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From worse to worst…

What was only viewed as something so minor when NaSA colleagues threatened to boycott the elections. It was not greeted with such a greater concern until the coalition came up openly to issue its stand on 10.10.2017 that they won’t involve themselves in the just about-to-be elections in about two-weeks time. So the dilemma is whether there will be elections or just selection with only Uhuru Kenyatta on ballot. So what is the next episode? What does the IEBC have to say now that the constitution is binding?

Will you? Me am torn apart…

Yes. I was at first relieved when it was said that the presidential elections were nullified. Why? This would give me an assurance that no post-election violence would be witnessed. Secondly, it would mean that once more and ever in history, Kenyans would have a chance to exercise their democratic right once again. But then the presidential re-elections would on the other side mean a burden to the taxpayers. A total of Ksh12.2bn going into waste in just a matter of hours. Forget about the Ksh12.2bn and think of that lot claiming to boycott elections if their demands are not met. What would happen if the elections were not to happen despite all that cost? Do we buy the idea of reinstating the then president whose victory was overturned? Will the opposition petition afresh for boycotting the elections? A question which has no one to answer.

Kenya my motherland…

It has reached a point whereby I feel like denouncing my country Kenya. When I hear of the term Kenya I am taken aback. Who on earth would want to see the nudity of their mother? Then why should I gaze at the nudity of my country Kenya? Why should one value themselves more than their country? If this isn’t selfishness, then what do we call it? Why should the ignorance of just a few cost the taxpayer like Ksh 12.2bn in the name of messed-up presidential elections? Where are the leaders who used to mind about the economy of their countries? Shall we ever have patriots like the late Nelson Mandela?

ELECTION AFTERMATH

There we were August standing in long queues and probably under hot weather. Reason? Each willing voter was so eager to execute their democratic right. After so much assurance that there would be free, fair and credible elections, each Kenyan was rallying behind their favorite politician. Hardly a fortnight before the major event, we had Chris Musando murdered. Who was Chris Musando to begin with? Musando was one amongst the few IT experts set to man the KIEMs kits. These are the gadgets which would be used during the election exercise ensuring no rigging at all. Why did Musando have to die? Simply because he had the very secret passwords barring access to the IEBC servers. So definitely from the excessive torture that the late underwent before being killed is evident enough that he could have been reluctant, to spitting a somehow crucial information that the killers sought. We don’t know though but we are just speculating. This is due to the malpractices that marred the election results transmission. This was after emerging that there were some hackers who attempted accessing the IEBC servers for reasons known best to them. To date, the hackers still remain unidentified and chances are that it will remain so. After whoever won was sworn-in late at night, that would mark the journey to court. If I may call it, a litmus test for Chief Justice David Maraga, the just elected successor to former Chief Justice Willy Mutunga. Who knows what could have possibly prompted Willy Mutunga’s resignation? Was it possibly because he was not ready to chair another petition like he did in 2013? Maybe he know’s better. The petition filed by the opposition party NASA would serve a bench of Seven judges sleepless nights with attempts to dig deeper and establish or not to nullify the presidential election. With every upon the Supreme Court, a suspense would be created about the unknown ruling. And on 1st September, 2017, word would have it that there would be a presidential election run-off. It was news greeted with various reactions by various supporters, but then what would else have been done about such an exercise with so much issues. Now, with like almost 36 days to the next presidential election, do we expect the same mistakes to be encountered? Bearing in mind that the run-off will cost the taxpayer up-to 12.2 billion, an amount which could have been channeled to other development programme. So, who is to blame over all this? Date 17th October, 2017 will place Kenya into history becoming the 3rd country in the world to repeat elections after Austria and Ukraine. Have a busy time as you prepare to go back to the ballot after about a month’s time. Justin Nzioka is a media student at Kenyatta University. (@nziokajustin/ nziokajustin2000@gmail.com)