Update 30 Dec 9:30 pm – post media blackout

Some people have problems understanding English so I will try one more time.
Yes I am biased. Biased against a flawed process and whoever is behind it. I am not going to be neutral on this particular point so get over it!

With live media shut down [update - ban just extended to phone interviews with journalists and political reporting] rumors are dominating.

KBC is showing Just Laughs. It honestly feels like we are under a military government.

Not sure if ban extends to coverage of internet broadcasting. Right now I’d say that Aljazeera is most up to date since they are still broadcasting.

Again, I really hope ODM and other guys with news get savvy and get their message out online.

There is footage of the earlier ODM press conference been shown on NTV. ODM has rejected the results and said that they will set up a parallel government.

Stories coming in through the grapevine – note: not verifiable.

- ODM was planning an alternative inauguration at Uhuru Park tomorrow.

- Raila and other ODM guys have been arrested. If so, probably on charges of sedition.

- Shoot to kill order in Kisumu.

92 comments to Update 30 Dec 9:30 pm – post media blackout

  • Mzungu

    From CNN:
    A top media executive said on condition of anonymity that the decision to suspend broadcasts had “taken back democratic process by 15 years.”

    Police denied there had been violence following the announcement of the result, which was contested by Odinga’s party who accused the government of “doctoring” the count.

    But a CNN crew witnessed plumes of smoke rising over the Kibari slum, a stronghold of support for the opposition and the scene of pitched battles between rioters and police on Saturday.

    Witnesses said rioters were setting fire to buildings in protest at the result, CNN producer Kim Norgaard reported.

    “This country is going to turn into a war zone,” The Associated Press quoted Kibari resident Elisha Kayugira as saying.

    Following a swearing-in ceremony, Kibaki insisted the elections were “free and fair” and called upon opposition parties to set aside their differences and to “let us all work together to build consensus.”

    The U.S. State Department echoed the president’s sentiment and congratulated Kibaki on his re-election. A spokesman for the State Department called on all Kenyans to abide by the results so that the nation can move forward.

  • kenyanchicabroad

    God help us! A media black out will only make things worse! I hope that both sides come to thier senses and that they will indeed remember the people!!

  • Mzungu

    And Al Jazeera’s online report did not confirm a State of Emergency was in the offing, only that it was a situation that might lead to one:

    Andrew Simmons, Al Jazeera’s Africa bureau chief in Nairobi, said that President Kibaki was cracking down hard on any resistance to the election result.
    “The situation now is that there are riots going on all around the country.

    “Right now, the alert, we fear, could turn into a state of emergency … All the symptoms are there,” he said.

  • rao

    US State Department official stance

    Press Statement
    Tom Casey, Deputy Spokesman
    Washington, DC
    December 29, 2007

    Kenya Elections
    The people of Kenya and the Electoral Commission of Kenya are to be congratulated for Kenya’s largely peaceful and orderly voting during the general elections on December 27. We have great confidence in the Commission and its chairman, and share the Commission’s concerns about reporting delays that have slowed tabulation of final election results. We await the Commission’s announcement of results as soon as possible, and any concerns about the elections should be addressed to the Commission.

    We condemn the violence that occurred in Kenya as its citizens await these election results, and call on all Kenyans to remain calm while the vote tabulation process is concluded. We ask all candidates to accept the Commission’s final results and to urge their supporters to reject violence and respect the rule of law. Regardless of the eventual winners of this election, we call on Kenyans across the political spectrum to work together to advance democracy and national development

  • #
    concerned said,

    on December 30th, 2007 at 16:02

    We need to stop this rumour regarding arrest of Raila and pentagon members. It will only cause more problems. Lets remain calm, please let people know the following that as of 11pm Kenya time Raila is at home with his wife trying to get some sleep and has NOT been arrested. (Ory I have credible information to this effect can verify my sources if you contact me email too).

    Pass me your info and I will also rest but for now with media black out- this is all true!

  • Mzungu

    On the US gov’t stand; at least the EU is speaking the truth. There are many times I hate my gov’t (US). This is one.

    WASHINGTON (AFP) — The US State Department Sunday congratulated Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki on his re-election, and called on all sides to accept the results despite opposition allegations of ballot fraud.

    “We obviously congratulate the president on his election,” department spokesman Rob McInturff told AFP.

    “Again we would call on the people of Kenya to accept the results of the election and to move forward with the democratic process,” he said.

    Kibaki was sworn in Sunday less than an hour after Kenya’s electoral commission announced he had defeated opposition leader Raila Odinga, who has accused Kibaki of stealing the election by rigging the tallying process.

    The result’s announcement triggered riots in bastions of Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement in the capital Nairobi and western Kenya.

    “I think the electoral commission in Kenya and the commissioner there would be the ultimate authority, and we would look to them to investigate any claims of fraud or mismanagement,” McInturff said.

    “That said we would also, given that the results are out, congratulate and support the president and look forward to working with the people of Kenya in the coming years.”

  • Hey, according to Aljazeer, at least 18 people killed, now this is just unbelievable. And Michuki is cracking hard on all forms of riot according to the reporter http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/E2437FA1-42A3-473A-B31A-008BD01B5331.htm

  • rao

    The US State Department Sunday congratulated Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki on his re-election, and called on all sides to accept the results despite opposition allegations of ballot fraud.

    “We obviously congratulate the president on his election,” department spokesman Rob McInturff told AFP.

    “Again we would call on the people of Kenya to accept the results of the election and to move forward with the democratic process,” he said.

    Kibaki was sworn in Sunday less than an hour after Kenya’s electoral commission announced he had defeated opposition leader Raila Odinga, who has accused Kibaki of stealing the election by rigging the tallying process.

    The result’s announcement triggered riots in bastions of Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement in the capital Nairobi and western Kenya.

    “I think the electoral commission in Kenya and the commissioner there would be the ultimate authority, and we would look to them to investigate any claims of fraud or mismanagement,” McInturff said.

    “That said we would also, given that the results are out, congratulate and support the president and look forward to working with the people of Kenya in the coming years

  • Its in the open, united states supports a flawed process……

    WASHINGTON, Dec 30 (Reuters) – The United States congratulated Mwai Kibaki as the winner of Kenya’s presidential election and urged calm in the African nation disrupted by rioting, said a State Department spokesman on Sunday

    ….”The United States congratulates the winners and is calling for calm, and for Kenyans to abide by the results declared by the election commission. We support the commission’s decision,” said spokesman Robert McInturff

    Source: Reuters Africa (http://africa.reuters.com/wire/news/usnN30537088.html_

    Surely how can a government that likes to be seen to be promoting democracy congratulate Kibaki and support a flawed decision??

    At least David Milliband of UK expressed deep concerns…
    Im flabergasted.

  • Kabura

    the BBC 24 have coverage every 15 minutes with headlines. There is an Awori Achoka speaking live from Nairobi now

  • Akishdebaba

    I have looked allover the internet for anything re: pentagon arrest, went through 400 something tv channels with no results, the western world are quite right now, I agree with some of you, let us not spread the rumour of arrest until we are sure, I have been to most of the websites of some of the prominent ODM winners and left a message asking what we can do as Kenyans abroad to help. Let us all stand together during this difficult time as Kenyans and pledge our patriotic solidarity as kenyans, as one of you said HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS and right now all our hearts are in kenya, and do not forget that everybody is suffering now all the tribes, how about those poor kikuyus living in the slams, or those in the villages (majority) who I bleive have not truly benefitted from this government? how about them, this is bigger than tribal bickering, this is about the future of our country and our children. Ory bwana::lol: I know you a re a woman and a half and a true kenyan keep us informed and may God open for you many ways to reach out to those in need.

  • Baba Rafee

    Kenya is another country since today. I am shocked and sincerely I can say ALL my friends are too. Kikuyu, Luo, whatever… Kibaki and his croonies have killed democracy today. The people of Kenya have fought for democracy. For human rights. For free media. For a better life. While he is sitting in his Muthaiga, Othaya or one of his many many other homes , thinking how to loot this country, I want him and his fellows to remember that he is responsible for the deaths of all Kenyans dieing in the days to come. We will not forget. And we will not give up what we fought for. Aluta continua.

  • vamos

    Ory, are you okay. I am kind of worried that your blog could’ve been frozen as has been the case for a number of other blogs that we’ve been following for up to the hour updates re: current develeopments in Kenya

  • Ish

    @ Concerned

    We are not going to argue about this, if I say I have info from a credible source I mean I have info from a credble source.

    Yes, my info is credible and no, the info could not go public until the source assented to making it public. The source being the Odinga family assented to making it public-get it now?

    Yes, the ODMers are under house arrest and no ,they cannot communicate with ease coz no one is allowed in or out. I don’t know abt you tubing and I did not ask because that might make a bad situation worse in view of Michuki cracking down on info transmission calling it ‘incitement’.

    You and I can comfortably communicate and say xyz online but I’m not under house arrest and niether are you-at the point ODMers were placed under arrest I think they realized those placing them under arrest hold all the cards at the moment and the arrested party has to decide how far they’d like to push. I say most would refrain from pushing because there are wives and children involved.

    And I would hope that not only ODMers but all Kenyans succeed in getting some sleep coz this constant worry is very wearying.

  • Akishdebaba

    Any of you interested in reading Kibaki’s acceptance speech, please check allafrica.com”ke

  • timinachi

    I have never felt so helpless in my entire life…y has my beloved Kenya been thrown to the dogs by individuals that dont even care about the people that have lost their lives and continue to loose their lives? Thank you Ory, you have eased alot of anxiety and pray that you are not putting youre self at risk for all that you are doing…

  • kennedy

    had in Al Jazeera the violence have spread to mombasa.let pray for peace fellow kenyans

  • No ODM leader has been arrested. I repeat no ODM leader has been arrested.

  • Don

    Just saw an updated post on the Nation online website:

    http://www.nationmedia.com/dailynation/nmgcontententry.asp?category_id=1&newsid=113670

    interesting they have taken a very selective part of Milliban’s (UK) comments. Also weren’t those comments by the US State deparment made *before* the final Presedential vote announcement? I hope the media reports everything and not piece meal….

  • Use the Power of Social Networks to Condemn Kibaki for Rigging Kenyan Elections & Spread the word

    http://apps.facebook.com/changes/changes/view/2038

  • Kazungu

    This report from Monday’s Nation has the full list of constituencies with problems.

    http://politics.nationmedia.com/inner.asp?sid=1171

    Three lacked supporting documents, another 44 had major conflicting figures. At least one EU observer has come forward and been named in the press as having seen the discrepancies in person.

  • Ivory

    how long is this blackout going to last? If kenya is burning, kibaki should allow media coverage for us to see whats happening the same way he robbed kenyans when the whole world was watching.

  • Half n Half

    Wooooooooooooooooooooiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

    really that is all I can say

  • Akishdebaba

    Just watched BBC 4PM canada time and the news is that many people have lost their lives in Kenya, they showed Kibaki being sworn in and showed odinga and mr kirui saying that he is putting his lifeonline by admitting that the presidential elections were rigged, the western world knows, but I wonder what they will do about it as for support for democracy in Kneya

  • Kenyan damu

    What happened to the United States government that once upon a time sent us Ambassador Smith Hempstone and helped us drag the Moi government kicking and screaming into multipartism?

    I hope the EU maintains its current position and even helps us get some sense into the U.S. govt.

  • Mohamed

    The ODM leaders have not been arrested… thats what the govt. claims….check out the link–

    http://www.communication.go.ke/media.asp?id=482&media_type=2

    btw, Madam Ory we highly appreciate your sincere efforts especially for all of us leaving away from home,
    Oh God, Let Kenya rise again in peace!

  • Musa

    ORY ARE YOU WELL? WHAT IS THE LATEST ON THE GROUND?

    …..THIS IS WHY WE ARE IN DIRE NEED OF A NEW CONSTITUTION AND DEVOLUTION OF POWER. ONE PERSON CANNOT , MUST NOT AND WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO DETERMINE THE (ILL) FATE OF OVER 30 MILLION KENYANS.

  • Musa

    HAVE RECEIVED INFORMATION FROM KENYA TO THE EFFECT THAT SHOPS ARE EMPTY (AND CLOSED), PHONE CARDS ARE RUNNING OUT OF CREDIT AND CANNOT PURCHASE MORE/RENEW SO EXPECT COMMUNICATION FROM KENYA TO BE CUT OFF COMPLETELY BY TOMORROW. BEST TO CALL YOUR FRIENDS/RELATIVES DIRECT IF YOU ARE OVERSEAS, HOWEVER, IT IS NOT EASY GETTING THROUGH SOMETIMES.

  • Catts

    I am deeply disgusted by the US support for Kibaki. How can they congratulate Kibaki knowing very well that he was rigged in? Do they really support democracy in Africa? I personally think they could care less about us right now. Look at Liberia, wasn’t it under US? Wasn’t Stato supporting Pakistan? Look at their democracy…. Anywhere you smell stato saying they’ll work with us, RUN RUN RUN and don’t look back. There is always a vested interest.
    Maybe this is the best opportunity for them to bring in a marine base all in the name of boosting security.
    Sorry i just do not trust them.

    How do you tell a sad nation to forget about the elections and work together? Do they realise what the ECK did? maccu, they are saying that ECk should investigate any discrepancies!!!!! Are you kidding me? Do they think we are stupid or what? ECK is the government, and if we go to court, the goverment controls it. What options do we have?

    Right now i am reading ‘The confessions of an Economic Hitman’ by John Perkins Grrrrrrrrrrrr I just don’t even want them off our business. If any of you loves reading, i recommend the book. It’s an eye opener

  • Catts

    @ Kenya Damu, You finally caught on to this site blogging rules. Good job! :smile:

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