A Triumphant Kenya

Posted February 28, 2008 from Kenya

Since the beginning of this year,Kenyans,for the first time have been seen in a jubilant mood.Kenyans across the country celebrated the announcement made by Hon.Koffi Annan this evening in a meeting that took a surprisingly shorter time than Kenyans had anticipated.

Nairobi was all celebration, as revellers celebrated. Many outlets sold out their food and drink.Kenyans from different ethnic communities exchaged conversation and celebrated together for the first time this year.

In Migori,South Nyanza,the public television houses made hot business as the premises were full to the brim.Kenyans wanted to personally witness the announcement as word had gone round of the positive outcome of the talks.Later,screams of joy filled the air,changing the usually tense and quiet atmosphere that is known to usually dominate the town.

Kisumu town was reported to have closed business,as they celebrated the announcement of the long awaited results.Cyclists decided to cycle no more;it was wiser to carry their bicyles on their shoulders.In the coastal town of Kenya,Mombasa,the mood was no different as the town's people decided that it was best to dance in the streets.

The long awaited results of the talks that had previously come to a stalemate were out.Both parties had come to an agreement.

Hon.Mwai Kibaki was announced president of Kenya.Hon.Raila Odinga the Prime Minister,a post that was previously debated widely in Kenya and which the Government had completely rejected.

"We do have a deal",Hon.Annan said of the agreement.He was assisted by the President of the African Union,and Tanzania,Hon.Jakaya Kikwete.

The party with majority seats would automatically produce the Prime Minister.This time,the two deputy Prime Ministers would be produced by ODM and PNU.President Kibaki will appoint the PNU ministers while ODM will have the power to appoint its own.

President Kibaki promised Kenyans good leadership that would see her through the hardships that had previously been experienced.The prime Minister,Hon.Odinga,expressed that the country was moving from an era of confrontation to the beginning of co-operation.

These posts are not as quoted in the Constitution of Kenya.The turmoil,which had resulted to the deaths of more than 1 500 Kenyans,had to be tactfully brought to a halt.Even though it is taking a positive turn,discontent,rage,displacement,massive losses and death have been experienced.Repair and healing will take a long time.The beginning is here.

Leah Auma-Kenya.

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  • ila
    Feb 28, 2008
    United States
    Feb 28, 2008

    What a blessing it is to read your journals, with your ears, eyes, and voice so close to what is happening in Kenya! Thank you for thinking to share with the PulseWire community so quickly & telling us how these changes are affecting your real life!!! You are in our thoughts and prayers! --ila

  • Jensine Larsen
    Feb 28, 2008
    Feb 28, 2008

    Dear Leah -

    I just got the news from United Nations Wire about the powersharing agreement. I immediately thought I should check PulseWire to hear the news on the ground in Migori. And here you are! This is so moving, I have tears in my eyes. No one can tell the story of what is happening in Kenya like you can. Congratulations! if the people have hope, the healing will begin. It will take a long time as you say, but it is beginning, and I hope you are dancing too.


    Jensine Larsen World Pulse

  • Stephanie Tama-Sweet
    Feb 28, 2008
    Feb 28, 2008

    I was living in Mombasa the year before the elections in 2002 and helped register many women to vote for the first time. My experiences in Kenya encouraged me to come home and register women in my own country, the USA, to vote and get involved in advocating for a better world. I am forever indebted to the brave Kenyan women who told me their stories of how they wanted to change their communities for good. I am hoping to live with that same spirit here in America. This is truly a triumphant day for all Kenyans. Please know that our thoughts, prayers, and joys are with you and the people of Kenya today and in the days to come.

    Napenda kusoma journal yako na ningependa kuongea katika kiswahili na wewe ikiwa unaweza kusoma lugha yangu!!

  • Auma
    Mar 03, 2008
    Mar 03, 2008

    Hello Stephanie,

    Please work on your journal so that we can have direct links on our "lugha ya Kiswahili" issues.Jaribu ili tupate kuongea kwa njia poa!


  • Julie Fiandt
    Feb 29, 2008
    Feb 29, 2008

    Thank you for sharing your excitement and hope with us!

    Wishing healing and peace, Julie

  • Jennifer Ruwart
    Feb 29, 2008
    Feb 29, 2008


    I could not be more hopeful for Kenya. I sit in anticipation of more good news to come.

    Thinking of you,

    Jennifer (with Jonah, of course)

  • Auma
    Mar 03, 2008
    Mar 03, 2008

    Hello everybody!

    It's been great to have you around me all the while.Thank you everybody!The tension is low,Kenya is thinking of how to reshape herself.

    There are still thousands of IDP's living in camps,and hundreds of thousands affected directly by the skirmishes.

    Lessons have been learnt.There should never never be a repeat!

    Join me in the dance!


  • Corine Milano
    Mar 13, 2008
    Mar 13, 2008

    Leah—thank you for this update. How are things in Kenya right now? Please keep us updated—a new post would be best so that the rest of the community can read your words! In the US, at least, there has not been much news coming out of Kenya since this was announced and I know that that does not mean that there is nothing to report. Please let us know how you, your family, and your community are doing.

    With love,

    Corine Milano, Assistant Editor

    --"We will surely get to our destination if we join hands." Aung San Suu Kyi --