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Kenya’s election re-run is both a conflict and a blessing

L to R – VP Ruto, President Kenyatta, main opposition leader Odinga and his running mate Musyoka

EAST AFRICA—The present electoral calamity and dispute in Kenya call for an urgent, fast and furious international engagement as well as a subsequent involvement to prevent possible loss of innocent lives from the ugly hands of the country’s politicians

The recent  August 8 election’s results were overturned by the country’s supreme court last week on grounds of fraud and tempering.

Hence, President Uhuru Kenyatta’s win against veteran politician Raila Odinga has been incapacitated and rendered null and void.

On Saturday, Kenya’s supreme court astounded the country by declaring the August 8 presidential election invalid and immediately ordering a new vote within 60 days.  That means Kenyans will go to the poll again to revote. That also means current president Uhuru Kenyatta, declared the winner of the August 8 vote, will face his traditional rival Raila Odinga for the third time in a nationwide vote.

Analysts believe the potential for conflict is high if the electoral process is not given much international scrutiny and consideration.

Like most African nations, Kenyan politics is as dirty as dirt itself; politicians in the country do not care about human life and can do anything for power.

About a decade ago, thousands of innocent people were killed in a tribal and political fighting that resulted from election’s result between former President Mwei Kibaki and Raila Odinga.

During the recent August 8 poll, violence affected certain sectors of the country and innocent civilians paid the price without press coverage. However, the deliberate failure of the Kenyan media in reporting violence against civilians remains touchy and serious.

According to financial sources, Kenya used at least $480 million in government funds on the August’s vote, yet transparency remains at stake.

At his aborted victory speech during the August 8 result, incumbent president Kenyatta said, “in a true democracy, all Kenyans are winners.” But as the presidential candidates begin another round of hectic campaign, we hope they can contemplate and do what is good for the country.

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Jacob Ujamaa Nyerere

Jacob Ujamaa Nyerere is a public affairs researcher and senior investigative correspondent.
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