The signs are all there. Take a tour round Kenyan blogs to see what things political Kenyans are discussing. Most are busy discussing Barack Obama and the US presidential elections, many others including Kumekucha seem to have ran out of enthusiasm. Or even better ask around about viewership of prime time news in Kenya these days and you will be shocked. The whole situation is best illustrated by the kinds of headlines you see in leading Kenyan dailies these days. Surprise, surprise for the first time in its’ history the Daily Nation is carrying front page splashes on social topics that steer clear off politics.
To confirm what I am saying just talk to your friends about Kenyan politics and carefully observe their body language and what they say.
Actually I felt this thing myself only that I did not understand what it was until a friend told me that they were going through the exact same thing.
Kenyans are generally sick about Kenyan politics. And I mean really, really, sick.
Just how much emotional stress can a people take?
It started in 2002 and the euphoria Kenyans felt that year when the Kanu government was finally uprooted from power after 40 years on that memorable December 30th Day of 2002 at Uhuru park. Despite the high hopes we all after those elections, we ended up being terribly disappointed. I will never forget that man who was so elated that he swam in the murky waters of Uhuru Park and was captured by TV cameras. I wonder where he is now. And I also wonder what he would have said had he been told then that all the celebration was for nothing and that the worst was still to come. The worst came in 2007 of course. After the referendum drama and the long presidential campaign that started immediately after we ended up with nothing but the 2007 fiasco that some still insist on referring to as a general election which has left a bitter taste in the mouth of many Kenyans.
To add salt to a very raw wound the behaviour of Kenyan politicians is unbelievable. The heartless folks are already campaigning hard for the presidency in 2012. Yet the cement on the graves of victims of the post-election skirmishes is yet to dry properly. Let alone the fact that very frustrated and still grieving IDPs are roaming like refugees in the country that they call home. And the political class would care less. Of course they occasionally make the necessary “noises” for political advantage when the need arises.
Is it any wonder that most Kenyans these days feel like throwing up any time they hear Kenyan politics discussed anywhere?
If I was in the 10th parliament right now I would be very worried because I can assure you that in the next elections those Kenyans who make it to the ballot box will be very very very angry. Angry people are pretty unpredictable.
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