Pray for Kenya this week…

Just over five years ago, Kenyans went to the polls.  As in other countries, the election results were far from clear cut – but instead of taking to the airwaves or to the courts, Kenyans took to the streets with machetes and gasoline cans.  More than 1000 people were killed, the country came to a standstill for months, and thousands were displaced from their homes and farms.  It’s election time again in Kenya…

S0 I’m asking you to pray for this beautiful piece of God’s creation this week, that God’s peace will descend on it.  Things are different this time:  While the electorate remains ethnically divided, the major ethnic groups have chosen different partners – like the second half of an evening of bridge.  Where the Kikuyu and Luo were aligned last time against the Kalenjin, in this chapter it’s Kikuyu and Kalenjin against Luo and Kamba, with a fifth group, the Luhya, in a position to decide the election.

Confused?  So are some Kenyans, according to an excellent write up in the New York Times today: Continue reading