The much anticipated election occurred today, it was an anti-climax in my opinion since the turnout was low and Raila Odinga’s “big announcement” on the 25th was forming a national resistance movement, clutching at straws if you ask me.
Kenyans turned out to vote in Jubilee strongholds while in Raila Odinga’s strongholds there were barricades, violence to some extent and low turnout which was sought of expected. Kenyans should realize that this was history that will forever be encrypted in our archives: Kenya’s Supreme Court cancelled the August 8, 2017 presidential election on September 1, citing electoral irregularities after accusation of fraud by the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) party led by Raila Odinga.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) set October 26 for the repeat election which will be participated by all the candidates, according to a court order, except Cyrus Jirongo who was recently declared bankrupt by a court.
Raila Odinga has vowed to withdraw from the repeat elections amid protests calling for reforms at the IEBC and postponement of the re-run polls. This happened to be the first time in African history that an election was repeated and also the first time a serious presidential candidate pulled out of an election.
All in all Kenyans want to move on, Kenyans want to work and feed their families, since August 8 our hotels have been empty, prices of food have gone up and people are losing their jobs as a result of this. Since 1964 Kenya has had disputed elections apart from 2002 when Kenyans united to defeat Moi’s despotic regime. Kenya was established as a republic in December 1964, and Jomo Kenyatta (Uhuru Kenyatta’s dad) was elected Kenya’s first president the same month. This was also a disputed election, a disagreement between the president and his first vice president led to the withdrawal of Jaramogi Oginga Odinga (Raila Odinga’s dad) from Kenyatta’s KANU party in 1966, and the formation of the rival Kenya People’s Union (KPU) party together with his supporters in parliament.
Then there was the one party state era that was led by President Jomo Kenyatta and his cronies, this was due to the rising opposition in Kenya at the time. Kenya was transformed into a one-party state in 1969 and KPU was banned, leaving KANU as the only party that won all seats in 1969, 1974, 1979, 1983 and 1988 elections.
Kenyatta died in office in 1978 and the presidency was continued by his vice president Daniel arap Moi who became the second president. In 1992, President Moi restored multiple party politics after democratic pluralism swept through Africa. He won that year’s elections.
In conclusion, Kenyans should get off the political high and detox, come back to the real world and focus on feeding their families; the politicians are hungry for power in Kenya because they want to build a legacy, a legacy for themselves and their families, not we the people.