For 11 years, Kenya as a country has enjoyed a period of relative political stability but over the past two months, a level of rage and political extremism has surfaced. To get a better perspective, let’s examine the current political situation in the country.
Corruption, corruption, corruption,political betrayal, political betrayal, poltical betrayal. In summary conflict is pretty much the theme of everydays main story on our Television. Why and how have we become so polarized in this first quarter of 2019? To understand, let’s look at Mike, a staunch Ruto and Jubilee Supporter. Mike doesn’t have his own strong political believes because in part of how he was raised up. He grew up in a family whose political allegiance was to the tribal kingpin. We can’t blame Mike for his tribal loyalty being that all his life he has always known the tribal kingpin to be speaking for him. If Today Ruto supports Musalia, then Mike will give him a vote without question.
Mike’s story is like many others who support Raila or even the President. But what are Mike’s reasons for supporting Ruto? He supports Ruto first because the Deputy President is loyal to whomever he stands with. This is evident from his strong Support of Raila in 2007 and Uhuru Kenyatta in 2013 and 2017. Second would be to a large extent his geographical birthplace which is rift valley.
What is it that Mike doesn’t know about probably a Raila Supporter who’s so against the deputy President? Let’s call him Henry. Henry just like Mike support Raila because he was born in a family that were supporting Raila. He can’t be objective because he believes whatever Raila says is the Universal truth. He’s probably against Ruto because Raila has alleged him(Ruto)to be corrupt. No one can say for sure that the deputy President is Corrupt, all we’ve been hearing and seeing in the media are corruption allegations and linkings.
With that fact stated. Do Mike and Henry have the best interest of Kenya at heart or are they just blind followers of their respective kingpins?
Mike and Henry should take a step back and talk of the real vice: Corruption and lies. Mike on top of all the good reasons for supporting the deputy President should take into consideration how Henry is feeling about the corruption allegations and ask himself if they are true. Henry on the other hand should look at Mike’s good reasons and ask for a second if those are good grounds for supporting a person. Henry should understand that the corruption links could be mere political propaganda channelled to minimize Ruto’s Chances on clenching the presidency. All I’m saying is for you to look at the issues with a third eye.
We are divided because we don’t question what the other side would like us to know about their beliefs. We are divided because we don’t want to look at the other side of the coin. We are divided because we don’t empathize with how we are making the other side feel. For us to bridge this divide, we must pledge our allegiance to the country and not to some influencial politicians. That means, asking ourselves what would our children be happy about? Which kind of leaders would they admire.
As one writer says:
“Having an informed electorates is the surest way to having a better country”
Let’s Learn so that we can better our country.
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