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The devil has permeated through the Kenyan political space

By Mohamed Adan Wato | December 21st 2012

By Mohamed Adan Wato

The evolution of political activity in the run up to general election is a long drawn, dramatic affair. Party positions were demarcated long ago, during the constitutional referendum where opposing views were marketed to Kenyans through the orange and banana labels.

And in a manner of scientific concept, of psychological model where human behavior is understood in terms of operant and classical conditioning, political actors have truly been ingenious; they have successfully shaped the mind-set of Kenyan electorate through subtle and calculated scheme.

Although Kenyans were once united in condemning societal ills that have hindered their progress, they are becoming skeptical about the future due to sheer scale of ineptitude, hopelessness, economic hardships, and overall mismanagement of public affairs, a cause for their disillusionment.

Unfortunately, there is a trend; a change of heart to tolerate the detractors of Kenya’s progress. People have undergone some form of conditioning in order for them to accept the political realignments that have led to the birth of establishments such as the Jubilee alliance or the CORD coalition.

The allure of political strategy based on collective tribalism is apparently so powerful and captivating. As such, the criteria for political leadership is now dislocated from sole proprietorship to a partnership where because of ownership, risks are redistributed rendering leadership to lose credibility in terms of responsibility and accountability.

For these reasons, it is increasingly getting difficult to differentiate between the major political actors based on the ideals they promote or issues of public discourse.

We are yet to understand the complexity of creative planning and eventual conditioning and political orientation of the Kenyan society. It seems the beginning of our political story is far from ending. The political mix, and in particular the role of Deputy Prime minister Musalia Mudavadi in the on-going political scheme, is one similar to a volatile reagent. It is better not be surprised when the unthinkable happens.

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By Mohamed Adan Wato, Major (Rtd.). Mohamed Wato is a retired army officer, a practicing Security professional and a Mwakilishi.com contributor. He is the author of the book "Walking A tight Rope amidst Kenya Post Election violence"."

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