Three elections were held on Thursday, one for a governor's seat (Siaya County) and the others for MP (Kibwezi West and Matungulu constituencies).
You would barely have noticed these events, unless you were diligently following the news. They barely created a ripple, and the focus of the nation remains on the as-yet-unrevealed details concerning the Westgate massacre, and the escalating drama of the International Criminal Court.
This is as it should be. Events like the terrorist attack at the Westgate shopping mall, and the deputy president of Kenya being in the dock at the ICC, having to listen to accusations from ordinary Kenyans formerly resident in the Eldoret area, who obviously believe that he was instrumental in the massacres and evictions that took place in the Rift Valley in 2008 - these are once in a lifetime events. We all hope that these things will never happen again. That no Kenyan President or Deputy President will ever have to mull over whether or not to cooperate with the ICC.
That we will never again witness an assault by terrorists in our capital city or elsewhere in the republic. But in the past, elections in Kenya were just as terrifying as a terrorist attack. They held a promise of violence and bloodshed. Indeed many expatriates living in Kenya took trouble to be away from the country in early March this year as we went to the General Election.
Beach hotels in Zanzibar and safari camps in mainland Tanzania were reportedly full to overflowing as such expatriates waited from a safe distance to see how events would turn out in Kenya. So it should be a consolation for all Kenyans to see elections pass by with barely any fuss to note.
And it is something too, that some of the losers "unconditionally" conceded defeat. What Kenya now needs is the experience of having the next two or three General Elections pass without incident, so that our country will no longer have the reputation of being a place best avoided during the election season, and even for many weeks after the election results have been announced.