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Kenyans Decided on The Least of These – The President & His Deputy.
Kenyans on the road to a new chapter in politics.
Kenya defiles the odds and never succumbed to the western pressure of choosing some specific preferred candidates. Kenyans still had fresh in their minds the 2007 disputed elections that threw the country into a huge turmoil that resulted into over 1,000 lives lost. Kenyans this time round headed to the polls patiently and peacefully. They wanted their voices heard loud and clear. All the media outlets especially foreign media were strategically stationed at the hot spots areas which experienced violence during 2007-2008 elections. Kenyans were not really amused with false information from foreign reporters about the mushrooming of minor irregularities and discrediting Kenyans who had peaceful campaign and elections. Well, on March 4th, 2013, after long lines, and slow starts at some polling stations, Kenyans finally made their voices heard. They made their decision. They surprised the world by choosing leaders that were least expected. These leaders were not even favored by the opinion polls except may be one. Among the leaders chosen, were a teenager, a high school graduate, a “cursed” woman, a marathon runner, and more interestingly of all the two International Criminal Court (ICC) suspects. Kenya denotes the world that they are independent and are capable of making their own decisions in choosing their own leaders without any cohesion and intimidation. May be some applied the wise words of Samuel the Israelite prophet. "Do not consider his appearance or his height for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man look at. Man looks at the outward appearance but the LORD LOOKS AT THE HEART" I Samuel 16:7 (NIV).
Mr. President-elect - Uhuru Kenyatta
Kenya's 4th President
President Elect, Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta – The ICC suspect.
Mr. Kenyatta is the son of the first president of the Republic of Kenya, one of the Kenya founding fathers. Kenyatta junior was born in October 26, 1961. His first name ‘Uhuru’ means independence. He was given this name in anticipation for Kenya’s independence which was finally gained in 1963. He led the coalition called Jubilee derived from biblical understanding associated with 50 years of celebrations. This perfectly fit into the current historical timeframe since Kenyans are celebrating 50 years of independence. The son of Jomo was no way a favorite of countries beyond Kenyan borders but that was the 50.07% Kenyans’ choice for the top office. Kenyatta is currently among the suspects who are accused of orchestrating crimes against humanity. His case is ongoing at the ICC. Kenyans believe strongly that “anyone, any suspect is innocent until proven guilty”. Kenyatta gained this very dishonorable status after the 2007/2008 elections. The elections were disputed when the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) who was winning until the last minute, lost to the Party of National Unity (PNU). PNU party was announced as the winner at night, and their presidential candidate sworn in right away. Kenyans were very disappointed when they awoke at dawn to find that a president had been sworn in overnight while they were sleeping. This threw the country into turmoil. Tribes started slashing other tribes. The most hit areas were Rift Valley mainly inhabited by the kalenjins, kikuyus and kisiis, but the clashes affected all tribes until Kofi Annan had to intervene with a functioning solution. Mr. Annan got the two presidential candidates, Mwai Kibaki and Raila Odinga to agree on a shared governance. In other words, 50/50 shared piece of a mkate (bread). The president-elect Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto his deputy president-elect, are the two out of the original six suspects, who are accused of crimes against humanity. So far the cases are crumbling down because of lack of credible evidence. Three suspects have been released since the trial started, and the witnesses of the remaining suspects have so far repudiated their testimonies.
Deputy President-elect - Mr. William Samoe Ruto
Deputy President-Elect, William Samoei Ruto – The ICC suspect.
The Deputy President elect emerged from a humble background to the state house. William Kipchirchir Samoei Arap Ruto was born in December 21, 1966 to Daniel and Sarah Cheruiyot. He was the running mate to the winning party Jubilee coalition. Not so many people expected Mr. Samoei to persuade the Kalenjin’s voters (his tribe) to propel Mr. Kenyatta to power. No one ever thought that he had so much influence among his people. Some were cautious about him because as a loner during referendum, he single handedly opposed the new constitution by garnering over 3 million votes. During that time, Kenyans admired his leadership skills, his determination, and his passion for things to be done right. He wanted the minor gaps in the constitutions to be corrected once and for all before passing it into the law. His influential skills were realized once again on March 4th, 2013 when he got all the sub-tribes of Kalenjin community to vote for a kikuyu president. Mr. Samoei in the past has faced lots of challenges in his political career. His former boss, the current prime minister had put him through the KPC Ngong forest land scandal and 2009 Kenyan Maize Scandal. It is alleged that the boss was not happy after sensing that Samoei wanted to part ways and so punished him by making his political career a living hell. Well, he is not only a partner to Uhuru in politics, but also a partner in the accusations of crimes against humanity. The allegations did not sway Kenyans from picking Samoei as their second man in command. The cases are still underway and seem to be weakening day by day especially since his main witness has since recanted his allegations. The witness shared that the promises made by those making the allegations, of some goodies, safety and luxury in some foreign lands were not honored. When those goodies did not find their way to his pocket, he decided to come clean and set the record straight.
The choices made by over 6 million Kenyans may not be favored by everyone, but their choice is clear. The lines at the polling stations were miles and miles long. The young and old turned out in large numbers because they wanted their voices heard. I believe that the former president Moi has some premonition skills because when he was retiring, he suggested the four ‘young turks’ to take over power. Though it has been over 10 years since former president Moi voiced his desires, his vision has come to pass. Now we have the two out of the four that he had suggested as the 4th president and deputy president of Kenya. The petition filed by the losing party was dismissed by the Supreme Court and Uhuruto’s win upheld. It is a time for Kenyans to move on. A word to the wise is to respect Kenyans choice and give them congratulations and not conditions. Long live Kenya!