Donâ€™t doubt it, Kenya is a truly failing state
SEE ALSO :300 tycoons probed over Sh10b land grabHowever, it is with this government that we have seen the real face of our extractive State. It has never been clearer that the Kenyan State exists to serve itself and those who have their fingers on its purse strings. When the most important agenda on the political diary is a power-sharing agreement, thinly disguised as a public-interest referendum, there is no doubt that voters are just clogs in the corporatist State machinery. When services like universal healthcare and free education, which are designed to cushion the ordinary man, are monetised to his detriment, the writing is on the wall. We are living in a big-man-eat-small-man society. Education system Not a day passes by without proof of that fact. One day it’s a father smuggling his new-born out of a hospital because he cannot pay the bill, the next it’s a jobless, homeless woman giving birth in a park. If it’s not an education system that’s not fit for purpose, it’s an economy that’s designed to enslave employees, rather than empower innovators.
SEE ALSO :Mount Kenya’s man-made paradiseThe tragedy in all of this is that the players in this game of thrones cannot see beyond the prize. Money. Power. Privilege. There are few things more seductive than the trifecta of cash, property, and status, and rulers around the world have long been pulled into its web. The brazen play for eternal leadership is not new, it is simply more visible. Right now it’s a shock to the system, but it won’t be long before the theft of billions and prolonged absence of basic services will seem normal. The longer we sit back and accept the chaos that passes itself off as leadership, the closer we get to a space where we are too desensitized to expect more from our leaders. See, it used to be that politicians screwed the people with some level of finesse. There was a way that the system would steal from you while still allowing you your dignity. There was a time when the national budget was a thing of honour even among thieves. That was then. What we’re living in today is a time of revelation. If you did not know that your government exists to serve its own interests, and the interests of those who pull the purse strings, now you know. And so it’s up to you. Are you going to eat the crumbs that your elected representatives are serving you, or are you going to vomit on their feet? The choice is yours. Ms Masiga is Peace and Security Editor, The Conversation Africa
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