[Imc-kenya] [Imc-africa] Fwd: Update from Kenya (PEOPLE POWER AND SOLUTIONS)
Bwakali David John
jonbwak at yahoo.com
Fri Jan 4 10:18:54 PST 2008
Hi Hannah and All,
Thanks Hannah for all the efforts. We appreciate them a lot. The PayPal idea is indeed great as it makes it easier for people to offer their support. Western Union is also still working and can be used. Our main priority will be put up the site and update it daily not just with our own (myself and Oloo) articles but also short updates, messages, and analyses from dozens of other people across the country. This way, we will not just be giving our own interpretations of the situation, but also provide a platform for hundreds of other Kenyans to speak out in their own voice. Douglas will spearhead efforts of capturing photos and videos of the situation. These will also make it to the site and will be quite useful in hte overall search and sustenance of peace. He will of course write to you all himself with updates on this.
Concerning the website, as you have seen, it will be a key outlet of our communication to others both locally and internationally. As you remember, we for now do not have capacity to handle it ourselves, at least in this early days. Hence the need for support in this. We therefore welcome any support from your contacts about this. Concerning incitements to violence using text messages, this has indeed happened. There will be a full article on this on tuesday next week. Your friends at the progressive internet community can contact us anytime for more info even before then.
I have gone through Nancy Scola's article in the link that you provided and I think we can collaborate a lot in collecting, packaging and disseminating accurate information.
Hannah Jane Sassaman <hannahjs at prometheusradio.org> wrote:
John, I'd like to start a paypal site or another website where people can send money to the IMC for the airtime, website support, and other needs you stipulate. I am wondering if Western Union is still working, if people can send money that way.
Also, some friends of mine in the American progressive internet community want to learn about any reports that incitements to violence are being spread by text message. Can you or anyone else speak to that?
Any updates on the website progress? If there are some technical needs that money or more attention can meet, I think I have some contacts who can help. Please email me back.
One of the folks I'm talking to is Nancy Scola, who is writing for the Huffington Post, a popular internet site for progressive news in the United States: She is interested to know if she can help get resources or attention to their coverage of the crisis?
With thanks and respect,
Prometheus Radio Project
On Jan 2, 2008 3:06 AM, Bwakali David John <jonbwak at yahoo.com > wrote:
Dear Indymedia comrades,
Five days ago, on the 27th of December, I stood in a queue for six hours - from 5.30 AM to 11.30 AM, waiting for my turn to cast a vote in my country Kenya's presidential, parliamentary and civic elections. When the votes were counted later that night, Raila Odinga, the opposition leader, began taking a near-unassailable lead. At one point, he led with almost one million votes. But somehow, Mwai Kibaki the incumbent president squeezed through a disputed victory. I can live with that. What I can't live with, is that in the last three days, more than 200 Kenyans have lost their lives because of this disputed election results.
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