What an unhealthy addiction – our obsession with the daily political spectacle. So unhealthy that even the players themselves label it a ‘circus’. They wait to read their supposed actions and counteractions in the daily print along with the rest of us.
And yet, the ordinary person is drawn into the mesmerising tricksters who promise to outdo and outlast each other. I fear that we have been duped by the players and those behind the spectacular maneuvers. I worry that we will have a generation of Kenyans who have been brainwashed by the manipulations of invisible puppet masters.
In which case, when we who know the truth sit back to watch the circus or perhaps remain apathetic to the scenes, when we don’t object to the mis-education of our people, are we not perpetuating that unhealthy addiction? Who can tell the difference between us and those who have been brainwashed?
My blog this week is dedicated to saying ‘No!’ to this trend. I am experiencing fatigue with the way every decision-making process is so politicised in Kenya that we end up losing the meaning of our actions.
Take for instance the recent firing of some high profile individuals. Who cares which part of Kenya they come from? Shouldn’t the decision to sack them be based on their demerits? If there are allegations of wanting performance or – God forbid, misappropriation of funds, where is the evidence to corroborate the charges?
If we, my fellow Kenyans, cannot ask these questions we will remain enslaved by the politics of the day at the expense of our country’s development. Our elected leaders will continue politicizing every decision in a bid to fool you into extending their careers in office.
There are some very pressing national matters which should be getting the greater part of our focus.
For example, as the El-Nino rains approach, our collective efforts should be directed towards water harvesting and preservation of life.
A couple of years ago, Kenya was self-reliant on rain-fed agriculture despite the cyclical weather trends which bring about intermittent drought conditions. Incidentally, you may have watched a report on how Malawi has managed to become food sufficient. President Bingu wa Mutharika stated that he took it upon himself, as Minister for Agriculture, to study the cyclical drought patterns and plan for planting seasons accordingly.
Well, here’s our opportunity to take advantage of these rains. Let us install water storage facilities to capture some of the run off water and save it for a ‘dry day’. If anything, the drought in the last couple of months should have been a very good teacher on capturing and utilising our natural resources efficiently.
While we are at it, let us work out permanent solutions for our brothers who live in Kano plains and are displaced by the floods every year. It is not enough to construct community halls where they will be housed; we must develop sustainable solutions that will cater to all future generations. Let us study countries like Cambodia which are permanently submerged by the rains and have learned to co-exist with those challenges. Might we possibly begin to construct homes that are raised off the ground, or even declare that land uninhabitable?
This is the only way that we will transform Kenya into the country that we desire. We must not allow ourselves to get drawn into time and energy-wasting political shows. Instead, let us tackle our problems like puzzles that must be put together piece by piece.
It should not matter whether you come from Kano Plains or the arid northern Kenya where cows are dropping dead by the day. We are all afflicted by the same challenges, be they by their excess or their scarcity.
This human condition is what binds us together, regardless of gender, ethnicity or social status.
Let us therefore stay tuned to matters of superior importance rather than their own politicisation. In a nutshell, we must strive not to be pennywise and remain pound foolish. There is no logical end to the constant politicisation of important national matters, other than the continued polarization of our country men.