At this point in time, the country has to go through introspection and reflection.

The reason elections have become a trigger for violence is the relationship between power and prosperity.

Those who ascend to power have access to State resources to the exclusion of the losers.

It is a zero-sum game and winning becomes a life-and-death matter; hence losing is not an option.


National Super Alliance (Nasa) leadership has an obligation to guide and socialise their supporters to avoid the violence.

The leaders must come out and unequivocally declare their objection to the use of street violence to protest electoral loss.

Thus far, the statements they have made send mixed signals; they call for calm and at the same time declare they will not contest the results in court.

The subtle statement is that they have something up their sleeves and the supporters easily interpret that to mean street protests which, unfortunately, have the propensity of getting out of control.

Kenya has a long history of electoral violence dating back to the early 1990s.


However, the most tragic was in 2007, when many lost lives and property. We have to guard going that route.

For this reason, the political leaders must come out strongly and stop their followers from violent street protests.

Importantly, the police have to restrain themselves and avoid actions that can provoke violence.

The elections are over; we have to pull together, repair relations and rebuild the country.

We call for quick cessation of acts of hooliganism that threaten to undermine peace and stability of the country.

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