I hope this finds you well.
I read a comment on Kumekucha recently (in reaction to your article “Kenyans Speak Bluntly about Elections 2007”) urging you to declare the candidate that Kumekucha is supporting for the presidency in this year’s elections. It got me thinking.
The comment read:
Chris, do you know a time will come soon (I think it’s time is overdue) when this publication – Kumekucha – will have to confirm its support to one of the candidates/political party for Kenya’s 2007 elections? It is a worldwide practice and is acceptable journalism that newspapers, magazines and other news sources to publish what they call editorials. I know many people think this an ODM blog. I beg to differ. The sooner you announce a position the better. An editorial policy influences readership (in this case, hits) and you should not fear anything in this regard. Taking a position by voting for your preferred candidate is democratic and shows that you are taking your responsibilities as a citizen seriously. For that reason I encourage you/ Taabu/ Luke/ Ritch to endorse the candidature of Raila Odinga so we may get over with it.
First things first. Chris, I know Kumekucha is not an ODM blog. It seems to be an ODM blog because of the ‘loudness’ of one Phil in favour of ODM and Raila Odinga.
Another thing, most people ‘saunter’ to Kumekucha because, here, they are not ‘coerced’ or ‘arm-twisted’ to think well of (and to eventually vote for) any one candidate as other e-magazines and blogs have been doing in the recent past. (I am quite aware that the different political parties have their own web sites, blogs and e-magazine. Their work is to talk well of their candidates and to drum support for them. There is nothing wrong with that.)
Kumekucha is a different kettle of fish altogether. It is a mélange of different and disparate opinions on the Kenyan society and especially Kenya’s political landscape. Taking sides will disturb the status quo that Kumekucha now enjoys and feeds off.
People who support different candidates for the presidency exist in harmony here at Kumekucha for this blog cuts right across the political divide. Drumming support for a single candidate here will mean that you’ll be throwing objectivity out the window. (Objectivity being one of the foundation blocks of credible journalism!).
Chris, this is just food for thought. And with that, I rest my case.