In response to the Daily Nation story quoting the PM describing the Constitutional Court as “korti ya bandia,” I blogged as follows:
A friend who talked to a source present at the venue tells me Raila never said such a thing, namely, that the IEBC was interpreting a decision by “korti ya bandia” (fake or kangaroo court”).
According to the source, the PM did use those words but not in this context and the manner he used them was, in fact, complementary of the court.
I am inclined to believe that than what’s being reported, especially this being DN.
My position would be the PM can and should be critical of any court decision and we all as Kenyans must engage civilly in debate over any issue but not the PM nor the President or anyone else can deride the court in this manner, even when the court is clearly wrong for respect for the institutions, including the presidency and premiership is and must always be paramount and above all else especially now that we have the needed reforms underway.
Following this post, a netter provided a news clip showing the PM saying what he said, which I had seen elsewhere since posting my blog but the netter went on to say I was “defending the indefensible” in saying what I said above in the post.
In response, I have said the following to the netter:
I know you know better than saying I am “defending the indefensible” when I clearly state what my position would be were the account to be as reported by DN and not as my friend told me and if you missed it, here is what I said, “My position would be the PM can and should be critical of any court decision and we all as Kenyans must engage civilly in debate over any issue but not the PM nor the President or anyone else can deride the court in this manner, even when the court is clearly wrong for respect for the institutions, including the presidency and premiership is and must always be paramount and above all else especially now that we have the needed reforms underway.”
There is no way you can take that and say I am defending what Raila said, if it is as reported by the DN.
I have since seen the clip and would say even if I and others objective can see what the PM was trying to say, it did not come across that way and he should not have used the words “mahakama ya bandia” at all lest the criticism he is getting would follow and I’ll give you the criticism is justified.
Having said that, I have also blogged as follows:
Raila is fully aware that his political enemies and opponents can diarrhea untruths, half-truths and other nonsense everyday and nobody cares but he misspeaks or God forbid he inadvertently says something he didn’t mean to say or in a manner he didn’t as all politicians are prone to or everyone is for that matter and everyone on his opposing side is ready to pounce or hang him for it.
In other words, Raila is supposed to be perfect and therefore super-human in everything he says and does in the eyes of his enemies and opponents but when his supporters present him as the least imperfect and most qualified of all the candidates seeking the presidency, they are told they are idolators who worship him.
The disingenuity and hypocrisy in those who so criticize him and his supporters is obvious and something he and his supporters must live with through the day he is reelected and sworn as our next president.
Please also note my friend was right in what what his source told him that Raila never said what he was quoted as saying in the DN, namely, “korti ya bandia.” The words Raila actually used were “mahakama ya bandia.”
It’s inaccuracies like this in media reporting that keep people on the edge but sometimes its more than just inaccuracies in reporting but that does not take away the fact that our leaders must be careful in what they say.