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Root­ing for Kenya and Fer­rari: frus­trat­ing, but worth it

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As Kenya was counting votes over the weekend after its presidential election, seven-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton came visiting for a holiday. I love watching F1. However, unlike many Kenyans, my favourite team is not Hamilton’s Mercedes but rather Scuderia Ferrari (or the Scuds, as I like to call them).

I must admit that rooting for a team that, unlike Hamilton, has not won anything since 2008, has taken its toll. Every season, it is the same pattern of starting off with great hope and confidence before the sinking “oh-no-not-again” feeling of despair kicks in as the season proceeds and the team almost invariably implodes. Year after year, we the fans are left to lick our wounds and then start all over again.

Rooting for Kenya is a similarly frustrating pursuit. It is a country that, like the Scuds, has so much potential but seems intent on self-sabotage at every turn. Take the presidential election. On Monday, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), the body managing the vote, announced Deputy President William Ruto as the winner of the election, narrowly ahead of perennial presidential aspirant Raila Odinga. However, with many commissioners of the IEBC refusing to certify the results, the........

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