Wednesday, October 27, 2010
2012..YOU ARE NOT IT
2012 is fast approaching and the debate is now focused on whether the youth have the numbers to beat the old guard come the elections. East Standard Newspaper reported the following stats: 48% of the 12, 477,061 registered voters are between the ages of 18-35 while 29% are between 36-50 and 21% are between 51-60. If at all the election is reliant on the numbers, it would be safe to say we have this in the bag but is it really about numbers? The article then goes on to submit quotes from “highly relevant political gurus” that state that the youth are living in dream land if they think they can wrestle leadership roles from the old guard!! Whilst this statement alone makes me gag at the lack of faith in us, I must say at this point in the game, it might just be an accurate stance. We may have the numbers to change the course of our country but who would be possibly be using our vote on? So far, the “youthful” leaders vying for candidacy are one Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, Higher Education Minister, William Ruto and Saboti MP, Eugene Wamalwa. I refuse to mention the likes of Hellon, well, because I am refraining from turning this post into some sort of comic relief piece. All the same, after mentioning the 2012 prospects running under the guise of “Barrack did it and so can we for we too are youthful” I am inclined to believe that a revolution of the magnitude we need may take more time than we may have liked. Here’s why: the incumbents mentioned are not really new to us, and from the past, we know that their doctrines are very much influenced by the old politics we are trying so very hard to move away from. So the question then is where is the freshness we are in dire need of? Where are the new progressive ideals that we so desperately need? Where is that sense of security we long to feel and the sense of trust we long to place in our leaders? I’m inclined to agree with the political strategists…we might have to wait another five years for our very own Barrack.