As Noam Chomsky said,” If voting could change anything, it would be illegal.” The history of Kenya’s elections could be used to clarify this philosophical argument from any doubts and indeed prove its correctness.
Since independence, there has been multiple elections in Kenya with politicians enticing voters with very progressive manifestos and glittery promises. If these promises were to be kept and fulfilled, there is no doubt Kenya would have become a first class economy before the turn of the 21st century.
The next general elections are fast approaching, in fact if anyone has come to this country today, s/he can think that the elections are tomorrow because of the high political temperature.
I think incumbent leaders should be denied a chance to campaign. Let what they have done in the last five years make them to be re-elected.
Manifestos should also not be based on promises such as building schools, roads, hospitals etc as it has been. I mean what are the roles of the government if not those ones?
PR firms should also be disbanded and everyone in those offices be sent home.
In August next year, Kenyans won’t wake up early just to make the same mistakes they made in the last general elections. In fact it will be an opportunity to correct those mess.
As the next general elections approach the underlying contest is between a small minority who have gained power over the system and the vast majority who have little or none.
Abrogating culture of impunity, culture of sycophancy and apparatchiks which has become the normal outfit in the current government, must be the duty to be executed by the next government.
As citizens who love their country, the next elections should be the turning point. And we must stand to liberate ourselves from the political class!