Democracy VS Money

26 Nov


By Wanjala Wafula

Watching what’s happening to our democracy in Kenya is like watching the infamous Mtongwe Ferry sink slowly into the Indian Ocean at the likoni landing. It is horrifying to remember having watched the debacle unfold those days when I was a third rate journalist streaming for a local daily that I will not bother to divulge. What is even more heart shattering is that as we the people, the citizens of our motherland, we the passengers of this sinking nation, shorn of life vests, scramble for safety as best as we can, the captain and his crew trips and falls conveniently into a waiting life boat?

We are drowning here, with gaping holes torn into the hull of the ship of state from charges detonated by the owners and manipulators of capital.  For your information, Dr Kizito once told me that capitalism is about getting all for oneself and only allowing oneself to share God with others. I recently learned that even the God we worship in our churches these days has to be given so as to give. Their wealth has become a demonic force in politics and none of us is safe except those inherently born and positioned to benefit. For them, the political party, the slogans, symbols and even manifestos do not bother them. They take different sides on the same matter to keep the circus of the populace going and to quell the nerves of those whose blood they must shade.   

Nothing can stop them. Not even the law, which has been written to accommodate them anyway. They are surrounded by crowds of lawyers who are ready to go the end of the world to ensure their ‘innocence”. That talk about the international community and its instruments does not frighten them. Do not even think of scrutinizing what they do and how they do it because they have no shame.  Forget the pledges they croon around about being concerned about the welfare of the “common man”. They posses not a decent respect for the welfare of others and surprisingly they don’t care. They siphon blood from our very veins through exaggerated taxation, white elephant projects, luxurious spending on jets and Limos, fictitious food prices and outright financial scandals. When they are excited, they build multi-billion roads to collect pineapples from their farms and those of their friends. We the people without means, our safety net have been shredded. We are now left helpless before events beyond our control. Our vulnerability to manipulation is beyond our ability to resist for it’s a choice between food on the table and death. It’s a choice between a place to call home or a tent at the internally displaced person’s camp.

The obstacles facing the millennial generation in Kenya didn’t just happen. Take an economy twisted to the top; imagine a nation so insecure that the law enforcers are now the victims. Picture a country whose legislative arm holds the world record for egocentrism and outright lunacy. Just think of a country whose security apparatus have collapsed and grenade welding pundits are slaughtering all and sundry without fear of reprisal. The howl about low wages is the norm and the snivel for missing jobs has surpassed that of our national anthem. I insist that these are politically engineered consequences of government of, by, and for the one percent of the population and my guess is that you are not one of them. So, too, is our current tax code the product of money and politics, influence and favoritism, lobbyists and the laws they draft for rented politicians to enact. We are all doomed if we stay still.

I can assure that that the results are in and our forthcoming elections are going to replace horse racing as the sport of kings. Only these kings aren’t your everyday monarch. These kings are multi-billionaire, corporate moguls and outright thieves who by the divine right and of course not of God, but the failed judicial system and a society that has lost its merit system. I join former UN chief Kofi Annan in warning that the world’s democracies and Kenya specifically, is being corrupted by the increasingly strong role of “uncontrolled, undisclosed, illegal and opaque” financing of political parties and campaigns.

You are forgiven if you do not agree, but I agree that we can do better.



The writer is a Founder and CEO of The Coexist Initiative, a not for profit synergy of men and boys organizations committed to eliminating all forms of sexual/gender based violence and enhancing HIV prevention in Kenya. Visit:  Facebook: wanjala Wafula Skype: coexistinitiative: Tel: +254-712653322





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