The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.”
But Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears about it, he will kill me.”
The Lord said, “Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’ Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what to do. You are to anoint for me the one I indicate.”
History was in the making when it came to March 4th 2013 as we went into an election under a most modern constitution that lays an emphasis on respect of human rights which for a fact took a score to have.
Doom had all been prophesied that hell may open and surge the nation into ethnic bloodshed that blackened the nation in 2007/2008. The tension was high; all held breath and wished Kenya all the best. Thank God the forces of darkness and prejudice didn’t divide Kenyans. We democratically scored high as nation.
In a hotly contested presidential election, Uhuru Kenyatta would trounce Raila Odinga who few would describe as a perennial complainer calling for a legal process that would confirm indeed the election was free and fair. Let me reserve my comment on the credibility of the voting process 2013 general elections. However, Raila Odinga would still allay no trust on the verdict passed but would be compelled by his conscience to accept the ruling because of his believe in the constitutionalism.
After all, going by the margin I would presume Raila Odinga lost the election, whether fairly or unjust. Many may accentuate that I supported Uhuru Kenyatta. That is a blatant lie, I supported Raila Odinga not that have been for him but I share his passion for the less privileged; that created a tangent point between me and him as it dates back in 2007 general elections. My vivid memory tells me I was referred a “political bastard” when I went against my fellow tribesmen political inclination to support an outsider.
Raila Odinga will remain a man who many persons loved and wished he would become a commander-in-chief of the armed forces in Kenya. So, sorry that his political obituary has been penned down by political events and the old man whom I love can peacefully call it a day in politics. The much good he has done for Kenya cannot be underestimated. The reforms that we are enjoying in Kenya bear Raila’ mark.
I sympathize with majority of his fervent supporters who have continued to whine instead of respecting the fundamentals of democracy. The truth Raila lost. So, what next? Leaders are chosen by God. CORD supporters should as much as possible get over themselves. Time is running too fast and the adrenaline must decimate.
Tribalism has continued to stunt democracy in Africa. The demographics in Kenya greatly dictate who the next Kenya president becomes at any given time. I consider it the kettle telling the pot: “you are black…” Whenever CORD supporters allude that the Jubilee supports are ethnically orgasmic in voting, I would remind Raila’ supporters of 2007 elections. CORD just like Jubilee had ethnic support but their numbers were not enough to soar Raila high into the presidency. In 2007 general elections Ruto William and Raila Odinga were political darlings and by then Ruto and the president-elect Uhuru Kenyatta had a political hatchet. When the Kalenjins and Luos overwhelmingly voted for Raila, wasn’t that tribal? Or does it become an ethnic based elections when the two most populous communities in Kenya are brought together not by their wish but because their tribal barons have a common interest? I ponder: Like it or not, the Luos,Kikuyus,Kalenjins and Kambas have been made a heritage by the tribal barons i.e Raila Odinga, Uhuru Kenyatta, William Ruto and Kalonzo respectively.
In a pensive mood I listened to a legal expert opine that Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka could join the bicameral house. It is impitious. If the duo believe in democracy they should think being out for a while.
It’s time to think beyond where the length of the iris reaches.
I would like to heckle a sentiment by Ngugi Wa Thiong’o: Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto are one of the richest persons in Kenya. With Kenya being faced by pertinent challenges such as cohesion, the emotive land issue, resettlement of the Internally Displaced Persons and not doing well economy will the duo deliver on promise? Am skeptical….!