Another general election is around the corner, and candidates are pulling all the stops to win the support of the youth and the lowly in the villages, who are already disillusioned with the empty promises that characterize Kenya’s politics.
With a build-up of alliances accompanied by strategizing and positioning for nominations and appointments in the next administration, Kenyans are bombarded with vague promises from all directions.
Such appears to have landed in North Imenti on Sunday, the final day of a three-day visit by DP Ruto, Moses Wetang’ula and Musalia Mudavadi, the three principals of the Kenya Kwanza coalition.
While speaking at a rally in Thimangiri Market in Nyaki East Ward, nominated MP Halima Mucheke likened the area to the most arid areas of Turkana County.
“Harambee! Your Excellency the Deputy President. Hapa kunaitwa Thimangiri in Nyaki East Ward. Hii ni ward moja ambayo iko na ukame kama Turkana. Watu wa hapa wako na shida ya maji, stima, barabara, na hakuna institution yoyote ambayo inaweza kusaidia watu wetu.” said Hon. Halima.
Nyaki East residents took to Social Media expressing their disappointment with what they termed Halima’s poor understanding of the constituency she seeks to represent in the National Assembly.
“According to Halima Mucheke, Thimangiri and Nyaki East is a wilderness similar to the most arid areas of Turkana County. She is not aware that Nyaki East is the food basket of the entire Meru county and the country at large. All the people need is better roads and electricity.” says Peter Kimathi.
According to North Imenti MP Abdul Rahim Dawood, Halima’s sentiments at Thimangiri portray her as ignorant about the plight of the people she seeks to represent.
“I think Halima doesn’t know North Imenti Constituency well. We are nowhere close to Turkana and she should apologize to the residents of Thimangiri, Nyaki West & Nyaki East and North Imenti Constituency as a whole for the slur,” says Hon. Dawood.
“She doesn’t deserve the MP seat, not even a nomination slot. Why did she ferry people from town to Thimangiri instead of mobilizing from the local areas?” says Hon Rahim.
According to Henry Muthengi, Kenyans should brace themselves for even more empty rhetoric and promises based on non existent zones and issues as the August 9 polls fast approach.
“Kenyans should be ready for a rare spectacle of lunacy and idiocy. They have come back home with a singular agenda of winning elections. To do that, they need to appeal to as many ‘typical’ voters as possible.” says Henry Muthengi.
“Politicians are getting dumber. Every day, they make outrageous statements or blatantly false claims in attempts to grow in popularity. They seem to only have empty slogans and no well thought out ideas.” says Ann Kiambati, a resident of Rwanyange in Nyaki East Ward.
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