Tuesday, December 6, 2016

POLITICS MATTERS

   Politics matters. Politics is a noble cause.Those  words were repeated severally by the treasurer of Britain's Labour Party during the party's conference in Manchester in September 2006.

   As I continued taking in those words, I kept thinking, "If only we could really believe that here in Kenya!"

You
see, our brand of politics here is quite intriguing. It goes something like this: Right is wrong if you are the one doing it, and wrong is right if I am doing it. In other words, ours is politics that is devoid of principle. I will demand that you get punished for your wrongs, but when it gets to my turn to be punished for the same wrongs, I claim that I am being persecuted because of my political convictions. And, strange as it might be, I will rally a good number of law makers to defend me and even get lawyers among them to represent me in a court of law to argue my innocence. And of course, I can always count on the support of my community against any charges leveled against me, because any accusation against me is an accusation against my people.

And don't we feel privileged when our political leaders talk of our people in reference to our ethnic group?Whether it's about ethnic clashes, or discrimination in development projects, or selective sackings - we count it an honour to be called our people by our political leaders. This is a card they wield so effectively, they have in this 21st  century succeeded in stirring in us ethnic animosity, so we relate with each other largely in terms of the ethnic groups we belong to.

I had a lot of hope that the Christian vote would give our nation a brand new start in next year's elections.But if the wave we are seeing is a valid indication of the way voting patterns will be, then ethnicity will rule the day. It will still be, as it has been in the past, a contest between ethnic groups. Over 80% of those who will vote to renew the contract of the government in power today will do so to protect their government. By the same token, over 80% of those who will vote for  an alternative leadership will do so because the current one is not their government. The understanding of being part of the government, or not belonging to the government is determined by whether or not people from our ethnic bloc are key players in the running of government. This is a crying shame for us. But more than shame, it is tragic. I say so this circus that we call politics is likely to keep us playing our ethnic games at the expense of developing our lives. Strange, isn't it, that we don't seem to realize those who set us up against each other are the same ones who close ranks when it comes to voting themselves perks that communicate the message that we should not deceive ourselves that we are in the same league with them?

Not too long ago, a friend of mine (a politician, and he is in the race) told me: Christians in this country are the majority, but they are the minority. That might sound like it is a paradox, but it isn't. In terms of numbers, we definitely hold a clear majority. But in terms of influence, we are the minority. We have spiritual power - you could even say more than one country needs - but economic power, and political power; that we have left to others to order for us.

Some months from now, we will be trooping to the ballot box. Shall we judge our leaders on the basis of merit, or on ethnicity?

Whether you cast your vote for or against the current government, shall it be on the basis of what you think is best for your country now and in generation to come, or shall you do so for your tribe's sake?

Politics matters. Politics is a noble cause. Make a wise choice. God bless Kenya.  

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

It is very true and very clear that the Christians are the majority in this nation but they have sat back doing nothing as the nation is being driven by corruption. Let us not vote in people because they come from our tribes but vote in leaders who will transform and change the way things are being done by the leaders we have in the office today.
So my fellow Christians let us not sit back and watch the enemy ruining our nation. God bless Kenya.
Thank You Samuel King#

Samuel.A.King said...

Politics matters and let us have right choices come next year on August. God bless Kenya

Anonymous said...

Amen and Amen

Mercy Aramis said...

My prayer is that next year we will have peaceful elections and will chose the leaders wisely according to God's plan and will. God Bless Kenya