The ma­jor­ity cel­e­brated; it’s the mi­nor­ity whose bit­ter­ness needs as­suag­ing

The East African - - OPINION - Kibe Ka­munyu Via e-mail

READ­ING MUTHONI Wanyeki’s ar­ti­cle (“Why di­a­logue with mono­logue of power,” Novem­ber 25-De­cem­ber 1), I was struck by two is­sues.

One, she as­serts that with the dis­missal of all pres­i­den­tial pe­ti­tions, “a mi­nor­ity cel­e­brated.” That is in­ac­cu­rate be­cause most Kenyans who opted to go to the bal­lot voted for Uhuru Keny­atta in Au­gust and in Oc­to­ber. Surely it’s that ma­jor­ity that cel­e­brated.

Two, my un­der­stand­ing of di­a­logue would be, one, heal­ing and two how to im­prove the elec­toral process. In heal­ing, those who sup­ported the los­ing can­di­dates should ac­cept that in a con­test such as an elec­tion, there will be losers.

Like Ms Wanyeki, I would not sup­port di­a­logue that seeks po­lit­i­cal ac­com­mo­da­tion. There is no rea­son why the loser would need po­lit­i­cal ac­com­mo­da­tion, be­cause they have po­lit­i­cal ac­com­mo­da­tion, as the of­fi­cial op­po­si­tion. There is no jus­ti­fi­able rea­son to find Raila Odinga a role when he has one cut out for him.

Fi­nally, Ms Wanyeki talks of “as­suag­ing the ma­jor­ity’s bit­ter­ness”. Again, the ma­jor­ity are not bit­ter. It’s the mi­nor­ity that are bit­ter.

Pic­ture: Kanyiri Wahito

Sup­port­ers of Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta when he was sworn in on Novem­ber 28.

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