Elders mustn’t take sides and sell souls to highest bidder
One of the most poignant images of the 2007-08 post-election violence is of an old woman crying as a building behind her is covered in flames. As the country gears up for the general election, pundits agree that the silly season is here with us again — a period when leaders become ignoramues and only think of their self-interests. The role of elders in this period will come under scrutiny as we progress. Elders are portrayed as the source of wisdom, counsel and stability in society. They command respect and attention and they are thought or believed to see ahead of the others. But as the political activities heighten, these elders should be wary of being duped by politicians. Their respect should not be compromised by the highest bidder. Instead of taking sides or endorsing certain candidates, they should highlight the communities’ needs and the leadership qualities required to meet those needs.
KARIUKI GATHUITU Nairobi