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Martin Mule Wrote
John; to be honest with you there is very little hope under the current arrangement. Both parties chose hardliners into the talks for a purpose. They did not want to dialogue or negotiate, their idea was to reinforce their positions. For once let us rule out negotiations or dialogue no matter what ones want to call it. If the Telegraph Story(above) is to be believed, which makes a lot of sense, then we are only seeing a postponement of the killings.
Hypocrisy is now eating
I do not think, there are no noble Kenyans, intelligent, compassionate, diplomatic and nationalistic enough to reconcile and heal Kenyans, and the fact that people like Mkapa(a journalist)whose party activism and propelled him into presidency and Graca Machel whose CVs strong point is marrying two Southern Africa former head of states underscores Kenya's dilemma as their mentality of whatever is foreign is better takes the better of their senses.
How many Western World government ministers will visit
Only God grace will save us.
God bless you indeed.
My response to Martin Mule
It is my respectful opinion that it is neither helpful nor grateful to disparage the credentials of Benjamin Mkapa and Graca Machel. I find it troubling that you make this point after you point out that neither side wants “to dialogue or negotiate”. So clearly, the mediation talks must fail on two counts; incompetence of the mediators and the obduracy of the “warring parties”
Kibaki and Raila are bible wielding Christians. But I am sure even God and Christ have been unable to speak to their hearts. Just like many Christian Kenyans who know what really happened in KICC, many Christian Kenyans have killed maimed, raped and plundered. The same Kenyans believe that God will intervene and restore order in this nation.
I do not believe that the impasse in the mediation talks has anything to do with the competence, credentials or intellectual capacity of Mkapa and Graca. So far even the God that Kibaki, Raila and the rest of Kenyans worship has failed to convince them that the mindless megalomania, violence and murder does not serve the immediate and long-term interests of our children and posterity.
And I believe we have common values. Our mothers did not tell us that it is okay to rape our sisters, murder our neighbours and take what is does not belong to us.
And we are not wanting for heroes. Yes,
And who can be better mediators and peace makers than Kibaki and Raila? It seems like the outcome of these talks depend on them. The last I checked Raila and Kibaki were Kenyans.And on second thoughts and introspection, I agree that we should send Graca and Mkapa parking. Especially Graca, there are countless women in
I also suggest that we re-examine Kofi Annan’s real value in the mediation process. We have our own Amb. Kiplagat. Just like Kofi Annan, he too has a head of silver. After all, what else does Kofi bring to the table? What does he know about mediation? Ten year tenancy of an office overlooking the East River on 44th &7th Av on
There are also critics and sceptics like you and I who are too cleaver by half. I also agree that there are countless other unknown angles of peace and warmongers among us.
We must deploy this elegant tapestry of talent to the task of peace building for our beloved nation.
Reply from Martin Mule
From: Mule, Martin [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Sunday, February 17, 2008 2:57 PM
To: Alex Awiti
Subject: RE: Hope or Not?...NOT
My intention was not to disparage the credentials of Graca or Mkapa. I am a journalist too, like Mkapa. My point is we have Kenyans who are better equiped to solve our problems, and we need to make them understand so. I am more comfortable with a home made solution than foreign one.If you have had a chance to read our current constitution,it is more foreign than local. I totally agree with you that, it is Raila and Kibaki who hold the key to the success of the talks. I am disturbed by the unwillingness of Kibaki to demonstrate leadership and love for our motherland.