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Dubious Independent Candidates: Kenya in August 8th 2017

Politics can be a game of silent killers. In Kenya, there is a new breed of politicians coming to the fore due to the nature of the new Katiba. They are called the independent candidates. I guess you are familiar with the rule that if one finds that the philosophies of a given party are not palatable to their ideologies, then they can opt out joining the parties and run for elective posts as independent candidates.

It is now incumbent upon my mind that independent candidates are a mysterious bunch of political hang-coats (but not all of them). The term independent candidate in my mind conjures an image of a person who is not affiliated to any political party in terms of membership, association, or ideology. That is just a rough shod definition, but suffice is to say, independent candidates should not be backed by any political party machinery neither should they align themselves to any in whatever manner.

The description above is for the pure independent candidates who considered running for elective posts long before the 90 day window period of registering as one lapsed. These are the men and women who looked at the elections, let me say six months before the elections, and decided that the vile ideologies of NASA and Jubilee parties were not in tandem with their principles and beliefs in exercising their political freedom.

This are the gentlemen and ladies who subdued the very desire to be affiliated to any political fraternity masquerading as political parties out to sale their agendas to the populace in return for a promise of a vote.

And that is where the story ends with the original independent candidates.

The rest emerged after the political party primaries were concluded. They were the victims of the electorate irked to do away with their manifestos and bludgeoning promises of a harvest of goody goodies in case they get elected or for incumbents, what they have so far failed miserably to deliver. Among this group are those by all means so fair ethically and morally could not carry the day for them.

After the party primaries, having been so gracefully rejected, they conspired with the loopholes of the law and saw another option that seemed lucrative for them. The lure of independent candidacy… Within this group, they proclaim to the mountains and the voters that they were unfairly rigged out but will support the either Uhuru Mugai Kenyatta or Raila Amollo Odinga.

Seriously, do you call this bunch of political nomads independent candidates? Stock within this warehouse includes the names of William Kabogo and Achillo Ayacko. These were Jubilee and NASA failures in their party primaries en mass, the rejected lot whose manifestos were invalidated at the party primaries. There is no way this two can certify the general rule and loose defining terms of independent candidates.

They are the hang-coats who are assured that by supporting the political supremos who command the fortunes of votes in their political storms, they stand a chance opf redemption at the ballot casting scheduled for August 8th of this year. How then will someone convince me that they are non-partisan politicians who are out to redeem themselves as independent candidates with their obvious non-partisan politics?

The third bunches of independent candidates are the spoilers. They are operating on someone else budget and hence stand to lose nothing. If anything they have everything to gain. Their masters may have sensed a rough time in the coming turbulent political storms brewing towards the coastline of August. Knowing too well that sheltered enclaves are so few, they secure the services of independent candidates to they can claim some crumbs or chunks of bread from their opponent’s strongholds.

I may not have the facts but they are the ones who may have been bought to stand as presidential candidates from Western Kenya to scuttle the Luhya votes in favor of Jubilee, another one is from Embu who is running as a presidential candidate, may be at the behest of NASA to the detriment of Jubilee.

The last bunches of independent candidates are the idiots. This single group of the independent candidates is aware they have no fortunes at all in their candidacy. I consider Phillip Murgor as one of them had he not shelved his plans to run as a presidential candidate. They know too well lady fortune will not smile at them, they have no political mechanization and they are greenhorns in the dirty political games in which they are foraying.

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Promise Me Hell and Deliver Me to Heaven NASA.

My supposition is that there are a lot of other Kenyans who have a mind like mine to matters politics in Kenya. When in 2012 team Uhuruto promised a bountiful of heavenly goodies to the Kenya electorate to the chagrin of the truth. The lies were taken at face value but had no meaning at all in the face of reality.

Fast track to the current moment. This team Jubilee has been in office for four good years, they have delivered something, one cannot say nothing, for the mere fact the country in intact is something. But what else?

I want NASA to promise me hell, that it will not be business of development anymore, that is a language I don’t fancy because it is meaningless when corruption is systemic and endemic in our collective thinking and national culture. I want a promise where I will be denied employment on account of meritocracy and not nepotism. I want a promise that will see me toil to earn a position because I deserve and not because I have a tall brother in the system. That is the promise I want from NASA.

I desire to be comforted that my child’s future is secured by the goodwill of today and not the greed of the jungle masters. This country must advance on the basis of prudent borrowing and not to please the masses with mega white elephant projects but construction of a village dam that actually conserves water. In the daily struggles of my life, I desire “not to own the future but to borrow the present” from my future grandchildren. I voice the concern that we must conserve our resources for posterity and not simply because we yearn for today’s vote.

Dear fellow Kenyans, we must have a dream to end corruption and not to entrench it further by saying graft is a norm that can never be eradicated. With that, we must stop “embezzlement of public resources for our own private embellishment” which is the promise I yearn from NASA. I don’t want a promise of devolving resources under the banner of devolution but devolve power to the devolved units and help them resolve corruption issues with speed and ease. Do not promise me to arrest the corrupt but keep quite and let me see the big lions of corruption land in jail together with the small cats that work for them. That is the promise I want NASA

I want to see a leadership of respect to authority of government systems and not those who trample on it. I want to see a government where decisions made by you will be not be challenged for their constitutionality every now and then as you seek to bend the supremacy and the spirit of the constitution to suit your needs. I want to believe that once in power the rule of law shall be upheld and aspect of constitutionalism propagated. That is the promise I want.

Do not promise salary rises every labor day, no, in fact promise no salary increment but deliver to me a lowered cost of living, that will be a better promise. Promise me that I will get lower wages as you seek to attract more investors so that more can get job opportunities and not a million jobs every year when less than 3 million Kenyans remain employed in all the last four years. Please do not promise me heaven, if you do that, I will rather vote Jubilee because they have the heaven they promised but no astronauts to collect the goody goodies. Promise me hell and a better future, that is the promise I want.

NASA if you promise me heaven, then let me vote Jubilee. Promise the reality of tough times but a secured future in the long term. Copy Winston Churchill, former British PM during the 2nd World War, he promised the British people “Blood, Sweat and Toil” as the price of their liberation from German blitzkrieg, and the promise was delivered with the end of 2nd WW.That is the promise I want, a promise tough measures and no immediate gains but securing a better future. That is a promise I want, and an honest word from you, NASA, that you will change the fortunes of Kenya for the better