‘And Quiet They Went’ — Politicians Socially Distant With Kenyan Reality

An extension of the containment measures to the end of May 2021 has dealt a huge blow on a majority of Kenyans who live below the poverty line. – By Gerald Gekara.

The COVID-19 containment measures have dealt a good one for struggling Kenyans who depend on the daily wages for manual jobs, casual ‘vibaruas’ as well as the greater service industry.

However, the long-serving containment measures has seen the muzzling of a section of representatives, who would normally be on the forefront championing for change.

The amalgamation of the opposition and the ruling Jubilee government has been a good thing for peace in the country, but detrimental in terms of delivery of service to the common mwananchi.

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has long been Kenyan’s only opposition voice that could be seen fit to stand and oppose painful measures against citizens.

Raila Odinga would stage weekly protests to fault corruption, false government policies and essentially keep the government on toes.

However, fast forward to 2021, the landmark handshake with President Uhuru Kenyatta has seen the opposing voice diminished to utter silence.

The ODM team has been accused of neglecting their watchdog roles at the expense of keeping their coalition with the Jubilee government, leaving any revolutionary thoroughly exposed when engaging the government.

Deputy President William Ruto is seemingly taking over Raila Odinga’s role in the opposition by his clamor for inclusion of ‘the hustler’ in the government policies.

In an interview, Ruto revealed he has long been sidelined from the government leaving him with no option but to fight under an allegedly powerless Deputy position.

As it stands, government decisions whether they favor Kenyans or not, are being implemented according to the Deputy President.

However, being number 2 in command has led to criticism since he is in a better position to impact change.

The ban on political gatherings has had a huge impact on public expressions of disgust and criticism, and has exposed politicians who only talk for pay in their true selves.

The 8.00pm to 4.00am curfew that has tremendously lapsed in execution has led to Kenyans being exposed to hiked fares and irresponsible driving as motorists rush to beat the curfew.

Despite this, no motion attempt has been made to challenge the effectiveness of the curfew orders.