Elections and violence, it’s always a question of numbers and statistics in measure of deaths and injuries caused in the pre, during and post-election periods for each of the East African counties. And whether this damage is always followed by justice or not, its rationale defeats humanity and desire for prevail of peace.
The threat elections impose on communities and people is comparable to insurgents, this as the enemy is often not just the opposition supporters but also the security operatives. Most of the damage, injury and deaths are caused by extremes of security officers against the people.
And while East Africa is still wounded by the infamous November killings in Uganda that preceded the 2021 general elections, the fears of a similar happening in the 2022 Kenyan presidential elections are justified.
Such fears are a threat to peace and security, those of divisionism and escalation of mere political conversations, those of intolerance that develop into hatred and desire to malice the other. Most unfortunately is the fear of the likelihood of history repeating, like has been the previous elections, numbers, and statics, those of the dead, crippled, damaged or in comma!
Then day by day the election comes closer, the campaigns intensify but so does the threat to security and peace. While the biggest beneficiaries hardly suffer such threats, the reverse is true to the common ‘wanaichi’ like is to a soldier at frontline in an insurgence.
Writer: BARYAMUJURA MAHAD is a passionate about social justice