Political dynasties: Well, done Kenya

Ngwindi Ngwindingwindi

Third Eye

I shall commence by congratulating Cde William Rutofor being elected fifth president of the Republic of Kenya.

Secondly, I take this time to celebrate Kenyan citizens for giving victory to a ‘son of nobody’, against a perceived norm which sought to immortalise dynasties of historical powerhouses. Well done, Kenya.

William Ruto has risen to be a model for many political underdogs and little knowns, but anointed leaders across Africa who fail to get a chance to lead their respective nations because their ambitions are usually thwarted by bloodlines of political power.

He may not be the first or last but is worth the pick for now as he is the most recent one to outshine a toxic dynastic hegemonic trend whose agenda was entrenched in eternalizing political entitlement in Kenya. This is not to say he will be Kenya’s best, but the fact that he has busted a dangerous plot, is worth celebrating.

Citizens of Africa, the point I am making here should serve as an eye opener to all of us, as we must seek to be alert and terminate political corruption which sets bad precedence in the governance of our nations.

Should we really seek to dig into the backgrounds of these political dynasties, we shall find out that they were established on foundations of ill-gotten wealth. So, the children of leaders will always seek to uphold their family status by keeping in political leadership so as to safeguard that which their fathers acquired during their reign.

This thus brings up revelation that their mission is definitely not to serve the masses, but to save their status and egos. We must therefore be on the lookout for such bad precedents in all African nations as no particular family should claim entitlement to leadership.

This scenario does not only apply to Kenya, but all over the continent as a possible solution to mitigate corruption of different kinds and levels.

We have had cases involving presidents and their wives and children being implicated in power struggles and corrupt activities.

They have entrenched power and established powerful networks which render them untouchable. The same child whose president father has taught him tactics of stealing from public coffers, will become another or worse crook in the event he is allowed to occupy state house after his parent.

Modern governance systems require nations to open democratic space whereby all citizens have a right to hold public office regardless of their ethnic background and upbringing. It is a pity that we still have politicians who fight for the throne, to the extent of masterminding military coups just to dislodge one tribal clique and replace it with their own.

Why must national governance have tribal inclinations when the office of president should be there to serve all citizens without looking at race, tribe, or creed? Nepotism has destroyed African governance systems as it has also opened doors wider for corruption to sink root.

We are having a disturbing scenario which has since grown into a pandemic: African presidents position their children for easy ascendancy to power as if the throne is a confine for their families. Allowing this to continue will cause more serious problems in the future.

The case of Kenya has some beautiful lessons for potential leaders of this great continent. We must never look down upon ourselves when it concerns aspirations to partake in the reconstruction of Africa. These dynasties are all about self-enrichment more than the welfare of a nation.

They definitely have no requisite anointment for leadership besides putting focus on the wealth which they would then use to maintain their lifestyle trends.

I call upon progressive minds of this great continent to collaborate outside political structures and redraw the ideological concept of pan-African spirit which the African Union and regional bodies are failing to manage. We have countries whose citizens are suffering at the hands of corrupt and oppressive systems in Africa, yet we have regional organisations which serve zero purpose in terms of addressing challenges in member states. Right now, Zimbabwean nationals are being tossed around in South Africa by fellow Africans; they trekked down south in search of greener pastures as a result of economic hardships in Zimbabwe.

We have SADC and AU bodies which have not been active enough in finding solutions for both Zimbabwe and South Africa, whose leaders appear to be engaged in some cold war by way of instigating ordinary citizens into sinister operations meant to harass fellow Africans in a bid to send a message to authorities across Limpopo River

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