Election violence is caused when people dispute election results!
It might be due to claims of theft of votes, voter bribery, unfair vote count or even when the case has been taken to court, unfair ruling of the case.
Elections in Kenya are held after every five years to bring in new breed of leaders and a new government in office.
Kenya has experienced major election violence in the year 2007. This has gone down in history as the worst election violence in Kenya. Thousands of people were killed in the election violence and thousands of families grieved and are still grieving for their lost loved ones. Kenya went a big loss that year.
The effects of the election violence were murder, thousands of children became orphans and other people became orphans.
The violence really destroyed the image of the country. Many investors ran away and business opportunities went to waste. The tourist sector ran at a loss because tourists were afraid to visit the country then. Even after the violence, it was difficult to clear the image. Businesses were destroyed during the violence such that the country had gone back to square one.
Many people became paralyzed during post-election violence. Some lost their hands while some legs or at least one of their body parts. Watching a documentary on the scenes of that year, you will get to see that most women were raped unlike men who were mostly murdered in cold blood. The younger together with the old underwent torture and misery.
The areas that were affected were mostly the slums. Houses were burnt and high numbers of deaths were recorded in the slums. The election was based on mostly tribal issues and the slums as we all know accommodates all tribal and ethnic groups.
Deep wounds and scars were created and these are things that people will never forget.
I simply believe that we can end election violence in Kenya by accepting results and not following the words of these politicians, and also by loving our neighbors as we love ourselves. Because love is a powerful commandment.
Cota Kenya has been instrumental in championing for peace and alternatives to address violence.