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The Big DayMarch 1st, 2012
The big day is here.

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The majority of the citizens are struggling to make ends meet, many are in knee deep debt, but the people they chose to represent them have now switched to permanent campaign mode, they have forgotten about their current duties and responsibilities but are angling for their next positions. Instead of carrying out their leadership mantles, they have become mere talking heads. They are perpetuating the myth that the people are for them because they are their representatives. Nothing can be further from the reality on the ground. The folly of this conduct is that they are being blind to the inescapable fact that their future stake in governance can only be made real by the very citizens they are trampling upon. The citizens have had enough; they are tired of political treachery but they have not lost hope, they want real change which will transform their economic fortunes for the better.
The various sectors of the economy are not giving the citizens any reason to smile, tourism is struggling, agriculture is mechanically tailored to suit the wealthy farmers, banking and finance are growing and expanding on the backs of the citizens who are saddled with debts that they cannot manage to comfortably pay. The cost of living is rising with each passing day but the leadership is not taking any tangible steps to stem the tide, the access to national resources and services is limited to the economically advantaged to the detriment of those in dire need but cannot afford. Access to land is still a cancer that is spreading whereby we have few people owning huge tracts of land which is under or unutilized while the local populations squat on the land not knowing what a new dawn may bring, a court order to vacate, bulldozers flattening their shacks or guns and bullets doing the forcible evictions in defence of individual proprietary rights of the “landowner”.
We should not reflect on the legacies of the various “leaders” before we entrust them with more power. Each must give account of expropriation of the talents which were entrusted to him/her. They must explain the rationale for each and every action that they have taken and how they impacted on the lives of the people. We are pounded by endless talk of embellished credentials of aspirants, but let us scratch beyond the surface, move beyond the façade being presented to the core of the individuals, their true characters and ideologies. Can any of them be trusted to an extent that his/her word is his or her bond?. It is time to isolate the sheep from the wolves.
Upon the IEBC setting the stage for the registration of the voters, each eligible voter should be encouraged to register to vote. Even those who believe that voting produces the same result as not voting, that either way, whoever is elected soon forgets his/her promises and covenants with the people. This notion should be removed from such people by keenly explaining to them they privilege and power a vote holds, in the United States of America, blood was shed before Blacks could be granted the right to vote. The reason why they fought for the right to vote was because in the absence of their elected representatives, their voice would never be heard, their cries would go unanswered and their basic human and legal needs would be handed ( if at all) to them as aid, not rights.
It is a duty and honour to participate is elections. This should be done peacefully and in furtherance of the right to individual choice. The youth should be encouraged to fully and actively participate through doing volunteer civic mobilization and education as opposed to engaging in acts of hooliganism and political thuggery. They should help voters understand the nature and contents of manifestos of various parties and candidates. It is through these that the choice that people will reflect their wishes. It is through wise and considered choice that the people will emancipate themselves from supercilious leadership that has been the order of the day.


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