Kenya's version of Democracy
by Victor Kenyy
13. February 2008
What really is democracy? This is not a rhetoric question because
over the past month I have been grappling with it but every moment
of thought has brought more questions than answers.
I thought one of the components of democracy is free speech but
here where I live it is either ODM or death. Since 30th December
2007, we have been living in fear be4cause of perceived support
for PNU and Kibaki. Our thoughts are supposed to be in uniformity
with those of other in the area.
I live in Rift Valley, Kericho in particular, which is more or
less the heartland of ODMís support. Running battles with police
and gunshots had become the order of the day as people discussed
secession with ease, oblivious of the ramification. Kibakiís
tribes people, regardless of who they voted for were routed out of
their homes and told to go and live in State House. Luoís were
hacked out of Central in revenge.
Democracy, as I know it doesnít not entail forcing everyone to
agree with you, you try to convince them but if they do not well
and good. They are free to have their own view points. Nor does it
entail voting for someone then having him/her rigged out.
People are destroying property and killing others in the name of
democracy while others are using state instruments to revenge in
the same name of democracy. Democracy is invoked by both parties
but up to now I have yet to see how the unfolding events are in
any way connected to this hallowed principle.
I am starting to wonder if we really need it!