This is an email sent to a friend of mine from someone in Kenya yesterday. Read it and weep for a country whose future suddenly looks very bleak indeed.
Today (Thursday) the Opposition (or Winners of the election if you prefer the truth) have called for a rally in Uhuru Park. The Government (or illegal regime who stole the election if we are to be completely factual) has decided it is not to be so they have ringed the city with police, para-military and army units and blocked anyone from moving into the city. For anyone who understands Nairobi this means the city and the rest of the country has been cut off. We can't move out - just like the povo or Wanachi can't move in. All the roads to the major slums (which house 60% of the city's population) are blocked by gun totting folk who have order from our beloved President (who doesn't feel like having only 5 years with his nose in the feeding though) to shoot to kill.
My maid lives in Kageme and 2 days ago one of her neighbours fell seriously ill - they persuaded the other neighbour to use his car to rush her to hospital - the local clinic is overwhelmed with folks dying of gun shot wounds and can't cope with someone complaining about a sore stomach (the lady actually had acute septicemia from an infected uterus). The neighbour asked his nephews to clear a couple of large rocks off the road from the previous night's road blocks - as they were doing this, and with not so much as a warning, they were shot by the para-military police (presumable because they we perceived to be placing rocks on the road). One died and the other will no doubt lose his leg - pretty heavy punishment for their suspected crime - blocking a road. Typical heavy handed treatment from the powers that be.
I dread to think what has happened to day to anyone determined to exercise their democratic right to free asembly. If they don't allow people to protest the pressure is just going to explode. These racist bastard Kukuyus (as bad as any Boer in South Africa) believe they have a God given right to rule - the uncircumcised (read 'dirty' in Afrikaans) Luos (read Kaffir) can't be allowed to rule us - we are so clever and such good business people only we can manage the economy - They (the Kaffirs / Luos) will just F it up for all of us Kenyans (read Kukuyus).
They wish us to suspend belief - they had an election (free and fair by all reckoning) - 19 Ministers (and Assistant Ministers) and the Vice President lost their seats - Kibaki only won 2 of the 8 provinces (Central and Eastern) and HE WON the Presidency. The MAJOR flaw being the tallying process. It has spawned a great number of jokes like - How do Kikuyus add? - what is 2000 plus 5000? the answer 52,000.
These dumb arsed IDIOTS used the following strategy - delay the announcement of the results from secure Kikuyu seats close to Nairobi - wait for the results to come in from the other Provinces and then balance the deficit - adding votes during the tallying process and then in case of a re-count also stuff the extra votes in the ballot boxes they are still holding. Their only mis-calculation was the enormity of the rejection of this corrupt and useless Government made up of old farts. They had pre-marked ballot papers but the massive rejection of the old guard in Rift Valley province - the most populous Province - caught them out completely. They had to chopper in more ballot papers to stuff the ballot boxes - in their panic they lost touch with the numbers some constituencies achieved a 115% turn-out of voters. Also why would someone go to the polls and vote for a President but not vote for an MP - so extra MP ballots had to be added - hence the delay. BUT by this stage everyone had smelt a RAT. Also as the results from Nyanza, Western and Rift Valley flooded in Raila Odinga started to increase his lead - at the peak he was almost a million votes ahead. Then the doctored Kikuyu results started to kick in the jubilant Westerns saw the lead of Raila narrow down to 38,000 - then the shit hit the fan.
There were calls for a re-tally - the Election Commission were having to read out results of constituencies which for hundred of thousand of folk who stayed up all night watching results coming in from different part of the country (like myself) - had magically change - One tallying centre just south of the City - Kajiado had a disturbance and the process was suspended - the sitting MP George Siatoti (one of the architects of the Goldenberg scandal under Moi) and now Kibaki's Minister of Education had 21,000 votes - after the process was re-started and results announced at 6 the following morning his count had miraculously jumped to 59,000 (the source of the Kukuyu addition joke).
The Juja constituency had announce a parliamentary vote where the winner had got 52,000 - when the results were read out at ECK (in error too early) they were 65,000 and when they were finally and formally given out the winner had 95,000. (The source of the other joke - One Kenyan one vote - one Kukuyu - TWO votes or aren't the Kikuyu good they way they quickly double their money).
Carried live on TV we had the Chairman of the Election Commission trying to explain how come results from places as far away as Northern Turkana (on the Sudanese border), Mt. Elgon (on the Ugandan border) and Garissa (on the Somalia border) had arrived in Nairobi before those from constituencies 20 to 40 minutes drive away (on a main road) from their headquarters. The opposition started to object at the news briefings - the population in rural areas had already started to shout FRAUD and RIGGING - by the Saturday innocent civilians like me - (out buying organic milk for their pregnant girlfriend) were running into gangs of frustrated youth throwing stones at cars (quick U-turn and drive like shit in the other direction).
Tensions were running so high by the time Kibaki had pulled back to just 38,000 behind - the Government orders the process of announcement to be stopped - everyone even the dumb arsed Luo are now really suspecting something. Raila Odinga appears on Television to explain that the Orange Democratic Movement, which has a sophisticated communication system funded by one of the German Foundations, has been tracking and correlating results direct from individual polling booth announcements and doing it own tallying and says we KNOW we have WON - step back Mr. Ex-President don't do what we know you are about to do - they produce officials from within the Commission who say "I've walked out because I'm being asked to sign off on forged results and I'm gonna lose my job and maybe be killed but I'm a Loyal Kenyan who can't bear to see what is happening".
Then the Chairman appears on TV to announce that Kibaki has actually won by 231,000 - Half an hour later - there is a swearing in ceremony at State House - but guess what everyone is already in their finery - Heads of Army and Police in full dress uniform - a Chief Justice in wig and gown - Kibaki's wife Lucy - who has even managed to get flowers delivered which match her dress plus all the Presidents men - who have all just lost their Parliamentary seats in the ground swell of change which was sweeping the country - and he then thanks the country for voting for him.
But hold on. Isn't the Commission meant to be Independent and announce the results to the Kenyan people before telling anyone (including the President). EXPLOSION - things just take off. Retribution and vengeance is taken out on any Kukuyu they can get their hands on. Stores start to burn - people start to attack their neighbours, the businessman caught with some marked ballot papers is beaten to death. THINGS GET OUT OF HAND. The rest is History as they say.
I'm at work having driven here through eerily empty streets - none of my staff can get to work - the fuel stations have run out of petrol and LPG, food is running short in many stores, and this ain't gonna end soon. People are pissed off.
You should see the stuff considered too offensive for public broadcast - the Kikuyu lady gang raped by 60 youth who bleed to death where they left her - 35 kids cooked in a church - they look strangely like roasted piglets covered in crackling. 11 severed heads impaled on stick as revenge killings by Mungiki (the new version of the old Mau Mau secret Kikuyu sect - they drink blood and semen from a raped and killed female victim as part of their initiation) - How come African women get such a bad deal? A bit of gender equality - Luo men who have been dragged off buses and had their foreskins cut off with a Panga. Ain't AFRICA just the greatest place in the world to be - even a country as sophisticated as Kenya has all this seething hatred just a few inches below the surface.
But it is a great place to be macho - a guy I know who works for a UN humanitarian agency ran over and killed two youths who were stoning cars and he got a personal congratulations from the Head of Police in Nairobi.
We are staying safe and out of harms way. This won't end early the only thing which is going to make these arrogant Kukuyu see the error of their ways is for their business to suffer and they are so rich it is going to take a month or so of mayhem to achieve that.