Presidential Candidate Threatens Uganda Over Mgingo

information pills geneva; color: #1d1d1d; font-size: small;”>”You don’t want to know what was going through my mind in the last few minutes.” – Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi after a tense finish to a 1-0 final win over Burkina Faso.

order geneva; color: #1d1d1d; font-size: small;”>”You have to be big when you lose and small when you win.” – Burkina Faso coach Paul Put reacting with dignity in defeat.

troche geneva; color: #1d1d1d; font-size: small;”>”It feels great – this is my sixth Nations Cup, and my last. I was praying to God I could win it. I feel so blessed, so grateful to God.” – emotional Nigeria captain Joseph Yobo on what it meant to be handed the trophy.

“There were a lot of doubters when I first arrived in Ouagadougou to take up my post. I believe many were hoping for a Jose Mourinho-type coach, not Paul Put.” – Put on initial reactions to his appointment.

“Everyone realised that this referee did not officiate well.” – CAF president Issa Hayatou on Tunisian referee Slim Jdidi’s bad day at the office in the Burkina Faso-Ghana semifinal.

“The fact that Burkina made the final is a positive sign for the development of football in Africa.” – Hayatou again on the improbable Burkinabe journey in South Africa.

“I want to kiss him!” – Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi after unheralded Sunday Mba scored the winner to put them into the semifinals at the expense of Ivory Coast.

“It is over.” – Didier Drogba’s terse evaluation of his Africa Cup of Nations career which ended in frustration when Ivory Coast failed to justify their favourite’s tag for the fifth consecutive tournament.

“The coach was not a help! Me, I was on the pitch, so I couldn’t do both jobs (coaching and playing).” – Togo captain Emmanuel Adebayor’s bleak appraisal of coach Didier Six’s contribution to the quarterfinalists’ campaign

“My boys lost with dignity, pride and passion.” – South Africa coach Gordon Igesund after the hosts’ last-eight defeat to Mali.

“I get goosebumps when speaking of Mali. There is nothing that compares with the joy of giving to a country that is suffering.” – Mali captain Seydou Keita’s emotional take on how his semifinalists have helped lift the mood back home where Malian, African and French troops are confronting Islamist extremists.

“The worst pitch in South Africa.” – Nigeria captain Vincent Enyeama’s scathing critique of the Nelspruit ground.

“The pitch wasn’t awful, it was the colour of the grass which wasn’t good.” – CAF president Issa Hayatou defends the much-maligned Mbombela Stadium surface.

sick geneva; font-size: small;”>In the Televised event, the presidential hopefuls discussed ethnicity and tribalism; indictments of some candidates by the ICC, social services and management of national resources.

Kenya made a giant step in ensuring transparency in the way government is run by carefully scrutinizing their leaders.

The event began at 6.30pm but real presidential debate kicked off at 7.45 PM and lasted for 3 and half hours as opposed to the stipulated 2 hours.

Candidates were required to be brief in their contributions.

Restore and Build Kenya’s James ole Kiyiapi was the first to arrive, followed by Martha Karua (Narc Kenya), Peter Kenneth (Eagle Alliance), Musalia Mudavadi (Amani Coalition), Raila Odinga (CORD), Jubilee Alliance’s Uhuru Kenyatta and Mohamed Dida of the Alliance for Real Change respectively.

With strict moderators, the presidential debate kicked off in a higher pitched notch with matters surrounding International Criminal Court, Migingo and tribal alliances generating heat.

The debate was divided in to 2 sections moderated by NTV’s Linus Kaikai and Citizen TV’s Julie Gichuru.

Apart from the six initially announced by the debate organisers as the final list, there were also two more additions of Paul Muite and Mohammed Dida. They joined in following a court order that almost threw the debate in a spin but was sorted out through late invitation for the two to join the debate at Brookhouse School, Karen.

Ethnicity and Tribal alliances

Uhuru Kenyatta argued that the new constitution presents a better platform for solving the issue that has affected Kenya since independence. Uhuru stressed that it will not be business as usual in the implementation of the new Constitution which should be a guiding factor.

“Ethnicity has been a battle for resources where those in power feel they and their people are entitled to a bigger share of the cake. This can be dealt with through devolution and distribution of resources equitably,” said Kenyatta.

On the same issue Paul Muite said the major problems the country faces today is because leaders use ethnicity as security saying his government shall deal with ethnic tensions.

He was supported by Mohammed Dida who said the new Constitution was the answer.

“If the Constitution is implemented and governance issues corrected then ethnicity will be a forgotten story,” declared Dida.

Former Education Permanent secretary James ole Keyiapi blamed the media for fanning ethnic sentiments by classifying Kenyans in line with tribal alliances. He said despite the qualification of individuals from outside the president’s tribe the government insist on appointing persons from the alliances.

Prof Kiyiapi said: “I want a government of inclusion where ministers and accounting officers are picked fairly and on merit”.

Prime Minister Raila Odinga said ethnicity was a creation of the elite.

”Ethnicity is a disease of people who are in competition for resources but we now have a legal framework that can deal with this problem so that we can have a Kenya for all,” said the PM.

Martha Karua on her part said she is still surprised that despite all the efforts done by the society leaders still cling on tribal alliances.

“To deal with ethnicity I will ensure we equalise development in all areas by deliberately giving more funds to undeveloped areas. Kenyans are faced by the same problems in spite of the tribe they come from and therefore my government shall ensure equal distribution of resources to unite Kenyans,” said Martha Karua.

However, Peter Kenneth blamed the poor leadership. Kenneth who is an alumnus of Starehe Boys’ Centre said that he is sure that if Kenyans were treated as equal the vice will be long gone.

“The problem of this country is due to poor and weak leadership and if it was dealt with speedily impunity could have been a thing of the past,” said Kenneth.

Mudavadi agreed with Paul Muite on the issue saying, “Ethnicity is real has brought a sense of insecurity among communities. If an audit was done in the public and private sectors you will find a lot of inequality along tribal lines.”

ICC issue

There was heated debate on the International Criminal Court (ICC) cases where Raila Odinga has been accused to have a hand in the fate of the jubilee presidential candidate. Raila Odinga cleared the air saying his efforts to have a local tribunal were downplayed by revolts in his party ODM led by Eldoret North MP William Ruto.

“President Kibaki and I spent hours persuading our Joint parliamentary group but Ruto and others said ‘don’t be vague lets go to Hague,” said Odinga.

Martha Karua who by then was the Minister for Justice blamed the two principals for failing to rally support for the bill despite having it passed by the cabinet.

“I blame the two principals Mwai Kibaki and Raila Odinga for failing to attend the house proceedings owing to the fact that a 148 vote was required to pass the bill.”

Karua added: “I was left with the baby in parliament trying to beg members of parliament to pass this crucial bill but they walked out on me and therefore as we talk there was no vote for the ICC cases so the law was not passed.”

In a quick rejoinder Prime Minister Raila Odinga said that he tried all that he could but the rivalry from within his political party is to blame for the cases going all the way to Hague based International Criminal Court.

Paul Muite said the ICC should also investigate the two presidential candidates of 2007 saying, “You cannot try number 4 while leaving the first 2, if a Safina government comes to power I will also make sure that the main candidates are properly investigated and brought before law.

In a quick response Raila said he was ready to be tried by the Muite government.

Jubilee presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta argued that the ICC trials would not deter him from running the affairs of the State if he is elected president.

Uhuru said the job he sought was an elective position and therefore was not subject to the requirement for public officials to step aside when named in connection to crimes.

“Presidential seat is elective and therefore the Kenyan people will decide whether I can be their president or not,” said Kenyatta.

Karua maintained her position on the same saying if he wins the election he will not take office since he will be a civil servant and subject to law. Mohammed Dida argued that under laws governing ethics for public officers, Kenyatta’s presidential candidature was not proper.

“The culture of justice is that if you are suspected, the norm is that you step aside until you’re cleared, why is it different with Uhuru and his friends?” asked Mohammed Dida.

Raila satirically said, “The government cannot be run through Skype”.

Migingo Island resurfaces

Other issues that attracted attention on regional basis include the Migingo demarcation and occupation.

Raila said it’s not logical for a small “piece of rock seating at the lake Victoria plug the country into war with our neighbouring country Uganda.”

He said that proper measures shall be put in place to make sure the rightful owners of Migingo island posses it.

Muite spoke tough on Kenya’s integrity and ownership of borders. He said it’s sad that Ugandans have continued to sit on the Migingo Island despite the fact it is owned by Kenya.

“As a result my Government shall deploy the Kenya Navy into Migingo Island as you well know that Uganda does not have a Navy and take over our island. It’s not Migingo alone, Elwak triangle in North western Kenya needs to be demarcated to let Kenyans know whether it’s in south Sudan or Kenya because it’s essential,” Muite said.

Muite’s statement did not go well with Uganda Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi who told our Reporter Felix Kilonzo on Twitter, “There is no question of Uganda going to war with Kenya over Migingo Island. The small issue will be solved amicably.”

The second debate will be conducted on February 25. However, the question of the debate changing the opinion of Kenyans came up on the social networks.

It’s surprising the popularity of Mohammed Dida increased simply because he spoke on a different platform as a leader.

Chimpreports was following the discussions on twitter and below are some of the tweets that came out to appreciate the attendance of the little known Mohammed Dida.

@Qasstro says “hooked Zuku to my digs; Henceforth I’m running the affairs of my house via Skype as part of #Dida preventive birth control.”

@jchelagat says “#Dida: we should restore the value and dignity of teachers. We should work towards practical education system not exam oriented as it now stands.”

At a regional level, Ugandans were keenly following the debate.

According to a Makerere student Emma Kwezi Tabaro, Kenyans have yet another opportunity to prove that they can maintain peace as they stick to issue oriented politics.

He adds: “Debate is done and now the ball is on your side, Kenyans vote wisely.”


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