ODM hands UN chief document
to back rigging claims
Story by JEFF OTIENO
Publication Date: 2/3/2008
The Orange Democratic Movement has presented the UN secretary
general with what it calls a dossier containing details of the
controversial December 27 General Election.
The document was handed over to Mr Ban Ki-moon on Friday when he
held talks with the party’s leaders led by Langata MP Raila Odinga.
It contains “evidence of fraud in the General Election”, according
to the party.
Last Friday, while speaking at an African Union meeting held in
Addis Ababa, President Kibaki maintained he won the election
fairly and that those aggrieved should seek redress in court.
At the meeting held at Serena Hotel, Mr Odinga concurred with the
UN secretary general that the on-going wave of violence saying it
must be stopped. The UN secretary general warned that catastrophe
loomed in the country if both President Kibaki and Mr Odinga did
not find a lasting solution to the problem.
Mr Ban had initially asked President Kibaki and Mr Odinga to work
together to help stop the violence that has so far left more than
850 people dead and over 300,000 displaced. Mr Odinga cited the
recent incident in Naivasha in which 19 people, mostly women and
children, were burnt alive as they hid in their houses following
revenge attacks. Mr Odinga said 11 of those burnt were members of
The ODM leader also talked of a similar incident in which women
and children met their death in an Eldoret church, nearly a month
ago. Mr Odinga told Mr Ban that the violence followed “what every
national and independent monitoring group termed as a deeply
He explained, however, that he and other ODM leaders had
repeatedly condemned the violence, saying that no grievance,
however legitimate, could be solved through bloodshed.
“But the fact remains that however categorical each side’s
commitment to restoring peace, it is only those who control the
instruments of State who can end the murderous rampages and
provide security for all our people,” he added.
The ODM leader claimed there was evidence that sections of the
security forces were themselves abetting the violence, including
supporting a militia group which targeted communities that
supported ODM. Rather than being contained, insecurity was
increasing, with the murders of the two ODM MPs heightening fears
that others are targeted as well, Mr Odinga said.
He said human rights activists among them the chairman of the
Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, Mr Maina Kiai,
political leaders and a group of journalists have already received
death threats. The ODM leader appealed to Mr Ban to help find a
way of protecting Kenyans whom, he added, feared being attacked
The party, he added, was committed to the mediation efforts lead
by the Kofi Annan team. Mr Odinga told the UN secretary general
that the Annan mission had given Kenyans the hope of ending the
violence and the political crisis.