DELHI India -- With gritted
teeth, Kenyans go to vote tomorrow, 08 August 2017. Fearing
violence, thousands of Kenyans have left Nairobi to go to
their villages until the elections and its results are over, writes Swami Anana Kul
The violence is feared when the
results are announced.
This election could be final chance for opposition leader
Raila Odinga, aged 70+, for he will be too old by the time
the next election is held.
It is also crucial for the incumbent, Uhuru Kenyatta,
aged 55, at the peak of his life and his political career.
Leading the main Kikuyu tribe, Uhuru is the son of the
first President, the late Jomo Kenyatta.
Leading Luo, another major tribe, Odinga is the son of
the first Vice President, the late Oginga Odinga.
Thus, the rivalry has extended over two generations.
While Kenyatta leads the Jubilee party, Odinga is the
head of NASA, National Super Alliance.
Considering the public support for Odinga as seen in the
mammoth rally in Nairobi on Sunday, 6 August, it seems that
he may just become the next president.
But then, Uhuru is no walkover either, for he has mounted
a concerted and aggressive campaign to ensure his
Odinga claims rampant corruption and lack of governance
while Uhuru promotes economic development during his tenure.
He outlines power generation, road development, the new
state of the art Mombasa-Nairobi railway built by the
Chinese and the fact that Kenya has become the top IT hub of
East Africa, if not Africa.
No wonder Uhuru is dubbed ‘digital’ while Odinga is
Both the candidates are running neck to neck for the
In the last election in 2013, Uhuru polled 50.37 per cent
to win against Odinga who got 43.7 per cent.
But this poll has been stained with the murder of a top
election commission office over a week ago.
Three persons have been arrested.
All leaders promise security and stability during and
after the elections; and all 48.5 million Kenyans pray for
peace and prosperity.
No one wants the violence as it happened during 2007-2008
tribal clashes leading to 1,133 deaths and 600,000 people