Too much unnecessary and false expectations in Kenya
For too long since the independent Kenyan history dates, there have been promises for better lives, jobs, business opportunities, better roads, health care etc every time a political scenario comes in play. For how long and when will all these come to be? How long shall we continue to listen to such old gimmicks?
My fellow countrymen, it’s time we changed approach and attention to politics. Why should we heckle politicians at rallies, why not pay attention and criticize or better still save our energy and stay away? We reduce ourselves so much. I expected parties for example, aware that we are coming out of the post election challenges to renew their political ideologies and campaign machinery towards peace and unity; civil groups and media show some changes and the society to avoid consuming primitive political ideologies. The government should have respected the guidelines by the COE, support the civic education before setting the tempo for campaigns. Kenyans never expected the review process this time round to be highly politicized as some politicians including the government are doing.
It’s not promising that there is no real forgiveness, exculpation and co-existence among Kenyan communities and I think we are as delicate as before – the country can still go back to dark days of post election violence. This was demonstrated by the recent political chaos in South Mugirango. A walk at the Pubs in Nairobi and other public places in the country, reveal a case of people dismissing each other, fighting or abusing one another simply because of different approaches to the proposed constitution. We are not yet mature and ready to mature in politics. I wish all aspirants in South Mugirango had a talk show one on one, no insults, idiocy and malice so that the electorate makes an informed devoid of influence or euphoria.
Look at the constitution, civic education has been overtaken by events. Institutions are as toothless as ever perhaps the gum bleeding this time round! The coalition government breaks the rule by launching the YES campaign, COTU the same, the NO team and the church no exception. Yet they all know steps outlined in the process. There was to be civic education before campaigns.
I have earlier argued in my articles that we should not expect too much from the constitution. In any case we are running away from realities. The country may become un-governable with time after all the constitution can be thrown out as the post election negotiations did. What will happen in the event that a county becomes dissatisfied with the central government? What will stop the county from walking away from the country if a good percentage agree or conspire since it will have one community based on the setup, same leaders most likely from the same party, by the people most likely of same tribe and have resources locally? We are actually courting secessionist conflicts like those experienced in Nigeria’s Biafra wars. We should stop, look and avoiding the condemning mentality of us Africans and be worried not to give a test on danger? What do I mean; the counties might be the recipe for civil wars and gradually split us on permanent tribal lines and finish Kenya once and for all.
On jobs, what will be created? The civil service is swollen, the budget is at a deficit as ever, opportunities are not even tribal but family based, investments are starting and collapsing at almost equal ratio. Too much obsessions are uncalled for.