Political Economy of Violence

COTU boss Francis Atwoli has urged President Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA leader Raila Odinga to embrace dialogue
COTU boss Francis Atwoli has urged President Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA leader Raila Odinga to embrace dialogue

The post election rhetoric and violence that ravaged parts of the counties of Kakamega, Bungoma, Busia and Vihiga in the last week or so seem to bear an uncanny resemblance to what took place in 2008 after the 2007 bungled presidential election.

One inescapable reality is that the former Western province appears to be surely adopting a worrisome regional psyche of projecting violence as a tool of expression of its failed political hopes at attaining proximity to the centre of power of the presidency of Kenya.

But the spectra of violence being used as a tool for political agitation show man ship, has unintended consequences that will define the region and a generation of its people. Make no mistake that the trigger happy user of violence as a tale of political agitation will take it harder for any of the counties to attract external investors leave alone local investors.

Scarce capital worldwide has unlimited choices of peaceful destinations, oasis of peace invest in the violence being birdied in the cloak of demonstrations will not repeat, will not make any investor to risk his or her investments in the region.

More damaging is that the Western man (read Luhyia man) continues to evolve into an unpredictable personality and therefore hard to do any social, political and economic business with other Kenyan men (read tribes) is it that he is unprincipled, not to be depended upon fickle, easily manipulated, one who does not know what he wants, where he is going, where he is coming from, ready to be a spanner boy for anybody and at no tangible price uncalculating.

We like it or hate it we must re-engineer who we are, where we have come from, where we are and where to go and how we must accomplish those tasks ourselves and not by being dependant on others.

Self introspection self re engineering for the short term and the long term in all spheres be it be it education, economy, politics is now not just a necessity but a must for our future survival and flourishing as a community as a productive competitive integral part of the Nation of Kenya.

The anger at our failed political endeavors to re-engineer our region. The saying goes that if you are in a hole you do not continue to dig it as you will disappear and be buried.

We need new blue prints, new philosophies, new world views, and new mindsets in how to navigate in the complex Nation of Kenya at this historic juncture.

We need to deploy brain power not violence, not frustration, not anger.