Why Uhuru, ruto ticket is bad news for Kenya
| January 8th 2013
By Prof. David O. Monda
The election of the Uhuru Ruto ticket in the March 4th 2013 elections will have significant repercussions Kenya.
Domestically, it will go against the spirit of Chapter Six of the Constitution and will encourage the culture of impunity. It will also lead to a further ethnic balkanization of the country based on regional tribal zones.
Internationally, if a warrant is sent out for their arrest, Uhuru and Ruto will face the threat arrest overseas.
Kenya could face sanctions from key development partners including the US, Great Britain, Germany, Japan, and France. In addition to a collapse of the tourist industry, diaspora remittances from Kenyans in the US and U.K could also be affected by crippling sanctions.
It is time Kenyans took a hard look to the reality of the nation’s situation in the international arena. Kofi Annan was not just speaking as a tourist, but a statesman. Voting the Uhuru-Ruto ticket in on purely ethnic lines will be a big step backward for Kenya.
The writer Prof. David O. Monda is an Associate Professor at Ashford University
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