By: BRIAN KARIUKI NJERI
Kenyans heading to election always seek the best leader. But after election things just change. The leader happens to be a populist who worked the voters. They are also supposed to defend the interest of the people. Getting the office, their selfish nature shows trying even to have a salary raise in the first year of the term. They might also go ahead to add more incentives and outrageous allowances. All this is on the taxpayer who elected them to office.
Sometimes there are very long post-election disputes. Attempting to get justice they might move up the Judicial system to the Supreme court. It is always time-consuming and the accused have shortened delivery time. The outcome might not seem fair to the looser. This brings a political instability harsh criticism from the opposition. Politicians also seem to start their campaigns immediately elections are concluded. By trying to undermine the sitting leadership and rallying people for support in the next run.
People have vested their hopes on the able leader. It is disappointing after a few years to see them being charged with corruption. Incompetence in office is also a great challenge. The leaders might have previously impressed the masses in a different capacity. Moving to a big office proves to be a shoe too big to fill and greed might take over. Being taken to court for graft and might end up out of office.
Brainwashed society that believes a popular leader can deliver. The people prove to be voting in a name. Not the qualities portrayed by the politician and their ability to deliver on their manifesto. Some of the elected names might have even served in the previous term. The attention is not paid to what they accomplished but what they are promising now. The society believes that an accomplished leader will bear a big name. With this mentality no popular leader will easily let go a lost election, they believe they deserve to win.
With Democracy comes great freedom. People can air their opinion on anything and use the channel they prefer. The people can voice out their concerns and opinions freely in this country. But is there anyone who listens and responds to the people. Considering the raised standards of living following an increase in fuel prices. The leaders we elected to office seem not to be working for us but against us. In elections Kenyans need to exercise their right wisely.