Two Steps Backwards

So after the strides made by Kenyans in exercising their power at the ballot box last week it looks increasingly like things are coming off the rails. Every step forwards, it seems, is met with two steps backwards, a media blackout and mass killings.

For now my inbox is full of press releases from diplomats and other observers congratulating the Kenyan people on their conduct at the polls and urging respect for the rule of law. I’m not entirely clear what that means. Of course, no-one wants to see violence. But I’m not sure what Kenyans are supposed to do amid tales of 115% turnouts, accusations of extrajudicial executions and returning officers who disappear for 12 hours only to emerge declaring President Kibaki the winner.

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