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Below is a press release from human rights and civil society organisations:

Kenyans for Peace with Truth and Justice

Statement from concerned citizens and governance, human rights and legal organizations
We speak in the name of Kenya’s governance, human rights and legal organizations, as well as the concerned citizens who have contacted and chosen to work with us over the last two weeks.

In our previous statement, we noted that, at the heart of the three forms of violence now being experienced across the country–disorganised and spontaneous, organised militia activity and disproportionate use of force by the Kenya Police Force and the General Service Unit–is the violation of fundamental freedoms and rights directly related to the electoral process. It is clear that the electoral anomalies and malpractices experienced during the counting and tallying of the presidential vote were so grave as to alter its outcomes. Some of those electoral anomalies and malpractices were, in addition, illegal–thus rendering the supposed presidential outcome not only illegitimate but also illegal. We therefore consider Mwai Kibaki to be in office still on his first term.

We note now, with grave concern, the announcement yesterday by the man sworn in as President of his supposed Cabinet. We consider this announcement to have been made by a man in office illegitimately and illegally and therefore to be null and void. We further note that this announcement has, in fact, aggravated and inflamed the current violence–as evidenced by the disorganised and spontaneous protests witnessed yesterday in reaction to the announcement. We consider that the announcement has thus seriously compromised the environment for mediation. We refuse to allow the man sworn in as President to continue presenting the nation with what is, in effect, a series of ‘faits accomplis.’

We therefore reiterate our demands that, in particular:

1. African states and the rest of the international community, particularly the United States given its currently unhelpful unilateral approach, to continue to pressurize for mediation by the region under the leadership of President John Kuffour of Ghana, current head of the African Union, between the Party of National Unity and the Orange Democratic Movement on addressing the electoral travesty that has occurred;
2. The mediation process to, as its first priority, agree upon an interim electoral oversight body to conduct a forensic audit into the polling, counting and tallying process with a view to recommending, depending on its findings, a re-count, a re-tallying or a re-run within a specified time period;
3. African states and the rest of the international community to, in the interim, deny official recognition to the man sworn in as President and his supposed Cabinet; and, in addition;
4. All those supposedly announced as Cabinet members to refuse to take up their positions upon their swearing in so as to enable the mediation process to proceed.

Signed:

Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG)
Awaaz
Centre for Law and Research International (CLARION)
Centre for Multiparty Democracy (CMD)
Centre for Rights, Education and Awareness for Women (CREAW)
(CRADLE)
Constitution and Reform Education Consortium (CRECO)
East African Law Society (EALS)
Haki Focus
Hema la Katiba
Independent Medico-Legal Unit (IMLU)
Innovative Lawyering
Institute for Education in Democracy (IED)
International Commission of Jurists (ICJ-Kenya)
Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC)
Kenya Leadership Institute (KLI)
Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR)
Kituo cha Sheria
Law Society of Kenya (LSK)
Media Institute
Muslim Human Rights Forum
National Constitution Executive Council (NCEC)
Release Political Prisoners (RPP)
Society for International Development (SID)
Urgent Action Fund (UAF)-Africa
Youth Agenda

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5 Comments

  1. Herbert

    Sit-tightism is a cankerworm that has eaten deep into the fabric of the African Elite.From Nigeria to South Africa,From Togo to Congo,the list goes on and on.Thabo Mbekis latest onslaught was the be-all and the be-end.The current upheavals in Kenya is just another example of how African leaders are taking their own people on a political journey of no-return.
    I wept as i watch the ignorance and foolery displayed by Martha Karua,Kenyas justice minister on HARDTALK.It is shame.To Martha Karua,all opposing views are out of place except that of Kibaki and herself.We must all join hands to say no to Kibaki and his likes across Africa.

  2. Mexxi Maxwell

    Martha Karua is one full kenyan woman who really knows what best for Kenya and Kenyans. Dont weep Herbert. Clay and his allies have caused all this because what they want is to exploit our country (of which they had been assured under Raila leadership of whom they funded)

  3. Mexxi Maxwell

    The ethnic cleansing was planned before elections. These ODM leaders are not what Kenya really want. Their reaction at KICC was more of hooliganism than leadership.

  4. Herbert

    Dear Max,
    Thanks for your response.
    However,I doubt if the picture you had laboured to paint is that of Martha Karua.She sounds too partisan to be a real Nationalist/Democrat.In my humble opinion she is the image maker of Kibakis Junta.I am not holding brief for the ODM,niether do I support tribal wars.But we must not shy away from reality.How can a party that lost more than twelve cabinet seats in the election claim victory at the presidential election?.
    Whichever way you look at it,Dear Max Kibaki and his cohorts did just what their counterparts are doing across Africa.We must change the trend.

  5. The Kenyan economy is being dealt a big blow. ODM supporters should exercise caution in expressing their frustration as a bad economy is bad for all citizens. The hardest hit are the private investors who have put in years of effort to establish some of these businesses that are being razed to the ground by”protestors”.