In Summary
  • Nkaissery’s sudden death has created uncertainty about the country’s security as it approaches an election.
  • Al-Shabaab militants have resurfaced in Lamu County and have murdered several villagers.
  • One sensationalistic video is even predicting an apocalyptic future of mass starvation under a Raila Odinga presidency.

This July is beginning to feel a lot like August for most Kenyans, who tend to associate the latter with disasters.

The first coup attempt in Kenya took place on August 1, 1982.

August is also the month that Al-Qaeda chose to attack the United States Embassy in Nairobi in 1998, killing more than 200 people.

Many top politicians, including former Vice-President Kijana Wamalwa, have taken their last breath in August, either because of illness or an accident.

The first two weeks of July have been particularly nerve-wracking.

NKAISSERY

Just a month before the elections (which will also take place in August and which are already showing signs of disarray), Interior Cabinet Secretary Maj-Gen (rtd) Joseph Nkaissery, whose no-nonsense leadership style was both admired and criticised, passed away.

CS Nkaissery died within a few days of the deaths of three other prominent personalities – G.G. Kariuki, Nicholas Biwott and Bethwel Kiplagat. 

Nkaissery’s sudden death has created uncertainty about the country’s security as it approaches an election.

As if this is not bad enough, Al-Shabaab militants have resurfaced in Lamu County and have murdered several villagers.

TERRORISM

So terrorism is another thing that Kenyans will be worrying about, along with the prospect of a violent election.

To make matters even more unpredictable, just three weeks before the elections, the High Court ruled that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission would need to re-issue a tender for the printing of presidential ballot papers as the awarding of the tender to a Dubai-based firm had not followed due process.

President Uhuru Kenyatta waded into the controversy by claiming that the Judiciary was biased in favour of the opposition, which prompted the Chief Justice to issue a statement on the impartiality of Kenya’s Judiciary.

The IEBC has appealed the High Court decision, which could mean that the August elections might be postponed.

PROPAGANDISTS

Meanwhile, on social media, propagandists are beating the drums of war and having a field day demonising their opponents.

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