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An open letter to our would-be head of state

25 February 2013, 17:15 Cheruo Levi Cheptora

Dear Kenyan Presidential aspirant 2013,

It is my solemn prayer that you are in good ‘electioneering spirits’ and that you are being a patriot like us here in the backyard of this great nation called Kenya.

I was able to grace the great moment via a neighbour's ‘black & white’ Greatwall television when a Linus and a Gichuru were moderating the first ever presidential debate.

I heard you loud and clear: I did indeed agreed on one or two things and still disagreed on other issues; I strongly felt your ‘telling faces’ were not being sincere about.

I must remind you before I get deeper into this letter that I am a registered voter and most importantly, I am yet to decide who will get my share of vote (the reason why you must listen keenly to what I am saying).

Here in the village, we usually stand alert every time the APs on duty raise and lower the flag every 6 AM and 6 PM during weekdays.

Our chief told us that it is a national symbol.

More so, the kids at the local school usually sing a now familiar song they call the Kenyan National Anthem.

I have mastered the powerful words and I do practice them in my everyday activities.

I know you also are aware of the coined message in this song (the national anthem).

I also would love to believe that as our would-be Head of State, you are role-modelling and walking the talk.

In case you dare forget, this letter must remind you of the fact that this nation will forever remain greater than any one of you!

I want you to soul search; think about millions of other Kenyans like me - our fears, our aspirations, our ambitions and our daily struggles in life to see yet another day rise and yet another die.

Think about our kids; perhaps age mates of your little angels watching big screens in your mansions and bungalows right now.

Ask yourself what it might feel like to lose them in a blink of an eye just because one careless Kenyan couldn’t control his lose tongue and thus plunged this nation into an abyss coated with pitch darkness!

I know that does not sound like good news to either one of you.

I also know that even though you have already secured travel tickets and Visas to your immediate family members, there could be a generous sphere out there without any slightest means.

You care and still treasure them, don’t you?

Now, before you open your mouth next time in a rally, I want you to remember the possible effect your ‘stinging’ and inflammatory rhetoric might have to this great country.

More so, remember about my one powerful vote lest you lose it ... I will be watching from a safe distance.

I must remind you of the fact that in order to get my vote, you must first promise me today that you are going to preach peace, unite our people, forgive your ‘sworn political adversaries’, exhibit sanity and sobriety, act maturely and most importantly, put this great nation above everything else!

Furthermore, you must assure me that you will do all you can to make sure I continue grazing my herd here comfortably without fears of being attacked or driven away into a place that my neighbours here call my ‘motherland’.

I do not want to be an alien in my own country like the other day.

I wouldn’t love to quarrel with my neighbours because of a tag of war between you and your opponents ever again ... I know the BIG DAY is around the corner.

Like I said, you still have time to win over my would-be crucial vote.

The ball rests with you: either you embrace me and increase your chances of becoming my fourth President, or you ‘misbehave’ and count yourself a successful failure as far as March 4th 2013 Presidential Elections are concerned!


Kenyan Registered Voter

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