Last week at a time like now, the country was tense. You could cut the apprehension in the air with a blunt knife. Kenyans took to the polls to elect a new president, in a presidential race that was as tight as a rope.
This time round, precisely 3 days after Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the President-Elect, the country is in a more tense and somber mood. The tribal lines, deeply set on ground as to who people supported.
For the days before, during and after the voting, Kenya would have been presumed a peaceful country. We were all glued to our TV sets, waiting with crossed fingers, that the person we voted for would hold office. Come Friday at 10pm, the decision had been set by the countrymen. Uhuru Kenyatta had won a second term in office, with a whooping 8 Million votes, as opposed to his strongest opponent, Raila Odinga, who garnered 6.6M votes.
This is when the chaos began.
Live images of residents from informal settlements such as Kibera, Mathare and some parts of Kisumu of citizens rioting flooded our screens. They’re cry? To gain justice for the man they voted in, Raila Odinga.
And while the international, regional and local observers stated that this election process was the most free and fair of all by far in the history of our country, Raila and his team thought otherwise. Their stand was that the election had been rigged. Raila had won with a paltry 8M votes, while Uhuru garnered 7.7M votes, a clear cur margin of 300,000.
And so, the men who love Raila, referring to him as ‘Baba’, to mean ‘The Father of the Nation’, took to the streets to protest over the alleged rigging.
And all the preaching about peace and kinsman ship that has been reigning all over the media a couple of months before the elections, fell on deaf ears.
News of riots, youth fighting against the police, women crying and innocent children’s blood shed flooded our screens. This is the state that the country is in, currently.
But it’s not the whole country, just a few parts of it, where Raila supporters believe that Baba should get his role as the President.
While the rest of the country goes on, after a week of anticipation and staying indoors glued to the media coverage, the roads are back to normal, with people going back to their daily routines as usual. For instance, a transit to work that would normally take an hour, took me 20 minutes this morning. Reason? The apprehension either lead to people travelling out of town, or evading physically going to work, by employees working from the safety of their homes.
All we can do at this point is try our level best to ensure that ‘normalcy’ comes back to us. And the way to achieve this is by ensuring that we accept God’s will for us.
Let’s get back to work, get our paper, and help our economy once more. Try to be as free as we once were. Tribalism should be a vice of the past.
If there’s anything to go by, from the swearing in of young leaders that prove to want to change the leadership regime in our country, which were voted in by merit and not inclined to tribalism, then it means that the issue of tribalism in Kenya is slowly fading away.
If you can do business, get married to, buy a drink for, and share a meal together with people from different tribes, then the notion of Post-Election Violence should be a thing of the past.
We should come together as citizens, to uphold our true virtue, of being the best citizens we can be and preaching and living in peace with each other.
That, is the Kenya we all look forward to living in and being a part of.
Daima Sisi Wakenya.