Vimal Shah..i can’t agree more!
This is spot on. When some Kenyans are putting their lives in danger in Kismayu, fighting for the dignity of this country, surely it cannot be asking for too much for one in Kileleshwa, Karen or Westlands to wake up and go to vote.
I promise my country that on 4th March 2013, i will wake up and go vote to determine the direction it takes for the next 5 years. I call upon those leaders who will be defeated to accept our verdict and look for another job.
in 2007 the kenyan middle class was accused of doing nothing just hiding in thier homes in the leafy suburbs and venturing out when the dust settled. At least now they have moved a set forward to engaging on twitter and facebook. Next step getting out there and engaging, definately it wont be done in a day but at least the middle class are doing something so its not all doom & gloom
This article is great but it fails on one major score….the so-called middle class has always voted in great numbers at every general elections. A casual survey of the “chatting classes” on social media will tell you that most have voted before and they hold voter cards ready for March 4 2013. Back in 2007, I even saw lots of Asians queueing for hours in various polling stations in Westlands constituency to cast their votes. The real disappearing act happens at the party nominations or primaries….and for very good reasons. They are shambolic, chaotic, violent and a mockery to democracy. This is what Vimal should have been addressing and not creating the misleading impression that the middle class actually stays home during the main election day!
Blogs are part of the social media platform by the way. We all want a better Kenya and this isn’t the time to point fingers and pass collective judgement on scores of Kenyan souls you’ve never met. We all make a contribution in own way.
You guys no matter what this time elections will be done in a free & fair way.
Maybe the root of the whole ‘middle class’ problem is that we don’t have a middle class in the first place!Look at the people who qualify to be called middle class in other parts of the world-they have a significant voice in their national issues, certainly because they take voting rights as pertinent to their existence, in fact its like they know that their very existence depends on how they vote..I guess what Kenya’s middle class needs is something that will mobilise them, say massive job losses, paycuts or other siginificant economic catastrophe!if you think am joking, look at what the economic pitfalls in USA, UK etc, did to voting patterns in the stated countries..Unless of course Kenyan middle class is in its own class!!