It is now quite clear that our politicians are unable to forge national unity. Past experience has demonstrated that leaving it up to them to resolve the stand-off will be like pouring fuel into a fire.
In the space of three months, Kenya has conducted two presidential elections. On August 8, voters lined up for hours at polling stations
Kenyans have never experienced anything like the last 60 days that culminates in today’s repeat presidential elections.
I have seen trigger-happy police shoot innocent people. Recently, I was in Bungoma County, weeks before the August 8 General election when Kadogo, a woman who sold groceries by the road side, was felled by a stray bullet.
An order by acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i banning demonstrations in the Central Business Districts (CBD) of Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu was suspended by the High Court last week.
The law spells out when elections must be held; it also gives the right to demonstrate. None of them should be to the detriment of the country.
And what was the crime for which Shah died? The police claim to mistaken identity is repugnant as it is illegal. This, clearly, is a case of extra judicial killing for which the truth will never be known.
Even though he will ultimately occupy State House, it will deny the winner universal acceptance and chip away at his political legitimacy.
The impasse over the repeat presidential election is still unresolved, even as the electoral agency puts final touches for polling day on Thursday.
In our own small ways, we can all make Kenya better. For we are the real Mashujaa.
Once the shining star in this part of the world, Kenya’s star is dimming. Civilian rights are being violated by State agencies despite clear constitutional provisions that guarantee them and the politics has metomorphosed into a primitive contest for power and wealth.
With the printing of ballot boxes containing names of NASA candidates Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka, it is probable that barring anything else, the election will go on as planned on October 26.
NASA leaders must give a guarantee that they will rein in their followers. We cannot right wrongs through acts of hooliganism.
Infighting and sabotage of operations by commissioners and officials may have undermined its credibility irredeemably ever since the Supreme Court annulled the August 8 poll, ruling that the commission had mismanaged the last election on account of systemic lapses and failures