Obama’s message to Kenyans, violence and challenge of March 4 elections
USAfrica, Houston: As a reminder to the turbulence and ethnic violence which have undermined the credibility of the voting process and left thousands of Kenyans dead and injured within the past 4 years, U.S President Barack Obama has spoken directly (via video) to the Kenyan people — in both Kiswahili and English — calling for a peaceful vote on March 4, 2013.
Obama’s call for Kenyans to reject violence and the core challenge of Kenya’s March 4 elections rest on the question of whether Kenyans (like most parts of Africa) can rise beyond ethnic, primordial and sectarian blocks to create an inclusive, fair, just and truly democratic republic where no one is killed or assaulted because of their heritage.
This question and challenges are real and urgent because of the history of the country. Let me note that the last effort at national voting on December 27, 2007 saw a very bloody showdown that led to the killing of more than 1,000 people and the displacement of at least 550,000 Kenyans; forcing the creation of government of national unity (refer/see related reports here on USAfricaonline.com).
cannot imagine a better way to mark the 50th anniversary of Kenya’s independence.” He charged the voters and leaders of Kenya to “reject intimidation and violence and allow a free and fair vote.” in the country which got its political independence on December 12, 1963. It was declared a republic on December 12, 1964 and the famous nationalist Jomo Kenyatta became its first President under the banner of the Kenya African National Union (KANU).
President Obama noted in his message that the US is not endorsing any candidate in the Kenyan election, underlining that “The choice of who to lead Kenya is up to the people of Kenya.”
President has kept some interest in the east African country of multi-ethnic composition. USAfrica is aware that one of his relatives is a very highly placed elected leader of Kenya.
USAfrica notes that President Obama’s father Barack Hussein Obama, Sr., (June 18 , 1936 − November 24, 1982) is Kenyan; Ann Dunham, his resourceful late mother is an American from Kansas. Obama Sr and Ann were married in 1962.
Amidst the routine bouts of ethnic violence, Kenya (a country of 44million people) has been bedeviled by corruption at various levels and especially a scandalous, money-grubbing legislature with elephant-size appetite. Yet, Kenya is among Africa’s top 3 technology zones into 2013.
I believe that on March 4, the question on the lips of Kenyans and Kenya watchers/analysts will, ironically, be largely the same question posed 50 years ago –in swahili language – at its independence: is it yet uhuru (freedom)? Only time and the political godzillas will tell….
•Dr. Chido Nwangwu, Founder & Publisher of Houston-based USAfrica multimedia networks since 1992, first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet USAfricaonline.com; CLASSmagazine, the USAfrica-powered e-groups of Nigeria360, IgboEvents, UNNalumni, PhotoWorks.TV and recipient of several journalism and public policy awards, was recently profiled by the CNN International for his pioneering works on multimedia/news/public policy projects for Africans and Americans. http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/international/2010/07/29/mpa.african.media.bk.a.cnn
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