Kenya General Elections 2013: A Child’s Perspective
Last updated on March 29th, 2017 at 07:14 pm
Kenya decides 2013. The most expensive election both for the state and aspirants it is said to be. The former seeking to avoid the mistakes of the past, notably the 2008 post election violence, in keeping with provisions of the ‘new’ Kenyan constitution. The later, well, power remains the name of the game.
‘Let Children Enjoy Childhood’ implored the paid up full page advert on Kenyan dailies by the Office Of The President- Ministry of State For Special Programmes, on election eve March the third 2013. On it bold it urges ‘Stop Think Again‘.
In the background : images of playing children, a protester, raging flames and a saddened teared child looking into the distance, lost in thought, in search of an answer to rationalize all.
The footnote? The grim statistics from 2007/2008: 1,300 killed, 633,921 displaced and billions in wealth destroyed. A vow not to let that ever happen again, to vote peacefully for a peaceful and united country after the 4th of March 2013.
On my perimeter wall on the morning of the election day, I chance upon this chalk drawn ‘mural’, no doubt creative works of the neighborhood children. Their account of the events of the days gone by, whose culmination is today.
|Kenya General Elections 2013: A chalk drawn wall mural, a child ‘s perspective|