Since the beginning of the end of 2007 general elections, I’ve been trying to put something down in writing but my hand kept failing me. The announcement of Mzee Kibaki as president of Kenya by Mr. Kivuitu has left many a people hopeless and confused just like me. I’m not saying this because Kibaki lost the election, but rather because he adamantly refused to take our nation at heart as a statesman. And the democratic gains that we as Kenyans had made and shown the world is completely flushed by Kivuitu’s Declaration at the International Observers watch!. We will soon start hiding our identities due to shame in our own country only because one person refused to uphold our democratic right of being led by the majority.
I have not lived long enough to see many, but the inauguration of kibaki at dusk some few minutes after Kivuitu’s declaration made me concur with my conscience – Mzee Kibaki never had Kenya at heart. I know my writing here has no consequences or even mediocre effect to the outcome, but something tells me I have to express myself anyway.
I also need to applaud and commend Raila Odinga for showing his statesmanship and telling his supporters to shun violence at all cost. Believe you me – it takes a statesman to do what Raila Odinga did, especially after being blatantly robbed of his win.
We are living at a critical time. History is being made at our watch, the types of Kibaki will always come and go, but we as a people still need to uphold our integrity as a people and shun the likes of Kibaki. Whatever the outcome of this impasse, I believe it will take both sides to begin the healing process. Animosity has been flamed both locally and in the Diaspora between Mt. Kenya tribes, (especially Kikuyu) and the rest of the Kenya tribes. Unfortunately the Kikuyus are not doing any good to deflame what seems to be their imminent survival threat. It may sound very ironical and bitter, but it will take the kikuyus to come out and proclaim the truth about this regime, especially the rigged election.
I know the majority of Kikuyus are now suffering from homelessness with many of them losing their property to hooligans simply because of one person. They all need to come out in mass and decry or if need be, beseech Kibaki to annul his inauguration for the sake of their safety, and Kenyans will embrace them. After all what do one gain by supporting an illegitimate government at the expense of his or her family and relatives?
I urge Raila Odinga to relentlessly keep talking against tribal animosity and hooliganism. Believe me the truth will always prevail. We are bitter about the blatant rigging and we are mourning the death of our young democracy ….. we may also seem to be hopeless, but sooner or later democracy will prevail. We have seen it happen in many countries. Kibaki will come and go let’s live like brothers and sisters because we are brothers and sisters. We are Kenyans.