In Kenya’s ‘Harry Truman Moment’ published in the Star on Saturday, I note how the media rushed to announce a winner in the 1948 US elections only to have the one they said lost actually be sworn as the next president.
The same phenomena is playing out in Kenya where the media went into overdrive declaring Uhuru to be our next president but going by evidence Raila and Cord have amassed of election irregularities and mischief, it’s a foregone conclusion the court will nullify the premature declaration of Uhuru as winner of the 2013 elections and throw this thing into a run-off between Raila and Uhuru, the only outcome which will ensure peace in the country.
Put differently, even if a thorough audit of the election data were to show Raila won this election as he and many of his supporters believe he did, it would be imprudent to declare him the winner as the other side will turn the celebrations they have already had into mayhem.
On the other hand, Raila and Cord supporters firmly believe Uhuru aided by Kibaki have stolen yet another election and now look for the courts to do the right thing, which is to nullify the election results and send this thing into a run-off.
A confirmation of the flawed announcement that Uhuru won will see the same mayhem and violence one can expect were Raila to be announced as the winner therefore the one and only middle ground that could not result in mayhem, chaos or violence is to simply send this thing into a run-off and let the winner emerge from there and this time both sides agree to live by the outcome–obviously assuming there is no more shameless and arrogant rigging as clearly took place on March 4 and thereafter.
I remain confident the court will do the right thing and as we await that to happen, the least we can do is to pray for our beloved country.