There has been MOB drama.
The face of Kenyan politics. Is no longer the same.
For us in the diaspora, getting access to real time information during the release of Ocampo’s list was surprisingly DIFFICULT. I typed ‘Ocampo’s List’ in so many search engines, trying to find ONE live broadcast, or ONE up-to date article.
Our media, was not capable of keeping up with the demand of its news hungry readers.
The DailyNation site shut down.
The Live broadcasts by Citizen were freezing. Sending me stupid messages such as ‘ Quota of maximum number of viewers has been reached’
I had to rely on twitter.
To my lovely tweeps whose ears were on the ground while their thumbs where feverently tweeting, Thank you!
Shout out to @Wamathai @ArcherMishale @DiaspoRadical @Ubabz for keeping us informed during the proceedings. Mad love.
Since then, there have been many articles popping up all over the place. Hastily put together, in response to the demand of questing readers. Typos, un-substantiated facts galore, opinions steeped in tribalism. Ah. The list is endless. From the blogs, to the newspapers, to twiter and facebook. The frenzy surrounding the Ocampo List has unveiled many unsavory elements to the Nation’s mindset.
When the news about the six had started to settle. And we had all commenced to digest the matter. I tried finding the reactions of the guilty six to the news.
Again. I was disappointed.
Comments such as ‘Shame the devil’ and ‘The truth shall prevail, I am innocent’ were being bandied about. I wanted front row seats for the action. Yet, here I was, chewing my nails, frustrated at the lack of online coverage. Grrrr.
For all of you lovely, frustrated readers. I have compiled a summary of events.
1. Ocampo List released: (Recap)
- Francis Muthaura: Head of the civil service. Accused of planning the retaliation attacks in Naivasha. Said to have ‘authorised the police to use excessive force and to facilitate attacks against ODM supporters’ (Ocampo)
- William Ruto: Suspended Higher education minister. Deputy ODM leader. Linked to post election violence and incitement by United Nations Human Rights commission (UNHCR)
- Henry Kosgey: Tinderet Member of Parliament. Accused of incitement in his area.
- Hussein Ali: Head of police force. On the list due to acts of omission for failure to send security where they were needed.
- Uhuru Kenyatta: Finance Minister. Accused of funding the Mungiki who executed revenge attacks on ODM supporters.
- Joshua Arap Sang: Kass FM presenter. Incitement of violence and tribal hatred on his radio show.
2. Online Media overwhelmed. Daily Nation site crashes
3. Flurry of tweets: ‘Haiki Yetu!’ ‘Don’t be vague, Go to The Hague!’ etc etc
4. Reactions start filtering through:
Call for the named Government officials to resign from their posts. Immediately.
‘….The people who have been mentioned have not yet been fully investigated….Therefore, cannot be judged as guilty until the charges are confirmed. I appeal to Kenyans to remain calm…’
‘I am deeply shocked….I had nothing to do with the post-election violence…(I) am innocent.’ He also complained that he was not given the opportunity to respond to any allegations or to assist in the investigation.
- Kass Fm Journalist (Joshua Arap Sang)
‘I am innocent!’ Appeals for police protection, saying he is ‘small fish’ and other bigger fish are well protected.
Appeals against the indictments by Ocampo
‘…We will be watching for threats or attacks against witnesses from the suspects because that will transform into requests for arrest warrants’
- The Mwananchi questions why only 6 were named. Suuuually there were more people involved.
Ocampo says: ‘…These are the people most responsible…’
- Hurried talks of forming a special tribunal (to try the accused here in Kenya) and withdrawing from the Rome Statute (So that we would not have to abide by the International Criminal Courts rulings)
Too little, too late.
So far, all I can see are people manga mangaring. Scared. And basically saying a la Shaggy: It wasn’t me!
The people of Kenya are crying out for justice. There is the smell of blood in the air. And the mwananchi will not be satisfied until we see justice prevail!
Hear, hear. A salute to you Mr. Ocampo! To a job well done!
Sources: The Standard Online