Waiting for peace can be a terribly frustrating and agonizing thing, as Kenyans have now seen for themselves.
My suggestion is that Kenyans must now focus on the future.
Imagine for a moment that you were some nice lady about to give birth. The birth pangs will already be going through your body. I am not a woman but I can imagine that searing pain is almost unbearable because I have been to a labour ward.
The business of bringing a new life to this world is not fun. There is the blood. Actually too much blood. Then in most cases the mother passes feces just as the baby starts to come and there are many other gory details that cannot be discussed in this blog with a family readership.
The thing to do then is to focus on the future. To imagine oneself at the end of the process holding the cute bouncing baby boy or baby girl in your arms and crying tears of joy.
That is exactly where Kenya is now; the terrible birth pangs have started and we have no idea how long they will last.
We need to start focusing on the future when all this mess is over.
What kind of constitution do we want? For starters we will need to use legislation to ensure that what has happened, never happens again.
I am informed that at one point during one of the Milton Obote regimes, the Ugandan parliament was about to pass a law to ensure that no MP would be allowed to represent his own tribe. That meant that to stand for a parliamentary seat, you would have to come from a different province from the one where the constituency was based.
I believe that such an idea can work beautifully for Kenya, with a little fine tuning here and there to ensure that people do not import voters en masse from their own community to where they are standing for a parliamentary seat.
These are the kind of ideas (we need to think out of the box) that I look forward to discussing with you, my dear readers over the next few weeks.
But above all, we must start by using this opportunity to kick out all the current political dinosaurs. For the next election, anybody who has ever held public office should be automatically disqualified from running. And that includes the presidency. For better or for worse, we need a brand new fresh start.