So we start to show some signs of political evolution and plan to have a civilized presidential debate. It seems we wallowed in the mud of post elections violence long enough to come out a more evolved species and are about to take yet another gulp of the primordial soup that is political maturity. Maybe we’re just a group of good people who discovered we’ve been deceived. When an honest man discovers he’s been deceived, he’ll either stop to be deceived or he’ll stop to be honest. Either way, congratulations people we’ve done well.
A fool and his money are soon elected.
I think the total genius of the presidential debate if nothing else is that it puts candidates with smaller campaign budgets on the same platform with their better funded competitors. If there’s a statement that holds true in African politics its that ‘A fool and his money are soon elected.’ No I am not saying that candidates are automatically less qualified because they have bigger budgets; I am just saying that money if well channeled will hide faults. Like T.S Eliot says ‘Between the motion and the act falls the shadow.’ There’s been too much motion and too much acting, so now we get to look at the shadows: The scary skeletons in the closet that we dared not look at. I hope the moderator will have the guts to go there because we’ve seen all the glamour and manifestos, let’s clean out the closets. There’s a couple of skeletons that need to be given a proper burial and the owners of the closets charged with desecrating the dead.
I think the presidential debate will be an occasion for us to interrogate the promises that have been thrown at us in the last few weeks of manifestos and grand plans. Most of these things are not only far-fetched but will most likely not provide any long term plans. We however believe all of them and will vote on these lines. I dare say, those who make you believe absurdities shall make you commit atrocities. We saw this happen once, let’s hope the presidential debate will be an antidote.
those who make you believe absurdities shall make you commit atrocities
Finally the most important thing is the candidates show no bad blood at the debate. Let it send the message to the Kenyans that if we do not hang together we shall hang separately. The final onus is on the Kenyans themselves. After the debate it should hit (the word used with no violent connotations) the average sycophant that none of the candidates have any personal vendettas with each other and or your neighbours or neighbours’ tribes. We’ll finally be ready to say that political differences are mainly ideological and not personal.
Now pass the popcorn and let the debating begin!!!