Why our politics is going to destroy a nation we all need

People queue outside a polling station in Moi Avenue Primary School, Nairobi, to cast their votes during the August 8, 2017 General Election. PHOTO | JOAN PERERUAN | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Just like the Aztec religion undermined the support of the people for their empire, our elections are undermining the patriotism and unity of Kenyans.

  • Many of our people believe that they have not only been cheated in elections, but that they are now facing a future of exclusion and marginalisation.

  • The message of this election is that getting votes is all very well, those considered to have lost also want to be included, to feel part and parcel of the leadership.

One of my favourite stories, and which tells us a lot about society and how an unhealthy institution can kill the whole, is that of the Aztecs, the ancient civilisation that ruled Mexico and parts of South America until the 16th century.

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