Tomorrow is the big day when Kenyans will go to the polling stations to vote on the new constitution. I am excited the day is finally here. This constitution has been a hot topic since I arrived in Kenya in January. I am excited to witness Kenya's history in the making but I am anxious to see what happens. I have been reading fellow missionaries blogs and some of them are gearing up for the worst. After what happened in 07/08 post election violence, people are taking extra precautions this time. Many of them are registering with their embassy, stocking their houses with food, topping up with phone credit, filling their cars with gas, etc. It's good to be prepared. Even today, I went to the store and stocked up on a few things just incase I get stranded in the compound for a few days.
However, the country seems quite peaceful. I don't think anyone wants to see the same thing that happened a few years ago which left over 1000 people dead. The country has mobilized 70,000 police officers around the country. They have recognized hotspots where violence could occur and has them under control. They even have police helicopters that will circle the country looking for any signs of violence. Leaders in business, church, and the state are all urging citizens to keep peace. It's looking good so far.
On sunday, our pastor was speaking on loving one another. It was a very timely service as this time we are called to love one another. This is not a test of whether to vote YES or NO, it is a test to love one another unconditionally. So my prayer is that LOVE would reign in Kenyans hearts as they vote tomorrow. May they stand firm on Christ, not on their politicians.
NAIROBI, Kenya — Leaders in Kenya are calling on the country to carry out a peaceful referendum.
Wednesday's vote is the first national ballot since postelection violence in 2007-08 left more than 1,000 people dead.
Kenyans are voting on whether to accept or reject a new constitution that would reduce the powers of the presidency. But the draft also has raised emotions over land rights, abortion and Muslim family courts.
Police officials said Tuesday they are better prepared to deal with any post-vote violence than during the 2007-08 violence.
President Mwai Kibaki asked his countrymen Tuesday to embrace one another as brothers and sisters after the vote.
Politicians and analysts predict that the referendum will be largely peaceful.