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Lessons to take from CORD IEBC protests

17 May 2016, 09:58 Shakila Alivitsa

Nairobi - Normally my type of material; lifestyle is about family, love, relationship and what not but I had an opinion and this is the only way I have of voicing it.

Yesterday some people came together in order to have a ‘fruitful demonstration’; but really was that a demonstration or was that a riot?

There is a reason the GSU (Fanya Fujo Uone) were brought in and not the boys in blue. Did you see the way those ‘demonstrators’ were carrying on?

These were idle people-in my opinion. Oaky, you don’t have a job to go to, you don’t have a business to run, and you don’t even have any other place to be other to be on the street trashing someone’s car and business.

Shops have to be closed for their demonstrations.

People have to close businesses for their demonstrations.

Someone, a taxi driver, maybe depending on his daily work has to close business for the day to make sure his vehicle does not get trashed so that he can have business the next day. Otherwise, stay on the street and a ‘demonstrator’ is going to come with his clubs and rocks and ruin your daily livelihood.

This is not just about the rioters and the police but there is also a third party here who is suffering who needs to be protected-a fellow Kenyan minding their business! They do not want any part of this but they are being forced to be a part of it.

Be empathetic and put yourself in these people’s shoes.

Someone’s store has just been looted; you do not even know what they had to do in order to have it. Someone might have just taken out a loan to finance it. Someone might have just borrowed to finance it. That might be the only way someone has to survive. That might be the only way that this person might have to pay school fees and put food on the table. Now they might not even have the second installment for fees because their business was ruined.  Those business people have woken up today wondering and crying what to do. Show me a Cord leader who will even just go to them and apologize for what they are instigating. Just one person who will wake up today and see the damage they have caused.

Still think the GSU used too much force? What do you want them to do with someone carrying bricks and clubs ravaging someone’s livelihood? Those are not demonstrators, those are rioters.

Have a peaceful conversation when someone walks into a store with the intentions of messing it up?

GSU Officer:  Hi? Please can we have a conversation? I would like to ask you please stop what you are doing; you and your friends. Come and help me get the others out. (What do you think will happen next?) The guy will peacefully come? What do you expect from someone showing that level of intelligence?

You people have to stop joking because some Kenyans are thinking this is a game. You are just at home watching television yet someone’s life is at the moment falling apart yet they did not want a part of any of this.

What about the people owning cars and the innocent drivers; like I explained a taxi person. Not everyone buys cars in cash, not everyone has that type of money, not everyone is buying a car for luxury, and not many insurers like riot type of claims. Now someone is completely in a mess and you are saying they used too much force.

Can you imagine a confrontation between the boys in blue and these rough rioters? They would beat those guys up and that is why the GSU are the only kind that had to be brought in- bitter pill to swallow because you are being a supporter but if none of those leaders are in jail then you are fighting for the wrong people.

I used to like Cord, I used to like the opposition but I think I am not ready for their type of leadership. I now understand the University of Nairobi students. I am not saying you are right but you do not have the right type of leaders to show you the right way of doing things and getting what you want. You have been taught by the ‘best’. Taking to the streets like that and hurting innocent people is not the right way.

A peaceful demonstration and assembly is one where we gather and a shop owner is not scared. Business is open as usual and if he does not have customers he can step out for a bit and listen to what you have to say. You keep losing voters and you do not see that. The streets are not for Cord, Jubilee or Luo and Kikuyu or IEBC or whatever you feel like supporting. The streets are for Kenyans; there is Mijikenda, Kalenjin, Maasai, Turkana, and the other 38 people plus a few foreigners.

Police brutality? I support what had to be done; people have to learn that they are not children fighting with toys. They have to learn the difference between demonstration, rally and riots. Someone is trying to take us back to 07/08. I see you.  I see my ‘leaders’.

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