ODM-K leadership Scandinavia has decided to invade the new Kenya ambassador Mrs Purity Muhindi’s residence in Stockholm. Such a move is against the privacy a resident should enjoy in a house.
The party is calling it a “tour of the residence to inspect land at the compound”
Surely, when did the party turn to become a departement of inspectorate? Or is it a publicity stunt?
Our source in Stockholm has told African Press in a telephone conversation that the visit has a secret agenda! To embarrass President Kibaki’s government internationally.
The visit will turn into a chaotic one and noisy forcing the ambassador to call for the help from the Swedish authorities to disperse the crowd. This is said to be done as revenge for what happened in Kenya last week when ODM-K members were teargassed by police.
The party claims they are going to the residence, “to inspect land at the compound,” adding that, ”the purpose of the tour is to enable ODM-K Scandinavia members and interested Kenyans to survey a piece of land which was allegedly grabbed and transferred to a neighbor under circumstances that are still not yet clear.”
This amounts to harrassment. The party says it wants to help the gardener who was sacked and also inspect the residence because they believe part of the land has been grabbed and sold to a neighbour.
Recently, “KSB published allegations by Mr. Njenga Muirani, a gardener who was fired by the Ambassador for unknown reasons, to the effect that a “triangular piece of land” at the residence might have been stolen and sold to the Ambassador’s neighbor. The story generated a huge interest among Kenyans in Sweden and abroad and KSB has been ambushed with emails from Kenyans around the world seeking further details.”
The announced “tour” whihc we consider as an invassion of privacy by ODM-K Scandinavia chapter members is supposed to take place on December the 2nd at 15.00.
The Kenya Stockholm Blog has reported that, “Mr. Dancan Munala, the Party’s Secretary, said that ODM-K Scandinavia will officially inform the Embassy about the tour through a letter to the Ambassador,” adding that, “ODM-K Scandinavia will give the Ambassador official notification in writing because as far as our Party is concerned, the tour is official.”
In a sistuation like this, Mr Munala and his party should have requested first for a meeting with the ambassador in her office and take up the two issues that has occupied them of late. The sacking of the gardener and the land claimed to have been grabbed and sold secretly.
It is after such a meeting that Munala’s party members would have reached a solution with the embassy on what to do next. May be the ambassador would have suggested the visit to her residence.
Mr Munala is well aware that they cannot be allowed by the Swedish authorities to have a demonstration at the residence, so he calls it a tour in an effort to make the police disinterested and should anything happen at the residence, the police will therefore not be able to act quickly.
Reported by KSB, “He said that the tour is not a demonstration and that as per Swedish law, a permit is not required. Mr. Munala said that the compound of the Kenyan Ambassador is Kenyan territory and that since the tour does not amount to a protest action, Kenyans interested in being part of it have an obligation to respect the residence by abstaining from any uncalled for behavior,” adding that they hope, “the Ambassador will be available for a friendly chat but if she isn’t, we will simply survey the compound and leave peacefully.”
ODM-K in Kenya uses the same tactics. Now the same tactics has been exported from Kenya to Sweden. In Kenya, the party is an expert in sit-in demonstrations one of them at the registrar’s offices not long ago and at times when they want to demonstrate they cover it up by involving God claiming that it is a prayer meeting.
Recently, ODM-K in Kenya tried the trick but the government discovered it in time to disperse the meeting that was in reality a demonstration against the government, but the party had informed Kibaki government that they were going to have a prayer meeting.
KSB has reported that, “The ODM-K Scandinavia stalwart said that allegations of land grabbing at the residence were serious and added that his party is awaiting for communication from the Swedish authorities about a request the Party placed for a land map of the residence.”
The gardener who claims to have been sacked says he is owed kr 10.000 by the embassy for a job he did at the late Kiboi’s residence in Stockholm adding that Kiboi was to pay him two days before he met his death in Norway on the 10th of September in a mysterious house fire.
The Swedish authorities should safeguard the interests of the Kenya government in their country and should not allow hooliganism at the ambassador’s residence.
Nothing like this would have taken place in Kenya. If the Swedish ambassador in Kenya had a problem and was accused by the Swedes living in Kenya, we would not see a demostration of this sort being planned. The Kenya government would not allow a foreign diplomat to be harrassed on its soil because of the immunity ambassadors enjoy and the protocol that is supposed to be adhered to.
If the ODM-K group in Scandinavia wants to air their grievances, they should report the matter to the Swedish authorities who will in turn communicate officially, and in a cicilised manner, with the embassy on the matter.
Inviting all Kenyans interested to the residence is an abuse of freedom in Sweden. Imagine if 200 Kenyans turned up at the residence?
If the party elected officials had suggested to visit the ambassador’s residence alone it would have made some little sence, because they do not number more than 10, and there could have been a possibility to be able to inspect whatever they are looking for. But 200 people at one go? That is a public meeting, “baraza”, that will automatically turn noisy and chaotic, but probably to the wishes of the party leaders who want as much publicity as they can get during this period they are making themselves noticed in the country.
African Press is waiting for comment from the Swedish ministry of foreign affairs and the Swedish police on the issue. We will also request for a reaction from the embassy in Stockholm and the government spokesman in Kenya.
By Korir, African Press in Norway, APN