Mass Action or Dialogue?…….Here is my Answer to you.

ByBrian Ouko

Mar 17, 2023

Deciding between mass action and dialogue depends on the specific situation and the goals you want to achieve. 20th March is fast approaching, and baba and his followers are getting prepared. Here are some factors that parties involved in the expected “Maandamano” must consider:

1. What are the goals: If your goal is to draw attention to the political and economic issues affecting Kenyans, mobilize public support, and pressure the government or other institutions to take action, mass action may be more effective. If your goal is to find common ground and develop solutions to a problem, dialogue may be more effective. It all lies with you.

2. Context: Consider the political and social context of the country. Does Kenya have a history of repression or violence against protesters? The answer is YES. Therefore, mass action may be risky and may not lead to desired outcomes. This also suggests that dialogue may be a safer and more effective option.

3. Resources: Mass action can be resource-intensive, requiring large numbers of people, planning, and coordination. But all lies with the Azimio team, they know how prepared they are, since they have been mobilizing the crowds since the lapse of their 14 days ultimatum. But dialogue is less resource-intensive, but it requires time, patience, and willingness to engage in meaningful conversation (President William Ruto seems adamant in engaging the opposition).

3. Impact: Consider the potential impact of both mass action and dialogue. Mass action can lead to immediate results, but the impact may be short-lived, and it may lead to destruction of property or even endanger lives. Dialogue on the other hand may take longer to produce results, but it can lead to more sustainable and long-term solutions.

Ultimately, the decision to choose between mass action or dialogue depends on the specific situation and goals you want to achieve. In some cases, a combination of both may be the most effective approach. Therefore i urge the Azimio team led by Rt. Hon. Raila Amollo Odinga to carefully consider the benefits and drawbacks of each approach before making a decision. God bless Kenya!

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