Wednesday, November 23, 2005


Kenya's entire cabinet dismissed.

To help illiterate voters, the campaigns used fruit symbols. Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki has dismissed his entire cabinet and deputy ministers after voters rejected a draft constitution in a referendum. Mr Kibaki said he would announce a new line-up of ministers in two weeks.
The result is seen as a protest against Mr Kibaki, and there is speculation it might lead to a parting of ways with with ministers opposed to the draft. Campaigners celebrating the "No" vote have asked their opponents to join them in drafting a fresh constitution. "Please come and join the rest of the nation in rebuilding a new Kenya," the so-called "orange" anti-constitution campaign said in a statement.
The result is a blow for Mr Kibaki, who led the "banana" campaign for a "Yes". The president has made no reference to discussions on a new draft. Opposition campaign leaders called for a cross-party effort to draft a new constitution "now that the people of Kenya have decisively spoken, and in the spirit of genuine reconciliation".


Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK, Jack, you've explained the what, but not the why. Why do African leaders wpend so much effort to perpetuate power? The giants -- Houphuet Boigny, Mobutu, Moi -- were wealthy beyond their ability to spend it; why not just retire to the shamba and live sumptiously the rest of one's years? Kibaki doesn't quite reach these heights, but even he must wonder from time to time why he keeps hanging on. Why not bow out gracefully? F

4:26 am  
Anonymous Davod said...

But why were they wealthy-because they were greedy - they stole everything.

12:12 pm  

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