Kenyans should reject empty political rhetoric

The political rhetoric that dominated yesterday’s burial of Hannah Mudavadi, mother of Musalia Mudavadi, illustrated the opportunism among the political leaders.

Speakers converged on the need for national unity as the country heads towards next year’s general election, when President Uhuru Kenyatta exits the stage. It was all about succession politics and a winning strategy that brings on board a government of national unity.

However, lost in the din of platitudes were two things; first, what is the scorecard of the current administration? Has it delivered on the promises, lately encapsulated in the Big Four Agenda?

Second, what is the agenda of those aspiring for the presidency? What new ideas do they have? How will they actualise them? How do they want make Kenya great?

Voters are often driven by euphoria to follow politicians blindly. Promises are made, beautiful manifestos are developed and launched with fanfare and lofty speeches made, but without commensurate action. Problem is that nobody takes them to task.

These leaders have been around for long. They pursue predictable paths but we fall for them. They are quick at forming parties and coalitions, which collapse soon after elections.

In 2017, President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto created Jubilee Party, which is now tottering on the brink of collapse. Opposition leaders Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetang’ula formed the National Super Alliance (Nasa); which is now dead.

Kenyans have been taken for a ride for far too long. They have to ask hard questions, seek practical answers and reject politics of mass hysteria and empty grandiloquence.

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