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Can the Government survive Waki’s Report?

Published on 24/10/2008

The mixed reactions to the Waki Report by politicians exposes the soft underbelly of the Coalition Government.

Camps have formed, with some trashing the report as having fallen short of expectations, and that it should never have seen the light of day.

There are those who would like those named in the report to face the full force of the law to curb impunity.

There is also the question of whether perpetrators of violence should be taken to The Hague, or face a local tribunal.

The problem is that those speaking in discordant voices are powerful figures in the Cabinet. The collective responsibility of Cabinet seems an illusion. The question then remains: Where should Kenyans turn to for the way forward?

Talking of forgiveness, are our leaders the ones who will forgive or is it the Kenyans who bore the brunt of the violence? Kenyans demand justice.

—A letter from Nandiemo Vivere, Nairobi.


1. On Monday November 24, 2008, 18:03 PM ,, United States wrote:

  Unfortunately the pursuit of power leads to betrayal of citizens by every political party/politician. Even the Bush-Gore 2000 elaction in USA attests to that. However, the people abided by the decision of the highest court of the land. Kenyans should follow that model. Respect homegrown decisions. Forget the Hague. The legal system must have the integrity to up hold justice. You can do it Kenyans.


2. On Thursday November 20, 2008, 13:44 PM , Edwin Njoroge, United Kingdom wrote:

  I for one do not understand why some people say that it was because Kibaki rigged the election that so many died or it was because Raila asked for mass acton; to the best of my knowlege neither of the above asked anyone to kill fellow citizens. Why does Ruto keep on making noise while NO ONE knows who is in the list?


3. On Thursday November 20, 2008, 7:50 AM , Henry Kamala, Kenya wrote:

  What I fail to understand is that the Waki Commission was one of the resolutions of the Serena talks of which Ruto, Kosgey, Orendo, Wetangula, Ongeri, Karua, Mudavadi, were key players. The commission was expected and I guess is impartial, and the reality is that Kenya is a signatory to the ICC convention, and we thus have no alternative but implement the Waki Report.


4. On Tuesday November 18, 2008, 7:37 AM , Pepe Ndombe, Kenya wrote:

  Forgiveness should not be an option. Let these people be taken to the Hague. We are tired of being told the country will go down, my friends we are already down so the only way is up. If we have to go up without the likes of Ruto and his ilk then so be it. Get rid of the warlords and to be honest, the Hague is the only option for this people. It doesn’t matter whether they know Top Cop Ali there.


5. On Monday November 17, 2008, 16:36 PM , Lucy Ombimah, United States wrote:

  With all due respect, Kenyans needs to stop using Ruto as an excuse to all their problems. We all know where our problem as a country started when the so-called president Kibaki stole elections. Very incompetent president and I am sorry to say that he is my president. So if the Waki Report was to be implemented it should start with the so-called president Kibaki.


6. On Friday November 14, 2008, 7:33 AM , Caleb Essajee, Norway wrote:

  Opening old wounds is not going to be of great help! KENYAN leaders are known to be protected under immunity and impunity! JUSTICE NEVER took place after the ELECTIONS NOR WILL IT TAKE PLACE NO! Its time to admit the faults and take responsibility and take care of those who were involved just like ODM AND PNU WERE MADE TO SHARE THE POWER AND FORM A COALITION GOVERNMENT.


7. On Thursday November 6, 2008, 6:13 AM , munyoki mbaluka, Kenya wrote:

  It’s quite disturbing the demonising of the Waki report by quite a number of the sitting MPs. It beats logic when the same individuals were supporting the formation of the commission which came up with the report but more disturbing for them to reject the outcome even before consultation with all concerned. The electorate needs a fair deal here guys. Can the MPs be trusted on this really?


8. On Sunday November 2, 2008, 2:23 AM , Terah Nyaanga, Somalia wrote:

  The one thing Americans have embarked on and accomplished with unprecedented success in the past one year, in my opinion, is the marketing of Barack Obama to the world as a fashionable global product; a citizen of the world. First, they called him an African and the African continent; from Tunis to Cape Town, from the horn of Africa to Cape Verde; listened. The blacks in America, in Europe, everywhere heard and pricked their ears in anticipation. Second, they called him a Muslim and even caricatured him in Somali Islamic regalia. Then the Muslims throughout the world and in the entire Middle East heard and listened. Third, they shouted for the world to take note that he was a foreigner in America who saw America differently from the way real Americans did. The whole world heard and listened. All along, the architects of the racist labels knew they were lying but thought they could succeed demonizing him enough for the American electorate to reject him. Interestingly, Obama did not disown some of the labels.


9. On Thursday October 30, 2008, 7:34 AM , Joe Sullo, Kenya wrote:

  The Kenyan politicians from both sides of the political divide have found themselves shell shocked and speechless (something they are not used to) by Waki report which has made them feel impotent. But you can trust them to regroup and set up a parliamentary or cabinet sub committee to study and trash the report. Then they will set up another committee to re-investigate the causes of the violence.


10. On Wednesday October 29, 2008, 0:58 AM , Kimani Njane, Kenya wrote:

  I stand to be corrected but the divergent views on the Waki report speaks alot about our so called leaders.there are several cries of amnesty, others for implementation and others are just blatantly quiet about it. the report being of paramount importance to Kenya considering the devastating effect it had on our country should elicit one voice.


11. On Sunday October 26, 2008, 7:57 AM , SAM, United States wrote:

  Does the name Josip Bros Tito ring a bell? For a period of forty years of our independence we were ruled by two ‘Titos.’ When Mwai attempted to part with tradition, politicians took advantage and began to build their centers of power (Majimbos). Circa 2007; it is a full battle cry, led by none other than ODM. Given this scenario: Do we prosecute, the one who cried fire or the theatre manager?


12. On Sunday October 26, 2008, 5:57 AM , Frankline Sunday, Kenya wrote:

  The waki Report should be implemented in full in order to set a precedent of other African countries. African ‘democracies’ are infamous for having a culture of impunity and ‘cowboy’ politics. Coupled with indifference and languor from the citizenry, impunity has propelled many a tyrant to new heights. This is the reason why Felicien Kabuga remains ‘hidden’, why Zimbabwe is a country of starving millionaires and why Darfur continues to make headlines. Implementing the Waki Report would be a direct message to the Mugabes and Kabugas that they are not really untouchable. Inasmuch as the Waki report is of primary significance to the political and social system of Kenya, it is secondarily an indicator of African politics in relation to social justice and what we choose to do with the report will define this relationship. In this case, I believe the end justifies the means. If implementing the report means a step towards bringing an end to neo-colonialism and impunity in Africa, we should implement it even if it means sacrificing a few political bigwigs and their adherents.


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