Via Daidoo Mtanzania Kidduu
For years now, we have been treated to numerous posts from youthful men and women intent on joining parliament later this year. People like Edwin Sifuna, Kibagendi, Mohamed Ali, David Osiany among others have been posting on social media to show us just how much they are ready to wrestle political leadership from the old with their online supporters even making it look like them winning is a done deal. To their credit, they have gone for these political positions as they had promised. However, all we are seeing is a poor showing from them in the ODM primaries. So what is the problem?
Did they depend too much on Facebook likes and comments that made them feel they are popular and forgot to campaign on the ground? Or did the party owners erect obstacles in their way reminding them that ‘chama kina wenyewe’? I suspect some of them did not have good behinds to flaunt to their potential voters the way the controversial Karen Nyamu, Nairobi women’s representative aspirant, is doing to catch the eyes of the youths.Maybe with time we shall find answers why young men are being beaten to a pulp by the old politicians.
But it must be said that some youths – especially the online chatterboxes and charlatans cheating these youthful aspirants on their popularity – do not just look serious. Theirs is to vote on social media as they extort money from these unsuspecting young politicians only to resort to disappearing acts when and where it really matters – voting booths.
Yet this just shows that youths cannot go anywhere if they cannot support their own by coming out to participate in the required processes to have these young politicians elected. Making noise on social media cannot change anything.That is why if things do not change, the youths will remain the noise makers we now know, purveyors of fake news on social media and agents of violence for these politicians willing to dish out cheap hand-outs.
But when these youthful leaders lose – like some of them already have in the ODM primaries – their fellow youthful followers will be the first ones to support them by complaining on social media how they were rigged in the nominations, like they are doing now. This is the tragedy facing us today.
For now, because of lack of commitment to their ideals, these youths should just get used to being referred to as the leaders of tomorrow, for that is what they truly are. Their chance will come when they are dead and rule from their graves like our ancestors in our traditional folklore.
In the meantime, as we wait to see how David Osiany will fare on next week, we can sympathize with all those who left their careers for politics even as we appreciate their efforts. It will not be easy for them to settle down in the aftermath of these elections.
But such is politics!