Cam­pus tribal clubs im­i­tate worst of na­tional pol­i­tics

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

Budding politi­cians in our uni­ver­si­ties have al­ways im­i­tated those at the na­tional level and with that, you can bet on the fu­ture of our pol­i­tics. Take, for ex­am­ple, one of the ma­jor prob­lems fac­ing our na­tional pol­i­tics – eth­nic­ity. Uni­ver­si­ties and col­leges across the coun­try have eth­nic as­so­ci­a­tions dis­guised as groups em­brac­ing di­ver­sity, cham­pi­oning griev­ances of the ‘com­mu­ni­ties’ and pro­mot­ing democ­racy. Though these ob­jec­tives might be noble, the de­mer­its of such as­so­ci­a­tions sur­pass the mer­its. This is be­cause they are the source of tribal pol­i­tics, which re­sults to in­tol­er­ance, ha­tred and some­times vi­o­lence. Then there is the norm that there are seats re­served for women with very few show­ing in­ter­est in com­pet­ing with their male col­leagues. This cre­ates the in­fe­ri­or­ity com­plex among women in na­tional pol­i­tics and cor­po­rate lead­er­ship. This should stop.

IN­NO­CENT OLECHE Maseno Univer­sity

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