Kenya's Supreme Court judges file into the chamber during the opening of the 11th Parliament in the capital Nairobi April 16, 2013. REUTERS/Noor Khamis (KENYA - Tags: POLITICS)
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Our collective ruin stems from trusting politicians

Leadership does not have a secret formula; all true leaders go about things in their own way. It’s this ability to think differently that sets them apart and perhaps makes them popular or unpopular.

Virtuously by order of their mandate or through corruptible means, no one can dispute the fact that the senators that emerged top in the recently released survey that ranked them according to their influence on the ground, exercise autocratic leadership.They understand that leadership boils down to people.

Whatever the style, whatever the method, they believe in themselves, their ideas, their stuff and their staff. Nobody can be successful alone and these politicians know this all too well.

One such man is Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko , a controversial populist whose brand of service is dismissed by many, but appreciated by an equally large number. He incessantly seems to have fully embraced the benefits of social power.

Social power is the basic common element in politics, economics, and all other social relationships. It is possessed by all individuals and social groups and arises out of their connections to each other. Robinson Crusoe, marooned on a desert island, didn’t have to deal with it until he met Friday.

Regardless of how you choose to look at it, Kenyan politicians’ performance or lack thereof in office and our tolerance towards the unbecoming habit continues, to dent the devolved government on the long run.

Furthermore it is rather regrettable that as Kenyans, we have repetitively cultivated in our repute for short attention spans and high expectations consequently helping our politicians to master the art of deluding our minds by telling us what we want to hear rather than that which is necessary for the country’s long-term good.And therein lies our collective path to ruin .kenya_debate001_16x9

We continue to stand at the peripheries of our rightfully deserved prosperity risking the likely nosedive unless we make some difficult but necessary decisions.

Our constant failure to yield actions will maintain politicians ignorance to Kenya’s democratic deficit as we are painfully aware of it from various surveys that persist on finding the electorate increasingly concerned that politicians are not working for them the way that they should.

Besides, some politicians dormancy is a violation to Kenyans democratic rights .

This consequently results to a less democratic government which in return yields less legitimate actions; alienating the public.

We have long suffered under governments that have seemed to consistently favour special interests over the public interests and worse off opposition parties that remain drunk on political opportunism. Its about time Kenyans take action against latent politicians who have mastered the craft of deceit and shenaniganism.

However, even in this light, I respect politicians that are genuinely serving their electorates as per the book but they unfortunately occupy a pitifully small fraction.

I long for politicians who will value real discussion and debate. I long for a political party that will have a true vision for the whole nation. What is the future going to be like? I shudder to think sometimes. Wake up Kenyans!

This article was published on May 23 2015 on People Daily Kenya

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