After a week of killings, looting and the political madness witnessed in Kenya after last month’s general elections, Kenyan Bloggers are at the forefront of reconciliation, urging people to reach out, regardless of their ethnic background.
Kenyan Pundit chronicles the feelings of all Kenyan and how they were affected by the violence. In the post; Diary 12 – Reach Out, she urges people to make deliberate efforts to reach out to others:
“However, if there is a silver lining from this, at least from a
personal perspective, it is that I will make deliberate effort to
reach out to people from more different communities and my hope is
that if we all did a little of reaching out, those preconceived
notions and stereotypes will be dispelled and may be, just may be,
we’ll know better next time some politician tries to exploit our
diversity. That’s not to say that the authorities don’t need to
address the underlying socio-economic issues.”
Kenya imagine looks into tribal issues and wonders whether we are our brothers’ keeper:
Our strength as Kenya and our united future lies in our setting aside those tribal passions and working together to make Kenya what we dream it could be. This will require forgiveness, empathy, compromise and humility. There is no other way and a perpetuation of what we have witnessed in the last 10 days is not an option……
To this group the political class plays master puppeteer with the consequences visible in the tears and the ashes around us. It is this that our challenge presents itself. The solution to Kenya's troubles lie in a quiet and distinct revolution in the minds of the middle class who may not control the wealth but are most certainly the only real buffer this country has to true and bloody revolution. So beyond the bonds of tribe, am I my brother's keeper? Yes. Yes I am. I must be.
Kenya Hapa gives the history of Kenyan politics and predicts that Kalonzo’s miracle is yet to come:
When the new cabinet was announced, there was a new vice president in town.
The vice president elect- Kalonzo Musyoka, was third in the presidential elections and was fond of telling people to expect miracles.
Kenya Imagine predicts the future…:
Here is what will pan out over the next five years, as the images in my crystal ball now relay to me.
Kalonzo Musyoka will continue as Vice President but with an increasing tension between him, Kalonzo, Uhuru Kenyatta and George Saitoti as the Kibaki succession battle warms up. The former Vice President will soon fall by the way side, however.
A view from the diaspora by Project sunshine:
Being so removed from the country, it was hard to gauge the severity of the situation. Were those numbers real? Was there something that even the ubiquitous observers had missed? With Safaricom jammed on new years’ day, I went to the net…
My write-up comes a little late in the game, but I hope that we can learn from our neighbors conflict and find peace. The real problem is how to remove this cancer called counter-democracy, when the politicians decide that what they want is to stay in power at all costs. Today, I heard that Kibaki went to see the humanitarian areas. The date is the ninth of January; we are only just getting back to some sanity. Thanks for stopping by, you are days and days late.
What about our passion? An African woman gives her thoughts:
However passionate we might be, one way or the other, if we have committed ourselves to a one man one vote system, then we must respect its fair result, even if that fair result is not according to our preference.
So when our candidates of choice loose, we expect them to accept such loss with dignity in the public space, retreat to the private place to lick their wounds, and begin to come to terms with what happened, and why it happened. See Uhuru Kenyatta 2002 for further information
We cannot afford to indulge the haughty clique that mocked us and disrespected us by hijacking the ballot box. We cannot afford to tolerate those who have ridiculed this symbol of our nationhood. What they have attempted to steal from us is something fundamental to our self-understanding as a Kenyan people in the early 21st century.
The Cellar Group, a professional network, developed a framework to be used by Kenyan politicians:
It is hoped that the framework would be widely discussed and guide the path to reconciliation and healing from the present circumstances. We remain positive and hopeful that Kenya has the wherewithal to competently manage the present crisis and emerge a stronger nation.