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Middle class and upper class should bring change

18 January 2013, 16:31 Paul Orodi

One Friday morning, a famous local station was discussion matters concerning governance and how the middle class has made the country a living hell due to poor choices and decisions.

They might have been somehow correct in blaming the middle class but they were also off track.

Kenya is currently a third world economy and by this status, we sit among the nations with the highest poverty rates and poorest infrastructural developments.

All these are attributed to the fact that our policies are weak and without good foundation.

The morning show on the radio station was blaming the middle class for all the problems the country is facing.

They were partially correct because the middle class is the largest population in terms of numbers.

This goes ahead to prove that they are the majority decision makers and this class is the one that can either marshal up people for change in leadership or lie down and let the leaders corrupt our public offices.

However, we need to draw a line to identify who sits comfortably in the middle class bracket and who doesn’t.

Someone earning an income of close to a million shillings cannot be declared a middle class citizen.

That is because they can afford to shelter themselves in neighbourhoods that contain houses that have price ranging between KES 50 000 and KES 200 000 or beyond.

To differ with the radio program hosts, beyond the middle class, there is the upper class that consists of ordinary Kenyans who have an income that surpasses the limits of KES 750 000.

These Kenyans are not plenty in number but have a large quorum that constitutes the political, economic and academic elite.

Excluding the political elite that seem to already have the rotting feature, the other bunch can contribute in equal measure to bringing about change within the country.

With their monetary might and commanding presence, they can be able to marshal up citizens who desire to bring about change and consequently champion for the desired change.

It is not only the middle class who can influence the rest through their numbers and participation, but we also need the upper class to contribute through their economic power and brilliant ideas that favour the country as a whole.

The economic model that best describes Kenya is the mixed ‘capitalist’ and planned ‘socialist’.

We have tried to borrow half from each of the two different models and this is obviously causing a clash between the two major parties involved; the public sector and the private sector.

What we have is an economy that is controlled halfway by government that is manipulated by politicians and private corporations that are manipulated by investors, entrepreneurs and their political friends.

In this scenario we have politicians play a role in decision-making processes in both camps therefore having their self-interests served before any other person’s interest.

A single reason is behind the fact that politicians are in both camps.

It is because the private sector relies so much on the government to make very minor decisions in the name of controlling the economy.

The solution for such a scenario is to have a change in the leaders that we have and elect new fresh people and have them formulate policies that will favour our country as a whole not the interests of them as politicians.

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