Following the final step in the Presidential Elections on Saturday March -29 2013. i.e the ruling by the Supreme Court of Kenya in which the SCOK declared that Uhuru and Ruto were validly elected, it is now an excellent opportunity for us on this board to reflect and review on the campaigns carried out by CORD.
We need to capture the issues, challenges as well as successes, the changes that need to be made for future successes.
If you will this is a postmortem of the experience and notebook of lessons learnt, for posterity.
It is tempting to capture all the above buzzwords in one simple catch phrase – Kenyan’s vote along tribal lines , the large tribes rule – aptly captured by the ethnically divisive and renowned Politic strategist – Mutahi Ngunyi as “Tyranny of Numbers”, a script that was efficiently exploited to clinical precision by the Jubilee campaign team.
We in the CORD team however, went to great lengths to break away from this narrative. We are also pleased to not that at least 4 of the other candidates for presidency namely Peter Kenneth, Martha Karua, James Ole Kiyiapi and Abduba Diba, did also in their campaigns make a tremendous and concerted effort to warn Kenyans on the dangers of campaigns around ethnicity and in all their campaigns espouse ideals of a united Kenya. We thank these 4 candidates for remaining true to a Kenya for all.
It is not surprising now that the first statement after the ruling from President Elect Uhuru is requesting his supporters to now shun those reasons that separated the Jubilee supporters from the rest, and that to now adopt a more “unifying mantra”. To this I sadly say, its too late. One only needs to look at the hate and filth being spewed in social media to grasp the extent of ethnic hostility and bigotry that has arisen from this contest, which is simply an extension of the ethnic animosity created by the outgoing Kibaki regime. Am sure their chief ethnic strategist Mutahi Ngunyi will come up with some clever ploy to soothe and hoodwink the ever ready and gullible citizen.
But hey no this is not about attacking one side. So to be fair, to the other side kindly find an appropriate forum of your choosing where they will point out the evils of the CORD side and make informed decision. There are many out there so that is not my concern. Do eat your hearts content.
Meanwhile, back to the issue on hand.
We first want to characterise the experiences under three farily simplistic main categories:- The Ugly, The Bad, and The Good (not to be confused with the old Western by a guy known in my eastlands neighborhood as Clindistu)
Of course an effective post-mortem must address itself to the various time periods before, during and after the various milestones in the processes. I therefore urge all agents, supporter and firm believers of True and Effective Change and Reform for Kenya, which is the fundamental thread that runs through ODM and recently CORD affiliated parties, to take a moment and away from the natural human heartache and pain associated with loosing a contest, and to internally reflect on the journey thus far, and to come back to table their individual or collective experiences and help us all move along as we face new and old challenges brought about by status quo winning by what appears to be a resounding and overwhelming majority.
We must ask ourselves are there so many Kenyans who would rather have status quo than change and reform? Is there more middle ground leaning towards status quo, or is it that the electoral process is still under lock and key of an old guard and therefore still heavily manipulated and skewed?
In my view we must consider the possibility that a significant number of Kenyans (that is besides the rabid support of either status quo or Reform) are possibly uncomfortable or remain largely either unconvinced or otherwise not impacted enough to want to consider a shift from status quo.
We must also investigate claims that our presidential candidates were surrounded and in some incidences blocked from accessing much needed true feedback from the grassroots in order to be more effective. Further, there are claims that some ODM ministers were too caught up in the trappings of power and completely failed to connect with their constituents or the public that they were meant to serve.
Some of these allegations may be true, some of them may just be people looking for an excuse to vent and someone to blame. In this post we want to capture the actual item/description of discontent or praise and then if necessary attribute to a person, event or institution, that way we avoid finger pointing and dwell on the actual pertinent issues. By comparing items from the list we can easily assess areas where our rivals were more superior or fared badly. And also determine which items had more impact on the electorate.
With that backdrop we will proceed to produce a list of items/experiences that played out in this period. The list is not conclusive and you are encouraged to contribute as we build it up
In keeping with the tradition of IEBC and SCOK – the list will be coming up in the next several days – some of it will of course be doctored
Maintain peace and what not – the GSU has already been deployed to most blog pages as we speak – spread the message of peace and love as you wait for the list. 🙂
As per our commitment here is a provisional list of issues – all are invited to add or expound so that we can have a comprehensive list to review