The Races: The start of a series - Al Kags
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The Races: The start of a series

Kenyans are for the next two years in for a veritable treat as far as entertainment is concerned. For eons, competition has been the surest form of entertaainment for the average human – and the two years 2007 and 2008 are going to be highly entertaining years for Kenyans.

The entertainment on schedule is the Kenyan election that is due in December of this year – even though indications are that the elections may come as early as September this year. The mayhem and hullabaloo that is the campaign process will engulf the Kenyans lives and media in a manner to ensure that they will be thoroughly entertained.Mwai Kibaki

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Will he be president again?

Presidential contenders in Kenya are diverse – from the incumbent, President Kibaki, mainstream politicians, Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka, Uhuru Kenyatta, Musalia Mudavadi, and Najib Balala, as well as the new entrants who include religious leaders – the controversial Bishop Margaret Wanjiru, the Charismatic Pius Muiru and others.

Bishop Margaret Wanjiru

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Controversial Religious Leader, Bishop Margaret Wanjiru is among the religious leaders planning a “political revival”

Soon after that epic battle is over, the US will be going through an election that is certainly one of a kind. For the first time since 1928 the white house is wide open for contest with no incumbent.

George W Bush will then be completing the two constitutional terms allowed by law and therefore he cannot run for another election (Thank God, some will sigh). His number two, “the hunter” Dick Chenney has categorically stated that he will not run – ostensibly because of his weak heart and the hunting incident where he accidentally shot someone.

A series of firsts

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Hillary Clinton is the first US first lady to be elected in office

  • This is the first elections in the US that a black man, a hispanic man and a woman will be vying for nominations and therefore election as president of the United States
  • The first time since 1928 that the presidential elections race has no incumbent

Now the serious contender, who have thrown in their hats include Al Gore, Hillary Clinton, Barrack Obama, Rudolph Giugliani, Newt Gingrich and others.

Certainly the reason that the 2008 elections will be so hot is the fact that for the first time, there will be a woman contender to the US presidency, a black man and a hispanic man and at least two of these are very serious contenders. Kenyans will follow the saga with rapt attention and fascination not only because it promises to be a tough battle but also because “their own” Barrack Obama – could be the leader of the so-called free world.

Starting today, Al Kags, Udi Kagwe, Buchere Amadi and Steve Abdulwalid Khamati will post analyses on the various aspects of the elections – both in Kenya and in the US.

Enjoy.

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