Monday, April 11, 2011

Is Uhuru the annointed one?

Last week Uhuru was installed as a Gikuyu elder in a traditional ceremony formally appointing him the next leader of Central Province. Ordinarily this ceremony would have not even taken priority in the prime news hour, but it clearly ruffled feathers in some political camps for there was a furor of activity directed against Uhuru.

Uhuru Kenyatta is the son of Kenya's founding President, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta. He is also a politician, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance. He is among the "Ocampo 6" suspects returning from a three-day session at the Hague answering to allegations that they incited the political violence post Kenya's 2007 elections.

Uhuru Kenyatta, an alumni of Amherst College in the USA, was nominated to Parliament in 2001 as a novice and appointed Minister of Local Government by former President arap Moi. Moi served as the Late Kenyatta's Vice President and as his apprentice throughout Kenyatta's reign. I believe Moi was returning the favor by appointing the inexperienced son in Parliament and later naming him as his successor. Uhuru lost the 2002 elections to the current President, Mwai Kibaki.

Uhuru Kenyatta
Luis Morano Ocampo, the Hague prosecutor issued summons for the six suspects on the grounds that they are responsible for crimes against humanity in the form of murder, forcible transfer of population, rape, persecution and other inhuman acts in the Rift Valley Province. Uhuru Kenyatta seems to be the main target of this investigation and it is possible that this is a diverting tactic of his 2012 Presidential election opponent Raila Odinga. Odinga does not stand a chance of winning the elections in 2012 and this case against Uhuru opens up his chances to be the front-runner in next year's election.

This notorious move against Uhuru has earned him even more popularity among the Kenyans and more so among the Gikuyu people who comprise of the largest population in Kenya. Unfortunately there have been great efforts to discredit Uhuru through the media but with no avail. Uhuru held rallies in various parts of the country and the response was overwhelming to the dismay of his nemeses. They have just returned from the Hague to rousing welcome.

Other Sources:
The Standard

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