Someone asked me the above question and I told them ‘Nobody’.
I don’t expect much of the government. I expect even less from the president as an individual. As far as I’m concerned, the majority of politicians seeking office aren’t competent enough to operate a smartphone, so why trust them with a country in the 22nd century?
My expectations stop at the definitions of their existences. They are supposed to represent us the people and, in turn, effectively govern the nation so we don’t need 40 million people to hit the polls every time we need a decision to be made. We pay them to representatively manage and make decisions on country matters for us. It seems quite simple.
However, they have proven incapable of this, and so I don’t bother with them. All of them. For as long as it is a bunch of familiar names on the ballot, my pinky shall not be dipped in indelible ink. You may think that this is because I have a problem with the individuals in question. Alas, ’tis not.
My problem is not with the dynasties of abundantly wealthy individuals that own hundreds of thousands of acres of land. It is not with the MP/PMs who parade and pimp the slums in their constituencies to foreign donors to reinvest in poorism. My qualm is not with the 300 people who earn 10-100 times our salary but still have the nerve to only donate 8 million shillings collectively for famine efforts after refusing to pay taxes. It’s not with the power-hungry, money-greedy, power-drunk criminals who will massacre and violate masses of Kenyans and still smile and remind us we are one country while throwing up peace signs.
No. My problem is with the people that continue to put them in power time and time again.
I was looking at the polls the other day and noticed quite a few names from the Ocampo list and couldn’t help but feel abject despair for this country. Have we learned nothing? The people we accuse for last election’s violence are the one’s leading the polls in next year’s elections? And the people who would otherwise be front-runners on my list – the Martha Karua’s – all have a Mike Sonko in their parties or on their tickets, or a graveyard in their closet. One is almost tempted to look up Joseph Hellon and his Placenta Party to see what they are really about because they seem less culpable than a Ruto or Raila.
Recently, I compared Kenyan politicians to cellphone companies without explaining why. You see, the problem with them is that they are ALL faulty, deceitful, incompetent and ultimately have a finger in your pocket and a fist up your ass at all times. But you always have to choose one. And for as long as you have chosen one, you essentially have no right to complain; it was, after all, your informed choice. The only difference is, when Safaricom get stupid, you can switch to Airtel for 50/=.
Governments aren’t that cheap. Also, it’s a decision we have to die by for 5 years. So excuse me as I take my time to unequivocally REFUSE all the current candidates. A lesser evil is still evil; and when it’s in a parliament full of that greater evil, it’s even worse. But it’s at its absolute worst when fueled by an entire people who aren’t working towards change, only hoping for it.
Alas, what is one to do but hope? I doubt any old politician will turn a new leaf. I doubt even more that a new breakout star will rise and be embraced.
I’d vote for nobody because right now, I see no change ahead. Just more of the same.
You’re welcome to try prove me wrong.