Let’s embrace political tolerance and healthy competition of ideas

Mithika Linturi

Meru Senator Mithika Linturi arrives at Gigiri Police Station on January 9, 2022 following his arrest in Eldoret over inflammatory remarks he made at a political rally.

Photo credit: Francis Nderitu | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • Past elections have been characterised by tension and, in extreme cases, deadly clashes.
  • This explains why Kenyans are angry whenever an elected leader takes to the podium to make reckless remarks.

Kenya’s electoral history is replete with offensive and painful scars: people burning others alive, people being displaced at night, people watching helplessly as their hard-earned property is destroyed and others being chased from the places they have always called home.

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