Good morning fellow Kenyans,
Political mannerism, or lack thereof, in this country is getting out of hand as we get closer to the highly anticipated 2022 elections.
Recently, we have been witnessing a worrying trend of sections of crowds booing and walking out on some politicians’ speeches and even going to the extent of pelting stones at others.
The most recent case was on Tuesday when the burial of the mother of Thika Town MP Patrick Wainaina was marred with chaos after mourners heckled and walked out on Agriculture CS Peter Munya when he rose to read President Uhuru Kenyatta’s speech in the presence of his deputy William Ruto.
This is just a classic example of an emerging pattern even before we hit the campaign trail. Let’s not even talk about what happened during the burial of the father of Kisii’s deputy governor Joash Maangi a few weeks ago.
We need to be aware that whenever political intolerance sets in, heckling and booing becomes the only way to drive the politician away.
Politics does not have to be a bad thing. But if we really want to have a mature democracy, we should castigate political intolerance and resists being dragged into politics of insults and mudslinging by selfish leaders.
Do you believe that such incidences are a result of incitement from rival politicians to show how their opponents are unpopular in their respective regions? Or is it a genuine show of disapproval of some leaders by the residents?
Here are the stories making headlines on Opera News today:
I Will Not Hand Over Presidency to a Thief, President Kenyatta
President Uhuru Kenyatta now says he will make sure he leaves the country in safe hands when his term lapses in 2022. Without mentioning names, the head of state vowed not to hand over power to a thief who will oppress Kenyans.
Speaking on Wednesday, February 10, in Nairobi while drumming support for the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), the president insisted that he will ensure the person who will take over him is someone Kenyans can trust and who can unite them.
Sabina Chege Remarks on ‘Boyfriend’ Needed For One to Win Elections
Muranga County Woman Rep Sabina Chege has today talked political boyfriends needed one to win an election in Kenya.
She was speaking on Citizen TV where she opened up about Kenya’s politics and the owners of political parties. According to her, political parties in Kenya are owned by individuals and not party members.
100 Ruto MPs Stop Jubilee Party Donations
Deputy President William Ruto’s allies have made good their threat to starve the Jubilee Party of cash in monthly subscriptions deducted from their salaries.
National Assembly clerk Michael Sialai told the Star on Wednesday he had received requests from more than 100 members to stop their monthly party deductions sent to Jubilee.
SRC has now approved the KSh4.5 billion car grants for MCAs and county speakers after President Uhuru Kenyatta yielded to pressure from county reps from the Mt Kenya region as a condition for passing the BBI Bill. Do you think this will now lead to a unanimous passing of the contentious bill across the county assemblies?