Wednesday, 2 July 2008

Some Words Come Back to Haunt Us III

With the recent happenings in Africa and a call to condemn the winner of yet another disputed election, we are reminded of when Uganda or rather Mr. Yoweri Museveni was the first and only leader to send congratulations to Mr. Mwai Kibaki.

Will he do the same this time round? Or have these words come back to haunt him?

...President Museveni, who has taken some beating in the media for sending Kibaki the congratulatory message after the disputed results, suggested in a statement....that he had no regrets about it.

"After the Kenya Electoral Commission declared the results in which H.E. Mwai Kibaki emerged winner, and his being sworn-in on the 30th of December 2007, I, as required by Diplomatic Conventions, called H.E. President Mwai Kibaki, to congratulate him," Mr Museveni said in the statement.

A similar scenario has just happened somewhere else....and there are no congratulations sent as yet.

In the statement, Mr Museveni explains that opposition leader Raila Odinga, who has accused Mr Kibaki of vote rigging, only complained after the ECK had announced the winner, and that he has subsequently talked to both men. "I have, subsequently talked to both President Kibaki and Hon. Odinga, advocating for calm, tolerance, patience and reconciliation, and resolution of the issues among the concerned parties, and have offered assistance in finding a solution to the crisis".

Note the bolded words...we will see if he remembers them in 2011!!

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