Stop po­lar­is­ing coun­try

Business Daily (Kenya) - - EDITORIAL & OPINION -

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.

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