For decades Kenya was one of the few bright spots on the otherwise blighted African continent. While neighboring countries including Sudan and Ethiopia have endured seemingly endless starvation and war, since the end of British colonial rule in 1963 Kenya developed into a stable and prosperous nation mostly due to their adherence to capitalism and free market principles.
In anticipation of the 2007 Kenyan presidential elections, Obama traveled to the West African nation in 2006 to meet with dedicated Marxist and aspiring dictator Raila Odinga, the leader of the opposition Orange Democratic Movement (ODM). Odinga hails from the Luo tribe, the same as Obama’s father. Though Odinga has proclaimed himself to be Obama’s “cousin” on multiple occasions, this may simply be a reflection of their shared tribal background as no direct relation between the two has been established.
Obama’s visa stated his trip to Kenya was intended to “nurture relations between the continent and the United States”, but in reality it was to help boost the Odinga’s presidential election prospects. Obama appeared at multiple political rallies in which he not only supported Odinga as a candidate, he accused the U.S. allied Kenyan government as genocidal.
Kenyan authorities released a statement calling Obama’s unproven accusations of terrorism and corrupt governance “extremely disturbing” and said Obama was “very poorly informed… (when) he chose to lecture the Government and the people of Kenya on how to manage our country”. Kenyan government spokesman Alfred Mutua clarified that Odinga was “using Senator Obama as his stooge, as his puppet, to be able to get where he wants to get.”
Obama’s conduct was in clear violation of the Logan Act which forbids any U.S. citizen from conducting foreign relations without proper authorization. That goes doubly so for a U.S. Senator.
In the lead up to the Kenyan election Obama was in direct contact with Odinga on a daily basis. It is likely that Obama was given a copy of the ODM election strategy that called for the use of “agents on the ground to engineer ethnic tensions” and “discourage voter participation in hostile areas”. In Africa speak this meant the use of mass rape and murder as political tools of persuasion.
After losing the election Odinga unleashed wide spread “protests” throughout Kenya that led to the slaying of over 1,300 people and the displacement of 350,000. Up to 50 Kikuyu Christians, including women and children, were burned to death in their church by Odinga supporters. Any victims who managed to escape the flames were hacked to death by machetes in violence “reminiscent of Rwanda”. Obama’s response to the brutality was for “all of Kenya’s leaders to call for calm, to come together, and to start a political process to address peacefully the controversies that divide them.” Of course Obama made no mention that Odinga was the driving force behind the post-election violence.
The fighting was so terrible and prolonged that the legitimate winner of the election, President Mwai Kibaki, was forced to admit Odinga into a power sharing coalition in order to end the bloodshed. Obama’s “cousin” has since lived up to his brutal reputation by incorporating Sharia Law into the Kenyan constitution which declares homosexuality a crime with punishment of up to 14 years in prison.
The Kenyan people have paid a terrible price for Odinga’s ambitions. Because of political gridlock and falling foreign investment and tourist income, by 2011 Kenya had dropped to #16 on Foreign Policy’s failed states index, performing even worse than her East Africa neighbors Burundi (17), Uganda (21), Rwanda (34), and Tanzania (65).