Re: Difference between politics in PNG versus Kenya
Anonymous Posted Jan 7, 2008 10:10 PM
Note the last paragraph-ordinary Kenyans are actually trying to do something to help their country. Do you still hold to your opinion that Kenyans are nothing more than Engan types?
Scale of Kenya's refugee crisis begins to emerge
By Steve Bloomfield in Nairobi
Published: 07 January 2008
The first batch of aid arrived at displacement camps across Kenya yesterday as the scale of the unfolding humanitarian crisis began to emerge following a week of unprecedented violence.
More than 250,000 people have been displaced and at least 500,000 are in need of assistance in "every pocket of the country", according to the Red Cross. More than 350 people have died in clashes triggered by the disputed re-election of President Mwai Kibaki.
Raila Odinga, the beaten presidential candidate, yesterday rejected Mr Kibaki's offer to form a government of national unity, despite renewed diplomatic pressure from the US and the UK. Gordon Brown said: "I think Mr Odinga and Mr Kibaki both recognise that unless they make a change, unless something happens that brings them together, the prospects for Kenya are very poor indeed."
But Mr Odinga's supporters say he has good reason to refuse the apparent compromise. The President, they say, has broken promises on power-sharing before. At the last election in 2002, the two men were on the same side, uniting to defeat the hand-picked successor of Daniel arap Moi. Mr Kibaki was the senior partner, Mr Odinga the younger, more charismatic campaigner. After Mr Kibaki was sidelined for much of the campaign after a car crash, Mr Odinga became the campaign's most prominent face and played a major role in the opposition's victory.
Prior to the election the men had forged a memorandum of understanding. Though never made public it was widely believed to have promised Mr Odinga a position as prime minister under a new constitution. Once in power though, Mr Kibaki decided he did not want to lose any of his executive powers.
The two men found themselves on opposing sides when the Kibaki-approved constitution was put to the vote. Mr Odinga defeated the government in a referendum and left the government. "Any agreement I reach with Mr Kibaki's camp this time has to be guaranteed by an international mediator," Mr Odinga said.
While the politicians have failed to end the violence, ordinary Kenyans have been doing what they can. Buoyed by radio and television campaigns urging Kenyans to "Save our Country", thousands have been donating to the Red Cross, delivering food to relief centres, and serving as volunteers.