In Summary
  • Our minds are saturated with politics and all we talk about is politics, politics, politics.

  • A good number have lost their political careers and are wondering what to do next.

  • At a societal level, Kenyans have been divided along party lines.

  • The country has largely been chaotic, we have been afraid to travel and drive around freely because you never know when you might run into a protesters.

Dear Kenyans,

We have been through some very difficult moments as a country. Two presidential elections in less than four months, chaotic, often bloody protests, endless and often heated political debates, deaths of innocent children shot as they played, the demise of electoral officials, extreme hate and intolerance of each other and then an inauguration.

All that happened in just one year. This has been one of the toughest, yet historic years, and we have come out of one of the most difficult periods we have had to endure.

We have been hurt. We are wounded. We are politically fatigued. Our minds are saturated with politics and all we talk about is politics, politics, politics. Some of us have lost sorely.

We have cried, sighed and heaved in pain. Some are nursing disappointments, heartbreak and others struggling with depression because their sacrifice went unrewarded.

SNUFFED HOPES

Others are dealing with snuffed hopes of expected government jobs, contracts and tenders, having invested a lot of money in politicians who lost bitterly. A good number have lost their political careers and are wondering what to do next. Some among us are politicians who spent a tidy sum during the campaigns, lost the elections and are now staring at massive debt. 

Businesses have come to a standstill, some have closed entirely. Others have had their businesses burned down, looted and brought to their knees.

Cars have been stoned, goods stolen. Others have had their homes and farms robbed. Some parents, most painfully, have lost their children.

Friendships have suffered because of politics and politicians. We have lost good friends, because we disagreed politically.

POLITICS

We have insulted each other, ridiculed each other’s loss and hurt each other deeply because of politics.

We have spent copious amounts of time in front of the television, following live proceedings of endless, sometimes dramatic press conferences, political rallies, protests, elections, vote tallying, political analyses and news.

The country has largely been chaotic, we have been afraid to travel and drive around freely because you never know when you might run into a protesters.

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