by Kiflu Hussain
Right now, I am following the voting process in Kenya live from NTV.I can’t help but be nostalgic of the unprecedented huge voter turnout in Ethiopia during the 2005 election whose result was blatantly turned upside down by the incumbent,Meles Zenawi who passed away recently without atoning for that and other unspeakable crimes.
Back to Kenya, Kenya might have its own problems and black spots like the one witnessed during the 2007-08 election.Yet, my hunch tells me that Kenyans have moved on and learned from that terrible mistake. Like I said before, Kenya is not like Uganda where one can perpetuate himself in power by deleting a constitution and by manipulating “institutions” like one does to children with tantalizing sweets. Also Kenya is not like Ethiopia where the public is subjected, worse than the North Koreans, to pay homage to a dead dictator forever. By collating these bleak situations from their immediate northern and southern neighbors with the ample space they enjoy in their country, I hope Kenyans will prove to us that they’re the beacon of hope in this otherwise doomed region. Will they prove me right or disappoint me as dead wrong?
An Ethiopian social and political commentator exiled in Uganda
January 27th, 2014
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