Fist things first. Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta is the President-elect and William Samoei Ruto his deputy. To borrow the gay rights' group's advert, get on with it.
Dangling between the dark blue sea and the evil is not something anybody wants upon him/herself. With regards to the IMPERIAL CRIMINAL COURT (ICC) case against their top two elected leaders, Kenyans are better advised to consider themselves as kids of an impaired pair of parents. And here are the grim options about the defective parents:
- a) Disown them and claim another set,
- b) Accept and help them deal with their fate,
- c) Pray to God to remove the defect,
- d) Act like you were never born,
- e) None of the above (mint yours).
But as the maxim goes truth is the first casualty of war. Our war was internal and peaceful, or so it appeared. That elusive pease was/is a product of PEACE COMA. The media suffocated Kenyans with scare narratives laced with the near-Armageddon of 2007/8.
We ashamed both CNN and BBC. We refused to provide Reuters and Getty with pictures of burning houses/churches full of crying children. Foreskins were saved from rusty machetes.
Media's professional surrender albeit with the very best of intentions brought us the artificial peace albeit.
One thing to point out is the fact that Kenyans have the capacity to keep peace, real or otherwise. We painfully and peacefully waited for presidential election results for a whole five days while our fuses snapped after only 72 hours in 2007.
So what has changed? Nothing. The same manual counting of votes in both occasions with even a more complex election this time round.
The verdict is we allowed ourselves to be petrified with fear of the unknown that made IEBC get away with criminal incompetence that costed the Kenyan taxpayer more than KES 10B.
You need no further proof of a divided nation than the social media. If Kibaki betrayed the 2002 revolution, then IEBC botched the transformation wrought by the new constitution.
Kenyans often fervently demand the truth but unfortunately cannot handle it. We allowed terror to infect our national conscience and succeeded in masking our fears.
Congratulation to Kenyans for making the 2013 election an event to ENDURE.