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You will pay dearly for accepting 'kitu kidogo'

28 February 2013, 15:26 Cheruo Levi Cheptora

Lest we have forgotten, politicians are just ordinary Kenyans like me and you.

They know our every day needs, our strengths, our weaknesses and have since known the most inappropriate buttons that they need not to press and those which if pressed correctly, will make each one of us tick and thus ‘behave’!

Unfortunately, most of us Kenyans have been made to believe that given the fact that ‘we live from hand to mouth’ due to poverty, our brains have since been washed away and we hardly use them.

I think those politicians who harbour such ‘stereotypic’ hypothesis are the ones on the loose; dishing out ‘kitu kidogo’ to buy their way to an even handsome cash-laden-abode once we elect them come March 2013.

You see, Kenyan politics has since been seen as an overnight gateway to riches and affluence in life.

It not only serves as a platform for scheming and ‘hustling’ to make a kill via ungodly channels for those who are known in the corridors of ‘dark trade’, but also acts as a recipe for marshaling financial muscles and winning souls from the pool of already well off Kenyans whose major sphere has been ‘robbing us without violence’.

No doubt Kenyan politics has since graduated into a lucrative job opportunity that never lets you down once in the midst of its ‘cruel architects’ and super rich patrons. That is why every politicians would rather ‘buy’ it like the way we are used to as far as getting a well paying job is concerned.

The point is, by accepting to be bribed, we are not only selling our democratic right enshrined in our constitution, but we are also guaranteeing our every would-be miserly tomorrow an ever vague touch from those very politicians handing down ‘the bitter lemons’ generously.

Once in office, be assured their first ‘investment’ will be a hefty pay-check to themselves to offset the ‘loss’ they had had to incur when they were dishing out the ‘bad cash’ in order to win over your hearts.

It will thus be hypocritical of you as an electorate to expect that much from such politicians.

In the first place, they would have ‘bought’ their way up there.

More so, their ‘very original goals’ will have swollen with an additional burden from cronies, family members and new ‘allies’ who were long time ago initiated into the ‘dirty game of politics’.

This in a nut shell implies that they must first fulfil their immediate needs and demands before attending to that impassable road, those unlighted houses and streets in your town centres, even that kid who has missed a chance to go to school due to lack of school fees and so on and so forth.

Like the last five years which have soon come to an unexpected end, you and I will continue whining and endlessly chanting the usual chorus: “tunaomba serikali ...”

Having known our open-ended weakness, these guys are sure to employ their sly and shrewd tact and soon we would love to believe, we would have recycled them back into the system they already have severely tarnished and thrashed.

Instead of us giving these ever cabal politicians an easy pathway to continue using us over the electioneering period then dump us immediately they are in charge of our CDF Kitties - we need to take an about turn and play really hard to get. 

As Kenyans who are tired to the bone with hypocritical leadership, we need to turn change the way we elect our leaders.

We must examine records of every would-be political master keenly to understand what they are likely to become if we give them the mandate to guard our hard-earned wealth.

We must base our decisions on people’s record in shunning and fighting corruption.

We must be driven by a common desire to one day one time, see this great nation (a much taunted haven of peace and calm in a stormy sea characterized by the likes of Somalia and Sudan) raise its bar and stand to be counted.

Let not the few coins here and there plunge us into a dark abyss someday.

Kindly use the power of your voter’s card wisely and let it make a remarkable difference in your live tomorrow through genuine leaders with distinct vision and aspirations for our community.

I know most of us have already fallen prey to the ‘trap’.

Well, that should matter the least ... come March 4th 2013, vote only for those sincere leaders whom you trust and believe cannot mismanage your rightfully entitled CDF Cash.

See beyond those small tokens and think about the next five years seriously.

And before I forget, be peaceful and walk the talk of peace and nothing else!

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