Campaign mood should end
26 July 2013, 17:11
Roughly four months have elapsed since the last general election. An election that was a first of its kind following the promulgation of the constitution and an advent of a new government system.
The dust has hardly settled though. A few victories are still being contested in courts of law, a number of recounts are still to be done and have indeed been done, and some have even lost their seats through petitions and recounts.
A little unfortunate therefore, that we are getting into the campaign mood once more, or have, already. With individuals already declaring that they will contest the next election, which is more than four years away, is worrying.
Always in the campaign mood
A friend once quipped that we Kenyans are always in the campaign mood. We go through an electoral process and barely do we let the elected leaders settle in office before we begin campaigns for the next election.
The losers are too keen to keep the winners distracted as they hog on every small mistake that those in positions of leadership may have. It is a detrimental culture.
This culture obviously ensures that development takes a very slow pace as the leaders are busy counteracting each other and trying their best to position themselves in a manner to appeal to the public.
It is disappointing that we have adapted this culture too. It is sad that we let our leaders do this to us and let them go unchecked. If we focus on settling political scores, our economy will keep on suffering.
Democracy and decorum
The flip-side of democracy is that you do not always get the leader that you may have wished for.
Decorum however dictates that, it is important to let the winner be the leader of all.
It is key to rally behind the winner in every way in order to ensure progress of the economy and all other sectors of the country.
Yes, it is important to put the government of the day in check but let us not take the opportunity to engage in endless attacks against one another and premature campaigns.
We have a nation to build; let us do it.
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Pancras Mutuma-Public Relations and Marketing Consultant, Nairobi.
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