Linus Kaikai Pokes Holes Into Uhuru's BBI Remarks

  • Citizen TV's Director of Strategy and Innovation Linus Kaikai poked holes into President Uhuru Kenyatta's remarks on the purpose of the Building Bridges Initiative and went on to correct the head of state. 

    On November 28, while speaking during the News Gang segment on Thursday's news bulletin, Kaikai differed with Kenyatta on why Kenyans experience violence after elections.

    The head of state, after receiving the BBI report on Tuesday, November 26, 2019, stated that the documents would help to end the violence.

    Citizen TV presenters, Joe Ageyo, Linus Kaikai, Jamila Mohamed and Francis Gachuri during News Gang show on Thursday, November 28, 2019

    "The question has been and even was during the launch of the BBI report: why do Kenyans fight over elections? It seems to me the BBI report did not confront this question head-on. Yet, this to me is the most pertinent question.

     "Let me first correct that question. Kenyans don't fight over the elections, they fight over their questionable outcomes," he spoke. 

    Kaikai went on to argue that as a journalist, he had covered all four general elections conducted in Kenya in the last 20 years and that voting days were always peaceful, with long ques of jovial Kenyans waiting to cast their ballots.

    According to the presenter turned pundit, results of all presidential elections were always disputed, except in 2002.  

    "Which is why the BBI report sounds to me as quite mild on what's wrong with our elections. In 2017, through the gripping Supreme Court petition hearing, Kenyans got a glimpse into the dark side of the Kenyan electoral system. Election officials could not account for the results transmitted into TV sets," Kaikai recalled.

    He further wondered whether the BBI report had addressed the said issues and doubting that it would stop third parties from interfering with elections and restore Kenyans' faith in the electoral system.

    "Kenyans should confront the issues around elections and their results, if a lasting solution to troubled election cycles is to be formed. Cries of inclusivity are about the perception that the will of the people is never reflected through the ballot. When elections are peaceful, no one worries about the positions an individual will occupy," Kaikai affirmed. 

    "For this to happen in Kenya, the very well known dark forces must be prevailed upon to leave politics to politicians and elections to voters. Only then will anxiety over elections become a thing of the past," Kaikai proclaimed. 

    President Uhuru Kenyatta with AU envoy Raila Odinga and DP William Ruto during the BBI launch on Wednesday, November 27, 2019. The president reiterated on the importance of unity and peace after General elections

    Video courtesy of Citizen TV