With the general election coming up, fear, anger, hunger, dismissals and appraisals alike have created sceptical minds around the country. The news channels are filled with political hemorrhage. Propaganda is at its best. Every bit of it brings out political aspirants as carnivores with drawn claws and teeth ready to pounce on their opponents given the slightest opportunity. Campaign rallies have politicians using more time throwing tantrums like confetti to their opponents than the time spent on outling how best to represent us if given chance. Largely, this situation downs to group the nation into three : politicians, the media house and Wanjiku.
Politicians are busy going for their opponents neck and trying all means possible to get elected and more especially, the highest throne(presidency) has the biggest competitors. The media houses are filled with news, articles, interviews and shows painting for us the political scene, and then there is the normal mwananchi with a list of needs to be addressed.
The big fight has NASA(National Super Alliance) chanting #10MillionStrong, and Raila is tye Joshua to deliver Kenyans to Canaan. On the other hand, Uhuruto team of #70plus still have faith in the incumbent government. Listening to the two types of supporters, their favorite candidates are angels with biblical truth while opponents are liars and devils incarnate, no questions asked . There is a very thin line between a baseless rumor, cheap propaganda and actual fact. The media houses have ensured this.
But then there is Wanjiku, the patriot who has a list of demands that are actually needs but only appear like favors to the politician. She could gladly vote for Muthiora’s Dr. Kaluyu if convinced he has her best interest at heart.
If all everyone wished the best for this country, it would be very simple. Peaceful, transparent, free and fair elections are held. Whoever wins takes charge of the country and serves Wanjiku. Anyone with evidence of corruption, rigging or conspiracy for that matter forwards the case to the courts and lawful action is taken.
Kenya is wonderfully diverse with many tribes, several races who have different political affiliations. Nevertheless, we all love this country and whatever happens on 8th August, we will still be here. Political temperatures are near boiling point. On the material day and even after, we should remain peaceful, lest the 2007/2008 post election violence appears like a christmas party.
By S. Jummah