• The August 9 election ran very smoothly and was largely free of violence
• The emphasis has shifted away from partisan politics to issues such as unemployment and the cost of living
People expected the election to be more problematic. In fact, it ran very smoothly and the Kenyan public proved to be mature and averse to conflict.
Kenya began to move beyond partisan ethnic politics to a largely issues-based campaign focusing on the economy, unemployment, health, and education. The two main presidential candidates received votes from all parts of the country. This cooled tempers because victory is no longer a regional matter. It is notable how peaceful Kenya has been since Tuesday, August 9.
But it is now time to return to normal life. Workers should return to work and people should be confident to go out again.
But we need an example from the top. Leaders, whether victors or losers, should be magnanimous and gracious towards their opponents.
And we, the wananchi, should also be conciliatory in our daily lives. Some neighbours voted for Raila and Azimio and some for Ruto and Kenya Kwanza. But, however we voted, we should be conciliatory and respectful towards all. In 2027, there will again be a winning and losing side. We don't know which side we will be on. We need to set a good example for the future.
Quote of the day: "You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realise this, and you will find strength."