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Kibra violence a sign of political slavery

23 June 2015, 17:35 William Korir

Nairobi - Poor Kenyans have in the past been misused by politicians seeking personal gain at their expense and that trend seems to have continued following the disheartening Kibra violence.

The synopsis of the violence is simple. Leader, Raila Odinga entrenched in the Kibra area versus new force Ann Waiguru.

In short, there was to be only one winner, Raila and one set of losers, Kibra residents.

Despite the merits and demerits of the arguments presented on both sides, the reality is that the losers are Kibra residents, whom the projects started and have now been burnt to the ground were to benefit.

Observers feel that the reality will always be the same. Poor people, on both sides of the divide will never see that they are being used.

Michael Njenga: Political analyst

" Sad to say but this is something that has happened over a long period of time and will happen again. It is just a case of the poor and helpless being used by the rich and powerful.

" Not just in Kibera where people will point to ODM and CORD and Raila Odinga's influence but recently in Nakuru, a Jubilee coalition stronghold, there was such violence and destruction of public property.

" We basically need a change in the way we think if you ask me. Such behaviour is not warranted on any level and should not be accepted but it is the way it is.

" The reality is that as long as Kenyans will accept to be used as pawns, politicians will willingly do so and it does not matter what side of the divide.

The NYS projects that were razed to the ground had supported the building of toilets, dispensaries and water reservoirs which the area did not have.

Now residents who depended on the facilities will have to suffer in the interim.

Isiah Chepngetich: Political analyst

" I feel bad for the majority who are peace loving and have nothing to do with the feelings and activities of a rotten few.

" Likely they were paid goons, by who we do not know but they are obviously there to push forward an agenda that has nothing to do with the well being of the people.

" Kenyans will just have to ask themselves whether they want to support politicians because they feel the need to or because it is beneficial to them.

" At the moment, they have chosen to support the politicians for the sake of it, which is sad indeed.

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