Kenyans can’t afford to be in a never-ending political mood

Wednesday October 11 2017

The withdrawal of Nasa leader Raila Odinga from the presidential race has elicited mixed reactions.

While there is a section of Kenyans who have hailed the move as heroic, there are others who have termed it cowardice.

Needless to say,  the Kenyan political arena has been characterised by altercations, inflammatory utterances, accusation and counter accusations since the Supreme Court annulled President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election.


Our political leaders should understand and internalise that the current political climate is a huge impediment to the most coveted peace, tranquillity and unity in this country.

Notably, this country is in dire need of level-headed leaders but not parochial politicians.

Kenyans cannot afford to be in a perpetual political mood.

The time to end the stalemate on elections is now so that people can move on with their lives.

Raila’s decision to boycott the elections is a step in the right direction.

The opposition must maintain that it will not participate in a flawed process unless the electoral agency is disbanded.

Kenyans don’t want to witness a repeat of August 8 polls, which were marred by massive irregularities and illegalities.

Nasa should remain adamant and firm because Kenyans have lost confidence in the commissioners.


It is a shame that a click of few individuals can gang up to mislead Kenyans just for the sake of hunger for power.

It is not in doubt that this is a plan by opposition leaders to  misuse the Supreme Court ruling to justify themselves.

Opposition leaders have been against President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy since 2013,  when they were defeated in the elections.

The Nasa leader has withdrawn from the race after realising that the opposition does not have the numbers to win the presidential elections.

This is a sad moment for Kenya —yet another completely incomprehensible decision by the Nasa leaders.

To add salt to the injury, they have also called for street protests.

I was hoping that politicians had learned what happened in 2007/2008.

Where are the responsible politicians who can stop this?

Kenyans need to move forward.

POUL VIG, Mombasa.
The current political confusion shows how difficult it would be for us as Kenyans to pursue democracy without guidance by our Creator.

The Constitution does not even state a concrete procedure of how the current situation of withdrawal of Raila should be handled.

This implies to us a nation that we also need to seek divine guidance.