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How to be the calm and funky Kenyatta

UNLUCKY: Many Kenyans feel that Kenyatta could have lost that election because apparently the computerised system of voting was flawed and hacked into…. It is a game of survival. Trust me, guys do anything to save their jobs so do not start being all judgmental.

The Kenya presidential elections were recently annulled after one of the top challengers, Raila Odinga appealed the results in the supreme court. This was simply unheard of, especially in Africa. In fact, Uhuru Kenyatta must have been an embarrassment to a trail of incumbent African leaders that have suspiciously manoeuvered electoral and judicial systems for controversial victories. Well, apparently he was not too smart and was caught. These ‘revolutionary’ African leaders either win or you lose, end of story. To imagine that Uhuru did not have a judicial or electoral teddy bear to influence things is somewhat refreshing. Must have been tough for Uhuru though! Kenyatta now faces another test to reclaim the presidency in fresh polls slated to take place in 60 days. There are no guarantees this time around. Raila Odinga is now beaming with excitement after being given a lifeline while Kenyatta stares a likely defeat in the face. Rare scenes in Kenya, I tell you. For Ugandans, we can only wish for such miracles. It is like the lure of a beautiful woman you know cannot have. We just gotta stare. To be like Uhuru, copy your favourite idler’s notes.

Stay cool and funky…
Uhuru Kenyatta has a cool vibe about him. It is no surprise that the Kenyan youth adore him. He speaks their lingo, thinks like them and understands them. While he embodies youth, some other president this side is fighting to reclaim his. The guy is discovering birth certificates out of nowhere just to remind the peeps that he can still push the wheel a little longer. Kenyatta oozes swag. He looks like a guy who would kick it with guys over a drink in the evenings, and probably stretch it a little longer. His eyes are just a mild testimony of some bad night decisions.
To be like Kenyatta, you will have to loosen up a little. No need to strut your heavily-suited body back home after work. Call up your homies for just a round and share the day’s experiences. Do not just exist, live. Take a moment out of your busy life to dance and drink a little. Life is too short to be wasted looking too serious.

Be humble and mature
Uhuru, the son of Kenya’s first post-Independence president, Jomo Kenyatta has been involved in politics for a long time but he is very chilled about it. He has served as a senator, minister, among other roles but still manages to maintain a certain kind of humility. He has often tried to avoid the arrogance that comes with being in power or the donkey fights that politicians are often involved in. Well, that is until recently. Kenyatta is not one to easily lose his cool when faced with difficult situations. It is not necessary to bring guns to a pillow fight. Why fight anyway? Some of you are humble till you get remotely promoted by being moved to the next cubicle. Be humble bro. There is no need to go to war when we can have a chat over coffee.
To be like Kenyatta, you must have a level of diplomacy. If you do not, just learn. Accommodate people however irritating they are. Some of you will find their phone removed off the charger and will want to assemble troops. Calm down bro. The leaders are worse. They are humble when looking for votes but grow horns when they assume responsibility. They want convoys and are out of touch with society. While Kenyatta is not completely free of this, he has tried to remain somehow grounded.

Accept you are not always right
These recent presidential elections were the tightest in recent Kenya history. Raila Odinga was on Kenyatta’s case. Many Kenyans feel that Kenyatta could have lost that election because apparently the computerised system of voting was flawed and hacked into. If at all this is true, there is no surprise there. It is a game of survival. Trust me, guys do anything to save their jobs so do not start being all judgmental. Surprisingly though, he accepted the court’s decision to annul the election. Some leaders I know cannot swallow that ‘nonsense’. You annul an election, you annul your earnings, your career and all.
To be like Kenyatta, have the decency to accept that you are not always right even if you have to look like the world’s biggest idiot. Just accept it.
There you go. Be like Kenyatta.

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