Kenya: President Kibaki and Moi political rivalry threaten stability
Two Kenyan statesmen, President Mwai Kibaki and former President Daniel arap Moi have questioned one another’s reform credentials, with Kibaki accusing Moi of failing to give Kenya a new constitution during 24-year rule.
Mr. Moi then questioned why his successor failed to give a new law within 100 days as he had promised when he took power on December 30, 2002.
While speaking at Wanguru stadium in Kirinyaga South district during YES campaign rally, Mr. Kibaki accused Moi of misleading Kenyans on the proposed constitution , adding that instead of panicking, he should join others in passing the drat constitution.
In a rejoinder, the former president, addressing a NO campaign rally at Wote Town in Makueni district, accused his predecessor of failed leadership that resulted in the 2007-08 post-election violence, adding that he had also failed to deliver a new constitution in 100 days as he had pledged in 2002 campaigns.
Saying that the evils of tribalism were now even more glaring, Mr. Moi added that Kibaki government had failed to unite Kenyans. The former president pointed out that he is steadfast and he has not panicked as being alleged in some quarters.
Mr. Moi urged those opposed to his interpretation of the draft constitution to respect his freedom of speech and association, adding that he has rejected the new constitution because it served foreign interests and it was also against his moral code.
President Kibaki repeated the same remarks yesterday at Webuye town in Western province while Moi reiterated in Malindi town in Coast province that he cannot be cowed by anybody.
Therefore religious and political leaders have asked the two elder statesmen to stop the public attacks on each other since continuation of such accusations would breed instability in the country.
The Chairman of National Cohesion and Integration Commission Dr. Mzalendo Kibunja, is also reading from the same script with religious leaders. He has therefore appealed to President Kibaki and former President Moi to refrain from public exchanges over the proposed law.
Dr. Kibunja said the exchange between the two senior politicians is not good for national harmony. The latest political attacks between the two statesmen might be on funding of the NO campaigns. The YES camp might be suspecting that the former president is using his wide networks to source for funding which has financed the NO team so far.
Kenya’s problems revolve around land, power politics, skewed allocation of national resources, ethnicity and nepotism in appointment of junior and top public servants.