By Kanyi Gioko
Colonialism is the practice of acquiring full or partial political control over another country. It involves occupying it with settlers and exploiting it economically.
The political class in Kenya has actually accomplished this through state capture. Private interests significantly influence a state’s decision-making processes in this systemic political corruption. This happens to the benefit of those involved.
The common Mwananchi is just a business pawn. They are a mere vote validation tool whose interests the politicians have long forgotten in the brazen pursuit of selfish goals.
Crises prevail in our country
Ordinary citizens cannot forget that the present and past governments have not fulfiled the promises made half a century ago. Every five years, they dangle bags of goodies on the faces of Kenyans to induce them to return them to power.
This phenomenon has led to the now widespread voter apathy. It prevails even within the perceived strongholds of key politicians.
The biggest worry of the average Kenyan is where to get food, healthcare, and other necessities. These will lead to an acceptable and humane life.
There is a food crisis as we speak. Food security has deteriorated in most parts of Kenya such as Laisamis in Marsabit, Tana North in Tana River, and Fafi. Other areas include Balambala and Dadaab in Garissa, parts of Kilifi, Taita Taveta, and Kwale. The cause of the food crisis is poor rains and general lack of planning on our part.
On healthcare, the ongoing doctors’ strike presents enough evidence that we have a systemic killing machine named public health.
The doctors have come out strongly to demand for better working conditions. They want to give ‘Wanjiku’ a chance to survive when struck by sickness. The public health system is in shambles while the private ones continue to thrive.
The less I say about this matter, the better. We are all privy to the shenanigans happening right from the top echelons on this matter. It simply means that your lives do not matter, but your votes do.
Why we need a strong third force
Another area where the government makes cosmetic moves includes the quagmire we call transport system. Very good solutions exist in the mold of Michuki rules. However, the rules have become obsolete in favour of populism at the expense of order and safety.
In this era, it beats logic why disorganized cartels control our public transport system. These cartels are competing with the public health sector to kill as many Kenyans as possible within the shortest time.
The areas of grievances are many and I cannot address all of them in this single article.
Substandard fertilizers, exaggerated educational reforms, and tribal cocoons within organizations form part of the partial or full state capture by self-seekers. The self-seekers package them nicely using a Mwananchi-friendly language to hide the obvious ill intent.
Our turnaround as a country will not come from the sky or outside the borders. It must come from within and sooner. We must redeem Kenya from the downward spiral because we have taken far too long.
Solutions will never come from anywhere else but right here at home. It is a pity that the current crop of leadership is complicit in ignoring the common citizens’ plight.
This makes it very hard for the voters to make a choice since the rot cuts across. What we need is a serious and strong third force. The third force should rise to shake things up a bit. The third force should also reclaim our lost glory.
The turnaround must come from all of us, in our homes and societies. We should all resist the urge to betray our judgement to identify with empty and parasitic affiliations such as tribe or class.
(This is an edited version of an article that first appeared on The Standard’s Ureport)