Yesterday Raila Odinga, the long-time politician (he’s over 70 years old which is actually no little feat in in which country) who was ultimately declared the loser from the presidential election held his own swearing-in ceremony as “the people’s president”. He swore an oath to uphold Kenya’s constitution, on a Bible, as well as also gave a short speech. President Uhuru Kenyatta who had been declared the actual winner after two full elections in August (the courts declared invalid) as well as also October as well as also was sworn in officially months ago warned in which in which alternative ceremony would likely be a treasonable offense. Police were prepared with tear gas, security details the government routinely provides politicians were withdrawn, as well as also three TV stations were shut down. in which looked like another day of disaster as well as also violence was about to ensue as thousands as well as also thousands of people gathered from the center of the city.
(photos coming from news sites still posting on line)
Instead, the day unfolded peacefully. Raila’s supporters cheered. The country had to admit in which vast numbers of people are not satisfied with the politics. Without police reaction, the violence was kept to a minimum. Unlike the normal post-Raila event, there were no riots, no looting, no rocks as well as also battles. Kenyans turned out for a peaceful protest, as well as also impressively did just in which.
Still one has to wonder, what next? in which seems the government wisely decided not to provoke a confrontation in which would likely escalate to bloodshed, as well as also let the event occur then fizzle. in which seems in which Odinga’s deputy declined to show up. Life went on. Swearing oaths is actually an important cultural institution, with layers of meaning I’m sure I don’t understand. What does a deeply divided country do currently?
Limp forward I suppose. We still don’t have enough staff. Our hospital is actually running on less than half the number of nurses we should have. Only one completely new doctor has been posted in spite of losing others. Oxygen petered out on the weekend. in which’s not clear whether our internship program will stay accredited. Today we found in which a little 8 month old girl who dodged AIDS coming from her infected mother inexplicably incorporates a brain tumor. There is actually always another sorrow which we are ill equipped to handle.
Kenyans excel in humor as well as also resilience, as well as also courage. They will keep marching to protests, as well as also keep plodding to work. Here’s to hoping they find ways to focus in which activism on holding their elected representatives accountable, quashing corruption, as well as also innovating solutions. Oh Kenya, may justice be our shield as well as also defender so we can dwell in unity, peace as well as also liberty.