Last Updated on 26 October 2013 by Gertrude
In Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe , there is a character of attention, Okonkwo. He is a big-built man that is described as walking in, with strides. Reading this book opens one to the theatrics and world that is of the â€Umoufiasâ€, in this case, Kenya!!
There are several Okonkwos in Kenya Parliament, ‘well-built’, in this case, money-wise, famous, UN-defeated and impatient!. They walk in huge strides, big state-of-the-art cars fitted with modern stereos, and adorn stylistic clothes shopped in exclusive London or Paris Malls. They are suave, classy, and extremely elegant! They come ‘home’, Constituencies, with big man promises of how they will do this and that. How they have initiated developmental projects in the recent past and will continue to develop the region.
We promote them, to statuses they have never been to all their lives in the belief they will better us! We sing the same song ‘ We y’all believe in this guy, let’s bring him in for the purpose of development!!
Few months, stalling projects and lack of importance of projects and paying attention to details and the usual disappearance acts! They will ignore your call paying them a visit to their office, mean-built, huge and covered in sunglasses men will meet you at the door of Mheshimiwa: â€Unafikiria unaenda wapi? Nilikuwa nimeongea na Mheshimiwa eti nije nimuone juu ya project fulani, anajua. Mmm, acha tumpigie simu. After five minutes â€¦ â€Pole Mheshimiwa ako very busy na by the way kuja next week such a time unaweza kumuona, he is out of town!. Sorry for your trouble â€¦ (very consoling).
You walk home shoulders slumped, a camel’s hump can fit in! You are determined so you contact Mheshimiwa, he echoes the guards words, miraculously, the M.P is inside the office with ‘very important persons’. Hopefully, smiling ear to ear, you are confident all will be fine. Next week, the same story suffices this time with the meanest looking men in the name of guards who call you names, never attending to you. In consulting Mheshimiwa, he admits to the situation and agrees to scold them(guards), admits that his guards need to change that he will talk to them about it (you). But you have been doing this, going and getting turned down over and over, until you give up!
All the promises have gone down the drain awash with lies, escapism and arrogance. After a while, Mheshimiwa’s mobile phone is changed as you ‘bag’ him with ‘unnecessary’ calls … you were DUPED!!! Ladies and Gentlemen, Welcome to the world that is Politics and Politicians!!! See why Okonkwo is no different, Okonkwo is a barking dog who never bit (not intending to be abusive), now this is typical of our Mps.
In the social media, Kenyans call them â€Greedy M-pigsâ€. We have to delete them from these fattening seats they occupy in Parliament as the electorates we have a big say.
Their ‘homecoming’ is to woe daft electorates again, mind you, 2 years later or just before the electioneering period. He only came when the President had a fundraiser for a death, probably of a prominent businessman or just ‘official business’. He comes in a chopper, as ‘beggars’ might milk away his money. At the venue, he donates 10,000 thousand shillings and complains of ‘harsh economic times’! Charged with overseeing roles in his constituency, he talks his way with the ‘village elders’, and gives them 1,000 bob each in the name of Â ‘I will be coming back very soon, pesa imekauka Nairobiâ€.
After five years here he is again begging for you vote, seeing your ‘M.P’ once and sometime ‘passing through’, so sadly and with a more twisted version!
Why are we easily duped into believing these twisted thinking individuals? Our greed, the ever absent M.p is giving handouts in the name of Â ‘Nipeeni Kura zenu‘, Â stand, reject him. Instead, we, clap and cheer, he sees through us and even dares insulting us â€¦ we front the Swindler title under their noses.
In Parliament, this ‘big man’s ‘ voice has never been uttered, we don’t know if he stammers, dumb, eloquent, as he was when asking for votes. He has never said what he does for his ‘people’ because he doesn’t know their needs and most parliament sessions are marked with absenteeism and ‘official commitments’ unheard of!
After noticing these pranks, why give Mr. Politician an ear, go with those ready to work for their constituents and not giving useless and helpless handouts. Go for those who want to come home after the elections, those who relate to you and . Be open to phase out the old tired ones who at the expense of taxpayers fatten their bellies, wallets and bank accounts, while you languish in misery, hunger and poverty. Make this guy a mwananchi.
Teach them the lessons they deserve, choose leaders wisely and thoughtfully, ‘Youths wa Kenya mpo? Chanukeni!!!! Msidanganywe !!! Chagua Developments.