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The reasons why March 4 must be peaceful

20 February 2013, 19:07 Cheruo Levi Cheptora

It is almost two and a half score years since our beloved country attained fully fledged independence.

Elections have come and go; they will come again and that will just be it.  At the end of the day, we are bound to resume with our normal lives as Kenyans. We will be hit by the very same economic hardships, inflation rates and the ever growing poverty indices.

As a nation, we’ve endured hardships together, struggled together, withstood stormy seasons together, celebrated our economic credentials and hoped for the better together.

Many a times, we’ve demonstrated that a people divided in times of hurdles will always fall united in grieve!

As a people, we’ve shared meals and jubilations every time our athletes carry the trophy in international competitions.

We’ve occasionally sang the national anthem with bliss, ecstasy and sincere enthusiasm whenever our rugby 7s team makes our country proud in their competitions.

We have been reminded time and again that this great country is more important than any one individual, tribe, ethnic group, religion or organization. 

The past are now bygones; we are letting them go ... we’ve learnt from those dark moments characterized by sheer tribal hatred and ethnic exclusions.

We have so far realized that it was never right and that at the end, it only showed how inhuman, barbaric and archaic we were.

We’ve lived as neighbours, interacted with colleagues in our work places, schooled with friends, played with team mates - all of whom are not originally from our ethnic groups or tribes.

We have inter-married, mingled, entered into trade arrangements and agreements with Kenyans we hardly share our tribal cocoons.

Indeed, we must have learnt one or two things that have greatly influenced our every day lives positively from other tribes.

We’ve shared our merry and sorrow, celebrated wedding unisons and mourned the dead together - simply put, it has been awesome all the while!

This need not change just because elections are here. We must not easily forget the good-natured relations we’ve hard with friends and colleagues with whom we do not descend from the same ethnic line.

We must never forget that we are in laws with them simply because one of our own is vying for a certain seat and their existence seems to threaten their would-be triumph.

As a people, we must not turn against our brothers whom we’ve learnt and benefited a lot from because of an election that will come and go.

We must think beyond March 4th and remember the many good things we’ve done and shared with our neighbours.

We must never forget their generosity, their kindness and the numerous times they have had to come to our aid.

As Kenyans, we are surely much wiser now - we’ve realized the importance of co-existence and the reality of inter-dependence.

We will always need each other and that as a community; we can never be an island.

These forthcoming elections must be an exceptional period for us to right every wrong and set the record straight once and for all.

We must use it as an opportunity to demonstrate to the whole world that we’ve come of the age and we are never the same!

Dear countrymen, let us embrace political sanity and sobriety for once!

As a nation, we must never again afford a bloody election.

Peace and love should prevail and come 5th or 6th, we will again live as brothers and sisters!

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