Skip to comments.The 'O' factor: Kenya's tribal relations leads some to lump Obama, Ocampo and Odinga together
Posted on 04/17/2011 5:48:11 AM PDT by Libloather
The 'O' factor: Kenya's tribal relations leads some to lump Obama, Ocampo and Odinga together
By Jason Straziuso,Tom Odula, The Associated Press
The Canadian Press Fri, 15 Apr, 2011 11:18 AM EDT
NAIROBI, Kenya - What do President Barack Obama, International Criminal Court Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo and Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga have in common?
It's the "O'' factor. Obama, Ocampo, Odinga they all share the distinctive first letter of members of the Luo tribe in Kenya, and some in this East African nation believe that the three are brothers in a conspiracy to see six suspects convicted at Ocampo's Hague-based court so that Odinga can become president in the land where Obama's father was born.
Though the conspiracy is fanciful, it has traction among those who believe the ICC suspects, who are charged with orchestrating Kenya's 2007-08 postelection violence, are being unfairly prosecuted. Analysts warn that if such stereotypes are allowed to gain momentum, the chances of tribe-on-tribe violence rises.
Many supporters of Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and former Education Minister William Ruto, two of the ICC suspects, believe the rumour.
"Obama's father was a Luo and he (President Obama) wants his fellow tribesman Odinga to become president, so he has bribed Ocampo to prosecute Kenyatta so that Odinga can lead," Susan Njoki, a 45-year-old food seller, told The Associated Press during a rally convened on Monday by Kenya and Ruto. Njoki also spoke at the rally that the two men held after returning from a preliminary hearing at The Hague.
Even some of the more educated believe it.
(Excerpt) Read more at ca.news.yahoo.com ...
Obama tribal ?
Who would’ve guessed ?
And throw in O’Reilly as well ... O’Reilly, Obama, Ocampo, Odingo, O’Lordy, and Oprah.
Why did the Marxist/Muslim sob get a free pass on campaigning for the Communist mass murderer, Odinga, on the American tax payer dollar? Surreal.
Most of the videos showing Obama campaigning for Odinga here have been pulled.
Didn’t check to see if that campaign (post-election) photo showing Odinga and Obama together has been posted. Thanks Libloather.
There was a time when the AP mostly published news articles instead of opinion pieces masquerading as news articles.
I don't know whether or not the so-called "conspiracy" rumor has any substance to it, but you can't depend on these authors to provide a legitimate set of arguments pro and con that would help the reader to decide what is true.
Rather, it's just another example of "phony debunking" that is a staple of AP's non-reporting.
Phony debunking is the same tactic that the AP routinely uses to ridicule and dismiss legitimate claims from anyone or any group that threatens their ingrained leftist worldview. It is the standard trope that they roll out when dealing with Sarah Palin, or the Tea Party, or catastrophic man-made climate change skeptics, or pretty much anyone with an (R) next to their name.
Anybody with an ounce of critical thinking skills should be able to see right through the AP's editorializing and bias, but that qualification seemingly excludes about half of the adult population, which explains how the AP can get away with it time after time after time...
you need to see this #147