The Supreme Court brought to a close the legal tussle over the contentious August 8 presidential elections. But it opened the floodgates for rancorous political spats.
Jubilee Party’s strident and virulent attacks on the court and its officers led by Chief Justice David Maraga, and the entire constitutional platforms that gave rise to the earth-shattering ruling that overturned President Uhuru Kenyatta’s electoral victory, have demonstrated extreme levels of intolerance and political indiscipline.
Inversely, in view of the fact that the Supreme Court determined that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) substantively floundered as it committed irredeemable irregularities and illegalities, the agency has been subjected to scurrilous scolding by the National Super Alliance under Raila Odinga.
IEBC has been dragged through the mud and left without any semblance of credibility.
Broadly, President Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party has waged bare-knuckle war against the Judiciary while Nasa has lurched on the IEBC with the vengeance of a wounded lion.
Both camps are trumpeting division and hatred. Political rallies have become platforms for stinging character demolition bereft of sober conversation or explication of party agenda and justification of why the contenders are seeking power.
Threats and intimidation are the order of the day. Worse, the political formations have assembled teams of online warriors who spare no moment to tear apart the opposite camp or any statement or decision that runs contrary to their thinking.
There is deep hatred and reckless contest among the players and the net sum is a polarised country. Indisputably, the country is fatigued and not so much because of the repeat election now slated for October 26, but by the vitriol and expletives across the political formations. One wonders whether the contenders have any vision. Not so this crop of politicians.
We have slightly over a month before we go to the polls and we challenge the politicians to make better use of the period by campaigning about issues instead of verbiage and setting communities against each other. Candidates, their supporters and political parties should tone down the ferocious language that constantly threatens the tranquillity of the country.
We have to repeat the call we have made severally in the past, namely, that President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga have a duty to this country to cool down temperatures, moderate their language and tame their tactless lieutenants. They must conduct their campaigns with decency and sobriety.