Ordinarily, our politics is highly polarised but the outcomes of the August 8 presidential election, whose result was nullified by the Supreme Court, worsened matters.
President Kenyatta is deeply aggrieved and has repeatedly declared, even in his address to Parliament, that the Supreme Court wrongly vetoed his victory.
Nasa leader Raila Odinga, his main challenger, is even more angered that his electoral triumph was vanquished by individuals at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.
Precisely, he has emphatically stated that he would not go the polls on October 17 without a fundamental shake-up at the IEBC.
The underlying challenge is electoral justice.
To the extent that an election is not properly and honestly conducted—or contestants and voters doubt its integrity—the outcome becomes the subject of permanent contests and those declared winners thrust into a perpetual search for legitimacy.
The repeat election must resolve this conundrum.