Here's are some excerpts from the Kenyan Parliament
from Nov. 5, 2008, on the morning after Barack Obama win of
the US Presidential election on Tues, Nov. 4:
NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OFFICIAL REPORT
Wednesday, 5th November, 2008
The House met at 9.00 a.m.
Dr. Khalwale: On a point of order, Mr.
Deputy Speaker, Sir. You have heard none other
than the Leader of Government Business
acknowledge that because of Obamas win in the
United States of America (USA), the House is
crippled. Could we allow him to move a Motion
for Adjournment so that we could also continue
the celebrations of having a Kenyan ruling the
USA? I humbly request!
The Assistant Minister for Water and
Irrigation (Mr. Kiunjuri): Mr. Deputy Speaker,
Sir, as you can see, people are really celebrating.
However, I am wondering whether the Americans
have not reported to work and yet it is their
victory. I am also hoping that there will be no
homecoming for Obama. If there is one, the Leader
of Government Business should alert us in good
time so that we can set up a committee to organize
for his homecoming.
Mr. Deputy Speaker, Sir, the
President-elect, Mr. Obama, is a son of the soil
of this country.
Mr. Deputy Speaker: President-elect has
not been sworn-in yet. The election of
President-elect Obama is of utmost national
importance to the United States of America. Ms.
Odhiambo, you are a lawyer. You had better be
very careful where you transgress between
watching your own sovereignty and what can be
interpreted in some quarters as some form of treason
For the first time, we have a leader of
a great country in this world whose blood is
COMMUNICATION FROM THE CHAIR
CONGRATULATORY MESSAGE TO
PRESIDENT-ELECT BARRACK OBAMA
Hon. Members, as you may be aware,
the people of the United States of America
have just had a historic election where the son
of this soil, Barrack Hussein Obama, has been
elected the 44th President of the United States
The Vice-President and Minister for
Home Affairs (Mr. Musyoka):
As we do, as you said from the Chair, this is a
sovereign country. We know we can learn a lot.
To be able to support that blood relation, I
think we owe it to ourselves to make sure that
we have a peaceful country as Kenyans; a
country that will uphold the true principles of
the rule of law, democracy and tolerance
At the beginning of this year, Senator
Barrack Obama called me at midnight and told me:
Mr. Vice President, could you make sure you sort
out this problem? I want to assure him that the
problem has since been sorted out.
The Assistant Minister for Higher
Education, Science and Technology (Dr.
Mwiria): Mr. Temporary Deputy Speaker, Sir, I
would like to take this opportunity to also
congratulate Barrack Obama on his victory and
also say that even as we look at that victory say it
is possible, it is only possible because there are
structures in place in the US that make it possible
for any potential candidate to win, irrespective of
whether they have a lot of money which they have
gotten legally or illegally, they are from a different
ethnic group and how old they are.
I highly congratulate Obama and
salute Americans, Black, White and other races,
for what they have done in showing the world that
a leader can come from any community. I also
want to congratulate Kenyans for the support they
have shown. It showed the Americans that we
were supporting our own.
HUH??? What "problem"? What did I miss?