Kenya decides:2022

7 days ago, my fellow citizens turned up to vote for the next government. While turnout was low, with only 64% voting the process was smooth. Tallying of the results however took a good 6 days. I think we need help here.

If the presidential results are not contested, then William Ruto will be the 5th president of the Republic. I am not very enthusiastic about it but I think there could be silver lining. For one, the attempt to mutilate the constitution might die a slow death with uhuru and raila. I am not confident that he will do any better in terms of bring faithful to the law.

The choice for Nairobi governor I like. With the election of Sakaja all the functions of the county government will return to the county. Some of these had been taken over by the national government in a move that appeared to me to be a power grab.

With his 5th loss, I hope Raila goes home and exits the political scene. Should this happen, there is room for others to grow in stature and possibly expand the democratic space.

I hope we will have a functioning opposition party in parliament to check the excesses of the government and to provide alternative policy direction. If this doesn’t happen, we will effectively be a one party state- though with different political players/parties.

And finally, to make a note that this process has been quite peaceful. And transparent. I believe there will be very few petitions going forward and the process can only get better.

Bye for now.