It is rather ironic that the presidential incumbent who shamelessly and criminally rigged his country’s August 8 general election should be calling the very Apex Court members who uncovered the act and legally and logically nullified the shambolic electoral process “crooks” (See “Kenya Election: Kenyatta Vows to ‘Fix’ Court as Win Quashed” BBC News / MyJoyOnline.com 9/3/17). “Fixing” the court or the judicial system can only mean one thing, namely, the packing of the Supreme Bench with fleering toadies and “yes-men” and “yes-women” who are unconscionably partisan and sympathetic towards the morally reprobate shenanigans of President Uhuru Kenyatta and his ruling Jubilee Party.
One cannot, to be certain, fault the dynastic heir of Mzee Jomo Kenyatta when even respectable election observers like Mr. John Kerry, the former Secretary-of-State or Foreign Minister of the United States, and the Head of The Carter Center’s Observer Mission to Kenya’s August 8 election, had pontifically reported that the entire process had been fair, transparent and decidedly devoid of any serious glitches or human rights violations. But, of course, Kenya’s Chief Justice David Maraga and his associates of that country’s Supreme Court had the more credible and vantage privilege of being able to invite cyber and other election technology experts to critically examine the entire conduct of the election before delivering its authoritative decision in favor of Mr. Raila Odinga, Kenya’s main opposition leader, and his conglomerate associates of the so-called National Super Alliance (NSA).
At a campaign rally on Friday, September 1, just 24 hours after the declaration of the August 8 election by the country’s Supreme Court as “Invalid and Null and Void,” Mr. Kenyatta was widely reported to have told a mammoth rally in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, that Chief Justice Maraga and his associates were “crooks” whom he intended to deal with swiftly and severely, if his mandate was renewed by the very electorate whose inalienable franchise Mr. Kenyatta was just found to have criminally violated and brazenly corrupted.
Now, this threat ought to be taken seriously, in view of the fact that only a few days before the August 8 election, the body of Mr. Christopher Chege Musando, the Director of the ICT – or Information Communication Technology – section of the country’s Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), was discovered in a forest outside Nairobi. Mr. Musando had allegedly been brutally tortured before being murdered by his abductors, perhaps in a bid to getting him to provide them with confidential information aimed at facilitating an easy access to the means for hacking Biometric Voting Machines and throwing the results in favor of the presidential incumbent.
To-date, no word has been released by the Kenyan security agencies regarding the people responsible for Mr. Musando’s death. Then also must be borne in mind, the fact that until very recently, Mr. Kenyatta was an indicted criminal suspect, a prime suspect, to be certain, who had been awaiting trial before the International Criminal Court (ICC), over allegations of ethnic cleansing and extra-legal political killings dating from 2007, involving election-related violence. The international community, especially the United Nations, the United States, the European Union countries and the countries of The Commonwealth, need to send a strong message to Mr. Kenyatta that he will be held personally responsible and accountable should anything untoward happen to any of the members of the Maraga Supreme Court.
The call by Mr. Odinga for the executive operatives of Kenya’s Electoral Commission to be promptly replaced, as a direct result of the latter’s having effectively lost whatever credibility they might have had going into the August 8 general election, contrary to what some Amen-Corner sympathizers of Mr. Kenyatta would have the international community believe as being vindictive, and even politically divisive, must be considered with all the seriousness that it deserves, if the shambolic process of August 8 is not to be repeated.
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