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Political leaders must guard their tongues

By - Updated Saturday, January 26th 2013 at 00:00 GMT +3
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As we approach the homestretch to the March 4 General Election, political temperature seems to be soaring as coalitions’ aspirants jostle and elbow each other in bid to woo the electorate. Regrettable though is the manner in which some aspirants are using words in their campaigns.

 I am not a TNA apologist and certainly not planning to give it my vote. I, however, find everything wrong with a leader of Wetangula’s status making statements like “Uhuru has no right whatsoever to lead this country”.  In a bid to justify himself, Wetangula mainly drew reasons for the utterance on issues of the Kenyatta family land.

Many others have featured on our TV screens trading insults in absurd but memorable ways. What usually goes wrong with our members of the August house? Is it an issue of poor morals?

I invoke the question of morals because no doubt most of them are learned and intelligent. Some developments in our political arena only serve to confirm Martin Luther King’s words when he alluded to people with intelligence with low morals as “dangerous”.

For some leaders, I suppose their loose tongues are sponsored and influenced by the appetite to say something nice or influential to a swollen crowd. In such an oral flight, politicians copy and overwrite emotions above their reasoning faculties and end up with a stock pile of reports to rationalise, filter and deny. Wetangula’s words are likely to ruffle political feathers for a while.

Albert Wanjala, Nairobi

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