It has been said many times here, but chances are that the vast majority of people did NOT take it seriously enough.
There has been a major shift (of major seismic proportions) amongst the voting public in Kenya and if it were possible to hold peaceful elections this very minute, the world will be shocked at how issue-based those elections would be. At how tribal sentiments would take a back seat for the first time. Remember the widely quoted sentiments of a Zimbabwean voter about how hunger caused them NOT to vote for Robert Mugabe (as usual?).
Prime Minister Raila Odinga was booed at his own Langata constituency in a rally at Kibera. Attempts to discuss politics were quickly drowned by jeers and an insistence that the food crisis issue be addressed.
Raila and Co. actually woke up to a new reality in Kibera where the voters were not really interested in celebrations but wanted to talk about Unga. They had placards demanding a lower prices and they were forced to read them when they tried to ignore the issue. Raila was literally given the placard to read to this face which he then handed over to Ruto and the duo promised to address the situation.
This is really fascinating when you consider the fact that certain individuals within the government (mostly ODM folks) conspired to do nothing and let the maize prices escalate with a view of cashing in big time. Well Kenyans are not so easily fooled these days.
P.S. Many commentators here on Kumekucha are still stuck in their tribal ways and see every issue in terms of ODM and PNU but that is simply because they are NOT hungry. Seated in a comfortable abode somewhere burping from a heavy breakfast (as they spew venom in this blog) and debating on which restaurant to go for lunch is miles away from the reality of ordinary Kenyans on the ground.
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