Some people say that they are tired of the currently heated Kenyan politics. They would rather have another dubious election as soon as possible and move on with their lives. They argue that the country’s economy has suffered a lot after losing billions due to the never-ending political grandstanding. I find this argument rather shallow and shamelessly selfish. Who told these guys that democracy is cheap? Who told them that a bungled election is a walk in the park? Democracy is obviously not for the fainthearted. We must first agree that we are in this together until the end. Nobody is running out of this country soon and patriots are ready to dig in for the long haul.
We either choose to clean the mess in our electoral systems once and for all, if we are to avoid a bungled election in future, or make botched elections the norm rather than the exception. we must make stealing of an election a very expensive, draining, distressing, mind-boggling and horrifying affair that the mere mention of the phrase “Bungled Election” will make people flinch and want to scatter. We must make it so terrifying that before any IEBC officials even contemplate of botching an election, they will be shaking like leaves in the wind and uncontrollably peeing in their panties.
The culture of sweeping impunity under the carpet must come to an end in this country. We cannot afford to hide behind time constraints and the need to move on while entrenching electoral malpractices and dishonesty in our motherland. That is not the kind of society that we want to bequeath our children and the future generations. Every time we have a very opaque election that ends up getting bungled, people lose lives. How much is a human life worth? 1 billion? 20 billion? 100 billion? Every time clueless leaders find their way to the top in a stolen election, everything that can go wrong in a country is likely to go wrong. Right from a messed economy to blatant and systemic corruptions in government, the country suffers at the mercy of election thieves.
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A global citizen who believes in human justice and dignity, Gilbert Kenya is also currently a student of Political Science, Psychology & Communication at The University of Nairobi.
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