The country is wobbling on a pendulum, no one can tell what will transpire today should Nasa leader Raila Odinga be sworn in today. Kenyans across the country are living in fear, scores of the 2007/2008 Post Election Violence are still fresh. The aftermaths of last year’s August 8, 2017, elections are bubbling fresh in the minds of this country’s citizens. Peaceful protestors engaging Kenya’s streets to meet what they felt as their justice saw tens to hundreds of them lose their precious lives, wounded, displaced and say goodbye to their loved ones.
Last year’s elections was a history in itself in Kenya, Kenya’s electoral body, IEBC which is mandated to carry out elections is alleged to have conducted a shambolic exercise that witnessed discrepancies hence causing dissatisfaction across all edges of the country. Before we held the elections, the opposition, opinion leaders and other stakeholders including the international community were informed of much preparedness ahead of the elections.
We didn’t know where the rain started beating the electoral body which constitutionally is an independent body whose mandates are conduct free, fair, credible and verifiable elections. It came as a surprise immediately after the elections after Kenya’s opposition, Nasa went to court to challenge the electoral body for carrying out an election that lacked ingredients of independence.
The opposition’s challenge in Kenya’s Supreme court saw the President elections nullified on basis that it lacked credibility. It was being alleged that IEBC was unable to defend and account for the results which were being channeled in the servers. According to the Nasa led a team of IT experts, logs in the IEBC transmission servers showed that someone must have hacked the system to distort the authentic results.
Another election was later called with a date being set within the Kenya’s Supreme Court’s directive, a poll that Opposition leader Raila Odinga deliberately snubbed giving President Uhuru Kenyatta a walkover in the elections. Findings showed that approximately 30 percent of voters participated in the polls, a quest that implied that Kenyans were tired with incredible electoral exercises.
Later after the elections that were conducted on 26th November 2017, Jubilee’s Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn in as the President, an event that was witnessed by Supreme Court of Kenyatta David Maraga. Immediately after the swearing in of Uhuru Kenyatta, Nasa leaders led by Raila Odinga, Musalia Mudavadi, Kalonzo Musyoka, Moses Wetangula among other leaders promised Kenyans to swear in Raila Odinga, by all means, to ensure that their victory in the August elections never dies in a murk valley.
Today marks the d-day to swear in Raila Odinga, a bid that has left Kenyans eager to know the aftermaths of the exercise. The idea behind the swearing in of the President of the People’s Assembly is to provide a range of ideas and initiatives through an alternative leadership to both the Presidency and the National Assembly.
The crescendo of ever fiercer opposition has created a threat against President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration as he organizes security personnel to curb the exercise. Uhuru Kenyatta believes that the exercise will precipitate mayhems – an outcome he feels will be propagated by both Nasa supporters and Kenya’s security forces. What President Uhuru Kenyatta has forgotten to put into consideration is that Kenyans only threaten peace on learning cruel police officers. I believe that Raila, Kalonzo swearing in will result in a power-sharing deal.
Government’s retaliations against Nasa’s move will even fuel much discomfort, tear the nation into pieces and create an unstabilized government of the place. My urge to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration is that they should allow the exercise to move on – after all, the quest is being pushed by Nasa supporters and not it’s leaders. From there, no one can doubt, we cannot have parallel governments running, one will either win, lose or merge to form an inclusive government.