After months of highly divisive campaigns, a most contested General Election in the country’s history, a charged repeat presidential poll and tumultuous moments of political uncertainty, Kenya can now look forward to a return to normalcy.
And most of us peace loving nation builders have been looking forward to this quiet since the year begun. Never again in the history of this country has an election held a people at ransom so much. Never have we been this divided by politics as we have been.
And never should we travel this path again.
Yet we have every reason to rise up, shake the dust off our shoulders and get back to the duty of building the nation.
Granted, some Kenyans are still feeling aggrieved by the long drawn elections, what with NASA’s goal to push the politicking to perpetuity? It is their constitutional right, just as it is for the others who want to go about their lives to be given the space and time to do so in peace.
But as we await for the politics to take its course following the declaration of President Uhuru Kenyatta as winner last Monday, we should not lose focus on the things that make us Kenyans.
Let us not put aside the hard work that has made us East Africa’s biggest economy. The resilience that makes us Africa’s island of peace in a region surrounded by countries that are facing strife in all fronts.
There are many things that make us thick. The unique things that make us a regional powerhouse and we must work hard to jealously guard them.
In retrospect, and as we look forward to the return to normalcy, we should give ourselves a pat on the back that we managed to weather such tumultuous moments and still emerge as one country.
That even though it always seemed that one half of the country was pulling north as the other pulled south, we did not let ourselves fall back to the dark days of 2008.
That, amid the few isolated cases, we have matured as a people and will not take arms against our brothers and sisters just because they come from a different tribe from ours and support the other side of the political divide.
Let us look back and celebrate the journey we have travelled. To the fact that in the 2017 General Election, we set a precedent to the world, including many first world countries. That we are a mature democracy where the Judiciary can overturn the re-election of a sitting President.
That the sitting President whose re-election was overturned — albeit controversially as the Supreme Court did not question his win, and only pointed accusing fingers at the manner of results transmission – accepted the judges’ decision with humility and subjected himself to the will of the people again.
Kenya is indeed a special country. And we should all strive to make it even better. We have a bright future ahead, and the current situation should not derail our resolve to take it to new heights.
At the end of it all, when all is said and done, it will not matter whether you supported Jubilee or NASA. It will not matter whether you voted in the October 26 repeat presidential poll or not.
It will only matter that you are Kenyan. And that your constitutionally given right to live, work and do whatever you please, as long as it is within the law, is guaranteed and respected.
As they say, divided we will fall, united we stand. The future is bright for us all.
Adan Duale is National Assembly Majority Leader
The views expressed in this article are his own and do not reflect KBC’s opinion.