A Quick Reminder to Kenyans Why Democracy is Paramount to Peace and Stability.
Ten years ago, the Kenya plunged into an unexpected pit of violence spurred on by a hotly contested Presidential election. Neighbours turned against each other, formerly quelled ethnic tensions boiled over, and the country detracted into a period. A dormant volcano of national distress had exploded. In the end, it took the influence of the United Nations to broker a patchwork peace treaty to bring the nation back to its feet.
It’s so sad to note that someone was to benefit from the outcome of the violence. Where more than 1,200 people lost their lives, children were left without guardians and shelter as the violence escalated in what was supposed to be a shining example of African democracy. The worst was when fleeing Kenyans were burnt down inside a church where they were seeking refuge.
A fair enough reason why am very much worried today when a beacon of hope for a continent seeking a model to move forward with liberty and self-governance. It’s in the public domain that what just happened to Kenya in the last two months was a recipe for disaster in waiting. “The supreme court ruling” I have seen people ready to avenge any aggression or return aggression in the name of defense. On a later date next month, I don’t have any certain one as of today as any date set by the Electoral body is challenges for no reasons. Anyway Kenyans will head back to the polls to cast their vote. But this time, no one is taking this event for granted.
It’s in my simple understand that one of the most basic human rights for all Kenyans if the right to vote. Yes for voters balloting is a fundamental part of building a successful democracy. For that matter, it is an important component towards raising a community out of poverty. Voting is a particular act by a particular person, that when combined with the similar acts of a nation’s citizens, culminates in a national decision.
Without the ability to vote, a citizen is deprived of a relationship with national outcomes. A person opinion that need to be remembered by all Kenyans, because that the only way we would live in harmony without attaching so much emotions to the vote and with the ability to vote confidently, that is to vote with the confidence that your vote and others for that matter will be counted correctly, a citizen is deprived of their confidence in the democratic system itself when he attaches emotional value to the ballot.
At these point I can introduce my simple understanding the word “democracy” The measure of a country’s strength might be when its people can disagree peacefully. For some time now Kenya has been regarded as a bright and rising star on the continent of Africa. A country where its people have been able to setup a cohesive system of government, invested in its infrastructure, experienced significant economic growth, and begun to take a lead in addressing its own poverty. Kenya was, and still is today, the standard for how the continent can find solutions its own problems.
That’s why the after polls 2007 violence shocked the world. Kenya has a role to play as a regional leader, and the world should let us define our own success. Because of the last election, we have experienced lots and sentiments from world over not limited to Obama. He recently encouraged Kenyans to approach these elections with civility and peace.
Peace is not inherent in elections. Peace is a discipline. It sometimes requires sacrifice. It might mean not getting it your way. On a later date, and the days following, it is my hope that Kenyans will look beyond their differences and ultimately cast a vote for peace. It’s only through peace Kenya will thrive. My vote is a vote for the reign of peace.