I don’t think we get the politicians we deserve


But if we do, my fellow citizens really did choose from the bottom of the barrel.

First is the circus that is Nairobi County. The governor was impeached but he is still calling shots from out of office. Before that he made a joke of the constitution by failing to nominate a deputy following the resignation of one Polycarp less than a year(?) into the office.

Still on the same Nairobi County, the electoral body gazetted Waititu who was impeached as governor in a different county for among others abuse of office! This despite the constitution having a chapter dedicated to conduct of public officers.

While still on the constitution, the powers that be who have failed in implementing the constitution we fought so hard for have convinced themselves and are now trying to convince the rest of us that it is the constitution that ought to be changed and not that politicians should change.

And while on politicians. I don’t know who they represent. In April or May last year, the government announced a raft of tax holidays or reliefs to put money into people’s pockets following the disruption occasioned by Covid. These reliefs expired on 31st Dec and then parliament convened in an emergency session and passed legislation to do away with the reliefs and holidays like the economy was now full throttle. I can’t believe Kenyans queue for hours to elect these fellows.

And finally the ministry of education is an example of how incompetent this government is. Schools were closed last year before the end of term one because of covid. One would think because of the requirements for keeping people apart, more classrooms would be built or more teachers employed but lo and behold, we are busy campaigning on whether we should alter the constitution that is not even an adolescent yet.

I am convinced that politicians serve their interests. That the state exist for the benefit of the few. And the rest of us must find ways to get along in the process.

About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

24 thoughts on “I don’t think we get the politicians we deserve

  1. basenjibrian says:

    It’s a universal complaint, Maka. I would suppose even in squeaky clean places like, oh I don’t know, Denmark, one gets “good” politicians.

    Makes one wonder if the old Greek system of random lottery choice is the best option? Sure, you would get some real prizes in office, but could it be worse than the current stems that select the driven, the obsessed, the self-important? Why would anyone lacking a smidgeon of sociopathy or narcissism even run for office? Random Choice for the win.

    In small polities, of course, the old New England Open Town Meeting has some appeal. Which depends even more on the quality of “the people”, of course!

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    • makagutu says:

      Brian, I think we get the worst of them. If they act in public interest, their interests have already been taken care of & they stand for one thing only, their interests.
      An agora type of politics would depend also on whether people are willing to participate & are well informed about the issues

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  2. Tish Farrell says:

    After several years of dabbling with community activism and small town politics – mostly to do with protecting people from flood risk and traffic overload with its associated risks – I came to the conclusion most people can’t be bothered to support their local democratic mechanisms. They don’t want to stand for election themselves. The consequence: self-proposed individuals take charge, more often than not with personal agendas to pursue.

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    • basenjibrian says:

      But if we had no government, somehow this world comprised largely of a disinterested population would magically run itself! “You ain’t the boss of me.” Ron’s real constituents are the Gravy Team Six militants who were allowed to invade the U.S. Congress this week. Anarchy and Free-Dumb in full, raging action. Except for one American Christian Warrior who stuck his taser between his legs while trying to rip down a painting. The resulting electrical shock sadly stopped his heart.

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      • makagutu says:

        I have seen pictures of those insurrectionists and some of it look like they were taken off a clown show.
        Maybe because we find ourselves in this state where we have an almost omnipresent government, we can’t see a way out. Maybe local government. I don’t know.

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    • makagutu says:

      As long as we can get by and politics do not get on the way, let them do whatever they wish. I think this must be the conclusion most people have arrived at

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  3. Ron says:

    Unfortunately, the suffering and injustice will continue until the people finally abandon their belief in government. It’s a hard superstition to shake.

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    • basenjibrian says:

      So…once we abandon our “belief in government” we will all live perfectly content, isolated, solitary lives with everything addressed through volunteerism and kumbaya?

      Was tribal life THAT much better? Even clans and tribes had shamans and chiefs and pater families figures.

      I have less faith in this tween dream than I do in “politicians”, Ron, Mad Max had no government, but it certainly had Humungus.

      Following a global war and the collapse of civilization after oil supplies were nearly exhausted, the world is in a state of barbaric anarchy. Haunted by the death of his family, former policeman Max Rockatansky now roams the desert wilderness of a post-apocalyptic Australia in a scarred, black, supercharged V-8 Pursuit Special. Scavenging for food and petrol, Max’s only companion is an Australian Cattle Dog. After driving off a gang led by the unhinged biker warrior Wez, and taking petrol from one of their wrecked vehicles, Max finds an apparently abandoned gyrocopter and decides to collect its fuel, but is ambushed by the pilot. Max manages to overpower him and spares his life in return for being led to a oil refinery that the pilot has discovered. When they arrive, Max finds the compound under siege by the Marauders, a motley gang of drivers and motorcyclists of which Wez is a member. The Marauders’ leader, a large masked man called “Lord Humungus”, has his gang attacking the complex daily, believing that the compound contains fuel reserves. -Wikipedia

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      • makagutu says:

        The world is in a state of controlled barbarity with a few elite doing very well. A great majority just getting by and then another majority hardly surviving. The only reason the poor will not eat you and I is because of religion – they dont want to go to hell – and the police- they are not ready to be killed, not yet.

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    • makagutu says:

      This is not gonna happen anytime soon. Or anywhere for that matter

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  4. ladysighs says:

    I’ve read this book before.

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  5. Ouch, sorry to hear about the troubles in your neck of the woods, Mak.

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  6. No circus can perform without a few good clowns!

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