Style up Kenyans! Politicians are lying to you
04 May 2016, 20:13
Nairobi - There are lessons to be learnt from the death of former First Lady Lucy Kibaki.
In Kenya, the sight of politicians from all areas of the country united, speaking and singing from the same book is as rare as the discovery of gold dust in Kericho.
Most times, they are feuding in the public eye. They are enemies, they spite each other. They apparently plot to kill each other too if some stories are to be believed.
And Kenyans buy the stories like they buy pyramid schemes.
If the narrative of the year 2017 is to be drawn up right now, scenes of a country not united, fighting to outdo each other and in which swords, machetes and knives are in plenty to be used to make a point to opposing sides is what will be seen.
Kenyans are ready to go to war, as Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria said vehemently and passionately at his backyard 'we will finish them'.
And as George Aladwa repeated a few months later,' Kenya will burn'.
The love for politicians and their antics is breathtaking. Kenyans will beat each other to make a point a Jubilee Coalition man said and will do similar to protect the reputation of the CORD politician.
But the question to be asked is, are the politicians ready and willing to do the same for the country?
Back to Lucy Kibaki.
The sight of mourning politicians cramped into the Consolata Shrine in Westlands showering praises at each other and rightly so for the former First Lady could be interpreted in many ways.
Maybe it was respect for the dead.
Or it was just what they do on a daily basis.
If the political skin is worn, William Ruto would never introduce and acknowledge the presence of his hated rival CORD leader Raila Odinga in the presence of the watching public.
Neither would President Kibaki's family, who Raila fought hard to dispossess the Presidency from in 2007.
In photos later, the two men who over 1,300 Kenyans died fighting for or protecting themselves from in 2008 were seen exchanging pleasantries.
They are alive and well.
A comment picked up from a television commentator in the rescue efforts for the recent Huruma building collapse was striking.
No Kenyan is saving a CORD follower specifically. Nor is he rescuing a Jubilee commander and leaving the CORD one aside. That s only for politicians and political relevance.
Maybe the analysis is over reaching. Maybe it is. But think hard and straight. Kenya is united. The politicians are. Always. Forever.
But are Kenyans?
In spirit, yes. In mind, no.
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