NEW YORK-Renowned success author and motivational speaker, Dr. Stephen R. Covey, has stated in his success literature that any major breakthrough must involve a major break with.

We are fully in agreement.

But what does this have to do with the short-lived election victory by President Uhuru Kenyatta on August 8, 2017?

We want to discuss this question on the basis of three of the most awesome powers known to man.

These are the powers of submission, unity, and the spoken word.

Speaking to the New York Times, immediately following the Supreme Court’s detailed explanation of its decision to annul Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta’s poll “victory” on August 8, 2017, an assistant professor at the University of Michigan, Ms Mai Hassan, made a couple of a rather startling comments.

First, Ms Hassan stated that she expects Mr. Kenyatta to “win the revote.”

Then she added that “now that there is another vote, I’m worried that Raila will rile up his supporters and Uhuru will respond with force,” she said.

“Raila used a lot of war rhetoric in the run-up to the August vote, and Uhuru retaliated by being very clear that his government would not tolerate unrest.”

We cannot pinpoint precisely what professor Hassan believes.

It is important to mention, however, that the professor lives and works in the USA, a nation whose president is facing one of the most aggressive counterintelligence and, possibly, criminal investigations since Watergate.

The Mueller investigation is closing in on the culprits who meddled in America’s 2016 presidential election.

The investigation is getting perilously close to Mr. Trump himself.

That is notwithstanding vigorous efforts by the Whitehouse to scuttle the investigation.

This is what inevitably happens when institutions are in place, and the rule of law really exists.

It is quite clear that Mr. Trump will not survive the onslaught.

We believe that the Republic of Kenya, as clearly spelt out in the Supreme Court decision regarding the 2017 presidential poll, has an opportunity to make a clean, irrevocable break with the past.

That past has created chaos every election cycle, because of an executive run amok.

An executive that has hitherto cannibalized all checks and balances essential to a functional democracy.

This has, in turn, produced a twisted logic in which winners of elections have historically been declared losers, and losers winners.

Kenya has an opportunity to break with this, if the nation is to have peace, freedom, and justice for all.

Professor Hassan has a right to her opinion, whatever that is.

The facts on the ground in Kenya, however, suggest that institutions are growing. The judiciary is starting to assert itself, against executive overreach.

Mr. Odinga has a massive national following, and will win in a landslide in any election based on the 2010 constitution, and applicable laws.

The Supreme Court has created a precedent, a breakthrough that appears sustainable.

The Court has promised to annul the next, and any future, election if it is conducted in ways that do not meet the standards stipulated by the national constitution and applicable lection laws.

Mr. Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto, appear to have sensed these developments.

That they have mounted vigorous efforts to “fix” the judges of the Supreme Court, is a clear testimony of how psychological residuals of authoritarianism in Kenya will be difficult to overcome.

Our opinion is that the country will win if its citizens avoid lose talk; the leaders learn to submit their egos, and unite based on a set of values we all cherish.

At the top of the list is a yearning for freedom, equality, justice, and peace.

Without these, everything means nothing.

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