Stop polarising country
It is only 32 days to the repeat presidential poll but the political grandstanding appears to be rolling on without end.
When the Opposition isn’t walking away from an opening session of Parliament, the ruling jubilee coalition is out there flexing its number muscles.
It doesn’t help too that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has arbitrarily arrived at some critical decisions such as the printing of ballot papers for the repeat poll without much consultation and consensus building.
We take an early opportunity to call all parties to order. Kenya is living on borrowed times.
The October 17 repeat election offers a second chance to right whatever went wrong on August 8; it cannot be squandered again. It is time to put partisan interests aside and engage in constructive talks for the sake of the country.
This is because it is our considered view that no single individual, party or agency’s interests can supersede the national interest. We have seen how easily sincere consultations have ended similar stalemates in the past, the Inter-party Parliamentary and the Ufungamano groups of 1990s easily coming to mind.
It can be done again. But first, politicians must desist from polarising the country and setting citizens against each other.