The gists from Kenya are unsettling. The repeat of the Presidential polls annulled by the country’s Supreme Court last September 1st, 2017 is a matter of days away. But the opposition has withdrawn its participation and is staging a protest on the day of the election. Dr Roselyn Akombe, an American educated and a visible commissioner of Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Border Commission, (IEBC), has fled to the United States, saying the country’s election management body is part of the problem.
All these are signs of plausible implosion which the conflict parties are already too hot to be able to bring under control on their own. It would appear that an urgent intervention from within Africa might be advisable. Although a very senior and serious elder as Thabo Mbeki was on ground when the first mess occurred, it is still possible that a quick delegation of ten such African elders, (not incumbents) could calm nerves.
It used to be assumed that some people somewhere would never allow certain things to happen. All too often, the world have seen worst fears come alive without any such people doing anything or being in a position to do anything. So, the warnings from Kenya are early enough for some collective moral authorities to make a quick dash to Kenya.
It is time to be innovative and preempt this badge of Africa easily exploding into an orgy of blood letting over one thing or another here and there, whatever it is that explains such regularity. Power is worth fighting for but nothing would justify a repeat of the 2007 violence in Kenya. No, not again, please!