The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: We Should Believe in the New Kenya

editorial

MANY people are leaving Kenya ahead of the March 4 election fearing violence.

Many foreigners have left the country, including Ugandans and Tanzanians.

Many Kenyans in low-income areas in Nairobi are temporarily moving out of their homes in mixed areas. Upcountry, migrant workers are going back home.

Yet so far everything points towards the election on March 4 being peaceful.

In December 2007 many people did not trust the ECK and did not believe the results. They reacted violently when the announcement of results was interrupted and then a winner suddenly announced.

This time the public has faith in the IEBC, despite a few hitches here and there. They will believe the result, whoever wins.

Moreover there is unlikely to be a first round win so the game will still be on after March 4.

Some times prophesies can be self-fulfilling. If you believe there will be violence, that lays the ground for violence. And vice versa, if you believe the election will be peaceful.

We should all trust that the election will go off smoothly. We should not go abroad or move to other parts of the country during the election. We should believe in the new Kenya.

Quote of the day: "A Scout smiles and whistles under all circumstances." - Robert Baden-Powell, buried in Nyeri, was born on February 22, 1857.

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