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Kenyan Politics

By Al-Hajj Mtimbiti

 

Kenya's political arena was crammed with events last week (eleventh week of 2013).

On Wednesday, the National Security Advisory Council advised the government to ban all political rallies. Obvious reasons? The government had nibbling doubt about the intentions of the rallies. The government thought and still thinks that the rallies would`ve been used to incite the mass to rebel against IEBC for declaring Uhuru Kenyatta  the winner of the presidential vote with 50.7% of the total vote cast.

CORD (Coalition for Reforms and Democracy) had planned a political rally in Kakamega on 23/03/2013 and another in Kisumu on 24/03/2013. The rallies which CORD christened, `thank you` rallies, didn't take place following the order by Inspector General David Kimaiyo to stop mass action, demonstration and political gatherings.

Human rights activists might crash with the government because the ban of political gatherings interferes with the Citizens’ rights of assembling and association. This issue is slam dunk to the Kenya government, especially when analyzed from the backdrop of post poll violence which decapitated Kenya in 2008.

Elsewhere, Musalia Mudavadi, Kiraitu Murungi and Eugene Wamalwa seem to be warming up for the Jubilee coalition. Psychologically, the change of mind, from supporting Musalia to Uhuru is expected because, everybody likes associating with leaders.

Did you know that Mr. Sossion, the Kenya National Union of Teachers’ (KNUT) general secretary supports Uhuru Kenyatta? Is this the official stand of KNUT on Kenya`s politics?