It is a law and a routine in Kenya that general elections are conducted every after five years.
There is a body that has been mandated the duty to do that,that is the Independent Electoral and Boundaries commision(IEBC).
This body(IEBC)is totally independent and has to run its activities independently,just like any other independent organisation.
Election period is now at the door steps,and IEBC is now in its final preparations of conducting the general elections. This is the time it is verifying the register of voters,just to ensure that every kenyan citizen,who has a right to vote,does not miss in the register come 8th August 2017.
As much as this body tries to do its best in ensuring free,fair and credible elections,it is facing a lot of challenges from Kenyan politicians.
It is very ironical for any person,political party or government to interfere with the activities of any independent body or organisation.At the moment,IEBC is facing a lot of critics and rejection from the opposition side of the government.
This started right away from the time of former IEBC chairman Mr Issack Hassan,when the opposition,that is CORD coalition started demonstrating in the streets of Nairobi every Monday,over the entire change of IEBC officials,stating that they had lost confidence in them.
They did there best till Mr Issack Hassan was removed from the office.
A new office of IEBC was formed,with Mr Wafula Chebukati as a new chairman.This move made Kenyans believe that the opposition,now NASA,was going to settle since the office they had no trust in,had moved out.
This seems to be an irony,since they(opposition)insisted of having their own parallel tallying centre.IEBC tried to reject the suggestion by NASA since it is the one mandated the tallying duty,but things finally ended up in court.
As if it was not enough,NASA again demanded that the constituency presidential results be final,moved to court and the court ruled in their favour.
Since it is only IEBC mandated the duty of conducting,tallying and announcing the election winners,it had to move to court to appeal the ruling.
I always ask myself what has gone wrong with Kenyan politics,but have ever lacked the answers.Is it lack of confidence in our presidential candidates?no one knows but the fact that IEBC is an independent body has to be respected.
Kenyan political drama does not end there,but extends to different kenyan regions where different politicians are seeking for different elective seats.
The irony here is,Kenyans seem not to be electing leaders according to their manfestos.The lust for money has spoilt the game.
Rich people who happens to dish money to people are probably the ones that are voted in.They have no manifestos to kenyans,but just because money talks for them.How i wish that Kenyans could borrow the idea of “kula kwa millionaire kura kwa kiongozi.”
During this coming elections,Kenyans should be vigilant enough to vote in leaders that will make Kenya a great nation again.Let us base on “kiongozi bora” and not “bora kiongozi.”