N the morning of Mashujaa Day, TV viewers had a choice: They could either watch the recorded debate of the two leading contenders for the US presidency, or the live transmission of the Mashujaa Day national celebrations transmitted from the Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos county.
If you the reader are one of those who like to flick between channels when watching TV, you would have seen an amazing contrast.
And this contrast reminds us that with all the developmental challenges Kenya faces, and despite the tragic aftermath of at least one of our past general elections, Kenyan democracy is maturing very fast indeed.
In America, they are just now coming to the end of an election campaign that has been shameful at every turn.
For months now, the contest has brought out the worst of many Americans and revealed a deeply xenophobic and indeed racist and bigoted undercurrent in US politics.
Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump spent most of that debate belittling each other. And in the great shock of the evening, Trump even went so far as to declare that he would not recognise the election results if he felt they had been rigged in Clinton’s favour.
In sharp contrast, in Machakos we had President Uhuru Kenyatta, as gracious as always, allowing his sworn political rival, former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka, to address the crowd - Kalonzo having been invited by Deputy President William Ruto, no less, to say a few words.
We also saw Kalonzo recognising his Cord “co-principal” (and bitter rival for the presidency) Senator Moses Wetang’ula, who was also present.
Kalonzo took the opportunity to declare that he would be offering the President serious competition at the 2017 election.
And the President – in marked contrast to what Trump said during the US Presidential debate in Las Vegas the night before – acknowledged that if he lost, he would willingly handover power.
This event took place in Machakos county, where Governor Alfred Mutua, is a bitter political rival of Kalonzo’s in a struggle for regional supremacy.
When you bear in mind how many political rivals we had on that stage, and how courteously they all spoke and reacted to one another, I rest my case.