Friday, November 16, 2007
Fiasco, Chaos and Blood Bath in Polls
All the pretence to Kenya's political maturity was unmasked in today's party nominations. The hot and charged contests in almost every polling station let trails of blood that make previous election violence look like Sunday school chorus singers.
The scenes stretched from the absurd to the most comical. Sample this: an ex-MP emerges from the blues with stuffed ballot boxes and shamelessly proceeds to demand counting. On his protest from his opponent a brawl ensures with his guards drawing guns on the ready. Other places reported abduction of return officers so the scoundrels ended up declaring themselves winners.
The sad sad tale from the long-awaited primaries was simply a FIASCO for lack of a stronger term. To say it was chaotic is an understatement. And no political party was spared the nasty tag, they were all in the mix of bloodletting.
No weapon nor trick was spared as most aspirants engaged in all the known and unknown dirty tricks to win. And the POOR organization from respective party offices didn't help matters either. In some places voting material had not arrived by night fall and your guess is as good as mine what the scenario was and will continue to be.
The dearth of any trace of civility only goes a notch higher to explain the high premium attached to elective politics in Kenya. And why not fight tooth and nail to jump from rags to millionaire in less than a year?
If we thought our politicians were scoundrels then we better brace ourselves for the absolute political theatre of the unrivalled absurd. Next parliament promises to be populated by people who know why they are there: EXPEDIENCY per excellence. The next 40+ days will surely see Kenyans drowning in their own blood. God save Kenya.