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Drama as scribes are beaten, boycott threats and icon dies

Even as the political fatigue which has been weighing down Kenyans for months finally seems to be getting to politicians, the week has generated its share of headlines.

It started with the declaration of Uhuru Kenyatta as the President-elect by IEBC for the second time in as many months. It ideally should have marked the end of what could go down in history as the most controversial electoral period thus far. But just as the President-elect’s acceptance speech was cautious, Kenyans are reluctant to accept it’s actually finally over.

And the weariness is justified considering one of the most influential persons in this country’s political history, Raila Odinga. boycotted the poll and promised tough times for ‘the government’ after vowing court option is off the table.

However, he said the exact same thing after August 8 before the Opposition legal team showed up at the Supreme Court on the last hour with truckful of ‘evidence’.

Adding fuel to the speculation we could be end up back at the Supreme Bench, Kenyans on social media have been questioning the glaring silence of Siaya Senator James Orengo and are wondering if he is holed up somewhere crafting what could take the country back to elections even before the dust has settled. In the same week, journalists turned their profession, or rather cameras, full circle when they became, unwilling newsmakers.

Citizen TV’s Francis Gachuri and NTV’s Jane Gatwiri were roughed up by goons at Wiper headquarters where Raila was set to address supporters. The scribes, not used to being punched protested by walking out in solidarity, almost scuttling the ‘grand announcement’.

Talking of protests, after rebranding Nasa to NRM, its MPs brigade was on the air waves launching their uniform as well as naming some of the companies they will be boycotting in their bid ‘to frustrate the government’.

However, Kenyans on social media were more amused than concerned by the calls, turning the whole issue into a huge hilarity. Kenyans! At the same time, Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho and his Kilifi counterpart Amason Kingi were calling for the separation of the coastal region from the rest of the country.

At a press conference in Mombasa on Friday, they promised to use ‘all legal means’ to force secession. Didn’t Joho say earlier he would vie for presidency of the Republic of Kenya in 2022? Interesting times!

But even as some are seeking to split the country into fiefdoms, it is a week we lost one of the great voices of peaceful co-existence. Eldoret Catholic Bishop Cornelius Korir (pictured), praised for his role in preaching unity especially after the 2007/08 post-poll violence died on Monday at his home. May his soul rest in peace!

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