Eth­nic herd vot­ing mind­set gives way anti-graft vot­ing

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

Whereas Kenyans are known for vot­ing along eth­nic lines, it is ev­i­dent this trend has been chang­ing al­beit grad­u­ally. Even though tribe will still be a fac­tor dur­ing the 2017 elec­tions, a ma­jor­ity of the mid­dle-class and the young peo­ple have been ques­tion­ing the logic be­hind this eth­nic herd men­tal­ity and eu­phoric tribal vot­ing that has not trans­lated into so­cial trans­for­ma­tion since In­de­pen­dence. Tribe will soon be rel­e­gated into the pe­riph­ery and the cor­rup­tion agenda will take the cen­tre stage. I be­lieve that it is pos­si­ble to win the 2017 gen­eral elec­tion based on an anti – cor­rup­tion cam­paign as was the case in 2002 . The ques­tion many Kenyans have been ask­ing is whether it pays to vote in the cor­rupt peo­ple who di­vide us along tribal lines and suffer for five or 10 years. It would be pru­dent to eval­u­ate a can­di­date based on their char­ac­ter and com­pe­tence and not based on their eth­nic af­fil­i­a­tion. This way, we will be a bet­ter coun­try.

DAVID SONYE Rarieda

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