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Managing Failure And Frustrations in Election Outcomes

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By Jay Kioko

Tomorrow, Kenya goes to the polls. Two days later, half of the population will not be happy. Losers in various races will be unhappy. Supporters of three presidential candidates will not be happy. Feelings akin to a heartbreak will be felt by almost a half of the population. That’s how I felt when Raila Odinga, the presidential candidate I supported with all my heart was rigged out in 2007. I felt angry, bitter, hurt … I wept. I didn’t sleep well. I was supposed to go back to work in South Sudan on 3rd January 2008. I didn’t. Instead I requested for a two-week leave to deal with my loss, to grieve. Never in the history of elections had I felt so frustrated. It’s not that I needed anything form Raila after the elections. I just felt he was the right person to drive this country forward. He still is.

Do I care anymore about the outcome of elections? Yes, I do. As a person who sees things not through the prism of tribal politics, I would want to see the better candidate lead Kenya. Will my feelings be hurt by the outcome? No, Never, not at all. Even if a dog sits at the helm, I will feel nothing. I learnt that lesson in 2008. Never take Kenya elections seriously. You will get hurt.

But you may ask me… How will I not feel sad and hurt when I have put in so many resources into my campaigns and I have lost. How will I not feel bad when the candidate I supported has lost? Well, here is the thing. LIFE HAS TO GO ON. You have lost. There are two ways you can deal with this. Stand up, dust yourself and say that there is always another chance, that it was wasn’t meant for me, that things happen for a reason…Move on. Conversely, you can take a rope, look for the strongest tree around, right in the middle of the night when everyone else is asleep and hung thyself. The former is a better option … There is always a better tomorrow.

Just like in betting, no punter places a bet to lose. We have campaigned to win. But the opposite will also be the outcome.

In conclusion, don’t take election outcomes as a matter of life and death. Accept results. If we all set ourselves this way, we will mitigate the kind of post-election violence we have witnessed in previous elections.


Let’s keep the PEACE.

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