Power belongs to the people, critics tell Uhuru-Raila

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Raila Odinga and Uhuru Kenyatta

Energy Consultant Anita Ragan fears with the high tension and worry in Kenya and no legal solution taken, things might escalate further.

Ragan who was appearing on “Straight Talk Africa” programme hosted by Voice of America journalist, Shaka Ssali, was referring to the current standoff caused by the swearing in of opposition leader, Raila Odinga, as the people’s president.

“There is a lot of political tensions in Kenya but these are issues which can be resolved if we take the right direction,” Ragan told Shaka.

The consultant said she was concerned about the move made on Miguna Miguna, a top lawyer who has been deported for swearing in Raila.

“When you have a dual citizenship, there is a process you need to go through. We need to look at such things to be able to know if something is wrong or right,” Ragan said in reference to Miguna’s predicament.

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According to her, there are many ways to prove that someone is Kenyan according to the system they have in place.

“There is a process that one has to go through if they have a dual citizenship,” she noted, adding, “At the end of the day, who is to benefit? It depends on who is running.”

According to Ragan, power belongs to the people. When they go to the ballot boxes, they should be allowed to choose their candidate and not who wants to stay in power.

On if IEBC doesn’t have integrity, Ragan said the integrity is in the system itself, the people.

“We can’t constantly continue blaming all the systems in place. We ourselves as citizens have to make sure that these systems work.”

Ken Opalo, an Assistant Professor at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, believes problems in Kenya can be resolved.

According to him, the biggest problem is electoral malpractice.

“I think the problem Kenya has is, incumbents never want to lose elections. Kenya will move forward when incumbents and non-incumbents let electoral processes to play openly.”

Appearing on NBS “Another Round Uganda” programme Wednesday night, former Capital FM hosts Gaetano Kaggwa and Marcus Kwikiriza accused Kenyan media of stooping to the level of that of Uganda by covering Odinga’s “swearing in fiasco”.

Media houses like NTV Kenya, The Citizen TV and KTN were shut down by government for covering the event.

“Our neighbours in the east have two presidents. Raila Odinga the other day was sworn in as president at Uhuru Grounds,” Gaetano pointed out

Kwikiriza replied: ”It’s quite confusing but the law is not on his side. Why do you think Musyoka Kalonzo, his running mate, boycotted?”

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