Kenya’s Election: What Uhuru Kenyatta’s Victory Means for Africa

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Supporters of Kenyan presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta touch his picture as they celebrate his victory in the country's presidential election on March 9, 2013, in Kiambu, north of Nairobi

Uhuru Kenyatta, wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity, won election Saturday as Kenya’s new President. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission announced that Kenya’s richest man — the current Deputy Prime Minister, former Finance Minister and the son of Kenya’s first President Jomo Kenyatta — won 50.07% of the vote, just marginally more than was needed to avoid a second-round runoff. Kenyatta’s running mate William Ruto, a second of the four Kenyans indicted by the ICC, is slated to become Deputy President. Turnout was a high 86%. With the margin of victory so thin, and the count plagued by days of delays and hundreds of thousands of spoiled ballots, Kenyatta’s main rival, Prime Minister Raila Odinga, has already said he would fight it in court.

If the result withstands Odinga’s challenge, a win for Kenyatta would represent the most stunning articulation to date of a renewed mood of self-assertion in Africa. Half a century ago, Africa echoed with the sound of anticolonial liberation. Today, 10 years of dramatic and sustained economic growth and a growing political maturity coinciding with the economic meltdown in the West and political dysfunction in Washington and Europe have granted Africa’s leaders the authority and means to once again challenge Western intervention on the continent, whether it comes in the form of foreign diplomatic pressure, foreign aid, foreign rights monitors or even foreign correspondents. In his victory speech, Kenyatta said, “Today, we celebrate the triumph of democracy, the triumph of peace, the triumph of nationhood. Despite the misgivings of many in the world, we demonstrated a level of political maturity that surpassed expectations. That is the real victory today. A victory for our nation. A victory that demonstrates to all that Kenya has finally come of age. That this, indeed, is Kenya’s moment.” He also pledged to work together with his political opponents with “friendship and cooperation.” “Kenya needs us to work together,” he said. “Kenya needs us to move on.” In a pointed warning to the international community, he added: “We expect the international community [to] respect the sovereignty and democratic will of the people of Kenya. The Africa star is shining brightly and the destiny of Africa is now in our hands.”

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The ICC, based in the Hague, is a particular focus of African anger. The court accuses Kenyatta of being one of four Kenyans who orchestrated the bloody tribal violence that followed the election in 2007–08. After paramilitary police loyal to the incumbent Mwai Kibaki — also from Kenyatta’s Kikuyu tribe — stormed the counting center, and shortly thereafter officials declared their candidate the winner, the country erupted in weeks of killings in which around 1,200 died and tens of thousands were displaced. The ICC intervened to try to bring those most responsible for the violence to account after concluding Kenya was unable to do so for itself.

But the ICC’s focus on Africa — nearly all of its investigations concern Africans — has earned it accusations of bias. And the manner in which the 2007–08 tribal violence was beamed around the world by the Western media, deterring tourists and overshadowing the story of an increasingly less impoverished, and more healthy, sophisticated and self-reliant, Kenya, also drew widespread resentment. At this election, with a new 2010 constitution, and a new electoral body with a new — though not glitch-free — electronic voting system, Kenyans’ determination to hold a peaceful election has been palpable. The popular mood has also been notably anti-Western. Foreign diplomats have been warned of blood-curdling revenge should they interfere in the poll. Foreign journalists have been publicly ridiculed and denounced as prejudiced if they predicted chaos and disaster. And a central message of most candidates’ campaigns was strident, patriotic self-determination. Kenyatta and Ruto — who deny the charges brought by the ICC — managed to convert a Kenyan public that initially largely supported the ICC’s attempts to call them to account into one that viewed the ICC as a representative of unwarranted Western interference in African affairs. In the last days of the campaign, Kenyatta’s Jubilee Alliance reflected and heightened the anti-Western mood, saying it was “deeply concerned about the shadowy, suspicious and rather animated involvement of the British High Commissioner in Kenya’s election.” Such assertions of sovereignty are only likely to intensify under a Kenyatta presidency. Ruto’s trial is due to begin on May 28, Kenyatta’s on July 9. Both men have said they will attend — a point Kenyatta repeated Saturday when he said his government would “continue to cooperate with international institutions.” Kenyatta has, however, said that his official duties would prevent their pair from being at the Hague continually — a pointed diluting of the court’s importance, and one that will likely drag out trials already expected to last several years.

From the West’s perspective, a Kenyatta victory presents a conundrum. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson warned before the election that “choices have consequences,” widely seen as a recommendation that voters should back Odinga. London has already warned that it would keep official contact with a President Kenyatta to a minimum, as it does with Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. But the reality is that, in a world where Kenya finds itself as much sought after as suitor, Western powers no longer get to call the shots in Africa. In many ways, and particularly in its homegrown innovations in mobile technology such as mobile banking and solar power, Kenya personifies the new, emerging Africa of young and dynamic entrepreneurs. Its position as East Africa’s business hub has only been enhanced by its recent discovery of large reserves of oil and gas. Kenya is also a linchpin of the U.S. and European security structure in Africa, ranged as it is against Islamist groups and pirates, particularly in neighboring Somalia. Westerners rely on Kenya in other ways too: the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, is the base of choice for much of the international community in East Africa, from large embassies to aid-group headquarters to donor conferences to security contractors. And should the West give Kenya the cold shoulder, it may find it is not missed as it once might have been: Chinese, Indian, Middle Eastern and Latin American diplomats and businessmen are also part of the fabric in today’s Kenya.

In Washington last month, Carson’s predecessor at the State Department, Jendayi Frazer, warned Western leaders to be “pragmatic” in their approach to Kenya, adding she was “troubled” by Carson’s “very reckless and irresponsible” statement, which she called “essentially meddling in Kenya’s election.” The ICC case against Kenyatta “is a weak one and is based on hearsay,” she said in a public discussion at the Brookings Institution, and — in words that might have come from Kenyatta himself — she added the ICC was “a very manipulated institution, particularly by the West.”

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DavidAnderson684
DavidAnderson684

If you look at the regional break-down of the results, you have to wonder if that was an election, or a census. The rhetoric about new advances in democracy is not really backed up by those cold, hard facts.

Siggie
Siggie

When they put sanctions and not doing business with Kenya then you will realize how expensive things will be.Do you think Ruto or Uhuru cares?  They have money and can afford to eat anything they want.  How can two war criminals lead this country?  Where is justice for those 1200 people who died in 2007 elections?  Uhuru used Munguki to kill the luos and kalenjins in Gilgil and Nakuru while Ruto used his people to kill the kikuyus because of their land which was grabbed by Mzee Kenyatta.    How many pending cases does Ruto have in court because of grabbing land from the poor???  Always vote wisely to benefit your nation not under tribal lines.  The lights always go off during elections in the whole nation.  Can anyone explain why that happens every time there is election?  That is because light and darkness can not go together read your bible.  It will come a time when the whole nation will say enough is enough just like Egypt, Libya and Iraq is that what you want for Kenya??? Let us save our beautiful Kenya and if it is true Uhuru and Ruto rigged elections then they do not deserve to be our leaders.  I believe Ruto will be going to Hugua a lone soon Uhuru will turn his back on him.  Can anyone explain to me why the Petrol has gone up in Kenya immediately after elections??  What is going on?  I smell fish something is going on a thief is always a thief just like a pig is always a pig even if you put lip stick on it.  I do not trust Uhuru or Ruto what a bout maize?  Kenyans have a short memory.

egithinji777
egithinji777

Kenya never supported ICC. It is those nauseating opinion polls by a Western Tom wolf. ICC owes the dead in Kenya's 2007/8 violence an apology. ICC justice is not Kenyan justice just as east is far from the west. Listen good, you mismanaged and terribly misunderstood the Kenyan 2007/8violence issue. Ocampo suspected the perpetrators while swallowing, wallowing and swimming in odinga's spells, chantings & incantations, obamas cousin.

OnesmusMacharia
OnesmusMacharia

I wish Kenyans would be spared from politics of elections to start building the Nation. Are we a permanent electioneering Nation? When do we start addressing the serious challenges facing us? The election is over and winners and losers should find common ground to serve Kenyans.

I just wonder when the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission stopped being credible. Who compromised them and why did the complainants wait until the results were announced? Someone is cheating us but let the truth be sought through the courts. I can only hope the courts will not be labeled "compromised after the verdict whichever direction it takes.

Kenyans, continue to be wise. We must act as informed citizens and avoid being used for selfish causes.

Pik-Pik
Pik-Pik

The litmus test for us will come when Ruto ask the Kikuyu to support him for president. They will not- and that will awake all kind of problems we have been wishing away

carolwm07
carolwm07

"Foreign diplomats have been warned of blood-curdling revenge should they interfere in the poll." What do u mean by that statement and where did you get your facts from?

"After a paramilitary police loyal to the incumbent Mwai Kibaki — also from Kenyatta’s Kikuyu tribe — stormed the counting center, and shortly thereafter officials declared their candidate the winner". Alex 10 years  at Times Magazine and still you cannot get facts right?


Mkenya_Daima
Mkenya_Daima

I'm very happy for Kenya.   Very proud to be Kenyan.  Very impressed by our people and our country. 

It's been said by many, but i will say it again, Kenyans have made history. Kenya is teaching Africa and other developing countries how to heal oneself and move forward. Kenya has taught Africa and other developing nations to challenge the Western dominion through legal and peaceful ways. Kenyans choosing their own leader via peaceful elections was a victory for the whole of Africa. It was a victory of all oppressed masses throughout the world. 

Per President Uhuru Kenyatta's words may all Kenyans everywhere in the world continue to do their part to build Kenya. 

Kenya ni jina, nchi ni wewe na mimi.  

May God continue to shower our country with peace and prosperity.  

It was a great pleasure reading this article by Alex Perry.  God knows we need more Journalists writing positive and true articles about Kenya and Africa.  I'm personally tired of all the negative, nasty and false news about us. Click link below for another great article ...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/mar/10/kenyans-peace-uhuru-kenyatta-defiant

AggreyAvendi
AggreyAvendi

everything that you say is the reality. most people are just talking but they don't know what people in Kenya are going through right now. You may think there is peace but NO. we know very well that there was no fairness.

this is the first step of killing democracy in our country. we are heading in the MOI's era where you could not even mention the name of the president without say his Excellency. our protector was this man RAILA. this seat is being occupied by two TRIBES in Kenya who will never let other tribes to lead. they every election gang together to defend the seat and they use all means and particularly stealing the vote. They believe that the seat of presidency is theirs for ever.

we are staying in slums where we cant access so many things and this is where most people living with HIV resides. if at all in their statements they don't appreciate the support from the western it means that they want most poorest people who depends on donor support to die. and if at all this will continue then every province is going to be like MOMBASA who are demanding to be on their own. lets justice be done

kate.getao
kate.getao

Does a "wanted" person voluntarily attend court hearings? Is it true that the 2008 violence in Kenya when Kibaki's paramilitary stormed the counting centre? Did Kenyatta win the election by a 'whisker' (more than 7% Of the vote better than his nearest rival.) it always amazes me that with all the power of the Internet, the Library of Congress and other research resources at their disposal, Western journalists still cannot produce a well-researched and accurate article. K. Getao

ndan
ndan

@Ondimu facts Raila came with Nyanza votes, kijana wamalawa came with the largest votes from western, kalonzo came with eastern votes, balala coast votes. thats facts.. why are you not talking about 1982 coup was that Democracy? the people who fought for democracy a Tom mboya, shikuku, wangari mathaai, Matiba,  those a some of the people who fought for Democracy. planning a coup is not democracy.  

ondimu
ondimu

@ndan it was Kenyans who won not Raila,stop tribal bigotry my friend when Raila marshaled the whole Country behind Kibaki candidature in 2002 didn't we celebrated as a united Nation unlike the recently concluded one?Stop personal attacks you might be insinuating Raila,he has been champion of democracy and freedom you enjoy type this venom filled piece,unless your memory fades quickly.

ndan
ndan

In 2005 referedum when raila won and defeat kibaki in that referedum, kibaki accepted the will of the people. he didnt go saying the referendum was stolen... but everytime raila is defeated things go haywire. probagada of stolen votes it is his slogan of not accepting the will of the people. in 1982 he wanted to overthrow kenyan gorvement through war.. when things dont go his way he will use any means to get his way done. his greed of power has brought him down.. his ones best friend and adviser miguna miguna unmask this man true character.  this is what the west wanted to give us to be our 4th president. 

ondimu
ondimu

@Makiri it sounds mutual but be advised we need them most bro.

LordChoy
LordChoy

What the hell. Im a kenya and Im sick of this mafia like leadership. Its disgusting, government offices having people speak their native kikuyu and or kalenjin. The rest of the country is sick of it. half the country expressed their distress and the others who dint vote is because of lack of education( mostly the less populous tribes). These people are turning kenya to a monarchy. Lack of violence shows tolerance but not healing. what we need is a president from another part of the country  practically 75% of rural roads are located in central (home of the Kikuyu) kenya and rift valley (home of the kalenjin) both because of former president and not by virtue of use.  We are grateful for the new constitution by Mr Odinga, a little shelter from the wolves like leadership. The coast province is sick of it, western kenya has practicaly no roads and part of Eastern province is sick of eating relief food. We need a less bias, less tribal but more liberal leader

ondimu
ondimu

It's very unfortunate that some of the people posting comments here seem to reside miles away from Kenya,unaware of what is going on in Kenya  the Country mourning and reeling in pain to mark the death of Democracy.The election was peaceful but not fair.Tribalism is at its pick,the Country is balkanized.Kenyans wherever you are let us not pretend that we can do without the West,that a pure lie,the population of 1.2million people who live with HIV depend on ARVs are procured from the Western Countries at reasonable price,the Chinese give loans with hard interest and remember Chinese contractors bring with them Chinese laborers.Just a few months ago hawkers demonstrated in CBD complaining the Chinese vendors have taken over small scale businesses in CBD.The Chinese are dumping junk stuff to African States look at the Military Styre trucks!!!!!If the West slaps us with bilateral sanctions,china is of less significance.

EdMiller
EdMiller

Its a sad commentary that so many black countries tend to elect crooks as leaders. Not that its confined to blacks, just so much more common. Happens here in the U.S. in predominately black cities as well!

Oh yeah its all the white man's fault!

gnyabuga
gnyabuga

"Foreign diplomats have been warned of blood-curdling revenge should they interfere in the poll". I am not sure what you are writing about Alex. This is one of the worst pieces of journalism I have seen in Time. This article contains so many inaccuracies that it makes one wonder about the quality of journalism at the Time. I think it's time to seriously consider your reporting and capacity to write an accurate report. I am sorry but this leaves a nasty taste in my mouth, particularly because I am still a big fan of Time.

Mwadagi
Mwadagi

With 86% turnout, Kenyan did what democracy is all about. The very complainers are the greatest human rights violators and go unpunished. Should we say they are the "prefects". Am proud to be Kenyan and west should leave the kenyans to drive their destiny. ICC is all about Africa - inhuman pictures from Iraq, innocent kenyans shot by british soldiers training in kenya and they refuse to be tried in kenya. Let the world judge who is the "JUDGE"

SundiataKaajja
SundiataKaajja

"After a paramilitary police loyal to the incumbent Mwai Kibaki — also from Kenyatta’s Kikuyu tribe — stormed the counting center, and shortly thereafter officials declared their candidate the winner,.."- This is a blatant and a preposterous untruth! You only getting away with lazy reporting like this since you're reporting about Africa. You appear to want to paint Kenya and Africa in general as a place where a militia group can storm a vote counting centre and 'force' the electoral commission to announce fraudulent results in favour of a candidate. Shame on you! 

Kenya is footing 95% of her budget from taxes and we don't mind paying higher taxes to be in a position to finance the budget 100% from taxes. Africa's fight for her complete independence is starting all over again and beware. To the local media; won't you please tell our story? And to all the foreign media who appear to have been cynically 'praying' and eagerly anticipating election violence, we're sorry to have disappointed you...please proceed to Syria! 


cmutie
cmutie

This was a stolen election period. We never reacted by going to the streets because we have faith in the courts. Raila will remain as the only figure who can lead Kenya to real democratization and change. What today has won is status qou, corruption and impunity.

CarrieVirtual
CarrieVirtual

@Pik-Pik  There is a lot of miscommunication amongst the Kenyan people. The kikuyu is not against other tribes leading...in fact many of them had vowed to back Ruto, Mudavadi or Uhuru. Lucky for them, Jubilee came up with two of the three. Now, if only the luos would find us a leader like Tom Mboya or the great Robert Ouko, then I myself would be the first one on the debe voting them in. To be honest, Raila is self centered, selfish and he has a war he seems to want to finish with the kikuyus....trust me, the kikuyu would rather die than ever see him up there :(

tintin
tintin

@ndan why did he not accept when Raila diffeated him in 2007? He opted to hang on like the usually do

CarrieVirtual
CarrieVirtual

@ndan I totally echo your words...Raila is one person who cannot be compared with any other leader on the face of this earth in regards to his unquenchable thirst for power. His hunger for power has totally blinded him and he no longer puts Kenya first. He uses the Luos to demand for things in Kenya. He controls them like a god and they just can't see it.  I used to admire him a long time ago, now all i have for him is pity. He has lost the way, completely!

ndan
ndan

Facts according to the the law it is kibaki who gave us that new constitution after we all voted for the new constitution.. He is the only one who signed that constitution at uhuru park where the whole world witness him signing. this a the positive things kibaki tenure will be rememberd.

markkir
markkir

@ondimu Question is who needs the other more is it Kenya or the west?

CarrieVirtual
CarrieVirtual

Yes! Yes! Absolutely Yes, its the white man's fault. Why couldn't Columbus just stay in his home country? Why couldn't the British just avoid Africa? Why can't America just stay away from other nations resources and riches? See the trend? The White Man's Greed....and now you throw up your hands and blame everybody else whereas you are the ones who started the war a long, long time ago. Own Up!

nyambia
nyambia

@EdMiller Yeah you enslaved a people for 400 years and you have the audacity to talk like you're someone moral? Useless jinga type!

AbelOnchariOyieyo
AbelOnchariOyieyo

@EdMiller

Bush was a crook....you idiots elected him. You invade other countries, steal their resources, and now you are online sewing hate.  You are despicable ass hole. Nixon was a crook. The white Serbians murdered Muslims in the former Yugoslavia...Russians elect crooks...what a thick headed racist you are! In your stupid mind, you think slavery is awesome, bombing others is cool, etc....a total idiot. 

masukuma
masukuma

@SundiataKaajja , its now a much better version of the untruth , previously the lazy bone had written. "After troops loyal to the incumbent Mwai Kibaki — from Kenyatta’s Kikuyu tribe — stormed the counting center and forced officials to declare their candidate the winner,..."

CarrieVirtual
CarrieVirtual

 Kweli mswahili alisema Ujamaa ukiingia kutu, unyonyaji hustawi.....I never knew the meaning of this until now. Mutie you were backing Kibaki just the other day coz your leader was the VP, now that you are no longer in government mnanungunika. Wonder what would happen if kalonzo is offered a position by Jubilee somewhere? As kawa, you will change your tune. We know you guys, Raila should choose better next time LOL

kendirangu
kendirangu

@cmutie Lets not be blind. Raila is NOT the only one who can lead Kenya. It is this obsession and thoughtless elevation of individuals into demi gods that is the undoing of Africa.

Jalemo
Jalemo

white lie Carrie Virtual---not for a community who have voted for 'only one of their own since time immemorial.The rest of the world is not ignorant..the abyss of ethnicity was began by Jomo Kenyatta and propagated by his succesor and finally by the sitting president.

tintin
tintin

@CarrieVirtual @Pik-Pik the truth is that Kikuyus will never support anyone outside that ethnic community. When Ruto tribes ask Uhuru to support Ruto because he supported him in 2002, Uhuru told him only him (Uhuru) and his wife can support Ruto, but not Kikuyus. Dont try to lull us in thinking you will ever support anyone. Raila's Dad said no independent until Kenyatta is freed from detention, yet Kenyatta detained him once he became the President for daring to ask Kenyatta to stop grabbing the land from the poor.

Jalemo
Jalemo

FYI he garnered a majority of votes in 6 out of 8 provinces unless you want to cheat the universe that luos inhabit all these provinces in entirety!!!!!!!!!!!

reubenngume
reubenngume

The Kibera episode speaks volumes of who the CORD flag bearer really is. To whip up the emotions of Kibera residents and then tell them to be peaceful, what does that mean? Who is fooling whom?  Kenyans can see through it all.  If you win the elections were fair. If you lose elections were neither fair nor free. That frame of mind is to be pitied.We now know Uhuru and Ruto are God-sent. The petition whichever way you look at it, will favour Uhuru-Ruto. If by any eventuality there is re-run, Uhuru will now garner 10m; forget the 6m. Their humiliation will be total. Kenyans of all descriptions are fed up and angry at CORD and most of those who voted for CORD are heading straight to UHURU-RUTO. Uhuru, Ruto you have nothing to worry. Did somebody say "By the time they come out of court, they will find the house empty." All people will have migrated. Kenyans aren't fools. They are watching. Empty rhetorics of Orengo and the like were useful in the 1960s and 1970s. This is digital era and it seems the fellows are still stuck there. Did Orengo say they have a mighty team of lawyers led by Oraro? Is that meant to scare the supreme court judges, Kenyans or the Jubilee? Why are the CORD so bitter? Their faces tell it all. We don't need angry and bitter leaders.GOD BLESS KENYA

Siggie
Siggie

@CarrieVirtual @ndan RAILA is not hungry for power as you put it.  Is he the one rigging the elections?  He helped Kibaki remove MOI when he was sitting in a wheel chair, he did something for this nation.  Would a kikuyu do the same for him???? Nope!!! He is a Kenyan too and has got every right to go to court if the elections were rigged.  Have you forgotten in 2007 Kibaki was sworn in like a thief at night, any explanation to that.  Is Kenya owed by Kikuyus??.  Did Uhuru not use Munguki to kill in 2007??? Please point of correction, RIGGING and stealing of resources has to stop and Kenyans should be treated equally.  Maasai, Samburu are also part of Kenya can anyone explain to me where these areas are not developed??? Kenya as a whole should be developed we dont have to funish school and run to big cities for jobs,  Let us develop the rural areas as well.  Can Uhuru and Ruto do that for us???  What a bout the sanctions?  You as a civilian is the one who will suffer so keep on worshiping Uhuru and Ruto people who do not care a bout you so long as they fill their packets.  I need justice for those who died in 2007 then we can move on from there. 

LordChoy
LordChoy

@markkir half of kenya is sick of this elections. Another 5 years to make do with a tribal nation having most of the resources in the same place

cmutie
cmutie

@kendirangu @cmutie compared to the other candidates on the list, he is the best suited for real change. He has lead the campaign of transforming this country for the last 2 decades and he understand really what is at stake. The tribal bigotry most of you are embroiled in will never help this country. We have just washed away all the gains the coalition govt had achieved. Kenya today should be mourning.

Siggie
Siggie

@mwaniki @kendirangu @cmutie What you are saying is it's alright to rig?  Is it not a bout rigging that is the problem?  Point a finger at these thieves who elect themselves. 

nyambia
nyambia

@cmutie Don't hold your breath. His elections are always "stolen". Never seen such a cry baby.

JumbeWaMugo
JumbeWaMugo

@cmutie @mwaniki . Mutie you are missing the point all mwaniki is telling you is that  that Raila odinga has NO respect for democracy and he has given you historical proof unless you want to say this is not factual. Oh and tribal bigotry please bana look at the numbers you are not innocent in this. and before you shout stolen election because Raila says so stop and think for yourself for once, look at the margin. Lakini ni sawa lets wait for the court's verdict....

cmutie
cmutie

@mwaniki Raila did not loose the election, it was stolen. IEBC has just lost its credibility and soon the courts will give there verdict.Stay tuned.

mwaniki
mwaniki

@kendirangu @cmutieTribal bigotry? Mutie like most people from his 'tribe' voted for raila odinga as a block..and he comes here to talk about Tribal bigotry? Raila Odinga is one of the worst choices Kenya woud ever have elected has he been successful. The man has no respect for democracy. Just look at his own house, where he has not once or twice, but repeatedly overruled the people's choices in Nominations to install his own sychophants and family members into key parliamentary positions. If one cannot respect the people's choice of ballot, do you think awarding him the most powerful seat in the country will suddenly enlighten him on the charm of democratic choice? those speak of dictatorial tendencies. Secondly, there is a reason nearly everyone he has worked with to date has jumped ship. They cannot trust him. I remember before the 1997 election, when Kibaki, Kijana Wamalwa and Ngilu got together to get out Moi and Raila was part of that group. Together they would have succeeded. In the end, Raila ditched the party and joined ranks with Kanu in exchange for Ministerial positions for him and his then party LDP. Such betrayal left the opposition charge in shambles. And yet, he has the audacity to claim he has always fought for democratic change? When you know Moi's record and you choose him for personal reasons...it shows a very opportunistic nature. So even though i said Kudos for him in 2002 for backing Kibaki, what i dont understand is, why if he felt so strongly against the Kibaki govt, even before the 2007 election, he did not quit the govt. years in advance, as did martha karua. Him and his stalwarts all quit mere months before the election after enjoying all the trappings of govt. for years. i am not saying Uhuru is perfect and good...but do not for a minute try and sell Raila as some sort of perfect leader. We as kenyans have been watching them all...and his rap sheet is as tainted...if not more tainted than any of the other candidates on show. For that reason i am quite glad he lost this election.

kendirangu
kendirangu

@cmutie 
@kendirangu My point is that he is NOT the only one capable of doing this.

The sooner we come to terms with that the sooner we can have a mature dialogue about the options.