They say Kenya is a mature democracy, I agree, but are the citizens mature enough to make informed choice on who to elect? I doubt.
Every five years or so, since 1992, we’ve had to make a choice between people who present best ideas on development and people who are well connected with other people we perceive to be powerful and/or influential.
Case Study Take the choice of Miguna Miguna and the others Nairobi Gubernatorial aspirants. Miguna, an ‘outsider’ and a smart but ruthless debater with a clear manifesto on how to govern Nairobi, against the well-known Sonko and the incumbent Kidero.
Many people in Nairobi, particularly social media love Miguna as their choice of governor, but the problem is when that love doesn’t translate to votes on the elections day.
Many a times, this has happened, take for example the choice between Boniface Mwangi, Steve Mbogo and Charles Njagua for Starehe MP. Of the three, who is the best person to bring real change to the people of Starehe Constituency?
In my little research, the people I hang around, when I ask them to vote for Miguna Miguna because he presents a real chance at making Nairobi a true city with effective Waste Management Systems, well-planned housing and transportation through a robust Tax collection and use, they often say Miguna doesn’t stand a chance, don’t waste your vote and so on and so forth.
So, the problem of bad governance, however smart the person or a good debater, they’ll always want to stick around people who know influential/powerful people as their leaders. Miguna is not to blame, he has run a good campaign, using grassroots volunteers and speaking to the young people at the university halls and doing a door to door campaign in part of Nairobi. But to the ‘smart friends’ this is not enough to help Miguna win the Nairobi Gubernatorial race.
To the smart debaters on social media and the ‘smart friends’ they perceive Miguna’s interruption of their sleep as being on the losing side, they think the election has already been decided, but when you ask them by who, they can’t answer that question, they’ll casually tell you, Miguna hawezi shinda (Miguna can’t win).
Miguna is just as case study of able leaders with clear visions for the great people of Kenya in their respective back yards.
But the Kenyan and the crooked Kenyan media continues to paint the picture on who to elect and giving little air time to discuss the manifestos of the leaders vying for those seats. This affects the electorates’ choice and I pity the young ones between the ages of 18 and 23 years.
Most, in that lot can’t think for themselves.Truth be told, the Kenyan voter is his/her own enemy. By refusing to think critically, he/she has refused to look beyond the layers of deceit that clouds his/her judgement, often supplied by reading or watching of the crooked services.
He/she refuses to understand the simple fact that one votes means much, and that one vote and then another and another makes the difference.
The political seats are not reserved for a few individuals perceived to be powerful/influential.
They are meant for any Kenyan who has the right manifesto and development ideas for the people in the different regions.
So, today, don’t be a great debater and analyser of politics yet still go ahead to vote in, people
you know too well have been tried and failed to deliver, don’t follow the perceptions of the
media on who is ahead, but follow the leader who has the best interest of the country or region at
heart and presents that clearly in their manifesto. Vote them in and then hold them accountable
while in office, that is easier that way, than receiving bribes and complaining for the next five
years about bad governance in your region. That is not how change starts.