The Party of National Unity beat a hasty retreat this week and called off its intended nationwide rallies aimed at sensitising Kenyans on the reform agenda. Their coalition partners had also warned of a parliamentary and un-parliamentarily push to ensure the reforms are in place.
The idea of a political rally whether it’s for sensitisation or for any other reason is misguided at this time when the country is trying to heal following events immediately after the 2007 general election.
Lest they forget, Kenya is still at the brink of collapse after the failed Kilaguni talks, and subsequent utterances by Prime Minister Raila Odinga and his party the Orange Democratic Movement demanding equal stake of the national cake.
Our leaders seem to lose focus every other time, it would have been very unfortunate if PNU went ahead with the rallies and ignored the dying Kenyans plea for assistance and engaged them in unproductive politics.
This is not the time to show off might nor to chest thump. The mere suggestion of rallies at a time when Kenyans are struggling more than ever is in itself self defeating, ill-advised and to say the least not prudent.
The coalition partners must sit down and come up with solutions to challenges facing the nation. The country is at cross roads and PNU should instead engage their ODM counterparts and sit at the table, and immediately resolve this standoff.
Kenyans do not want to go to the streets. They want to work at this time of harsh economic hardship. Kenyans are tired and have no time for divisive politics which could lead to the disruption of their normal lives as it happened early last year.
What Kenyans want is President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga to show leadership and whip their flock together and make them to serve Kenyans instead of bickering.
The leaders must listen to the clergy. Both Muslims and Christian leaders have been calling on these two principals to take charge of the Nation. Similar calls have been coming from envoys who have even gone further to preach peace. A good example is US Ambassador Michael Ranneberger who was in Nakuru last week to preach to Kenyans on how they should co-exist.
The time for politics is not now. Our leaders should instead focus on reforms. My prayer today is that our leaders will immediately wake up and take the country back to its former glory.