It is indeed sad to see misleading information, sadly there is a lot of it coming from well-meaning Kenyans about the upcoming election. They are saying 'never again' we were shocked by the 2007 / 2008 post election violence, it will never happen again. They say 'Ah! The new constitution has addressed all the issues' it won't happen again.
You can change the constitution but you can't change the tribalism that is deeply ingrained in people's psyches, you can't change the power hungry greed of politicians, they have changed parties not mindsets. The election related posturing and positioning has been underway sometime and the election related violence of recent weeks show that the people have not changed look at Tana River, Kilifi, Mtomondoni.
Yes no tourists were involved in the last election violence, but if MRC does embrace violence who can say what is going to happen at the coast? If you are spending a fortune on a holiday (Kenya is an expensive destination) do you want to be worrying about potential issues in advance and then when you are here rather than just relaxing and getting full value for your hard-earned money.
Don't get me wrong I want tourists to come here and spend money, I want my many friends here to have the income, I want them to spend some of it in Wor Lass's shop. I want tourism at the coast to thrive rather than withering as it currently is but if people come unaware of the potential risk, and something bad happens it could do terminal damage to the industry.
People deserve real accurate information not just platitudes