A person eligible to vote should be eligible to be voted for
SEE ALSO :‘Why Raila must be President’What do we tell our children – that the gods have cursed us? Why do we keep giving Afro-pessimists ammunition? Didn’t Donald Trump already call us “shithole countries?” He must be laughing uproariously in the White House. I digress. The point of my column is to upend degrees as a credential for elective offices. I say this – let’s shred the law that demands that requirement. Let’s burn it – and toss the ashes over Lake Victoria. You ask why. I ask why not? As far as I can tell, there’s nary a distinction between a university graduate and a “village idiot.” No – I am wrong. Sometimes there’s a distinction, and often, the “village idiot” is a lot smarter than the graduate. Which begs the question – which genius decided only graduates are eligible for election to public offices? Politicians, unlike professionals, are not technocrats. Our noggins ought to make that simple distinction. Do you doubt me? If so, look at our political class and how the state is being run. Can you honestly look me in the eye and tell me with a straight face the Jubilee honchos running the state went to school? If they did – and they say so – then what’s the difference between them and those who didn’t? Can you tell the difference between a politician with a fake degree and one with a real degree? I look at them and I don’t have the foggiest. The difference in their performance isn’t whether one has a real degree and the other a fake one. The difference is whether one is a servant and the other a master-hustler. In a democracy, a person eligible to vote should be eligible to be voted for. That should be the only criterion – and in Kenya it’s being a citizen who has attained eighteen years of age. Most of our people have no degrees. A lot of them never made it Form Four. By imposing a snooty – totally discriminatory and meaningless degree requirement – we have knocked out many servants who are ready to step up. By the same token, we have handed an exclusive ticket to a malignant degree-holding “educated” few to lord it over us. We have taken away a democratic birthright of the majority of our people and told them they cannot serve. Let’s return to sanity and restore their rights. We can’t argue the point – there’s no empirical evidence that supports the degree requirement. If anything, thugs go and buy degrees and beat the system.