Friday, March 05, 2010

One Kenya: you can go wherever you like

Amir Ibrahim looks at national politicians and their relative success in having political rallies outside their home boundaries. It is hard to argue that these visits would translate into votes without partnerships with resident politicians. However, Ibrahim says that this is a positive movement towards national cohesion. Thoughts?
So we have progress? No doubt, and we should be grateful that politicians can increasingly go into ethnic zones where they know the majority view is opposed to them and where they are unlikely to make much in political mileage in an election. It is especially encouraging that even as politicians wage their wars and struggle against each other, the Kenyan people are increasingly tolerant and that even a politician under siege can expect both peace and the public’s ear when he visits any part of the country.