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TheWeekender: What's wrong with Mariga? We've been electing thieves, bandits and drug barons

Tuko Team

Sept. 06, 2019

For the better part of last week social media has been awash with all reasons footballer McDonald Mariga should reconsider his decision to vie for Kibra seat following death of Ken Okoth.
Social Media political analysts even went to the extend of drawing comparisons between the late MP and Mariga in what is not only baffling but appalling to say the least.
Perhaps the former Inter-Milan star made things worse for himself when he said he wants to vie for the seat so he can give back to the society- a statement many found very pointless.
But come to think of it, since when did Kenyans start voting for politicians with brilliant ideas?
In fact, we should be ashamed trying to determine who Kibra people deserve when they gave us one of the finest MP of our generation in the late Ken Okoth without our advice.
I mean, if they elected Ken Okoth twice without our input, why don’t we let them determine whether or not McDonald Mariga is good for them?
Nairobi county alone has enough people in leadership who are known to be drug barons, thieves, bandits and all manner of characters a mature and reasonable democracy can never elect.
If people who spew venom like Kapsaret MP Oscar Sudi and Mombasa Governor Ali Hasan Joho- best known for smart dressing and looks than development- are anything to go by, we ought to give Kibra people a break.
Nairobians particularly have no moral authority to determine whether or not Mariga is fit for Kibra when they were presented a choice of Peter Kenneth and Mike Sonko and they settled for you know who.
We take a key county like Nairobi with all its huge contribution to the economy and place under two successive clueless leaders both of whom have one aim in mind- to enrich themselves.
Yet it is believed the county harbours the highest concentration of educated people with ability to make informed decisions.
It is high time the so called middle-class Kenyans leave the comfort of social media and actively participate in the electoral process otherwise they shall have leaders given to them by majority of Kenyans who think with their stomachs.
The folly with Kenya’s political landscape is the person with the deepest pockets has a higher success rate than the one with life changing ideas
It is for this reason most political seats in this country are occupied by rich and functionally illiterate individuals whose only claim to glory is their illegally acquired wealth.
They buy party tickets, bribe voters, bribe their competitors and calmly take political power and perpetuate wanton theft.
If some agree McDonald Mariga is not good for Kibra just because there is no notable contribution he has made to society, it should be asked how important Ferdinand Waititu was to Kiambu county.
Nairobians should be ashamed they could not pick Peter Kenneth despite his illustrious reign as Gatanga MP before dismissing Mariga for Kibra.
If Mariga is not fit for Kibra, why do we have all these selfish county bosses busy enriching themselves? We should have voted wise.
The writer, Gibendi Ramenya, is the Managing Director for TUKO Media ltd. He is a journalist by profession, having practiced for over five years.
The views expressed in this opinion piece are his and do not necessarily represent the position of TUKO Media ltd in anyway.
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