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Leaders need not cheat to be relevant

Sunday January 13 2019


Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria addresses journalists at Parliament buildings in Nairobi on January 10, 2019. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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Politics is definitely a trade of its kind. This is particularly true in a context like ours where a majority in the political class have learnt that they can say anything and get away with it.

The noise we are hearing during this period — almost four years to the next elections — sounds like the polls will be at the end of this year.

We borrowed a lot from the American system of government as we were crafting the Constitution almost a decade ago.

An observer will see that the current American president has a few problems which have to do with his misunderstanding of the difference between business and politics.

Since we promulgated a constitution out of our own volition, we really have no choice but to go by what it states and be practical about it.


When the moment comes — even if it is about elections and succession — we shall have to do what is necessary.

In the last week or two, I have been laughing about something propelled by a group of “politicians”.

The same matter has caused the President to call some people "washenzi". Not that I agree with that kind of a reaction or language, but it is possible he has a point.

Of course, politicians have their dynamics — some of which may not be genuine — and the rest of us lesser mortals may not really understand until they decide which way they are going and we follow them.

I come from Gatundu North. It used to be part of the larger Gatundu Constituency when Jomo Kenyatta was our MP.

I would not want to go the way of the current MP for Gatundu South who tells the world that nothing is happening in Kiambu County.


He is not saying the truth. The road network in Gatundu South is incredible. He and the President know that. Nothing of the sort has happened in Gatundu North.

This matter is close to my heart and I feel bad when individuals play politics with peoples’ lives in the name of attempting to remain relevant. It is not fair.

Shortly afterwards came statements from another politician blasting the President.

No matter what interests one has, leadership is given dignity by a certain level of decorum and decency.

I have always believed that good politics must be about what is good for the citizens and not the interests of an individual leader.

What Kenyans want is development and not noise about who is succeeding who and who is aligned to who.

Fr Wamugunda is the Dean of Students and a lecturer of Sociology at the University of Nairobi; [email protected]