Tentatively, it is safe to say that Kenyan voters kind of have the plot now. They know that it is retrogressive and does not benefit them to take part in pre and post poll violence.
As witnessed in the recent referendum, Kenyans have realised that “yes we can” vote without necessarily engaging in intimidation and aggression.
As we work on making sure that the violence is forever stamped out, it is time to move onto the second phase.
Do we know how to elect a good leader? Can it confidently be said that the votes of Kenyans will not be swayed by ‘they of the deeper pockets’?
I do not share this confidence. Because I believe Kenyans are a loyal crop of people, who many times are blinded by the silliest of reasons; more commonly known as money.
Dear sisters and brothers, we must understand and share with those we know that if a politician buys you a plate of meat and kachumbari, it is not a sign of things to come.
He will not buy you nyama, ugali and kachumbari every time he pays you a visit in the constituency. This is simply because he cannot afford to and because he may not be visiting as often as he should.
Dear brethren, if all he does is promise you good things like proper infrastructure development, water, and more money in your pockets, without saying how this will be achieved, it can be described as just hot air coming out of his mouth.
Dear friends, if the leader campaigning for your vote is more known for what his money can do than how he has been involved in development, you are lying to yourself to think electing him will bring the two of you closer together in the food chain.
We must as Kenyans learn to consider carefully those we vote for. Is his or her house well kept? Has he been known to help out when the constituency has a certain problem? Does he know the latest trends in IT and environmental conservation (or other things that you might find important)?
Let us look at the good that our leaders portray and elect them for a larger reflection of that in our daily lives. Not everything is about nyama, ugali and kachumbari.