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Editorial: Why voters ‘lives’ in Kenya never matter

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History is furiously repeating itself in the world of ‘politricks’. In 2005, President Mwai Kibaki dissolved his cabinet after his bid for a new constitution was defeated.

Out went Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka. The reason? The two and others had rebelled against the Constitutional order that the Kibaki administration was pushing. This resulted in the Chungwa wave that is now the Orange Democratic Movement.

Kibaki teamed up with Ford People leader Simeon Nyachae and Fork Kenya’s Musikari Kombo to form a Government of national unity, abstaining from the two heavyweights who had made him President in 2002.

Fast forward to 2020, President Uhuru looks set to form a Government of National Unity with Raila, Kalonzo and Isaac Ruto.

As controversial as it may sound, the signs are now evident. The loser in 2005 was Raila, but the loser seems to be Deputy President William Ruto. Leading to the next big question, has Kalonzo made a political blunder?

By remaining alone in Wiper Democratic Momevement, Kalonzo continues to languish in social-economic wilderness.
His cronies are out of government. They have no jobs yet 2022 is just 2 years away.

And whatever the case, the Wiper leader “owns” the Kamba community. So it makes sense to withdraw some cash from the Jubilee kitty as part of the DP Ruto entitlement.

Come 2022, Kalonzo, Raila, DP Ruto will traffic their tribal votes to whatever alliance they want, and for good reasons. Voters who support Raila, DP Ruto, Kalonzo, or any other politician don’t matter. What matters is the comfort of the principals.

Not that the voters care either. For their votes, they are paid Consultancy fees and receive cash amounts ranging from Sh.50 to Sh.500. With this consideration, they became conspirators in electoral manipulation and are happy to look forward to every new political cycle.

But who knows maybe this cycle, they will remember how they braved the cold rainy nights during state-sanctioned demolitions. Maybe they will remember the promise of 9 stadiums to be built in 18 months.

Maybe they will remember their confrontation with the police over electoral malpractice, while their leaders sped away in huge land cruisers.

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