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Opinion: Redemption strategy is the answer

Today history will repeat itself. This is part of what is the LEGACY BOOK that I will publish in November 2022. I picked this section of smooth transition because it TEACHES lessons of maturity. It also calls for REDEMPTION STRATEGY which has been ELUSIVE in Africa.

Late Kaunda and late Chiluba did the same in Africa. Kaunda handed over to Chiluba and the rest is history. I might not be in the Stadium but I will watch from my sitting room and see how this goes on in Kenya.

Fellow Africans, note that whatever happened during the Donald Trump inauguration where Barack Obama peacefully handed over the tools of power to his archnemesis Donald J.Trump. This is going to happen in Kenya today where PRESIDENT UHURU KENYATTA is handing over power to PRESIDENT-ELECT WILLIAM RUTO.

On principle and ideology, PRESIDENT UHURU KENYATTA does not agree FULLY with PRESIDENT-ELECT WILLIAM RUTO. But unfortunately PRESIDENT -ELECT WILLIAM RUTO was what KENYANS decided on, PRESIDENT UHURU KENYATTA has no other constitutional option but to comply with the CONSTITUTIONAL ORDER of Kenya. It is a painful way but a reality which some of us must grapple with.

Lest we forget, Abraham Lincoln once guided,” Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.” It has to be left to them once they decide, President Uhuru Kenyatta is giving it to the maxim.

Today indeed President Uhuru Kenyatta is carrying forward the long running tradition and the hallmark of Kenya’s democracy, a peaceful transition of power. A modern example of one party peacefully ceding power to another, a rare spectacle in most parts of Africa.Even a scare to some Presidents who will grace the day.

His magnanimous gesture is just but a manifestation of how of age the Kenyan democracy has come and albeit how temporary the occupants of this office are, including those who will be taking from him. A time will come when they will have to peacefully hand over power, and therefore what matters most is the LEGACY left behind to be passed over.

That is a clear reminder that should make each occupant a guardian of the democratic institutions, independent institutions and constitutional provisions like rule of law, separation of powers, equal protection, hard earned civil liberties and justice to all Kenyans. President Uhuru Kenyatta will be handing over a Country in one piece, he has done his best in terms of TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY but politically divided down the middle on 50/50.

Now with a peaceful transition, comes the responsibility to those who take over, that regardless of the push and pull of daily politics, it’s up to them to leave those instruments of democracy at least as strong as they found them. For Uhuru, it is the last task well accomplished, now his hands are clean and free.

I say in other words like Pontius Pilate when he released Barabbas and left Jesus in the hands of the Jews, he has done what is expected of him and washed off his hands. Whatever happens, after today is up to Kenyans themselves and the leadership of the day. It was not the DEATH of Julius Caesar that hurt him but the collapse of the ROMAN EMPIRE .

By adhering to the Rule Of Law, President Uhuru Kenyatta has put Kenya before himself.

Plato says in his book The Republic, “For we may venture to say that, if there should be a city of good men only, immunity from office-holding would be as eagerly contended for as office is now, and there it would be made plain that in very truth the true ruler does not naturally seek his own advantage but that of the ruled; so that every man of understanding would rather choose to be benefited by another than to be bothered with benefiting him.”

So consider yourself duly warned — by Plato, no less.

Long live Kenya, long live the Republic! God bless Kenya.

Author: Dr. Matsanga David (Founder/ Chairman Pan African Forum Ltd)

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