By E Njenga
Soon politicians Raila Odinga and Uhuru Kenyatta will be touring the country in the name of preaching unity. While it is true that inter-communal cohesion is low at the moment due to hate speech programming by politicians and radio stations owned by them, preaching will not bring unity.
Unity is a product of justice, equity and fairness. Unity will not arise from political ceasefire and colourful speeches. It is funny that immediately after the plastic handshake, Uhuru released a list of public appointments which was heavily tribally skewed. A clear sign that Jubilee is not about to change anything.
While all this was going on, a toxic Jubilee politician was busy bailing out the musician who sang the hateful and denigrating Ikamba song. Such acts will embolden those who threaten our unity and cripple the hands of bodies such as NCIC that are mandated to deal with hate speech. Once again Jubilee is clear that it is business as usual.
No one is talking about ending the impunity and economic crimes witnessed in the last five years. No one is talking about punishing the perpetrators. How will unity help this country in the face of all this impunity?
We can’t tolerate a situation where politicians create ethnic divisions and tensions then later present themselves as saviours by calling truce after cashing in on the divisions. You divide Kenyans during elections and thereafter share the spoils while placating them with obscene platitudes in political rallies.
These rallies are a shameless coverup for impunity. Kenyans should keep away from such.