told the news conference: “I want to make it very clear that I have only one dear wife, Lucy, who’s here, and I do not have any other.

“Anybody who knows me and knows my family and knows how I live – they know I have only one wife.”

He said he had “gotten into this foul mood” after hearing about the rumours again in recent days, and that he would take to court anyone “bent on that course” of repeating them.

A visibly angry Mrs Kibaki then told the news conference: “You keep tormenting us, I don’t know what you get out of it.”

She told one station, NTV: “I almost came to your station last night to attack you.”

Mrs Kibaki is well known for her angry outbursts at the media.

In 2005 she stormed the offices of The Daily Nation newspaper to protest against its portrayal of her and her family, slapping a cameraman who filmed the incident.

And in 2007, she slapped an official who mistakenly referred to her by the name of the woman who was alleged to be Mr Kibaki’s mistress.

The news briefing comes at a time when the political marriage between Mr Kibaki’s Party of National Unity (PNU) and Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) is also under strain, says our correspondent.

The coalition government, formed to end the post-election crisis last year, has been dogged by corruption allegations and rumours of disunity.

Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has accused the country’s leaders of “losing momentum”, and analysts say the general public has become frustrated with the lack of progress.

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