Re-run could be a good option
by MUGURE ANNE, Kabete.
11. 02. 2008
Our leaders should agree to a poll re-run to restore the
confidence of Kenyans and the international community.
President Kibaki has been at pains to win the confidence of the
international community following the disputed elections held last
year. Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka was last week on a tour of
Europe and America to try to convince the powers out there that
Kibaki won his second term fairly.
It is also notable that the Government has made attempts to
downplay the significance of the clashes visited upon Kenya as a
result of the disputed elections, and to blame the Opposition for
The Western powers that have for many years used democracy and
accountability as conditions for their dealings with governments
in the developing countries, have been adamant that the will of
the people must be respected in the Kenyan situation.
Already, a number of them have threatened to withdraw their
assistance to Kenya if the current situation is not sorted by the
If President Kibaki is of the view that he won the presidency
fairly, there is need for him to do everything possible to win
back the confidence of Kenyans and foreign powers alike by
demonstrating that he does not fear democracy at all.
Any hard-line stance taken by the parties before the Kofi
Annan-led talks will only complicate matters for Kenya.