9 January 2013

Kenya: Wrong Time for Divisive Politics


THE Finance ministry believes the economy will expand by 5.6 per cent this year, up from about 5 per cent in 2012, according to the latest budget policy statement.

Kenya is entering the election period with the economy on a reasonably sound footing.

Kenya has gone through a difficult five years. The economic disaster of post-election violence in 2008 was followed by global recession in 2009 and hyper inflation in 2011.

Kenya is only just returning to the sound economic position of 2007 when the economy was growing at 7 per cent plus.

We should not jeopardise the gains of this restructuring. An election is just an election. The country is more important than any one individual.

Tempers will run high over the next two months. Like it or not, the two main coalitions of Jubilee and Cord are based on ethnic arithmetic. This will create the illusion that one community is winning or losing.

In reality, businessmen, workers or peasants have shared class interests irrespective of their community.

An election should be competitive, but politicians and their supporters should not become so desperate that they drag the country down with them. Especially when the economy is just entering a sustained growth phase.

Quote of the day: "To catch a husband is an art; to hold him is a job." - Writer Simone de Beauvoir was born on January 9, 1908

Copyright © 2013 The Star. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.