Monday, January 22, 2007

See no Lama, Hear no Lama

The Dalai Lama doesn't need to come to the Maasai Mara to see Kenyan animals. Just watching the antics of the government over the his proposed visit should suffice. Moody Awori's monkey business simply provides more evidence that Kenya under Kibaki is a banana republic.

This from the Sunday Nation:
Kenya has once again denied exiled Tibet spiritual leader Dalai Lama entry into the country. His Holiness Dalai Lama was expected in the country tomorrow on a week-long private visit. However, his effort to obtain a visa from Kenya’s New Delhi embassy has hit a dead end.

Despite the spiritual leader being promised by Vice President Moody Awori himself that he would be issued with necessary travel documents, his handlers have not obtained the same. So the exiled political and spiritual leader of the Tibetan people will not be visiting Kenya for the second time...

Dalai Lama was blocked from visiting the country in 1999, when former President Moi declared that he could not allow him since Kenya had very cordial relations with China and could not allow it to be soured by such a visit.

When Mr Moi was denying the spiritual leader a chance to visit the country and go on a safari, the then Leader of Official Opposition Mwai Kibaki was accusing the Government of allowing its foreign policy to be at the mercy of donors. Mr Kibaki said Kenya had lost her sovereignty to international financial institutions. But Mr Moi dismissed the Democratic Party leader saying he expected a person of his calibre to be knowledgeable on matters of global economic affairs. Read More
By the way, is it just me who detects a pattern here of Kibaki saying one thing when in the opposition and then doing the opposite when in power?


Anonymous said...

You are right. It's like the rules change when you change camp.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for highlighting this story. I was not aware that the Dalai Lama was not welcome in Kenya. This is ridiculous, we have to start standing up and acting like an independent country.

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[La Otra Agenda] said...

Thanks Gathara. I discovered your blog from GVO and it looks really interesting. I have suscribed to it via RSS :)

I'm going to link this from my blogsite (about human rights and social change) to spread this information.


PD: I'm sorry for the other 2 comments. I had some problems posting a link here (into the comments) :S