The ‘six piece’ idea moved to the era of savvy voters

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It is imperative to recognize that voters are no longer the “wajinga” politicians they fed on. [Boniface Okendo, Standard]

Famous author and poet Munia Khan is more outspoken about this fact of life than “it’s hard to fool a fool fooled so many times.” As you become a victim of political manipulation each election year, you gradually develop the talent and natural firepower to isolate and resist half-truths whenever they circulate.

Politicians thrive on lies, even the smallest ones that would defy your imagination. As in Zimbabwe a few years ago, President Robert Mugabe fell asleep in front of the cameras. His loyalists would then argue that the Zanu-PF strongman was not sleeping but “resting his eyelids”.

There is a false belief somewhere up there that voters will forever remain gullible. In Kenya this year ahead of the August vote, it is heartening that the masses can now smell the coffee and make policy decisions out of conviction, not euphoria.

This week’s surprise nomination victory for fiery Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter in the face of fierce opposition mounted by Vice President William Ruto’s allies was quite a statement. Keter is loved and hated because he shoots from the hip and is trusted by the electorate. His victory was somewhat similar to Okoth Obado’s victories in 2013 and 2017 in Migori. Obado was a badass for ODM.

There were many surprise wins and premium tears in ODM and UDA. Others have landed direct tickets based on opinion polls, the details of which remain scant. Some critics say the opinion poll results may have been prepared by party thugs.

Meanwhile, several larger-than-life allies of party leaders have been gunned down by political neophytes. It is clear that the real election on August 9 will be an even more serious thunderbolt. The politics of brokerage and negotiation in boardrooms must die a certain death in Kenya and Africa in general. From what we have seen, embracing the outright deceit of the political class has meant inviting vice into our very lives. It is now a way of life and a gaping hole from which it is difficult to get out.

The more we vote for people because of what parties or tribal kingpins incite us to do, the less we can unite to hold them to account. When the going gets tough, party leaders won’t be with us in the wards, precincts and counties to face the problems that stemmed from the inept leadership they spawned by telling us to vote a certain way.

Therefore, the so-called six-part appeal must be dismissed. In the 21st century, the idea of ​​six rooms is totally out of place. We can strengthen the country’s democratic strength by asking Kenyans to elect capable leaders. The true measure of a leader’s ability can never be loyalty. Defilers and non-performers should have a soft sail on the ballot just because of the “six piece” idea. There is loyalty to the party. Then there is loyalty to the blind party. The latter, I say without a doubt, is responsible for most of our misfortunes.

The late Senator Otieno Kajwang once said that loyalty and party loyalty were the most important considerations in rewarding members. However, parties should not minimize the wishes of the electorate.

It is imperative to recognize that voters are no longer the “wajinga” politicians they fed on. Don’t let parties force leaders down voters’ throats based on selfish, mundane considerations like relationships and deep pockets. We deserve better. It starts with electing the right men and women to take charge of our destiny.

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