Kenya’s ‘Harry Truman Moment’

11 Mar


In Kenya’s ‘Harry Truman Moment’ published in the Star on Saturday, I note how the media rushed to announce a winner in the 1948 US elections only to have the one they said lost actually be sworn as the next president.

The same phenomena is playing out in Kenya where the media went into overdrive declaring Uhuru to be our next president but going by evidence Raila and Cord have amassed of election irregularities and mischief, it’s a foregone conclusion the court will nullify the premature declaration of Uhuru as winner of the 2013 elections and throw this thing into a run-off between Raila and Uhuru, the only outcome which will ensure peace in the country.

Put differently, even if a thorough audit of the election data were to show Raila won this election as he and many of his supporters believe he did, it would be imprudent to declare him the winner as the other side will turn the celebrations they have already had into mayhem.

On the other hand, Raila and Cord supporters firmly believe Uhuru aided by Kibaki have stolen yet another election and now look for the courts to do the right thing, which is to nullify the election results and send this thing into a run-off.

A confirmation of the flawed announcement that Uhuru won will see the same mayhem and violence one can expect were Raila to be announced as the winner therefore the one and only middle ground that could not result in mayhem, chaos or violence is to simply send this thing into a run-off and let the winner emerge from there and this time both sides agree to live by the outcome–obviously assuming there is no more shameless and arrogant rigging as clearly took place on March 4 and thereafter.

I remain confident the court will do the right thing and as we await that to happen, the least we can do is to pray for our beloved country.


Posted by on March 11, 2013 in Politics


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12 responses to “Kenya’s ‘Harry Truman Moment’

  1. Resta

    March 11, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    What if the already crowned Prezzo the resuults r not nulfied which will be the case. Where will he get the 800k vote deffrence. U guys r 4 gettin we have the no. when were were ouy there to registter u were busy sleepin. We will make sure those who never voted in RV, CENTRAL, NORTH EASTERN to come & join us. By the way dont 4get even Occampo (bragged) abouut yhe massivve evidence he have. His ccase is collapsing. What is that Rao must be the prez? What does he want 2do. Revenge histtooric injustice????

  2. Daniel_too

    March 11, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    You never disappoint…you drag Kibaki’s name to validate your points, yet the observers are giving credence to the IEBC’s work. So what if CJ dismisses the case what shall you say…would you be prepared to swallow your words and accept the president elect as your president. How I wish time proves you wrong so that you can see that a coin has two sides and it must not always be a Raila win. Let history confine him to oblivion if it is pre-destined, believe you me I will not lose my sleep or mood.

    • Rofi (@meruklan1)

      March 12, 2013 at 1:28 AM

      Nothing is pre-destined, let justice prevail. I still would like an explanation as to how 4 pieces of very expensive equipment ALL pack up at the same time, yet they were fully functional a Sunday before and how every spoiled vote was getting to be multiplied by 8! This election was not any different from the others before it; manual and subject to gross abuse, which I think is what happened.

    • MILO

      March 22, 2013 at 10:18 AM

      he also stole

  3. Daniel_too

    March 11, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    One more thing if you write an objective article cease to depict your shadows or fingerprints therein …as it makes me the reader have intellectual constipation…

  4. tina

    March 12, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    Rao is a victim of his scheme. Follow his campaign and see how tribal hate borderline speeches entrenched.He look like he might result in to antagonizing the GV but i feel for his minority no followers who stand to loose .I do not think it take much to add Kao to Jubilee side at any moment.

  5. karue

    March 13, 2013 at 5:54 AM

    Raila has psychopaths, President Elect Uhuru has strategists……enough said!

  6. daniel_too

    March 14, 2013 at 4:46 AM

    RAO and CORD by extension are very interesting parties…I wonder why did they not stop the counting from the onset when the electronic component of the electral proces failed. Why sanction the furtherance of counting…I am certainly sure if they would have won fraudulently they would have not filled a petition on the basis of improving the electral process. To me the template of their hypocrisy is evidenced by the party nominations where loosers became winners. Further to my observations is what would happen if the Supreme Court dismisses their petition will they swallow their pride and recognise the outcome of the polls or continue to subvert the institutions with baseless claims of 55% win. Maybe a re-run would be better to send this guy to retirement convincingly and brutally. Kenya needs to move on and not be held hostage by reckless leaders.

  7. ZiONfashion (@Sir_PaulMucheru)

    March 20, 2013 at 5:55 AM

    Only this fellow is rigged. 1997, 2007, 2013… A pathetic culture of never accepting defeat. IEBC was a very good body to raila when the referendum results favored his ideologies. And when he is declared second, IEBC is worse than ECK… And just to correct the writer, it would be a re-election not a run-off. And what if this Harry Truman thing turns to be a big lie?

  8. MILO

    March 22, 2013 at 10:24 AM


  9. Nyekie Mkenya

    March 25, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    How so pathetic u seem. U start with your credentials of being this and that in US as if being that would make us the readers believe that you are a Mr. Know-it all. In one of your articles you seem to justify your arguments based on the opinion polls, so are u suggesting that maybe in future we should not vote? Why should we if what the opinion polls say is the gospel truth? Can u explain who pays the opinion polls? Are they by any chance paid by the Western Nations that drives their own agenda? Ohh please give us a break, we may not have gone to the universities that u went but we ain’t fools as u may think.

  10. Tony

    April 3, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    This Omwenga fellow is [deleted] and lives in his own world. My friend [deleted] is not enough credentials to sway authentic Kenyan’s opinions to love your [deleted]. You keep on dreaming my friend. I think its time diasporans stopped overrating themselves.we never voted for any so you have no authority to tell us how to keep our house.Think of your current engagement as an undertaker there aliasing as a barrister.Too much learning without wisdom is a tragedy.


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