What has angered many Kenyans is the fact that the political class has completely ignored calls from the electorate for a lean government. Greed and the true nature of the main politicians we have in the country have taken over and Kenyans who have doubted what we have been saying in this blog for over two years now have finally been able to see first hand the truth for themselves.
Sadly there are still attempts at hero worship of politicians even when they have clearly failed Kenyans and let down the masses badly. Contrary to what some people think this hero worship tendency is not limited to ODM and their charismatic leader. It is in fact evident right across the political landscape.
And it starts with President Kibaki. A section of Kenyans voted for Kibaki when they knew very well that in his first term he had already failed clearly to show leadership in the country in many areas. The truth is that his administration limped from one crisis to another as the results of failing to take decisions became very clear for all to see. It is instructive that a vast majority of the president’s votes came from one tribe. If this is not hero worship of an individual along tribal lines where their shortcomings are conveniently swept under the carpet, then I probably do not know the meaning of the words.
The Kamba community displayed clear signs of the same hero worship for Kalonzo Musyoka, a spineless politician best known for hiding in the toilet of the national assembly during important votes and for sending hecklers to disrupt funerals of perceived opponents even when they are women mourning the passing on of their mothers.
The Kalenjin are not any better and their hero is one William Ruto. Nobody wants to be reminded of the corruption cases linked to Ruto, nor how he really made his money. In fact ODM insiders said very clearly when choosing Musalia Mudavadi as Raila’s running mate, that the only reason why they overlooked Ruto was because of his tainted past. In my latest raw notes I discuss the real reason but little known secret about why the Kalenjin community hero worship this young politician.
Then there is Raila “Safaricom-IPO-buy-don’t-buy-buy” Odinga who can do no wrong in the eyes of some Kenyans. Yet he has to be the biggest culprit of all because so many Kenyans placed their entire hopes in the hands of Raila and turned up in large numbers to vote for him. These Kenyans have refused to believe their eyes in recent times as the usually decisive Raila has shown clear signs of becoming another can’t-make-clear-cut-decisions-Mwai-Kibaki. The Safaricom IPO fiasco is a case in point and indeed a time bomb waiting to explode in Raila’s face.
What do you think ordinary folk will say if after the Safaricom shares begin trading the price falls rather than goes up and hundreds of thousands of Kenyans with loans hanging over their heads are forced to sell at a lower price and taken in losses. Do you think they will not remember that Raila told the people to go ahead and purchase the shares?
It is clearly time for Kenyans to start thinking of a new generation of leaders. As the saying goes, you can’t teach old dogs new tricks.
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