- Suu Kyi has been a primary victim of injustice, imprisonment, abuses and revenge.
- Mass action makes no sense in a country where courts have gained the necessary independence to make objective decisions
- The IEBC took care of every possible little detail in an election process. By international standards, our elections were seamless, accurate and professional.
“It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.
The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear.”
When Burmese politician, diplomat, and author, Aung San Suu Kyi, said this at her Freedom from Fear speech in 1990, she was under house arrest by the directorship of a military junta which had taken over power in her country. She spent more than 15 years under unlawful arrest.
Suu Kyi was a threat. The military dictators feared her, they feared losing power.
Suu Kyi spoke of four triggers of corruption: desire, revenge, ignorance and fear. Of these four, the latter one, fear, is the worst.
Fear not only “stifles and slowly destroys all sense of right and wrong, it so often lies at the root of the other three kinds of corruption.”
Suu Kyi has been a primary victim of injustice, imprisonment, abuses and revenge. She bore all this with her head high and with great hope in justice. She never called for violence. Like Gandhi, her role model, she believed in the power of truth.
She was released in 2010 and since 2012 she resumed her political career to become now the first State Counsellor of Myanmar and Minister of Foreign Affairs. She never fought for her own power, and she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
LESSONS FROM SUU KYI
The worst kind of corruption is fear of losing the power we hold or the power we think we should hold.
This fear is at the core of every election dispute in our Kenya. The fear of losing power, on one side, and the fear of not gaining the power we wanted on the other.
This fear leads to the manipulation of truth, accusations and counter-accusations that bring out the worst in every leader. We shout ‘mass action’ so that the poor and the ignorant may die and property may be damaged, while leaders negotiate in luxurious hotels, at the expense of the taxpayer.
Mass action makes no sense in a country where courts have gained the necessary independence to make objective decisions and I am morally certain that our Judiciary has reached that point, perhaps more so after the latest appointments to the Supreme Court.
In these past few hours, we have had ugly incidents of some politicians accusing each other bitterly. For the sake of peace this nonsense needs to end.
The Nasa leaders should stop any further press conferences and the Jubilee officials do not need to answer those allegations.
Let the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) issue the final results after the manual tally is finished. Once results are officially published, the loser may go to court. Only a court of law can declare the illegality or unconstitutionality of election results.
Every politician, winner or loser, like it or not, has the patriotic and moral obligation to hold the results valid unless otherwise declared by a court of law.
We cannot take the law into our own hands; we would be undermining the very same democratic principles we claim to protect and uphold. No one can referee his own match.
The IEBC was given Mission Impossible in an unreasonable span of time.
Just four weeks ago, we did not know if we would get ballot papers at all. Every step and every purchase was questioned.
Ghosts appeared behind every decision and the court process was abused by every Tom, Dick and Harry.
These IEBC men and women gave their hearts, minds and time to make the impossible happen, and one of them, Chris Msando, lost his life in the process.
The IEBC took care of every possible little detail in an election process. By international standards, our elections were seamless, accurate and professional. The most minute detail was carefully considered.
Even the queuing system, which in the past had been a tribal factor, was well thought out this time round. For the first time in Kenya, I did not hear mother tongue spoken in the same queue. August 8 was an exemplary day for the whole world, “a beautiful example of democracy” as John Dramani Mahama, the former President of Ghana, declared.
As results started trickling in, panic invaded the “losing” quarters. The system had been hacked, they said and a 60-page, detailed report was issued within a few hours.
This report claims that Mr Msando’s credentials were used to gain access and insert an algorithm that recalculated results placing a standard 11 per cent advantage in favour of Uhuru Kenyatta. The report contains what Nasa claims to be log-files of the IEBC server.
Was IEBC really hacked? How did Nasa obtain this information? Is it genuine?