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Raila’s Speeches Are Full Of Violent Talk

Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 00:00 -- BY MOSES KURIA
With just over four months before the next general elections, it is incumbent upon all leaders, political and otherwise, to promote peace and tranquility among all Kenyan people. The National Cohesion and integration Commission is the statutory body charged with the responsibility of ensuring that no one engages in hate speech and talk that may divide Kenyans along ethnic and other sectarian fractures. In 2010, I presented a complain to NCIC when Prime Minister Raila Odinga warned the people of Rift Valley not to be seduced with ‘peremende’ (peppermint) by ‘those we were fighting with in the...

Raila’s Two-Horse Mantra Is A Trap

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - 00:00 -- BY MOSES KURIA
Prime Minister Raila Odinga
Prime Minister Raila Odinga .photo Elkana Jacob
Uhuru looks at the other presidential contenders not as human pundas but people with conviction Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s characterization of the forthcoming presidential polls as a two-horse race is a thinly-disguised trap. Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and other contenders must be extremely wary of the PM’s strategy of forcing a race between the Odinga and Kenyatta political brand names in the Kenya of the early 21st century. Raila’s preference for Uhuru as his only realistic rival in the Kibaki succession is a strategy with many hidden trapdoors, some of which would take the DPM...

Elections Were About Kenyans, Not Horses

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 00:00 -- BY MOSES KURIA
There has been many debates and analysis about the just concluded by-elections in three constituencies and 15 civic wards. This is hardly surprising in a country where even the most plain set of facts always attract conflicting conclusions based on where one stands in the political divide. Luckily, whilst everyone is entitled to their opinion, they are not entitled to their facts. Facts are sacred and a few of them stand on a pedestal in the just concluded polls. Out of the three constituencies that were being contested, the fledgling new kid on the block, The National Alliance (TNA) won a...

Open Letter to New ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda

Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 00:00 -- BY MOSES KURIA
I salute you Madam and belatedly congratulate you for appointment as the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. You can either redeem the future of the court as an institution or go down the annals of history as the last prosecutor of the court. As an African from across the waters of River Gambia, you must be cognizant that outside Africa, if you ask ordinary people what they know about the ICC, they will probably think you are talking about the International Cricket Committee or the International Chamber of Commerce. Without exception, all your clients are African. The...

GEMA A and GEMA B Ought to Off Politics

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 00:00 -- BY MOSES KURIA
A section of Gema elders during the meeting on March 23 Photo Ben Ndonga
A section of Gema elders during the meeting at Limuru Jumuia Conference Center on March 23 Photo Ben Ndonga
Today, a group of people from GEMA communities are gathering in Limuru for what has been dubbed Limuru 2B, a counter to the Limuru 2 GEMA meeting that took place on 23 rd March, 2012 Whilst the organizers are going on a limb to show that what they will be discussing are fresh ideas on how to drive the community and the nation forward, I remain highly skeptical. I wonder why they were not gripped by these noble thoughts before Limuru 2 meeting. As such as this did not happen, Limuru 2B comes out as a reactionary, knee jerk move by those who were not at the centre of Limuru 2 planning. However...

The More Kenya Changes, Raila Still Remains The Same

Monday, March 26, 2012 - 00:00 -- BY MOSES KURIA
Raila chat with Mudavadi
Prime Minister Raila Odinga chats with his Deputy Premier and Minister for Local Government Musalia Mudavadi at his Opoda Home in Bondo last evening when the two hosted Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.Photo/PMPS
Many Kenyans have reacted with consternation to the comments by Raila Odinga on the judiciary. They are shell shocked to imagine that the self-proclaimed high prince of reform and democracy would go to an extent of branding our courts as ‘bandia’ or fake courts. I was not surprised. Not at all. For a long time, some of us who have had the opportunity to work with Raila Odinga since the clamour for multi-partyism have been warning this country that this man appears good from far but he is actually far from good. We have been accused of being obsessed with Raila, of suffering from Raila-Phobia...

Who Will Replace Michuki, Karume?

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 00:00 -- BY MOSES KURIA
The passing away of John Njoroge Michuki and James Njenga Karume in the same week is one of the saddest moment in our nation in the last decade. The two led an exemplary life in politics, business and cultural spheres. Their demise is undoubtedly a major loss to their respective families, their constituents and the nation at large. As we mourn their passing, it is intriguing to listen to some of the narratives coming from Central Kenya. The region is in a state of a shock. The talk is that the region has been left rudderless and confused. In some respects, there is merit in these concerns...

G7 Unity Is Imperative For Victory In 2012

Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 00:00 -- BY MOSES KURIA
I have been on a sabbatical. I have toured many parts of this country over the last few months, listening to the real Kenyans, engaging them in their Manyattas, Bomas and Thingiras. As political commentators we always run the danger of being the proverbial night bird that shuts its eyes and ears and then whistling. All it can hear is its own voice. My sabbatical has taught me three vital lessons. Firstly, social media and the Kenyan Diaspora will be the surprise packages for the 2012 General Elections. Secondly, ODM-Raila is as dead as dodo. Finally, 2012 is for the G7 Alliance to lose. On...

Has ICC Turned Into A Comedy Theatre?

Monday, September 19, 2011 - 00:00 -- BY MOSES KURIA
Observing the measly performance of the prosecution at the confirmation of charges hearings in the case of William Ruto, Henry Kosgey and Joshua Arap Sang, I was left wondering whether we should not have globally legislated standards of idiocy. With the likes of Moreno O’Campo in the prowl, we need to have the benchmarks of idiocy so that the world is saved the valuable time we need to solve the problems of hunger, poverty, disasters, hurricane Irene, global warming etc. I concur fully with defence counsel Kioko Kilukumi at the hearings that the only good thing with Ocampo is creativity...

Ocampo Six Still Have A right To Hold Office

Friday, August 19, 2011 - 00:00 -- BY MOSES KURIA
In another ten days, the ICC pre-trial chamber will commence the confirmation hearings against the Ocampo Six. I can bet my one cow that political opportunists will be on high gear, trying to hoodwink Kenyans that if the charges are confirmed then none of the six Kenyans can hold or seek political office, especially with the 2012 General Elections coming up in December, 2012. There is one undeniable fact you can take to the bank in case you missed the memo. If the six Kenyans are convicted of the charges facing them at the International Criminal Court at The Hague, they will have problems...

Miguna A Sacrificial Lamb In Raila's Plot

Monday, August 8, 2011 - 00:00 -- BY MOSES KURIA
471936-PM Raila Odinga addressing an ODM rally at Musoli Primary in Ikolomani, Kakamega south on Sunday. Photo by Samuel Simiti.jpg
PM Raila Odinga addressing an ODM rally at Musoli Primary in Ikolomani, Kakamega south yesterday. Photos by Samuel Simiti.
Since the dramatic suspension of my fellow columnist Miguna Miguna, the Prime Minister’s advisor on coalition affairs, I have been prodded by friends, analysts and commentators to declare whether I was taking a victory lap. This, ostensibly is as a result of the long running political run-ins that I have had with Miguna over the last couple of years. Whilst for the undiscerning it may appear to be a déjà vu of sorts, beyond the din of celebrations from the long list of victims of Miguna’s reign of terror lies disturbing facts that calls for serious retrospection. Firstly, it is imperative to...

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