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Kiraitu; why we swore in Kibaki at nightfall in 2007

In a just launched book that is expected to revive new controversy between him and the Raila allied camp which he had began developing a friendship with, Meru governor Kiraitu Murungi has made huge revelations that discuss the very raw topic of the 2007 post-election violence.

 

Kiraitu, who was Kibaki’s Energy minister at the time discusses in great detail the events that led to the controversial swearing in of Kibaki in State House. This development is likely to open fresh wounds and cause a further rift between Uhuru and Ruto, while also causing friction between Uhuru and Raila.

In the book titled ”Beyond politics; A conversation with Kiraitu Murungi” by Njeri Rugene, it’s written,

“I was with Kibaki at State House as the results were being tallied by the Electoral Commission of Kenya at KICC. We were following the proceedings on TV while Kibaki was in his room upstairs. He occasionally came downstairs to find out how the exercise was going on. As usual, he looked very calm and composed. It was as if nothing major was happening,”

It was all a race against time as, constitutionally, this was the last day of Kibaki’s five-year term.

“Had the Electoral Commission of Kenya not announced the winner by 6pm, the country would have had no president or commander-in-chief, and it would be engulfed in flames,” he says.

Preparations were immediately made to swear in Kibaki as President at State House by 6pm.

“There was no time for elaborate ceremonies. In all this, Kibaki had remained very calm.”

He says he, Attorney-General Amos Wako and a few other advisors had read and re-read the Constitution and the law to ensure there would be no illegality in the swearing in.

“Contrary to the propaganda that Kibaki was sworn in at night, he was sworn in before 6pm. The Constitution did not prescribe the place where the swearing in should take place,” he says.

Following the announcement of Kibaki as winner the country was thrown into chaos, leading the death of more than 1,000 people and the displacement of thousands of others.

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    Written by Joshua Wanga

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