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New elections: Kenya is for a peaceful road

Happiness on the coast, even kikuyus are quiet

02-09-2017 by Freddie del Curatolo

Only journalists without professional ethics, no passion for their profession and in complete bad faith can hold, as did the italian newspaper "Repubblica" yesterday, can title "Kenya in chaos". 
We've got used to it now and I hope that people who have approached Kenya recently or will soon do so will also begin to understand it. 
Fortunately, these are isolated cases, when there are finally many Italian and international newspapers that appreciate not only the independent choice of the Supreme Court in Nairobi, but also the example given by the moral winners of the elections, namely the opposition led by Odinga, and by the outgoing president who has seen his numerical victory removed, Uhuru Kenyatta.
The ruling, which is historic for Africa as a whole and with only three precedents all over the world, draws attention to the democratic nature of a country that is all too often pointed out for its negativity.
Tribalism, corruption, thirst for power: it cannot be denied that Kenya is exempt from it, just as shady plots and mysterious murders were not lacking before the electoral round, but first the vast majority of citizens showed pacifism and seriousness, ignoring the proclamations of the losers who praised the strike and did not manifest themselves. As is well known, the only clashes across the country took place in the degraded suburbs of Nairobi and Kisumu, Kenya's first and third cities.
Now, after the Supreme Court annulled the elections and called new ones within the next sixty days, there were already those who expected the opposite reaction, that of the majority that was already ready to honour the new mandate for the next five years.
Instead in the afternoon yesterday, Uhuru Kenyatta appeared on television, to (private) networks unified to broadcast his message.
A message of peace and brotherhood.
"Personally I do not share the decision of the Supreme Court - said Kenyatta - but respect. We are ready to return to the race for the new elections but we ask the citizens above all to avoid tensions and to shake hands with rivals as we are willing to do".
In the next few days, the NASA alliance will also unveil its plans to try to win the next votes, but certainly the national political situation would suggest a comparison between the two poles, because the election of Odinga against an overwhelming minority of parliamentarians, would serve little to governability, and therefore the recovery of a country in continuous development, which must give confidence to investors and international partners.
On the street front, people's front, yesterday on the coast and in the rest of Kenya only festive demonstrations and joy to the sentence.
They have parade NASA advocates but also citizens who believe in justice and democracy.
In Nairobi and the high-density regions of Kikuyu, supporters of the Jubilee Party took to the streets, but not to protest or seek out the alleged enemies, but to reaffirm their confidence in the current leader.

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