Before each and every election, politicians in Kenya usually promise the electorate heaven but fail to deliver. They will promise roads, access to water, connection to electricity and the internet, lower food prices, affordable housing, lower cost of living, international standard stadiums and laptops for school children.
However, even though some promises are kept, if you carry out a closer analysis of their perfomance at the end of their term you will find out that they performed poorly. These same politicians who will then come back to voters again using a different strategy with different promises unfortunately us Kenyans we do not interrogate their character and promises well.
Recently, the provost of All Saints Cathedral, Rev. Sammy Wainaina told Kenyans not to be deceived this time round. He was quoted by Citizen Digital saying, "The stadiums were the old dead horse ruffles, were they done? The roads that were promised, the laptops for our children were they done? Why do you get lied at and you clap and get entertained? How sad that our politicians cheat us. I pray that this country will not just be held by politicians but by institutions that hold a country."
Rev. Wainaina was posing very important questions for Kenyans to answer. The recent manifestos were launched in pomp and colours. Many Kenyans were treated to great prime time entertainment. However, we should investigate whether the promises are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time bound.
Kenyans should ask themselves whether we even have the funds to finance some of the promises or we will result to borrowing and accruing even more debt. What are some of the ways of making sure each shilling is accounted for to prevent theft of public resources. By doing this voters will be able to make informed choices come August 9.
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