RE: Elections 2022; its Peace for Us.
I greet you all wherever you are in this great country called Kenya. I extend these greetings to other Kenyans who are outside the country and spread across the world. I hope you are all well and advancing the Kenyan spirit of hard work and determination.
I also hope that you are prepared to go and exercise your democratic right of choosing the people to lead you (us) for the next period of five years. In making that decision, I hope too that you did the due diligence of weighing everyone on the manifesto agenda metric.
Having done that, you will be required to go and confirm your choice through the ballot next week Tuesday 9th of August 2022. Having had calm albeit heated campaign periods, it will be so absurd of us to break that peaceful aura because of that one-day affair.
As with every election gone past, they come and go yet we remain. Understanding that needs to enable us to think about how we will carry ourselves these last days leading up to the election day and the days following the announcements of the results.
One thing I am certain of is that each one of us has had a taste of what havoc looks like. The opposite of peace, violence, must have left scars in many of our hearts I know. Violence is not necessarily because of politics only but also because of fired tribal animosities during peaceful times and the results have not been anything to boast about.
It should not be that having come out of such perils, our hearts became hardened to such a level that resorting to violence wouldn’t mean anything to us. Nay, it should be that we learned our lessons and vowed never again to allow divisive politics to rule us whatsoever.
I beseech all of us wherever we are and from whichever place, we will be casting our votes to be considerate in how we see others during this period. Let us understand that democracy gives every one of us the right to choose the leaders we want.
Being on the other side of the divide doesn’t make the other person an enemy. Respect their choice. No wonder no one has ever come to beat you for choosing the person you choose to love. We are very careful to respect that choice, the same way we should exercise an equal measure of decorum with the elections.
Let none incite you against your brother or sister. Look at others, not based on where they are from, what their name is, how they sound, or even which political divide they identify with rather choose to first see everybody as a Kenyan before anything else.
I know that that person who will wish to divide us and elicit violence amidst us will be put to shame when he/she will realize that we chose not to accept any divisions amongst us. I have already decided that peace will reign supreme for me during this election climaxing period. If you decide as well and influence five more people to make the same decision and ask the five to influence another five to choose peace above everything, in no time all of us will sing peace and life will go on smoothly.
If we will allow violence to rule over us, it is we who will cry. It is also us who will lose our loved ones. It may be us who will be lost. It is us as well that will lose our properties and valuables. In the process, nothing will happen to those we will be fighting over. Is it worth it you see? No.
So, dear Kenyans, receive this letter with a lot of love. Know that we should keep praying for each other for this country. It is the only one we have to call our ancestral home and not any other. I thus plead with all of us that we choose peace in the 2022 general election.
Thank you for heeding the call in advance.