Last Tuesday marked an end to an awfully long electioneering period.
At the inauguration that day, president Museveni of Uganda said something interesting.
According to him, there are four important things for a nation. Peace, prosperity, development and politics.
In his view, if citizens of any nation give too much attention to politics, which seems to be what we have done this year, the other three will suffer. And we have seen the deterioration of the economy and services in general due to the intense politicking that has taken place during the course of this year.
I am in the education sector and I feel so bad to see how badly learning and managing students — not to mention teachers and lecturers — have been during this year of politics that has no regard to the universal good of the nation.
The health sector has also suffered quite a blow through doctors’ and nurses’ strikes that one can only suspect had a relation to the politics of elections. This will surely be a year we shall all live to remember.
Having said so, all is not lost. We have finally come to the end of that long ordeal even though we all know there will be at one time or another, politics that has no regard for the human condition.
What is good for us right now is that the political contest, which sometimes became an excuse for hooliganism that undermines the harmonious existence that we all yearn for, is over.
Here there is some food for thought for all of us. For how long shall we bring our country to its knees every time there is a General Election? Will there ever come a time when Kenyans will understand politics as a means to an end and not an end in itself?
Many of us may not like many things about President Museveni, but what he said last Tuesday is worth giving a thought.
Any political activity that is not aimed at improving the lives of citizens and on the contrary destroys even the little good they have is certainly not guided by right morals and therefore not worthy of a 21st century population.
I have said it before but I do not fear repeating the fact that our kind of politics is so devoid of abstract thought that more often than not, it cannot be guided by universal values such as justice, beauty, goodness, peace and so on.
If our thinking is forever at the concrete level, we continue to deny ourselves the possibility of enjoying a harmonious environment in which all stand to gain.
The Kenya of the future must be guided by politics with a moral base.
The writer is dean of students at the University of Nairobi [email protected]