A Kenya military coup in 2013? Makau Mutua predicts
A renown columnist with Sunday Nation, Prof Makau Mutua, posted a chilling message of a coup in Kenya in March 2013 if Hague suspects get elected.
“I predict a military coup in Kenya after the March 2013 elections if those indicted for crimes against humanity are elected,” read the tweet. He went ahead to say:”I predicted in December 2007 Kenya would go to civil war. It did. Some politicians will take Kenya over the cliff if elected.” Posted Makau on his Twitter handle on December 23.
We had all missed the tweet until television anchor Terryanne Chebet wrote an open letter to the good professor at Buffalo Springs in the US.
Those indicted for crimes against humanity Makau is referring to are Jubilee Coalition flag bearer Uhuru Kenyatta and his running mate Eldoret North MP William Ruto. The two will face the ICC judges early April, the same day a presidential runoff may take place if Kenya does not elect her president in the first round. The elections will be on March 4,only two months away.
Although any Kenyan know that if the duo are elected there will be heavy repercussion for the country, including sanctions by the international community,but to predict a military coup is way out of line.
A day like this in 2007 Kenya was burning. In that year all sign of violence had been spotted three months to the election day. The ODM and PNU parties had campaigned in tribal lines and threats of violence was a foregone conclusion. Over 1,000 people lost their lives and thousand more were displaced.
I remember then being called by my aunt after attacks at our rural home in Cherangani. Some neighbors I had known since childhood were killed in the chaos,livestock was stolen by the warriors who were not only armed with machetes but guns as well.
Today the happy valley of Bonde in Cherangani which for years was a hub of peaceful living has been turned to ghost homes with some family relocating from the area. The government early this month resettled IDPs in some of this land,it beats reason how the government decided to resettle victims of PEV on a PEV hotspot-but that is a story of another day.
Despite the horrors of 2007 and the blame game that followed there after it is unwise for a distinguished professor to predict a military coup in 2013.Kenya is not a military state and the army tried and failed in 1982. As we enter 2013 we Kenyans should use the power of the ballot to bring change and shun doomsayers like Makau.