On politics and election petition

A few days ago I did write an article on the just concluded plebiscite that we had here and in which I attempted to show that the middle class, the elite and the urbane are a group that is as backward as their villagers. Some people have taken offense with the post saying they will not vote for my candidate, a candidate I haven’t declared to be mine.

There is a petition that has been filed in the Supreme Court which if successful is going to be a game changer. You can read more about it here.

As I was showing in my previous post, we are so tribal that some people are blinded by it that even a clear case which is about integrity of our systems is reduced to a question of tribe and it is this that saddens me.

I’m not sure how this benefits RAO. For one, he’s changed his story: 1st it was that he should have won and he has the irrefutable proof. Now it’s that the election itself had irregularities here and there and a new election is needed. 1st, a new election would need to happen within 60 days after the Supreme Court ruling. IEBC doesn’t have the technology to do that. So it would be manual all over again. 2nd, he had 44/ 45% of the votes. The likely hood of that # going further down is very high since people won’t want to stand in long ques, in a tense environment, only to wait a whole week for results, again. But this time neither of them needs to cross that 50%+ threshold coz the SC would declare the winner. 3rd, no election is w/out flaws even in the West. So he’s spending time & money, & keeping an entire nation on edge to what gain? All this over 85k voters who were registered after the deadline, & some vote tallies that were exaggerated. But how does that make up for the 800k votes he got less than Uhuru? Anyway, its his right. Now we wait for the IEBC/ Uhuru response.

This fellow doesn’t understand the need for obeying the law. He is so concerned with Uhuro winning that to him the question of impropriety doesn’t count and it is this disease that I hope we will get to deal with.

And I must give credit where it is due. The person who wrote the comment below at least understands what is at stake. She says it so eloquently that there is nothing much I can add to this

The problem with us Kenyans is ignorance, tribalism and hate. People who are loyal to Uhuru and Ruto have refused to be neutral in analyzing and coming to an impartial conclusion about the petition RAO has filed. This like any other fight is about the future of Kenya, our children, our grand children. If Uhuru won fair then we have a president but if there was an electoral crime made by either Uhuru or Hassan, would we not want to correct it so that this does not become law and disorder for our future leaders. Raila as always wants to fight for the minority ethnic groups so that domination is not done on them by those who have amassed loads of wealth from the tax payers’ sweat. Democracy is what Raila has fought for. When he was fighting for a two-party system the same people ridiculed him just to please Moi but when he won, the very haters were part of celebration. Same thing happened with the new constitution. Those who campaigned against it are now ridiculing RAO. It’s all about ignorance where tribe is more important than ideology. We need education and that means all Kenyans.

except to say that we really must look ourselves in the mirror and ask ourselves tough questions. Where do we want to be and how do we want to get there.

There are those asking for god to intervene and those thanking god for the win, I don’t know if god is a registered voter in any constituency here and while at it why ask god to intervene now when the same god could have stopped the malpractices? I know I live in a country where majority of people hold a theistic belief of some kind but this attitude of calling on god after fucking things up is a cop-out and a refusal to want to deal with issues at hand. I look forward to the day when people will think for themselves and realize that god belief goes against common sense. That will be a real special day!

About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

4 thoughts on “On politics and election petition

  1. aguywithoutboxers says:

    Funny how, as you stated in your summary, that people invoke divine intervention after they realize their own folly. It’s like you implied: we fucked up now let’s turn it over to someone else. Great observation, my blogger brother.


  2. foolsmusings says:

    As usual, well said. You are a true credit to your country and countrymen.


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