UAMUZI NI WETU
With less than a week to the Kenyan General election, campaigns are now on an all-time high. All over the country election posters have replaced consumer goods ads on street billboards as politicians step up their campaigns. The streets are filled with aspirants on PA systems and campaign trucks asking for votes from their fellow Kenyans all over the country. Recently I was walking down the street and I witnessed a gubernatorial aspirant handing out small digits of money to naïve small-minded Kenyans so as to sway their votes. Politicians in Kenya contribute immensely to the destruction of the socioeconomic life in Kenya, where according to the United Nations Development Agency 45.5% of the Kenyan Population lives in poverty. We as Kenyans need to learn from previous election mistakes, open our eyes and shun manipulative politicians whose only use us to get into office and instead of doing their civic duty of representing the common mwananchi and improving our socioeconomic lives they steal the taxpayers money and increase their potbellies. We as Kenyans refuse to be made wafala.
I went through some of the aspirants manifesto for the next five years if they are elected and some though they are colorful and enticing they are also unrealistic considering that they only have five short years to fulfill these promises. We as the mwananchi want the level of inflation to go down, we want the food prices to fall, we want our taxes to be accounted for, we want good roads, electricity, and water. The youth unemployment rate in Kenya stands at a troubling 22.2% and it urgently needs to be addressed by the politicians especially at the county level for Haba na Haba hujaza Kibaba meaning if all counties are prosperous it will make a successful nation. President Kenyatta is promising to create 1.3 million new jobs, reduce the cost of living and create a more inclusive economy by reducing economic inequalities if he is re-elected while Raila Odinga, is promising to fight corruption, create jobs for young people and set up programs to improve food security if he is elected for the seat that has eluded him four times.
One positive that can be drawn from the campaign trails is the call for peace from all leaders as none want a repeat of the 2007 post elections violence. However, tensions are still high and the torture and murder of Chris Msando, the head of ICT at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), the main body overseeing the polls has made those tensions even higher. Also accusations between the warring parties have not helped; Raila Odinga, who is chasing the presidency for the fourth time has accused the incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta of attempting to rig the forthcoming election while Uhuru Kenyatta has accused Raila Odinga of attempting to divide the nation.
I passionately love my motherland Kenya and I won’t watch her go down because of men and women on the political scene whose interest is not the good and wellbeing of the Kenyan people. Therefore I urge my fellow Kenyans to join me in the election ballots on the 8th of August and let us vote for the right leaders who will give us 5 blissful years and set the foundation for a better Kenya in the long run.