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It’s over… and it’s not

12 Apr
Sunset at the Maasai Mara

Sunset at the Maasai Mara

Well folks, the sun has set on the March 2013 elections, and here is my take.

I think there were irregularities in the elections; I think the margin of error was so fine (around 8,000 votes) that these irregularities may have fraudulently led to the avoidance of a run-off; and yes, I think, in summary, that the term “free and fair” cannot conclusively be applied to the poll (Mars Group Kenya is carrying out a pretty thorough audit of the results). However, the former Prime Minister pursued the right (legal) channels for contesting the elections, the Supreme Court has handed down its ruling, most (if not all) of the challengers have accepted defeat, and here we are.

We have a new President.

The uncertainties are legion. One of the first indicators of the direction Kenya will now take will be the first cabinet. In a nation where “who was left out” is at times a more important question than “who was put in”, all of us are wondering: what will the Cabinet look like? Will it really show the intention to heal a fractured nation? Or will “the national cake” be shared, winner-take-all, between Central and Rift Valley? Will there be an effort to bring in credible technocrats with proven track records of performance? Or will tribes and regional factions be “rewarded” by putting the same old, inept, corrupt leaders in positions of influence that neither we nor they deserve?

Then there is the small matter of the International Criminal Court. Uhuru and Ruto were not brought together by any confluence of ideologies, but by the ICC. The cases against the President and his Deputy appear to be weakening by the day, but if the time should come that they will have to present themselves in Court, will they even attend? And if they do make it to Court, will their union survive a ruling? What if one is sentenced, and one is acquitted?

Despite all these unknowns, I am taking it upon myself to tweet Uhuru Kenyatta daily until the end of April urging him to fix our electricity and our railway. I started tweeting the day after the inauguration under the hashtag #FixKE. Will it work? I don’t know. I wish Peter Kenneth was the President, then maybe I wouldn’t have to do it. Friends, our current leadership has many flaws. But if a better Kenya is what we really want, we have to be willing to work with what’s available to us, for life is rarely perfect. We just have to work within the boundaries that reality gives us.

We cannot lie down and accept defeat in our quest to leave this nation better than we found it simply because of a less than desirable electoral outcome. If we are to achieve anything of note, we must surmount obstacles, climb over walls, crawl under ledges… in short do EVERYTHING we can to make something happen. Defeat manifests itself as an internal phenomenon long before it becomes an external one. For this reason we can not, we must not, we dare not admit defeat.

No, we must remain undeterred. We must soldier on.

Thanks for listening. And may God bless the nation of Kenya.

Photo credit: eir@si / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND

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10 Comments

Posted by on April 12, 2013 in Politics

 

10 responses to “It’s over… and it’s not

  1. oluocheli

    April 12, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Accept and Move on…and while moving on, maintain PEACE. The truth has become hatespeech in Kenya.

     
  2. fredokono

    April 12, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Brother Samuel,

    Words of wisdom!

    Indeed the elections are over, and a winner has been declared, affirmed and duly sworn in – for better or worse, he IS our president. Our duty now is to unequivocally support his government and resolutely and vociferously hold him to account both for the oath he swore and the promises he made. Any action other than these two would be a pernicious distraction, a chasing after squirrels when we should be hunting great antelope.

    Fred

     
  3. fredokono

    April 12, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Reblogged this on FredOkono and commented:
    A rational and balanced piece!

     
  4. onyancha

    April 12, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    i will never vote again in kenya

     
    • Chelimo Mibei

      April 13, 2013 at 3:30 am

      Whilst I understand how you are feeling, to never vote again means you are accepting defeat. Odinga may have lost the elections, but you are not a defeated man/woman. Refusing to vote again means that ‘they’ win, not casting a vote is in itself a vote for someone. The almost 30% registered member in the CORD strongholds who did not show up to vote, effectively handed the victory to Jubilee.
      RAO will be fine, he is resilient and creative not to mention he will still be in the same corridors of power he is used to.
      You on the other hand need to not make this personal as much as the personal in so many ways is still political. The anathema of the cry ‘move on’ is not for the sake of Uhuru or Ruto, it is for you. I chose this for myself when it became apparent that Uhuru was it, it really was the only choice.

       
  5. Dennis

    April 12, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    I totally agree with you my brother. Spot on. God help us.

     
  6. Vincent G ogero (@VgOgero)

    April 12, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Well we need to see who will appointed to head the ethics and anti -corruption commission ,Mr Okongo Omogeni had been rejected simply because he was opposed to some arbitrary appointments during his tenure as the LSK chair and KACC boss .He can still be reinstated .But all said and done all appointments must reflect the true face of Kenya .Not appointing someone who scores top marks in an interview in favor of someone else sends the wrong signals especially if that person is not from your region .

     
  7. Chelimo Mibei

    April 13, 2013 at 4:04 am

    “We just have to work within the boundaries that reality gives us”. Good comment and as usual a very inspired piece Chrenyan. Obbo in DN says every election brings division and right fully so. Like you I was a Kenneth supporter and perhaps that made it alot easier to accept this reality for no other reason than I wasn’t heavily invested in the two front runners and it had come down to a choice between two, you might as well have rolled a dice for all I cared.
    But what I am heavily invested in though is the process. I did not want another 5 years like Kibaki’s ‘illegitimate’ second term. For me therefore the Supreme Court’s decision gave me a legitimate president. As contentious as that became, we will agree that of all high ranking officials in the country, Mutunga is easily the most trust worthy of them all. I trusted him before the elections and I have no reason to distrust him now.
    Moving on is about making choices. We do not live, sleep, eat, work or study as members of political parties, we do so as human beings and as Kenyans. It has been about a month since the elections, others had reasons to rejoice, others to mourn but maturity demands that we get some perspective on things. We cannot mourn for too long, rejoicing has to come in the morning as the bible puts it.
    Everyone who posts here obviously has a more than a cursory interest in politics. Whatever side we were on before march 4th, that shouldn’t matter any more, we still have to make choices. When we are asked to get back to work, what does that mean? Are you going to refuse to do that because the call is from someone you do not respect?
    Chrenyan, you ask that we “do EVERYTHING we can to make something happen” and this is as good a time as any to start that conversation. what do we as Kenyans who love this nation do, what is our part, is it just as the voice of the opposition, how do those who feel ‘defeated’ meaningfully respond to a president who is not quite their president?
    One thing I know for sure, we cannot stoke the fires of hate and tribalism, it is what got us here in the first place.
    Kenya is my country. Kenyans are my siblings. Uhuru Kenyatta is my president. God Almighty is seated on His throne.
    … and there is life in me today

     
  8. Job Gichana

    April 16, 2013 at 10:26 am

    buying the sentiments of one oluocheli, ‘The truth has become hatespeech in Kenya’. But I guess we’ve moved a step,though small,small indeed,by the fact that we can solve our issues in an orderly manner (i.e the supreme court). Democracy is expensive and it really takes time to manifest. I hope soon we’ll be transparent; May I repeat, I hope. I still LOVE Kenya.

     
  9. Justus Njoroge

    April 17, 2013 at 10:43 am

    This is indeed thought provoking. As Obbo puts it, elections never unite a country (at least during the campaigns), people are sharply divided on who they support and rightly so. We must however move one. We must hold this government to account. The promises made by the Jubilee government are numerous. Some looks attainable, others look far fetched. However we must hold them accountable, to achieve what they promised. Whatever the case, it seems that the bar has been raised. lets see how this pans out in the next couple of weeks, above all lets pray for them.

     

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