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We should not get tired of being peaceful

06 March 2013, 19:25 Cheruo Levi Cheptora

So far so good ... save for a few hiccups from our ever seemingly ‘ungrateful’ brothers from the ‘terror’ gangs going by the names M.R.C & Al-Shabab; we have proved as a people that indeed we’ve come of age and that never again are we going to allow politics to tear apart our once firm fabric of unity.

As a people, we’ve demonstrated so far that in the end, we the electorates shall be the sole bearers of any loss and turbulence emanating from a violent election.

As such, we have realized the need of remaining calm, tolerant of our divergent political views and more vital, peaceful and cognizant of the fact that we shall forever remain Kenyans.

The huge numbers witnessed and registered during the voting day is a sure sign that we as a people are no longer afraid of exercising our democratic right of participating in an election.

No doubt a great chunk of us are now fully aware of the real impacts that shying away from an election can leave to our communities and societies.

It has been reiterated time and again that bad leaders are always elected by good citizens of a country who do not vote!

For the first time ever, a sense of maturity, sobriety and sanity has been exhibited through the major send offs of those ‘bad beans’ we elected five years back.

We have taught them an important lesson in life: indeed, they now silently walk back to their former shells knowing that you can do ‘bad’ things to a people sometimes but not all the times!

Moreover, the ‘fresh catch’ we’ve bestowed our hopes and faith in for the next five years, have undoubtedly witnessed what we just did to their predecessors ... Now is the time to prove wrong our skeptics and the entire world.

If we will stay put and hold our horses till the very last minute, generations to come will remember not our past iniquities but  rather live exalting the manner in which we selflessly embraced one another with brotherhood and love.

Tales will be passed over about a people that renounced their once ‘exaggerated’ love for tribe and ethnicity and instead accommodated each other’s political differences.

March 4th election will go down in major writings of history as a day that Kenyans refused to dwell on an ugly past and instead, chose to set their every crooked past straight once and for all.

We must this time round put this great nation before everything else.

We must continue saying a fat, round and a BIG NO to hateful preaching, tribal animosities, and ethnic affiliations and for once, reason, act and live as Kenyans!

For too long a time, we’ve allowed our vulnerability to tame our temperaments and consequently found ourselves an easy prey for the ever demeaning, myopic, degrading and retrogressive elements who only loves the world for themselves.

For too long a time, we’ve been made to believe not in being patriotic but rather bending and retreating to our tribal cocoons once we have an election.

It is no surprise that the very people who are used to setting us apart do wine and dine with their colleagues (who apparently hardly share a tribe with them) in their mansions and offices while watching and anticipating how we the electorates will reduce each other into nothing!

Well, we are much wiser now and we are still proving to be so, are we not?

Never again as a peace-loving people are we going to allow our vulnerable youth to bay for each other’s blood.

Never again are we going to walk tall in that bloody path of strife and tribal enmity.

Never again are we going to take this great nation back into that dark alley of scorn and ridicule from our neighbouring countries and the entire globe.


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