Every five years the Kenyan populace comes to a standstill to elect it’s next crop of leaders. We have done this religiously since we got independence but for most of the Kenyan politics, it became real in 1992, when finally multipartyism became a reality.
Many people stood to be later, many tried, few succeeded and some are still around today. The likes of James Orengo and William Ruto with Y2K and such. Some of us were still in lower primary school in 1992, and here we are 25 years later looking at yet another election.
So, let me delve right into this, and speak on politics. During the past 12 months, I have become increasingly aware of the fact that politics is the one variable factor that moves this country. There is no denying that economy, inflation, security have a hand in the lives of Kenyans, but it goes without saying that Kenyan politics is the one thing that is the centre of everything in this country.
From a Presidency that started with cases at iccand currently embroiled with ultercations with governors, to an opposition that for most of the past 5 years has been around one man, the Enigma.
So, these are my reasons why you should NOT be in politics.
1. Disturbance of status quo. As human beings we do not like change, infact we resist and detest it. We like things to stay as they are. That is really why we elect the same leaders over and over again. We do not care when you tell us how corrupt or inept they are. We like them the way they are. Offering yourself as an alternative just does not help us. You will come and bring development, but we do not want development, we want our tribesman to head us. Take your development elsewhere. How will our leader say he has years of experience when you want to come and unseat him?
2. Show me my money. We do not like to elect middle class like people like you. We want to see the big cars, Prados, Hummer and the like. Your Fielder just won’t do. Plus, every time you come and organise a baraza here in our village, you must at least leave something for the elders. We cannot vote for someone who is not ready to give back to the community. So, visit your nearest bank and get some new notes.
3. Lead us not into development. You see, you are a leader, but we do not want just people and performing. Infact, we prefer the ones who steal our taxes. If you come and all you are doing is bringing development, building and installing infrastructure in the County. Who told you we want good roads, and a working drainage? Did you hear us say that we want good schools? We have bigger priorities. We would rather debate which hairstyle our Senator had on last night’s show.
4. Politics is such a dirty game. Did you hear what they said about that MCA last week? It was scandalous. We do not want that to happen to you. You are a good guy, such a good reputation. We do not want people to start mudslinging at you whenever you stand to speak in meetings. We just want youto be able to keep your integrity. We care about what people think about you.
5. Who are you? Look, let’s be real here. Who is your father? What did he do? We only know families here infact, we only follow the instructions that two men sat and decided 40 years ago. Their two families will rule this country for 100 years. We were not there when they agreed, but who are you to come and disturb the order. Once one of them leaves the seat, the other family takes over and we do not want to disrespect the elders, do we? We are only good as citizens. That goes for you too. Tow the line and let others lead you.
So, please take your ambitions elsewhere, we are busy.