Few weeks ago Kenyans held first time primary elections. It wasn't perfect but it provided a blue-print for the future if the next government will ensure complete enactment of the new constitution. Kenyans ought to be applauded for successfully pulling it off as the first country in Africa to hold the primaries.
They are in for round two. Monday night all six presidential candidates will share the platform for yet another historical televised and live debate. The first since independence from the British colony - 50 years precisely. It has not been smooth sailing for presidential candidates due to ethnic loyalty or geo-political forces, however there is a sense that Kenyans do not want a repeat of 2007 bungled up election which led to deadly riots. Wounds are not healed yet.
Millions of Kenyans will be watching and many around the world who have great interest in Kenya. In the past Kenyan presidential elections have been predominantly tribal oriented, especially larger tribes, leaving smaller tribes to scramble or gravitate to any favorable candidate who might reward them in case "he"(been men only) won. Though looks the same in this year's election, composition dynamics of joint venture for coalition parties from different parts of the country and loosely woven together by ethnic affiliation will likely level playing field. No candidate is assured of a clear win, political analysts believe there will be a run off.
Regardless of who wins Kenyans are gaining momentum to full democracy, especially the freedom of speech.