Kenya being a country with people from different ethnic backgrounds, it is easy to identify a national leader from the majority- ethnic leaders.
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Secondly, ask yourself a simple question, should I consider myself first or a Kenyan out there who has no opportunity to make change? If you go by your conscience as a human, a citizen of Kenya, you would make a wiser decision by choosing the best person who would unify all Kenyans.
Anyway, that was just about preparations.
Now let us focus on aspirants, especially those seeking presidential post. As you have seen, none of them can admit being a failure even though they all have been in public offices performing different duties. We saw them! The first four: one is the Prime minister of Kenya and the other two are his deputies. Only one person is in another ministry, but in the same government.
In all eight aspirants, we have those that are fit and those that we don't know much about. However, for one to be a public national leader, he/she should have certain qualities that distinguish an individual from the rest.
We have a Bukusu saying that when translated goes ‘Sweetness of something is bred from childhood.’ These are clear set of words that draws us back to the person’s background, his/her duties in office, public relations and ability to cope with pressure.
A good leader should be able control; his/her close allies, then the party and lastly the nationwide support. A leader should also teach his/her followers -by leading as an example- on how to behave against other competitors. A rowdy crowd of supporters is just a reflection of poor leadership!
Social media in Kenya is a battle field for political rivalry. Indirect involvements, intimidation, pointing an accusation fingers on each other, exchange of bitter words in public are a few things that have hit political spot-light recently. For voter, this should be a platform to determine a leader from pretenders.
Ethnic politics has taken centre stage and the critical role in Kenyan presidential elections. As the country heads for elections in March 4th, the more we should be vigilant politically about leaders that we want to elect for the top seat.
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