Kenyan politics is full of drama, like they say, there are no permanent friends in politics or permanent enemies either. One day they are dining together as brothers,the other day is a completely different scene, but who suffers at the end of the day? Is it the so called sidelined politicians? The opposition maybe? Certainly not. Definitely it is those who took their time to elect them, the voters, the citizens or wanjikus. Now it has become something common for Kenyans to pour out their frustrations over poor leadership or just being unsatisfied with the actions of their leaders on social media. Each time different faces causing wrath upon Kenyans. One time it was the isiolo governor over hiring beds from a private hospital to the Isiolo referral hospital, the other time Kenyans trolled the governor of Nairobi Mike Mbuvi alias Sonko then just recently Anne Waiguru then today Mombasa governor Ali Hassan Joho, presidential candidate Ekuru Aukot and IEBC chair, Wafula Chebukati. Now this not surprisingly but clearly says a lot about Kenyans opinions on their leaders. Those they elected, those put in place to ensure things run smoothly, those they entrusted to properly manage their resources and not take advantage of them.
Just today, residents of Kiribani, Changamwe sub county in Mombasa took to the streets to hold demonstrations accusing Joho’s administration of treating them as outsiders in their own county. Get me right, it is not just about Mombasa county. There was a time, not so long ago that Nairobians felt that their county is in the wrong hands, that things were heading south in the city’s capital and I haven’t mentioned about the neighboring county of Kiambu, their cries over misuse of public funds. It is not just governors or senators, MCAs have also been accused by it’s residents over embezzlement of funds and negligence. MPs too have fallen prey and the top political leaders have not been left behind. From the president to his deputy to the former prime minister in the recent weeks most especially social media has been on fire over poor leadership claims. Let’s note that it is not all leaders that have been pointed out as “villains” in the story, a good example being Machakos governor Alfred Mutua seems to have won the hearts of Kenyans, the Thika town MP Wa jungle has also been out there but for the right reasons and even Hassan Joho who is trending today has also been defended by a section of Kenyans citing that the county has grown thanks to his efforts and dedication to serve. That said, it shows that Kenyans are like the judiciary, out here to judge for themselves on how leaders act. If it is a good deed the will definitely put you out their and praise you, if for the bad the same individuals will judge you accordingly.
So far, it seems like the Wanjikus are tired. Tired of politics and its drama and want their leaders to serve them, work, not playing them for a fool. It is interesting to follow up on kenyans reactions to their leaders. This way at least the same leaders will at least put in mind that their main job is to cater for the needs of frustrated citizens. This is beyond tribal lines, all they want is a leader who is for them and by their side. There is a long way to go for our leaders to reclaim their trust in Kenyans.