Divided People are Easy to Manipulate; Kenya Elections 2017

Divided People are Easy to Manipulate Elections 2017
We can be unwavering in our commitment to kill ethnicity while still breaking bread with the same ethnic people who’ve oppressed us. {Photo @Joe_tooner}

A Kenyan politician, I’ve found, doesn’t like calm. Either push people in the streets, or order cops to use live bullets — pick one. It’s us versus them, those are the facts on what a Kenyan politician thrives at.

With an Election deemed to have Tension, here is a little something to think about;

Not your choice

1 birthplace 2 Tribe 3 family 4 gender 5 Skin colour

Your choice

1 kindness 2 humility 3 generosity 4 honesty 5 peaceful

This election-stretched period has been so polarizing and noxious that even we find ourselves getting caught up in the extreme grandstanding and bitterness. But with extremes come deadlock and the death of progress.

Instead of speaking in measured tones about what unites us, we are screaming at each other about what divides us — which is exactly what authoritarian figures like our Politicians want: Divided people are easier to manipulate.

We have been living together, working together, having Fun together and found time to embrace Githeri Man in his first three prime days that were clouded with elections server drama but we did either way.

All Election memes have been funny all round despite the political divide you support that just shows the love we have for each other.

We are at a critical time of this Election ‘season’ a time when anything can provoke us to do something deplorable all in the name of our “miss-Leaders who masquerade as leaders.

I don’t know about you but mine is; Exercise your right to Vote or Not Vote it’s your democratic choice BUT do not harm your brother, harm is not necessarily physical, Facebook posts that spark hate is causing harm. I’ve heard a good number of people remarking in disbelief of what their friend posted that was ‘socially indecent’ in the name of supporting your leader.

Finally BE HEARD, just BE HEARD don’t be wale wa “Mimi story na politics nimechoka” Yes you are basically saying you are tired of making a better country for the future Generation.

Politics is part of our Lives, it affects us directly, for instance, we used to hear of “inflation” mentioned by opinion leaders on TV breakfast shows, but now we know what it is practically more than ever.

We can be unwavering in our commitment to kill ethnicity while still breaking bread with the same ethnic people who’ve oppressed us. I know it can be done because we work together all years long till election madness checks in.

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