May 28, 2022

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How Kibaki staged a one-month reelection campaign

After the ruling Narc party was kidnapped by Health Minister Charity Kaluki Ngilu and the new Narc-Kenya put together by Martha Karua as Mt Flatfoot.

Fighting within the ruling party began after the 2005 referendum to manifest when Kibaki’s cabinet split in two – one wing, called Orange, was led by Prime Minister Raila Odinga and the other, Banana, was led by the President himself.

Ms Ngilu had maneuvered her way through the ruling party’s registry and she owned them, leaving Kibaki at her mercy for a contest ticket.

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“It was a reckoning moment and we didn’t have any More time to run our campaigns. The Defense and Home Office became the last resort to help us save our campaigns from factional capture…” revealed a senior security official who “secretly” served in Kibaki’s re-election campaigns and is now retired , to the Nation.

“And the National Intelligence Agency (NIS) strategists of the time strongly recommended that we form a party that would beat tribal etiquette, and the National Unity Party (PNU) was born. “

The two ministries came under Kibaki’s buddies at the time – Njenga Karume (Defense) and John Michuki (Homeland Security).

Once the party deal was finalized, it was time for Kibaki to to launch his campaigns – a month before the general election.

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The Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria, the who was a strategist in the Kibaki government at the time, says the campaigns were launched in an atmosphere of sheer panic, but one man remained cool and undisturbed. That man was Kibaki.

Three months before the December 27 election, Mr Odinga, then 62 years old, was ranked by opinion polls as 10 percent against the incumbent.

Mr Odinga was campaigning for a full year, enjoying strong grassroots support and dominating media coverage while Kibaki worked in the State House. The Orange Democratic Movement was formed in 2005 to compete with Kibaki’s PNU, which was barely a month old.

“He always said that everything was fine, it would be fine and the best election result would prevail . He has always insisted that Kenyans are not fools and are already sure where their future is best secured, even when the opinion polls were working against us at the time,” said Mr. Kuria.

At 75 at the time For years Kibaki’s main challenger was Mr. Odinga, whose foot soldiers at length dismissed the President as an old horse afraid to launch his campaigns.

Let the old man remain safe in his last days in power … You shouldn’t bother that with overexertion on the campaign trail. Let him cede power as smoothly as possible without exposing him to the obvious shame of losing the fight,” said Otieno Kajwang’ at Mr. Odinga’s campaign rally in Uhuru Park.

But the moment of reckoning came, when Kibaki unleashed an election campaign that shocked his rivals.

Elias Mbau, a member of the Kenya Turnout Mobilization Committee and then MP for the Maragua constituency, says: “Even those of us on his team were amazed by the vigorous campaigns that Kibaki launched.”

Mr Mbau says the strategy was secretly coordinated by “loyal forces” within the security apparatus “and ours was to implement their think tank policies.”< /p>

Mr Mbau says that “there was a common consensus among security formations that Kibaki was the ideal candidate for victory, and I was also privy to intelligence that was developing en economies also supported his re-election.”

His Vice-President at the time (25. September 2003 to January 9, 2008) was Moody Awori – another elderly sage, then 79 years old, who came close to being caught in the Nyanza campaign violence while drumming for Kibaki’s re-election.

Mr um ensure that all registered living Mt. Kenya voters in the country voted. That would then be filled with the few patriots who believed in policies of prosperity as opposed to those of power grabs.

Longtime administrator Joseph Kaguthi, a mobilizer and coordinator of “disciplined campaign teams,” reveals that Kibaki started by receiving regional delegations at the State House.

“He did this every day for a week and we felt confident that we had established loyal groups across the country. We preferred the delegations that came to the State House as the political mood was so toxic in some areas and we had to deal with ugly incidents,” says Kaguthi.

He said delegations are a controlled audience and it is simply to recruit loyal foot soldiers from them from the state house’s dignity and war chests, rather than searching for them in the village terraces.

“But at some point we had to move out and set out on the campaign trail . We needed to be seen speaking at rallies and dancing with our constituents. We had to come out and behave like ordinary politicians, where we had to stand at the doorsteps of the lowly, put on religious robes and make these speeches for our supporters to cement their resolve for us,” Mr Kaguthi said >

He reveals that the plan to re-elect Kibaki was mainly based on the benevolence of the security vaults, merging professionals, jua kali and clerics into loyal groups.

“We also had to pack the lifestyle world into a support base and stuff.” we finally came up with slogans like Wamama and Warembo na Kibaki,” he added.

Mr Kaguthi reveals that they have found that the President is only needed to boost his track record, which will boost the economy and changed lives in his first term.

With free education, an improved economy, and a broader democratic space embedded in hearts ar, his superiors claimed that he could only be criminally beaten but not by voting.

Former Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya, who was Michuki’s personal assistant at the time, reports that “it was a nightmare for the security was when Kibaki started his campaigns to a point in Kiambu where he was fighting in the dark and had held 10 public rallies”.

He was 36 years old at the time and says Kibaki has him inspired to think he has his whole life ahead of him when the President exudes so much energy at 75.

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Mr Natembeya said: “We went into the election with our right line-up…we knew our competitors would make a bit of fuss in their strongholds…without compromising the dignity of our service to the nation in it, the pity n Minimize electoral corruption for our candidate…we didn’t steal a single vote, we just protected what was ours.”

says Mr. Natembeya A great lesson from the elections of 2007 is that peace is the most precious treasure to keep.

Finally, the Electoral Commission announced Kibaki winners with 4,584,721 (46.42 percent) against Mr. Odinga’s 4,352,993 (44 .07 percent). The result sparked post-election violence that killed 1,500 and displaced tens of thousands, leading to six prominent Kenyans being indicted at the International Criminal Court (ICC). Cases collapsed.

Security officials involved in Kibaki’s re-election campaign admit they were aware of the tensions building and informed their candidate accordingly.

” That’s why Kibaki’s campaign messages were full of violence-aware lines… It was a regular part of his public speeches that he wanted peaceful elections, that there was no reason for violence, and reminded Kenyans that the elections were only a matter of one day and it was still years to live,” said one of the nation’s officials.

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