Monday, January 21, 2008

Do we have any chance of beating Blue Monday?

I read on the Sky News website today that positive thinking is the way to beat Blue Monday today, but from what I’ve been hearing and reading all day, I cannot seem to find anything remotely positive in anything at all. I thought I’d write it all down for you to perhaps tell me if I’m missing something positive here and you could then point it out to me and get me through Blue Monday – (without a costly psychiatrists bill and a lot of anti-depressant drugs!)

This is a list of what I have heard or read just today;

1. Lucy Kibaki slapped Imanyara (the PNU guy who was up for election as the deputy speaker of Parliament and conceded to his ODM counterpart), as apparently he was one of Kibaki’s henchmen who is not agreeing to a deal that Kibaki wants to put forward to Raila suggesting they take two and a half years of the Presidential term each. (Not that I think Raila would go for it but anyway). Apparently Imanyara made the fatal mistake of slapping Lucy back and then got set upon by Kibaki’s bodyguards for his troubles and is currently residing in a Nairobi Hospital.

2. Kofi Annan hasn’t got ‘man-flu’ after all and has been rumoured to have a slightly dodgy ticker. Hence the may / may not arrive stories going around.

3. Raila is to file a case in the International Court in The Hague in which he will sue Kibaki’s government for ‘crimes against humanity’.

4. Raila, whilst addressing a crowd outside a church in Kibera yesterday, told the gathering that they should not be killing their neighbours and destroying each others property when they all had so little to their names anyhow. Instead they should take their anger out on the wealthy Kenyans living in Karen and Runda and burn their houses down, as according to him, they are the cause of all this mess. (I'm assuming by this he's meaning the Kikuyu big wigs who are known to live in the area? - Who really knows?)

5. Noah Wekesa, the Minister for Science and Technology and the MP elect in the Salama Province in Western Kenya has threatened to resign from his position in the cabinet if the government cannot stop the violence in his home area. Latest reports on the radio confirm at least 5 people have been killed so far today, and rumour has it that that number is more than likely to be far more.

6. Raila has called for a mass demonstration countrywide on Thursday this week. Now the PNU supporters are saying that if this demonstration goes ahead they will conduct their own rally protesting against the ODM supporters. (I do fear if this is really true and these rallies go ahead there will be total carnage and the police will not be able to stop it.)

SO there you go, end of the list of rumours for the day. Please note that I have not verified any of them although some I have read in the press, some were heard on the radio and some were through word of mouth.

Thing is, they’re all incredibly depressing and if there is even the slightest inkling of truth in even one of these rumours I can’t see any positive coming out of this entire week never mind trying to get over Blue Monday.

Excuse me whilst I go outside and scream really, really loud!!

8 comments:

menezes said...

i love the rumors,quite creative,but anyway,in the absence of live media,reports get distorted through every phase they travel. I think you would make a great political commentator .keep up the good job!

zed said...

i think you should have listed the rumours in the reverse order. that way instead of signing off with the really depressing news about another round of street protests, you could have cheered yourself with lucy's latest happy slapping episode- if you can ignore why it happened that is. maybe it wouldn't you but your account of it made me laugh.

i think there is something positive in rumour #1. the only reason lucy slaps people like imanyara is coz she knows they're idiots with no self worth,despite their education. he'll still hang around waiting for 'bendera'. can't wait for her to slap kalonzo!

#2. couldn't care less if annan showed up or not. he dithered while dafur happened under his watch. then there is the 'first resolution, second resolution' nonsense. depressing

#3 uplifting. we need punitive action to help persuade our leaders to sort out our flawed system and weak institutions so we can prevent this happening all over again. and i think raila will sue him. i remember when growing up, during the moi days, when things were hopeless, he had the cajones to take saitoti to court over 'goldenberg'

#4 depressing. though i doubt the poor will get anywhere near karen from the east at the mo. won't happen. what a silly thing to say tho'- if he did say it!

#5. depressing. he's another unprincipled opportunistic politician. the whole western province is pro-odm at the mo. so the guy is just hedging his bets so incase things take a different cause he'll be well positioned. won't resign if nothing changes. that's our politics

#6. depressing.nothing more to say

so imo you're right apart from the lucy bit. i worry alot about kenya from here so it must be tough for you guyz back home. but we're praying for you all and hoping for a miracle.

zed said...

i think you should have listed the rumours in the reverse order. that way instead of signing off with the really depressing news about another round of street protests, you could have cheered yourself with lucy's latest happy slapping episode- if you can ignore why it happened that is. maybe it wouldn't you but your account of it made me laugh.

i think there is something positive in rumour #1. the only reason lucy slaps people like imanyara is coz she knows they're idiots with no self worth,despite their education. he'll still hang around waiting for 'bendera'. can't wait for her to slap kalonzo!

#2. couldn't care less if annan showed up or not. he dithered while dafur happened under his watch. then there is the 'first resolution, second resolution' nonsense. depressing

#3 uplifting. we need punitive action to help persuade our leaders to sort out our flawed system and weak institutions so we can prevent this happening all over again. and i think raila will sue him. i remember when growing up, during the moi days, when things were hopeless, he had the cajones to take saitoti to court over 'goldenberg'

#4 depressing. though i doubt the poor will get anywhere near karen from the east at the mo. won't happen. what a silly thing to say tho'- if he did say it!

#5. depressing. he's another unprincipled opportunistic politician. the whole western province is pro-odm at the mo. so the guy is just hedging his bets so incase things take a different cause he'll be well positioned. won't resign if nothing changes. that's our politics

#6. depressing.nothing more to say

so imo you're right apart from the lucy bit. i worry alot about kenya from here so it must be tough for you guyz back home. but we're praying for you all and hoping for a miracle.

zed said...

sorry for the double post...my machine froze

Emil said...

I agree with zed - swop the order around! Anyway, let's hope #6 does not continue because that will obviously result in pure bloodshed. I watched with keen interest the videoclip you have posted and it is shocking - for the life of me I cannot understand why the police are using live ammunitions. And then to even kick the person - this does not bode well for peace initiatives. I wonder how effectice Kofi and the likes can really be if the two main protagonists cannot resolve their issues. I think it is already too late to do another election, for if the result have to change - mutatis mutandis. I trust you are safe from where you write.

nm said...

Whichever way round I look at the list all points depress me. We seem to be going round in ever decreasing circles - and I dread to think what lies at the mid-point. Normally I can predict the happy ending but this story has me frustrated, saddened and increasingly pessimistic which really goes against the grain. I think I am now having a blue tuesday... shame we are not that well coined harmonious 'rainbow nation', we might have thought we were, and could have been. Still could be, if only....

Dad Mzungu said...

I just heard you on the BBC (sleepless night!) and wondered how you survived Blue Monday.
I am sitting in UK, and yesterday was the first for a while when none of my friends or other contacts contacted me from Kenya. So, I add this to my personal Monday Blues!
Keep up the good work, it is good to get an "on-the-ground" slant on things.

MZUNGU CHICK said...

Menezes - welcome and thanks for compliment!!

Zed - We should put Lucy on Comedy Central. Think she'd make a fortune and husband could give up the day job and finally we may have peace! - Sorry about the frozen feeling on the computer!

Emil - Thanks for your thoughts

NM - Sorry for you now having Blue Tuesday but lets hope we don't end up with Blue Week !

Dad Mzungu - Karibu! Nice to see you in our parts and sorry you can't get back to your project in Kisii at the moment. I'll definitely keep you updated on anything I hear of from those sides.