Kenya:Diplomats or Masters-Have we lost our minds and Pride

Western diplomats-Wake up BLACKMAN!
Western diplomats-Wake up BLACKMAN!

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9 thoughts on “Kenya:Diplomats or Masters-Have we lost our minds and Pride

  1. The diplomats’ stand was “reminiscent of colonial mindset,” said Foreign minister Moses Wetang’ula.

    He sent a formal protest note to the US and European Union representatives, following their demand that the electoral commissioners should step down, in line with the recommendation of the Kriegler report on the last General Election.

    Sovereignty

    After sending the note, Mr Wetang’ula explained: “I am not defending Kivuitu and his team, I am simply protecting our sovereignty.”

    He said: “I am outraged, as most Kenyans are, by the audacious and blatant breach of protocol by some ambassadors, who reportedly visited the chairman of ECK and demanded his immediate resignation, short of which he would face travel ban to their respective countries.”

    And he went on: “As the minister in charge of foreign relations, I wish to state categorically that the Government will not tolerate what seems to be a pattern of activism being practised in Nairobi by a few ambassadors under the guise of conducting their normal official diplomatic engagements.”

    Mr Wetang’ula urged the diplomats, whom he accused of “grossly condescending behaviour” to respect the country.

    The minister spoke to the Nation from Accra, Ghana, where he is attending a meeting of African, Caribbean and Pacific countries.

    An official at the US embassy said they had not received the protest note, and would therefore not wish to comment prematurely.

  2. Absolutely grateful to foreign world for stopping us from killing each other to extinction. However,there are limits…even in your next door neighbours domestic issues. Once you put off the fight..and fire don’t follow them to the bedroom and insist they do it. Give them space…let them learn by doing…they do have Kreigler’s manual, don’t they?

  3. Very grateful to the Foreign affairs minister for protecting the sovereignty of our country. What the said diplomats are trying is not acceptable. The issue of ECK is merely a domestic issue. Gone are the days when we used to follow such colonial mindsets. Please, leave domestic affairs to Kenyans, concentrate on international affairs.

    We have the recommendations from Kreigler team. It is our wish to follow or not to follow

  4. Almost 50 years since we gained independence and we still answer to diplomats. If the rest of kenya wants to answer to diplomats we should chart our own way forward. The Mzungu only cares for his own agenda and some african just dont get it .If you dont learn from history you will repeat it . When the first white man arrived in Kenya he came to “help”(bring maendeleo and christianity) but that was just a means to an end. Now they want to “help” again dont be fooled by this devils

  5. I must thank Kenyans for clearly thinking about the true interests of the ambassadors and ‘high commissioners’. I think that even Macharia Gaitho of the Daily Nation saw the point. To start with some of the Kenyan leaders have actually sold Kenya to this powers cheaply.

    Secondly the ionterference of the western powers in the internal and domestic issues of our country are very much in bad taste. Thirdly, while they are quick to blame the ECK, they know very well that they caused mayhem in Kenya by claiming that elections were rigged without doing any investigations at all.And we all that they pressuerised the ECK before the clections, during elections and talltying and after the elections.
    They supported some parties to ignore the law in Kenya thereby causing much bloodshed.
    No wonder they don’t want the ECK to be sent home throuigh a tribunal. They know that Samuei Kivuitu may give evidence badly implicating them in the violence that happened in Kenya and how they attempted to manipulate the outcome of thye elecetions. But as Kenyans we are not asleep, are we?

  6. Our warped and fickle notions of nationhood and sovereignty are probably the reason these foreigners cannot but have contempt for us. So many of us are stuck in a time capsule, we want to live today by the means of yesteryears. That is why we aren’t yet able to feed ourselves. We ought to make up our minds if we want to belong to the country, Kenya or wish to retreat 150 years back to our tribal dominions. There is no place in the fast developing world for the cheap bigotry I see on your website. Even where your issues are valid your general orientation cheapens all.

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    Postmodernist think otherwise .A recent article by jerry z Muller ,a renowned scholar on The Enduring Power of Ethnic Nationalism’ (also the name of paper) actually shows that ethnic nationalism ,though often misunderstood is an important factor in development (I suggest you read the article). Or our post on it

    However just to point out on the foreign powers issue . It has been the trend of recent history in Kenya that certain groups (ethnic or not) seem to think that what is good for our nation is everything the west suggests or pushes for (We disagree).Certain communities and parties continue to enjoy foreign support and continue to value their interests above our community .As the new constitution is enacted we hope the issue of Nationhood will be addressed.In the mean time we will continue to look out for our own.

    On the cheap bigotry, “Ninety-nine percent of all problems in communications start with misunderstandings which develop as a result of differing viewpoints and conditioning.”

    Blog Admin

  7. Why should an envoy physically walk into the ECK offices with the aim of forcing the chairman to resign? Is this not supercilious effrontery based on diplomatic immunity or, as some have called it, diplomatic impunity?

  8. Wake up Africa!!!!

    I am not taking sides on the Isreali /Hamas conflict but Africa must wake up THE war in the Middle East, in Gaza to be precise has been spared by many critics whom we have seen raise their heads in the Zimbabwean situation.The silence from the men of cloth: Archbishops John Sentamu and Desmond Tutu is almost deafening. We have also not heard any comments from many of those people who called for armed invasion in Zimbabwe; including Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

    It is ironic that the Archbishop of York, Sentamu in February 2003, while thousands marched in London, led church-wide protests in Birmingham against the invasion of Iraq. “There is no moral basis for a military invasion of Iraq,” he said at the time.In his eyes Saddam Hussein was a Santa type figure for Iraqis, but he fails to call for such protests against the wanton killing of innocent civilians in Gaza.Even the UN has spoken against the shelling of its school where 400 innocent civilians perished overnight.

    In 2007, Archbishop Sentamu led Easter Prayers for the safety of BBC’s Alan Johnston from captivity in Gaza.
    When Johnston was released alive, Sentamu pounded an African drum to celebrate Johnson’s release. “I just wanted to say ‘Alleluia!’… This is the best news we’ve had for a long time,” he declared then. Note he said: “We have heard”. Who is “we”?Last year, Archbishop Desmond Tutu undeterred, made a forced rare crossing into Gaza from Egypt where he had been sent by the UN council to investigate the Israeli shelling of a house in Gaza, despite Israel’s attempts at gagging him.He emerged from his interviews in what he described as a state of shock and called for an end to the “abominable” Israeli blockade of Gaza. He later reported to the UN there was a “possibility” that the shelling was a war crime.

    After calling for a military invasion of Zimbabwe, just a few weeks ago, it would be out of place for the Archbishop to repeat such a feat; otherwise it would be hypocritical.Surely Archbishop Tutu finds it difficult to now call the current illegal Gaza offensive a war crime, because of his hardline position on Zimbabwe. He has lost his independence to make informed commentaries.

    The statement from the Botswana Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Phandu Skelemani, in response to Israel’s disproportionate attack on Gaza, left a lot to be desired. He said: “The Botswana position is that we don’t need war.”“War has never brought any solution to problems. The downside about war is that it affects innocent elderly people, women and children, not those who initiate it”.
    This was an immediate turnaround from a country that only a few weeks ago was on BBC’s Hard Talk programme calling for military action against, and economic isolation of Zimbabwe.

    The minister, even interrupted his holiday in his native North East District, to emphasize Botswana’s view that both parties “must learn to talk” to resolve their differences – something he desires for the Middle East, not his own African continent.“If people have mouths and brains but decide to fight, then there is real poverty in their thinking,” he said in an ironical twist on his own suggestion of war against Zimbabwe. “Neither Israel nor Gaza will disappear if both parties engage in dialogue, as opposed to war,” he said.Kenyan Prime Minister, Odinga was caught napping after making noises about the need for war in Zimbabwe.Hundreds of protestors gathered outside Nairobi’s Jamia Mosque after Friday prayers, calling Prime Minister Odinga to cut ties with Israel as a sign of Kenya’s commitment to human rights.

    “Over 400 Gazans were killed. Where is our … prime minister? Why are they not speaking about what is happening to Palestinians in Gaza?” said Sheikh Al Amin Kimathi, the chairman of Kenya’s Muslim Human Rights Commission.

    “Kenya must denounce its relationship with Israel. We call upon the government of Kenya to close Israel’s embassy in Nairobi,” he added.Odinga failed to issue a single statement against Israeli attacks. This would have put in direct confrontation with President George W. Bush who blames Hamas for the conflict in the Gaza area.Odinga’s lack of response was, therefore, not surprising.Maybe it is important to remind our leaders that the societies they try to please will never fully accept them and they should start to get realistic about how to solve African problems.

    Archbishop Sentamu should know better. Many times he has encountered Britain’s uglier, racist face.
    The very first time he took a funeral, the son of the deceased asked: “What has my father done to be buried by a black monkey?” In the 1980s, the National Front tried to burn down his house.

    When he lived in London, he was stopped by the Metropolitan Police six times in eight years under their stop-and-search policy. Yet, he still tries hard to use arguments against his own people to advance Western interests

  9. When the British first arrived .They were “good people”They offered modern medicines,education and Christianity but the real motive was hidden.75 years later we were free.We realized the Mzungu(British) had used development to hoodwink and enslave us.

    Today they have come offering governance and democracy not medicine and Christianity.The result will be the same .They are looking for slaves and not your interests.

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