One Kenyan Psychiatrist's Opinions on issues and happenings...
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Kenya elections: Don't worry about things you cannot change!
People. Once again let me say this.
The elections are over. There were obvious flaws at all stages of the
process, and I think all coalitions will agree with this (the two
leading teams have addressed press conferences expressing worries at
various points, usually when they sense a disadvantage).
Results are still being released, and legitimate questions have been
raised (including by me) about some of the figures; this will obviously
For the Kenyan voter, this thing is now
out of your hands. No matter how much you huff or puff, the IEBC will do
what they will. I advise my clients (not that any of you is one!) not
to waste time worrying about things they cannot change. Worry only about
that which you can change, and then change it as soon as you can in
order to stop worrying about it.
For the politicians, I feel
your pain if you are on the losing side, especially if you consider the
loss unfair. Please do the following:
1. Meticulously collect evidence of electoral malpractice and store it safely. Consult with electoral law experts, if you must.
2. As soon as the IEBC announces the final result, lodge your complaint
in the appropriate court (The Supreme Court in the case of the
3. Argue your case as convincingly as
possible before the courts. Since, obviously, the evidence you have is
incontrovertible, it should be very easy to persuade the courts to
nullify the election and order a fresh one.
4. Don't bother
with popular sentiment. Your supporters still support you, and if they
are in the majority, they will obviously vote for you again. Those that
do not support you will not change their opinion just because you are
being treated unfairly. Don't waste valuable resources on them!
Finally, for the IEBC, why are you taking so long to call this thing?
History will judge you harshly if you continue to play around
indecisively with results that you already hold!
telling Kenyans to maintain peace! That is the default position here.
Nobody has expressed any intention of causing violence (except of course
the outlawed gangs that the security forces are already aware of!)