Current Kenyan political developments promise to help build political bridges and injure political and communal egos in equal measure. That ours is ethnic-based politics needs no gain saying. Accompanying this investment is the mandatory collateral to message the political egos of tribal lords.
Granted national peace is priceless and no effort must be spared to realize and sustain the same. Raila may be doing the most sensible thing in changing tact to sup with hitherto sworn political nemeses in the national interests with the wider picture as his guiding star. But before some political symbiosis takes place to have the same enthusiasm permeate to the numerous ethnic grassroots who supported him, his noble efforts may soon degenerate to disdain from the same masses who will promptly accuse him of betrayal.
Reconciling a nation still smelling embers of war is a kin to walking a political tight rope. True, you cannot please all the people all the time but time is of essence here to have all communities or at least most of their people on board. Hoping that they will eventually on their own see the need for peace through your lens without explicit explanations is to unwittingly inflame the same tensions the peace deal was designed to address.
Ticking time bomb
Kenya’s post election violence left individual communities with their own set apparatus for ‘self-defence’. Nothing has been officially done to dissuade these unofficial armies to disband. Instead some of them have transformed from rag tag vigilantes into potentially very destructive militia able to wage sustained skirmishes.
The present lull so far is premised on a satisfactory implementation of the peace deal. Our fate as a nation hangs on this fragile thread and shout fail, God forbid, trust of politicians to provide the much-need spark to the existing militia and the consequences are too grin to contemplate. This is not being an alarmist not a pessimist but our hope for sustained peace must be cognisant of the reality that Kenya is awash with militia waiting for the opportunity to be put to ‘good use’.
The only common threat joining politicians at the hip interest, nothing more. They do everything with their eyes singularly trained on votes. With out fractious ethnic voting blocks negotiating ourselves of the crisis can also be politically suicidal. The two principals in the present peace deal must redouble their efforts to rebrand Kenya as the ultimate trophy. But they must equally remain alive to the small dots that join to form final print.
Nobody is being a doomsayer here. Far from it because burying our heads in the sand of good news while conveniently ignoring explosive undercurrents is not only naive at best but to sit on a ticking time bomb at worst. Yes we want peace at WHATEVER COST but we must equally appreciate and remain a live to its ingredients.