The clouds of elections are gathering, many have been called, but only one will be chosen. We now eagerly await with abated breathe the pronouncement of the oath or affirmation of the person who will be called upon to undertake the duties of the first Executive office of our country to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the republic of Kenya from one of the many candidates who have thrown their hats in the presidential ring. We wait to see how the reconciliation of soaring eloquent rhetoric will square with action. My political faith is that the nation will elect a person whose political thought and philosophy encompasses liberty and just government, whose principles and ideas which seek to unite and rally the nation state to the cause of unity, stability and development for all by tackling the most pressing and prevalent problems and social upheavals while adhering to submission and obedience to the established laws. The fact is that we do not lack laws, we already have good laws, what we now need is enforcement of the laws. When good laws are poorly enforced; the result is that they sink into ever decay.
The beauty of a people driven democracy is the right of a people to elect who gets to lead them. The voting card is the voter’s voice. Power tends to corrupt, and experience has shown that presidential power tends to corrupt absolutely. Whoever will occupy the house on the house on the hill will only do so at our bidding and delegation, as such, this is the fine hour within which we should question the candidates’ credentials, records, merits and what they intend to do with power once its is within their grasp. One way of finding out what drives a particular candidate would be to examine his/her past actions while in command of “little” power. By little power here I mean being vested with a position of authority and responsibility. The presidency is an office vested with a lot of power, and to whom much will be given, definitely much will be expected of him or her that is why the question of what he/she did with the little power that he/she had arises. We put the wrong person in power and we will watch as everything goes askew and awry.
Because the president will lead the whole country and not a tribal or regional fiefdom, it is incumbent upon us to elect with extreme care. Let no one cast his/her lot with a myopic regional view but rather within a spectrum of national foresight based on the track records of the candidate. Because campaigns are contests of opinions and ideas, sprinkled with truths, some cannot be proved, we will be bombarded with endless propaganda, distorted or misrepresented facts some bordering on the absurd, but we should not lose sight of the goal. We should candidly sieve through the nuanced truths, half-truths and lies being peddled around and do the right thing, that is choose the right person who believes in us, who believes in Kenya.
Now is the time to rise to the challenge, now is the time to seek strength in our weaknesses, to slay the ghost of tribalism, to go against the grain and vote for those who have the interests of the people at heart. Let us not vote for the lesser of the evil, but for the best in the race. The truth of the matter is that good policies do not discriminate against tribes or regions, but personalities can do so. Let us soberly analyse the manifestos of the each and every candidate without malice and compare it with his/her actions perhaps in the last five years, do they mirror each other? If not, we have no business entrusting the leadership of the country with such a personality we should shun them and confine them to oblivion. Let us ignore those in current political landscape who feel power and forget right, but support those who honour just and equal laws at all times