It is that time of the year again; commodity prices shoot up, insecurity and tensions rise between certain tribal groups, political propaganda begin to be formed and media outlets are swamped with all things politics. That is how the Kenyan scene looks like each time we have our general elections.The title to this post is an “outsider looking in” because I am one of those people who do not know a whole about politics… Kenyan politics should I say. Not that I have no interest in politics as a whole, I just do not see anything substantial about the way we do politics in our country Kenya. There is just so much injustice, lies, corruption and deception that goes on that choosing a leader you can stand behind and have faith in becomes a real hassle. It is almost like each time you turn on the news a fresh story pops up about missing government funds, corrupt deals, or bizarre political scandals. Most of which often fizzle out without the truth being determined (and heck, do our politicians know how to talk their way out of controversies, they always come out hands clean one way or the other). So it is just one story to the next and to the next all the time!
Nevertheless, you know apart from all the shenanigans that already goes on in the political realm we have this low-lying monstrous thing called tribalism that always seems to have its way of creeping up on our people. I call it monstrous because we have already witnessed for ourselves back in 2008 what damage it can do to us. If left to me I feel a tribe-driven mindset has no place in the modern-day society (our society ~ we the young people of this country), who even cares? You didn’t choose where to be born in so why in the world should it matter? I just hope that this rot mentality is eroded completely as the older generation moves on, so that we may start looking at factors that actually do matter when choosing our leaders. How about instead of the tribe, they are in; let us look at their integrity as leaders. Alternatively, perhaps if they have the prerequisite qualities for the practice good leadership. Are they learned people? Because, to be honest, some of the statements made by some of our politicians makes you wonder whether their reasoning is better than a 13yr olds. There are other things other than tribe that should, and do, matter.
Just a while back, the US had its elections. For someone who shares little interest in matters politics, I was hooked on this. I would say that is mainly because their election stories and coverage had substance. The political debates focused on “serious stuff”. I mean they talked about foreign policy, economic growth and development, employment increment strategies or, more simply, the credentials of the candidates themselves. Were they best suited to run for office in the first place? But you turn on the telly at home and tell me what stories are headlining. If it is not the outcry of why in the hell household item prices are shooting up, it is some pointless war of words between politicians. Honestly, some of the stories just do not even make sense to me; we have other issues that need to be tabled and discussed – other REAL ISSUES that would ensure that our country moves forward. And that is why I will stay on the sidelines until when I can take the elections seriously. Probably someday, when I grow up! J
by Joyce Melisa
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