We mark on Tuesday the fourth anniversary of the National Accord that halted the savagery out of the disputed presidential election and ushered in a mongrel called the Grand Coalition Government.
During the intervening period, a lot has been achieved. But even more remains to be done if Kenyans are to enjoy lasting peace, security, and stability and proudly take their place among the ranks of citizens of civilised and progressive nations.
The power-sharing deal that brought together President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga in an uneasy shotgun marriage gets a mixed scorecard.
So does an audit of progress in Agenda Four reforms that were supposed to underpin the resolution to the political, ethnic, social, and economic issues that have confined us to a precarious existence in a ticking time-bomb.
A quick scan reveals a first major achievement, simply in halting the descent into bloodshed and the restoration of peace. Also, there is the coalition government that by its very nature was bound to be difficult to manage with all the lingering suspicion, bitterness, and hatred.
The President and the Prime Minister deserve special commendation for they have been big, mature, and wise enough to ignore their naysayers and obstructionists in their respective entourages and focused on the bigger picture.
One can also not minimise what was achieved in simply restoring peace. Kenya was on the brink of the precipice. It was surely headed the way of Somalia, Sierra Leone, Cote d’Ivoire, Rwanda, Liberia, and other countries that have destroyed themselves out of mere politics.
We all know how easy it is to demolish and how difficult to rebuild. We were headed down that road of total destruction had wise counsel not prevailed.
We also have a sparkling new Constitution that attempts to find answers to many of the contradictions and injustices that often-times turn Kenyans against each other. We can also see some progress in efforts to identify and punish those most responsible for the bloodletting.
We are approaching another election, and it as clear as the sun rises in the east that we are still a long way from solving our domestic issues. Our leaders, to start with, still approach individual pursuit of political power as if it were a life-and-death matter for all Kenyans.
Already we are seeing premature campaigns designed to carve Kenya into ethnic blocs and turn brother against brother.
Indictments by the International Criminal Court for the post-election violence have not been enough of a deterrent. Those who stand accused have chosen to exploit the situation to bolster their credentials as ethnic warlords.
This is not to provide excuses for those who may have borne even greater blame for the 1,300 butchered and half-a-million who became victims of ethnic violence.
Some of them only narrowly missed ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo’s dragnet because no direct command responsibility could be established despite the fact that they bore political responsibility.
They have no business crowing now that their political foes may be incarcerated as they also cannot stand on any higher moral ground.
The Constitution we all lauded added a new word — promulgation — to the Kenyan lexicon, but it is still a work in progress. The reforms it promised will not be realised until the new laws are implemented. But as usual, progress on key measures such as devolution has been held up by the ever-feuding political classes.
Agenda Four was supposed to address historical injustices, inequalities, lopsided development and application of public resources, unemployment, poverty, and the yawning chasm between rich and poor.
It would take a liar to report an iota of progress on these issues that remain stark reminders of the feudal state that may be ripe for revolution. Until they are addressed, we will always have the economic apartheid that creates an angry underclass ready to explode.
We also passed up the opportunity to drive a process of national catharsis. I gave testimony last week before the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission and left reinforced in my conviction that it has been a monumental waste of time and resources. I pray that we jump the elections hurdle peacefully despite all that has not been achieved.