Given the turn of events in the countdown to elections, it is important to be reminded of the benefits that peace brings to us. We are left with a lot of questions with no one to answer. We can no longer trust the media, the government, and not even the opposition. At these critical times, it would be prudent not to judge too quickly. A lot of foul play is going on; scenes that we only witnessed in movies are unfolding right before our eyes, here in Kenya, It is just unfortunate that the cover ups are not as effective. Oh! My Kenya what has become of you? When we question the government, we are branded Baba sycophants, whom then should we hold accountable? I mean is the government not supposed to be answerable to its citizens? I mean even if the opposition has a hand in this, should the government at least be in a position to explain the how and why? And what happened to the Ksh. 15billion given to Safaricom for CCTV installation? The CCTV surveillance was meant to reduce crime rates, but when the crimes are only increasing in degrees of severance I am tempted to ask was this just another of the many money milking schemes we have witnessed in Kenya.

Peace is supposed to start with our own government but I must say that neither the government nor the opposition is doing any better to contain the tension that is already mounting in this electioneering period.  No longer will we let other innocent humans be treated as enemies, no matter their tribe, religion, culture or color. Sure, it will take a movement of millions upon millions of people like you and me from all around the world, coming together as a combined force. But together we can and will make it happen. We have the power to manifest peace in Kenya as soon as we choose to.

It is our mind that creates the kind of life we live. If we think positively we will transform our life accordingly. Everything starts from within, from the simplest action to the greatest achievement. We cannot always have control over our external circumstances, but we can control our inner world of thoughts, where everything starts. We can’t always control our outer universe, but we can, with some effort, control our inner universe. When we exercise this self-control, it will inspire confidence to the people around us so that if we all contain the tribal and political animals within us, we will not be susceptible to the post-election violence. Make a vow to yourself as I also make one to myself that you and I will not allow the politicians will be used as instruments of violence.  Refuse to propagate negative ethnicity, hatred and anything that will undermine our day-day operations after “nane, nane.”

Truth is, we will all probably voting along tribal lines because even the existing parties are nothing more than tribal alliances, on one end; Kikuyu and Kalenjin elites and on other end; a few Kamba, Luhya and Luo elites. Even as we swiftly approach the election day please create room in your heart to accept and accommodate whatever the outcome of the election will be because the truth is “the forest may change but the monkeys are the same” as Professor  Patrick Lumumba puts it. You see election, which is supposed to be a normal political process will continue to be a fierce animal as long as we are still enslaved to our tribal cocoons and the false belief that voting in our tribesmen will is what will make the difference. How many scandals have we had with governors in their own counties, leading people of their own tribe, friends, relatives, and families, yet they have steal been accused of theft of public funds. Why would you think it will be any better at the national level? I could go on and on, but what I don’t want to seem like I am ranting and raving. In summary, this is my point, it may be cliché but it will we get it deep down into our hearts, I will not tire to repeat the same…You and I have a life after “nane/nane.” And if you don’t have any political aspirations then there is little chance that you will meet big political figures and tell them specifically that I Audrey specifically voted for you, fought for you, abused everyone who spoke ill of you. Maintain your dignity first as a human being and second as Kenyan, pray for Kenya go vote, go home and keep praying for Kenya, that and only that is your only obligation as a true citizen on 8th August 2017. Shallom!

By Audrey Liz


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