As Kenyans head to the polls on Monday 4th March, 2013, it is not unusual for minds to go back to the happenings of 2007. True to his nature Kenneth Okwaroh Ochieng does not sit back and watch events unfold but proactively contributes in shaping the process. Here is a plea he has for all Kenyans to vote and make a difference in the country. If we cannot vote, we can get those who can vote to do so and make the much needed difference.
PLEASE ASK KENYANS TO GET OUT AND VOTE ON Monday March 4th 2013
My name is Kenneth Okwaroh Ochieng. Also Known As Okwaroh Ja’Paprombe on face book. I blog at Okwarohztake. I have a thousand plus friends on facebook, I follow many noble and interesting people on twitter and they follow me as well. I have over 300 connections on linked in, and have close to a thousand people in my circles on Google plus. I have travelled the world and met awesome people, made friends, classmates, workmates …
Folks am afraid but I have to do this. It is the least I can do to my country right now. My country Kenya is at cross roads. We are less than 24 hours into an extremely important general election. An election that demands of us to deal with a problematic past and juggle the promises and challenges that the future holds. It boils down to folks getting out as many a possible to VOTE. To vote enough to enable us distinguish a clear winner. Going by opinion polls that have run in the past 3 months – the race pits two arch rivals with strong personal and emotive opposing opinions that is cannon fodder for violence and ethnic animosity. Or people are reeling from the aftermath of the 2007 general election when unfortunate events led to peace-loving citizens taking arms against one another, killing over 1000 innocent people, displacing over half a million from their homes, destroying property worth trillions and crippling an economy that was in the path towards double digit growth.
I am writing to ask you that PLEASE. if you know a Kenyan, if you have any one of them in your networks (facebook, twitter, linkedin, Google+, foursquare, badoo, etc) – PLEASE ask them to get out on Monday 4th March and VOTE. If they are out there in the Diaspora, kindly ask them to spread this message to their constituencies.
Africa must indeed live up to its true potential. It begins with having civilised political transitions. We need Kenyans to get out and VOTE because if they don’t, we are headed into a RUN-OFF that is bound to be too costly in terms of resources and in terms of undermining the progress we have made in the difficult past 5 years reforming our institutions, working to reengineer our nationhood and building a responsive 21st century state.
We have already expended way above our means as a nation in real investment towards reforming the electoral process, the judiciary and internal security regime. The campaigns alone have been perversely expensive and have had significant impact on the economy already.
A run-off puts Kenya in a one month limbo when everything and anything could happen. It is appreciably an uneasy calm and we are doing our best to preach peace – but the run-off will sure ignite emotions, tension and will polarise Kenya in unprecedented measures.
As a nation we have brokered peace around the world – in South Sudan, spearheaded the renaissance of Somalia and are a beacon of regional stability, political tranquillity and economic prosperity in the East African region. Kenya calls on you to at least return a favour at this moment of need.
If you love Kenya – 1) Our beautiful sceneries – the great Mount Kenya, our cosy beaches in Mombasa, Lamu and Malindi; 2) Our rich heritage – the lion daring Maasai; 3) Our beautiful city in the Sun Nairobi where life never stops; 4) Our thrilller rugby 7s team, 5) our resillient athletes. If you love Peace, If you want prosperity and stability in East Africa, Africa and the world.
PLEASE ASK KENYANS TO GET OUT AND VOTE ON Monday March 4th 2012.
Thank you. Yours truly
Okwaroh Ja’ paprombe —–>http://bit.ly/YeTkwz
And please if you do not like my message, be the gentleman or lady and just overlook it
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