You might have heard in the news that Kenya’s recent elections in which President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner have been cancelled. The Supreme Court gave a ruling that the elections were not carried out according to the Constitution, so the whole process is null and void. This is a very historic ruling in this part of the world—the first time ever an incumbent President’s victory has been overturned.
Kenya is set to have fresh presidential elections within 60 days.
The international observers had given a thumbs-up for Kenya’s election. They said it was free, fair and credible. It is true that Kenyans voted peacefully. The voting was not the problem. But in tallying and transmission of the results, there were serious glaring irregularities that the observers either did not notice, or decided to ignore.
From the beginning of the count the computer-generated reports put the incumbent at 54% and the main opponent at 43%, an 11% difference that remained constant until the winner was declared. There are obviously regions and tribes that would predominantly vote for Uhuru and others that would vote for the opposition candidate, Raila. Steady statistics all through the count were the first indicator that something was not adding up. The court looked into all that and a lot more, including outright forgery, that led the electoral commission to arrive at the “winner.”
This was not the first time an election was tampered with. Africa is quite familiar with such scenarios. These include our neighboring Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, DRC and many other countries.
Personally, this election process has led me through spiritual battles. Praying for truth, peace and integrity in Kenya, along with revival, has captured much of my focus over the past months.
After the results were declared, I felt cheated. I asked God serious questions. Questions regarding prayers that I and many others have made for this nation. Being involved in writing the Kenya Constitution, fighting corruption, the struggle for freedom of expression . . . . All the years which included praying with certain presidents—did all those come to nothing? For days I wrestled in prayer. Then God began to give assurance that Kenya would actually fulfil her prophetic destiny.
The overturning of a presidential election is one of many steps that God will take to bring Kenya into His divine agenda. I see dignity, economic upsurge, tribal and cultural integration, an end to corruption and vivacious revival, propelling Kenya as a lighthouse of the Eastern Gate that will turn Africa around.
We are cautiously excited. Please pray that the next polls will be truly free, fair, transparent and credible. We continue to pray also that God’s end-time intentions for Kenya will be fulfilled.