As the country moves to the General Election, presidential aspirants are busy drawing strategies on how to get to State House.
Those gunning for the top seat have suddenly realised that making it alone is nearly impossible thus the springing up of alliances as everyone wants to be in the next government.
We have witnessed in the recent past former political enemies become friends and former allies falling out.
As much as forming alliances is the best way of marshalling maximum number of votes from Kenyans, the rising number of such alliances is worrying.
In the past, individuals with questionable pasts have hidden behind alliances to get into government.
But unlike in previous elections, the electorate has come of age and will not allow this to happen again.
We should vote for an individual and not the party or alliance he or she represents. We should not let ourselves to be kicked around by politicians.
In 2002, a giant alliance was formed which brought down the Kanu regime that had ruled since independence.
However, a few days after the new government was formed, divisions emerged among coalition partners as they could not agree on how to share the spoils.
This is what led to the disintegration of the Rainbow Coalition that had resoundingly floored Kanu in the 2002 elections. The implosion witnessed after the 2007 elections owes to the political feuds stoked by the breakup of the Rainbow coalition.
Again, some of those who we supported in 2007 General Election with the hope that they will bring the much needed change are now political enemies. They are going around dragging each other’s names in the mud and we listen to them confused on whether we should believe them.
The reason they don’t see eye to eye anymore is because they don’t trust each other.
But even as these leaders push for political pacts, it is clear that the players are the same; it is only the game that has changed.
Even if any of the alliances form the next government, there is every likelihood that the cycle will repeat itself again in 2017.
It is therefore up to Kenyans to elect leaders who will embark on nation building once they assume office and not those pursuing narrow political interests.
Let us be wise and avoid being hoodwinked by politicians as it has happened in the past.