Saturday, August 26, 2006

Emillion Lies

"It is quite ridiculous to have a chief executive who does not sit in Parliament to answer questions from the members,"

Opposition Leader, Mwai Kibaki, explaining DP’s call for an elected president with reduced powers and a prime minister who will be answerable to Parliament. (Daily Nation Friday, March 1, 2002)

"Mambo yanaendeshwa na katiba na yule ambaye amechaguliwa na watu, ambaye ni Rais wa nchi hii, anayesimamia kikamilifu na wala sio nusu nusu (Matters are governed by the constitution and the person elected by the people, who is the President of this nation, takes charge fully not partially)."

President Kibaki issuing his strongest public statement yet against the creation of a post of Executive Prime Minister. He said there can never be two centres of power in the country. (Daily Nation Monday, September 8, 2003)

Friday, August 18, 2006

Liar, Liar

"My Government pledges to support this process in every way. We shall not interfere with the review process.”

President Mwai Kibaki speaking on April 30, 2003 when he opened the Bomas talks. A few months later, on November 17, the Narc Government sent mounted police to stop Prof Yash Pal Ghai and a group of delegates from reopening the third sitting of the national conference at the Bomas of Kenya

Charity Begins at Home

"What will be the future of Kambas if they continue being used as 'briefcase carriers' in the government and fail to focus on the presidency? It is useless. Very useless indeed."
National Party of Kenya leader Charity Kaluki Ngilu pledging support for Kalonzo Musyoka if he runs for the presidency. (Daily Nation Thursday, January 17, 2002)

"We were appointed individually by the President and I'm therefore against any minister engaging in politics instead of assisting to fulfill the pledges we made to Kenyans during the elections,"
Cabinet minister Charity Ngilu, who along with Martha Karua and Njeru Ndwiga dismissed proposals that Minister Kalonzo Musyoka stand for the presidency in 2007 for as "misguided and ill-timed". They insisted that President Mwai Kibaki would defend his seat in 2007. (Daily Nation Thursday, December 18, 2003)

Monday, August 14, 2006

Kiraitu: Foward to the Past

“Within the first 100 days, the NARC government will ensure all the institutions the Constitution envisages are in place.”

Mr Mwai Kibaki the National Rainbow Coalition's presidential candidate.

(Daily Nation Monday, November 27, 2002)

The Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister, Mr Kiraitu Murungi,…insisted Narc did not promise Kenyans a Constitution within 100 days.
(EA Standard Friday, February 7, 2003)

Muite's Constitutional U-turn

"They ought to have had the guts for any eventuality,"
Safina Party leader Mr Paul Muite, arguing that Ufungamano could easily have declared a new, legitimate constitution without the endorsement of parliament as the initiative had the backing of about 80 per cent of Kenyans.
East African Monday, March 26, 2001)

Section 47 vests that power to alter only in Parliament. If you need to empower another body (like Bomas) to alter the constitution, then logically Section 47 must be amended."

Mr Paul Muite, chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on the constitution review.

(Sunday Nation Sunday, February 15, 2004)

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Kibaki & Co. on Accountbility

"We want to tell the World Bank and the IMF that they have no business dealing with the Moi regime when it cannot accept to investigate and prosecute those named in the report…It is naive to think that those who have looted the economy can sit and judge themselves while they still hold executive power."

Statement signed by, among others, the leader of official opposition, Mr Mwai Kibaki, petitioning the World Bank and IMF to end aid negotiations with Kenya over the rejected List of Shame which recommended that Prof Saitoti should be investigated with a view to prosecution for his role in the Goldenberg. (Daily Nation Saturday, July 22, 2000)

Kibaki 2007?

“It was hard to select the party's flagbearer. We all staked our claims with reasons. The reason that won the day was made by Kibaki after he made it clear he would be president for only one five-year term....Kibaki volunteered that proposal.”

Michael Wamalwa explaining on Nation TV’s StateCraft how the National Party of Kenya (NAK) agreed on a single presidential candidate (Daily Nation Monday, September 30, 2002)

Kibaki on the "List of Shame"

“[KANU] used its majority in Parliament to throw away the so-called "List of Shame". The majority of those in the [Select Committee on Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes] will be in the NARC government, this time to implement – and not simply to talk about – what they recommended in that report. We shall have zero tolerance for corruption on our very first day in office.”
Mr Mwai Kibaki the National Rainbow Coalition's presidential candidate. The Committee report recommended that Prof Saitoti should be investigated by the Kenya Anti-Corruption Authority with a view to prosecution for his role in the Goldenberg scandal. Fred Gumo was also named. (Daily Nation Monday, November 27, 2002)

"I am pleased that the Cabinet team sworn-in today truly represents the Republic of Kenya in all aspects. I welcome you into your new jobs, knowing that Kenyans are looking up to you because they believe you are up to the job."
President Mwai Kibaki speaking after Narc's newly-appointed ministers took their oath of office. Prof. Saitoti and Fred Gumo were among those sworn in. (Daily Nation Tuesday, January 7, 2003)

Raila on Kibaki

“Coward and hypocrite… [His tenure as the] Finance Minister and later as Vice-President for over a decade was nothing to brag about.”
Energy Minister Raila Odinga on Democratic Party chairman Mwai Kibaki. (Sunday Nation Sunday, February 17, 2002)

"We have a President who sees ahead. He is not a tribalist but a visionary. That is why we said "Kibaki Tosha,"

Cabinet Minister Raila Odinga on President Mwai Kibaki (East African Standard Saturday, July 19, 2003)

Friday, August 11, 2006

Kibaki on NARC

Some prophets of doom have predicted a vicious in-fighting in Narc following this victory. I want to assure you that they will be disappointed.

Mr Mwai Kibaki on his inauguration as President of Kenya. (Sunday Standard Sunday, January 11, 2004)

“Narc is the most powerful democratic coalition in post-independence East African history.” Mwai Kibaki (East African Standard Thursday, April 10, 2003)

"If you go to the registrar of societies today, you will realise that all parties affiliated to Narc no longer exist," Mwai Kibaki (Daily Nation Tuesday, December 30, 2003)