Tech Savvy Kenya (Now we even have computer-generated leadership)

Raila called them, “vifaranga vya computer” in yesterday’s much awaited “way forward” press conference where he told the world they (NASA) were going to file a petition in the Supreme Court to challenge the IEBC’s declaration of Uhuru Kenyatta as the President-elect. Raila’s statement roughly interpreted, means computer chicks. Not sure how baba coined that but it was enough to change the conversation on social media.

This comes after what has been a crazy week. The elections, then the waiting and waiting, and eventually Chebukati’s declaration but before that, there were rumours… Lot’s of them! Some whisper, how I’m scared of that. The crazy numbers on the TV screens that with time turned into an eyesore, at least for me and those close to me. We waited for the numbers to change, even if it’s just for some minutes, in vain and in the end,  we just put on movies and sometimes watched sports on Kwése. 

Outside, everything seemed boring almost lifeless. Nothing was happening and I hated the suspicious way people looked at each other. In Pipeline there was no heavy presence of police officers unlike in other Estates such as Kibera, Kawangware, and Mathare in Nairobi and in Kisumu City.

In a span of two days, lives, including that of six-month-old Samantha Pendo in Kisumu and another nine year-old Moraa Nyaragi, a class 4 pupil in Mathare who was hit by a police stray bullet, had lost lives. Every finger was pointing to the boys in blue who were not ready to bear the responsibility. Since then it has been accusations and counter accusations. The KHRC (who were later deregistered only to be saved by the Courts) saying 24 lives had been lost but the police denying, saying only thugs had been shot dead. The government not willing to accept that innocent lives were lost.

After the IEBC had declared Uhuru Kenyatta as the victor, Jubilee supporters around the country broke into wild celebration, dancing up and down as they sang along “born-again” Ben Githae’s “Uhuruto Tano Tena” song. You could just see the excitement at their temporary party headquarters at the KICC, and not forgetting the night long after party at Gatundu, home village of Uhuru Kenyatta and another in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County where William Ruto comes from.

We saw no one harassing those Kenyans expressing their jubilation. At the KICC we could see armed police officers protecting them, which is their constitutional right. But when the NASA supporters whose presidential candidate was Raila Odinga and his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka, who had lost and felt unfairly so, came out to demonstrate, they were met by the police who were not there to protect them like it’s required by the law, but to beat and harass them. The NASA supporters just like the Jubilee supporters had a right to express their frustrations with the IEBC’s declaration in equal measure. The Constitution allows for peaceful demonstration and even picketing but they were denied that and instead faced with the police brutality.

In various press conferences that have followed you will hear words like, ” accept and move on”. Heard someone ask, move on to where?

The other day I was reading the history of Oliver Tambo, the South African freedom fighter and came across the following statement that  OR told Winnie Madikizela-Mandeka, the ex-wife of Nelson Mandela. I know it doesn’t mean much but in some sort of way, moved me.

“Zami, history provides. Do not do anything. History will provide a situation for you to react. Do not say anything. Remember that always in life. Sit when times are difficult, and just wait there. History will come to rescue you. You will get guidance from within, from yourself.”

Personally I applaud NASA’s move to go to court not just for the sake of justice, but for future elections in our country. We want to know what really transpired and if all the allegations against the IEBC are true or false. NASA talked about the IEBC system being hacked, is it true? Did whoever killed Chris Msando who by the way is yet to be buried, get what they were looking for? The IEBC CEO, Ezra Chiloba the other day came out to tell the country that they had forms 34B but didn’t have all form 34As. I want to learn how possible is that because from what I’ve heard from different speakers is that these are the primary documents and you only come up with 34B after the compilation of 34A. So how did they come out with the winner if they lack some forms. How did they verify the results?

These are just part of the many questions Kenyans have and hopefully we will come to get the answers to them from the Supreme Court. Me, and millions of other Kenyans queued for hours, some old, some sick, women with young ones balanced on their backs to vote. How do you think we will feel to learn that our votes didn’t count? We were just baking in the sun for the show of it! I want to know that and to be assured so that my sister and I, and many others can reverse our decisions about ever voting again.

Yesterday I woke up to the news that Rosyline Akombe, the vocal IEBC Commissioner, who was telling hungry fisilets on the night the IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati declared Uhuru Kenyatta as the winner that Ezra Chiloba (Chilobae) was happily married, had been arrested at JKIA as she was leaving for the US, her said second home. You go to the Social media and you could just feel people’s reactions.

Agree or disagree, our country is divided, now more than ever. Every little thing quickly becomes polarized. Nowadays I rarely log into my facebook account for fear of being pulled into the hate train. Sometimes I just feel like we are losing each other and for what? And for some section of leaders to come out and ask people to accept and move on is a lie in itself. For one to find closure, first you must know the truth, the real truth. You can suppress all these feelings for a while but one day it will all come out erupting like a volcano.

The Independent Observers, the clergies can write in their reports that the elections was “free, credible and fair” but it’s only the IEBC who know what it really was. Before the Supreme Court we will know the truth, hope it will be enough to set as free.

On a lighter note though, think Kenya technologically, we are on another level. We now even have computer generated leaders! Hahaha…

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