Retired veteran journalist and fellow blogger, Mohammed Warsama, reports the following from Tononoka Grounds, Mombasa where Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto held their so called “peace/prayer” rallies today:
My comments follow the reporting.
`I have been to Tononoka grounds many times before, but I have never seen such a huge turn-out as I am seeing now. I take off my hat in salute to the People of Mombasa.
You have been accustomed to politics based on lies for so long. But this will now change.
THE HAGUE: I believe this ordeal will terminate. I thank you for your prayers. But there are others who are overjoyed at our plight. These are people who are unused to democratic competition.
They do not accept defeat. They should believe in free and fair competition. Let them not look for a short cut called by them Tosha. There must be a competition of ideas at the ballot box.
This is a nation of hustlers. Time has come when we should have a positive food production programme. We need this programme so that Kenyans will not sleep in hunger.There are 5m Kenyans now sleeping in hunger.
As a former Agriculture Minister, I know what I am talking about. It is the biggest shame that long after our Uhuru, there are many Kenyans still suffering in hunger.
Youth unemployment is a big problem. Let us have a concrete plan to harness the talent and energy of our youth. We can truly transform this country. Youth must be given a chance to make the fullest contribution.
It is no longer possible kuwa na Kenya ya wachache wanaojivuna na wengi wanaovumilia (Kenya of a few arrogant and many persevering).
In the new dispensation, we will have new programmes and a people with one sense of direction without regard to religion or tribe. We are not having a game of playing cards here. We have resolved to have one united Kenya.
Mombasa is a tourist town with only 1m people coming to Kenya annually. But Japan has 50m – France 86m – Malaysia 25m.
If we can boost our tourism figures to 2-3m all these unemployed youth will get jobs.
We shall build a Kenya with the family as the core foundation unit.
As for those who are drug peddlers, we tell them their days are numbered. They should not look for leadership of anything. We want leaders who talk and act. Lastly, let us walk together in cooperation.
In 2002, when I lost to Kibaki, I gracefully accepted defeat and said so before all Kenyans. Was there any violence that year ?
Crowd roars: Noooo !
UHURU: In 2010 we had the Yes, No referendum on Katiba. Ruto campaigned for a No vote but lost to the Yes bloc. Ruto accepted defeat. Was there any violence that year ?
Crowd roars: Noooo !
UHURU: In 2007 Elections I did not seek the Presidency, but fought for my Gatundu seat, and Ruto also did not seek the presidency but fought for his Eldoret seat. But there was violence and those who were not its cause are in the fire today because of it.
I believe we shall win our case.
Now they are saying I and Ruto should not be allowed to stand. I believe in democracy and I respect the wishes of the people. Do you agree with those who say we should not stand ?
Crowd roars: Noooo !
UHURU: Ultimately, it is the 40m people of Kenya who must decide it. (AS Uhuru spoke, some in the crowd waved placards that said LET THE PEOPLE DECIDE).
UHURU continuing: But they are still not satisfied and have now gone to court. Now even the big powers have stepped in and started saying Kenya’s reputation would be at stake if Uhuru and Ruto are allowed to stand. Is the ballot box in Kenya or in London ? How can we be leaders of disunity when we are simply saying wananchi wachague? Kenya is free. Let them govern their countries and leave us alone to manage our affairs.
The next government will not be a one-man show but will incorporate all the 42 communities in Kenya. It will be based on consensus and devolution of power.
We no longer want elections based tribally. We want a government of all the people and not a one-man show.
From today, the writing is on the wall: the wananchi must be given their rights, they dont want the politics of finishing each other.
The message from Tononoka today to Kenya is that Kenyans are united and are for an all-inclusive government.
Those who pretend a belief in democracy asked Kibaki in Kisumu to say Tosha Raila. This is dictatorship. (Ironically, the Wiper Party needs to hurriedly discard its Kalonzo Tosha t-shirts worn at the rally today, to reflect this new thinking).
My vote in ODM was stolen, so I left the party. In 2007, I accepted defeat. If I had also refused to accept the outcome, where would Kenya be today ?
KKV Jobs: It is said kazi kwa vijana, pesa kwa wazee. We know who are the thieves of KKV funds and we will go after them.
The dictators in Kenya are known. How else can they tell Kibaki Raila Tosha ?
We do not want elections next year. We want the elections to be held on December 17 this year.
Hakuna kuja tena na kitendawili. Kitendawili hujui – ni kubahatisha tu.
I have received an apology from your area MP and Tourism Minister Najib Balala who is on official duty in Morocco.
The news from the ground is the two have fortunately toned down the rhetoric from last week and that is a good thing.
On Ruto’s speech accurately summarized by the blogger:
Much better than the hate speech given last weekend; ICC must have sent them a cease and desist order from engaging in such reckless and dangerous rhetoric.
This is typical political speech very few believe anyway but I give him credit for trying.
I take issue with one thing he said, though, and that is, “You have been accustomed to politics based on lies for so long. But this will now change.”
This is a welcome statement if Ruto is confessing having been the worst of all in peddling lies.
When you say he said, “But there are others who are overjoyed at our plight. These are people who are unused to democratic competition.They do not accept defeat. They should believe in free and fair competition. Let them not look for a short cut called by them Tosha. There must be a competition of ideas at the ballot box,” he is technically not lying but is misleading the public.
He is trying to mislead the public into believing the two, namely, the quest for the presidency and the ICC process are connected; they are not and neither does ICC have anything to do with democratic competition unless he thinks everyone is a fool to believe if he and UK are barred by the constitution to vie, that that is somehow undemocratic.
That’s not true.
It is also patently false the insinuation that Raila can only win reelection by virtue of ICC.
Not true as Raila’s campaign is based on his vision to transform the country, not ICC as Ruto and others would want everyone to believe.
This is a new Kenya with a much better informed electorate that can see through all these shenanigans.
Very happy to note the significant toning down of the rhetoric from the dangerous path these two were on last week.
On Uhuru Kenyatta’s speech equally accurately summarized:
Someone with some wisdom they respect must have definitely given them an earful or either that a one sentence note from ICC Pretrial Chamber would have the same effect.
This is good.
I like the way he danced around the fact they are both charged with being the most responsible for for PEV and explains it “how could we be; we were just two hapless MPs trying to get reelected!”
If only it were that simple.
I wish them the best, though.
If they are guilty, the ICC will tell us, ditto if they are innocent.
On Kalonzo Musyoka:
Your reporting is excellent and checks out word by word. Kudos and thanks again for sharing.
Now, huyu Kalonzo is there any need to even bother commenting on what he says other than to say once a thief, always a thief?
I don’t think so; there are better things to do with the time not so wasted.
Let’s now hope these two have taken good counsel and peacefully engage in politics, if they have to, but certainly not even think about once once again putting our country on a path to yet another PEV.
They have no choice but to stay on our continued course of peace, not violence as the country and, indeed, the world, will not stand by and let them or anyone else.
Never again if peace-loving Kenyans have anything to say about it.