Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Kenya - ODM Marende elected speaker



After five hours of debate, Kenya's 10th Parliament elected as speaker of the house an ODM member. This is significant since he is a member of the opposition party and carries much weight.

There was much rancor because of the rigged elections:

When opposition leader Raila Odinga, who claims he won the December poll, walked into the house, one of his Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) supporters shouted out: "Mr President."

Altogether his side of the house stood to attention - many with a natty orange pocket handkerchief visible - to further show their allegiance.

Minutes later, no such respect was given to President Mwai Kibaki, whose announcement as "Mr President" was greeted by jeers of "shame, shame" from opposition benches, where bums stayed firmly on seats.

The country is bracing for the protests called for by Odinga tomorrow.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Please offer up a prayer of protection for a dear friend who is in Kenya for six weeks.

Daniel said...

Done...and will continue to do so