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Tone down political attacks and make the rule of law sacrosanct

By Editorial | Oct 11th 2020 | 2 min read

With two years to the General Election, Kenya is already in a complex political situation.

To begin with, the ruling party has disintegrated, the Cabinet is divided down the middle and the country gripped by an impulsive poll fever.

The Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) team completed its work, signaling a strong resolve to amend the Constitution. We’ve seen rallies against and pro-BBI amid palpable political and ethnic divisions.

Kenyans may well wish things were much different. They must, however, grasp the nettle and deal with these emerging challenges that threaten the nation’s social fabric.

But first, President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto should rise to the occasion. Let them iron out their differences and heal rifts in their camps in order not to ruin their shared vision.

Public exchanges between top officials and politicians allied to the President and ODM leader Raila Odinga on one hand and Ruto on the other, bode ill for service delivery.

There is fear if this trend continues, the Jubilee administration will fail and will only be remembered in ignominy years to come.   

While full attention should be on the most pressing issues, including Covid-19, impunity and resultant self-entitlement by politicians seem to be quickly undermining our vigorous democracy.  

DP Ruto has tended to attack the very government he serves. While free to air their views, Raila and Ruto together with their supporters should tone down political attacks. The attacks aren’t helpful.  

It’s time to put a stop to the ongoing name-calling, political intolerance, early campaigns that derail government agenda, selective application of the law by security agencies and raw ambitions that only serve to destroy a society.  

Our constitution is sacrosanct. The government’s central role is to enforce law and order. Let’s not use the law to stifle basic rights and erect hurdles on path of others. No one should exit at the behest of an individual or institution.

Many would say the Jubilee administration has showed worrying intolerance for independent media in the eight years it has been in power. The nexus between threats to media and politics in Kenya remains troublingly unrestrained.

The coming months will be tricky if we don’t make amends. We urge every Kenyan to take personal responsibility for the future of their country.

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