A year ago, in December 2007, Kenyans
went to the polls to elect a president, but the country was plunged into
post-election chaos. Following months of negotiations, a coalition government
was put into place. As the country enters 2009, Kenyans are said to be unhappy
that the government has not moved fast enough to fulfill some of the promises
For example, Kenyans are said to be reeling from the high cost of food
and fuel prices, ethnic and sectarian interests are still said to be rampant. In
his new year’s message, President Mwai Kibaki reportedly told Kenyans his
government was determined to make the cost of food affordable.
Grace Akumu, former chairperson of the
National Governing Council of the African Peer Review Mechanism for Kenya told VOA Kenyans are entering the New Year disappointed
with their government.
government of President Kibaki still wants to take it all as if he was the real
winner of the election. They have also not fulfilled all the agreements in the
national reconciliation accord. For example Article No. 4 which deals with
de-ethnicization of public service has not been dealt with. Kenyans are still
seeing that appointment to the civil service is still dominated by one ethnic
community and other state jobs. Secondly as you know majority live on less two
dollars, so they are affected by the high inflation. Therefore, last year 2008
has not been a very good year for us. So we are glad to see it behind us, and
we hope that 2009 will be a better year,” she said.
his New Year day message, President Mwai Kibaki reportedly called on Kenyans to
let 2009 be a year of renewal, reconciliation, justice, and forgiveness. He
also said his government was determined to make the cost of food affordable.
said Kenyans are apprehensive about President Kibaki’s promises because he had
not lived up to his previous promises.
from when he became president from 2002, he had not lived up to his word. So
Kenyans have no hope at all in what he’s saying. We cannot believe him; we
don’t trust him,” Akumu said.
said Kenyans have very little to celebrate as they usher in the New Year.
fact that we are not fighting doesn’t mean that we are very, very happy. We are
not very happy, one our fellow citizens, brothers and sisters are still in the
internally displaced camps. Secondly, these leaders seem to be content for
power, power has again entered their heads so they are moving very slowly. But
we hold the head of state responsible because he snatched power. Let him now
fulfill the promises that he has made to Kenyans,” she said.
the former chairperson of the National Governing Council of the African Peer
Review Mechanism for Kenya, said Ghana once had an enviable peer review
now Akumu said she was praying that Ghanaians would not suffer the same
post-election violence that Kenyans suffered following their December 2007
so sad for us because yesterday I sent a couple of messages to my NGO
colleagues in Accra to tell them that they should pray very hard, that they
should not repeat the foolish mistakes that we made here. You know, these days
what goes around comes around very quickly because it is the outgoing head of
state John Kufuor in Ghana that came here to help us solve our problem. And now
it’s happening right at his door step. So we hope he will be a better statesman
not to try and force his party to win at the expense of the opposition NDC,”