Yesterday there was a lethal flare up somewhere near Globe Cinema on Kirinyaga Road (some old folks still use the old name of Grogan Road). Some Somali national bought a piece of land and proceeded to fence it off without caring what would happen to all the jua kali mechanic plying their trade on the grounds.
It was a clear illustration yet again at just how tense things are in the country at the moment. But it seems that very few people have taken note and even fewer care. One group that has woken up pronto is the NCCK which is pushing for early elections because Kenyans are just sick of this coalition nonsense.
However some Kenyans are of the view that we should all be a little patient and wait. But wait for what?
Wait for the current government to push forward a new constitution? Wow!! Maybe in your dreams. All the guys eyeing the presidency in 2012 want the powers of the office intact so that they can do their thing. So is it surprising that a year later there is no “whiff” of a new constitution?
Wait for minimal reforms? Are you serious? Can these jokers agree on anything? Can this government get anything done, other than stealing maize and other selfish and personal stuff?
A prominent coalition partner’s favourite way of putting things is that this government came into power under extra-ordinary circumstances and therefore Kenyans should be patient and give the government time to get things done. I am sick of hearing this line because it is a lie. The truth is that politicians want Kenyans to be patient so that they get a little more time to steal to replenish their 2007 campaign expenditure and then to prepare their 2012 war chest funds.
The mood in the country is deadly and the only thing that can save us all from chaos is an early general election as soon as possible.
Yes, I am aware that we do not have an electoral body to9 run elections just now. But my point is that once we all agree that we need an election right away, a way will be found.
Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi posed a rhetorical question in an interview with the press a few weeks ago in answer to Kenyans being fed up with the coalition government. He asked; what is the alternative to the coalition government?
I ask my own question in reply; what is the alternative of not having an election ASAP? Answer: Trust me, you don’t want to know but it has something to do with lots of chaos.
Kumekucha was first to call for early elections in this post, months ago.