Folks, I have made decisions. I confirmed my registration at the Milimani Primary School Polling Station which is a 5 minute walk from my house. This is in Kilimani ward, Dagoretti North constituency in Nairobi County. Incidentally, Dagoretti North covers most of central Nairobi.
I know that kura ni secret ballot, but I hereby waive my right of secrecy and reveal my choices as follows:
- PRESIDENT: I will vote RAILA AMOLO ODINGA – After listening to the debates and watching the campaigns I am convinced that he is the only real choice for our country. Raila has prioritised jobs, infrastructure and healthcare. His social protection policies are the most comprehensive and far reaching. Raila’s history of reform speaks volumes for itself. His presidency, shortly after our new constitution, will protect and enhance those gains. Investment and innovation will happen rapidly after the election of Raila. Raila understands our history, appreciates our current predicament and envisions a prosperous, unified future.
Uhuru Kenyatta on the other hand, is facing serious criminal charges at the ICC. His running mate is a co-indictee and is also in court for having stolen an IDP’s land: a case that accurately reflects on his oft-stated occupation as a hustler, or more precisely, a conman (check your favourite dictionary). I am afraid that we will become a pariah state if ICC indictees are president and deputy. Our economy will collapse and people will suffer. I understand that the reason Uhuru and Ruto are running together is so that they can defend themselves at the ICC, but Kenya cannot be used as a shield in that manner. It is irresponsible and unfair, especially to the PEV victims who still languish in tents. I am also very concerned about the divisive leadership Uhuruto offer: Uhuru and Ruto are campaigning on the premise of a two-tribe alliance. They have, therefore, for example, not bothered to campaign in Western Kenya where a significant proportion of Kenyans live. Besides, Uhuru is a massive landowner incapable of adjudicating over sensitive land matters and resolving historical grouses of squatters.
The other SIX candidates have no chance at winning.
2. GOVERNOR OF NAIROBI: EVANS KIDERO
He is the only one with the academic and managerial credentials to transform Nairobi into a modern metropolis. All other candidates are either well known thugs (WAITITU), tainted by association with DIRTY city council politics that dragged us down for decades (KISIA, WAITITU), have inadequate formal and social education (KISIA, WAITITU) or are part of corporate-baron culture that reaps where it did not sow (MBARU).
3. SENATOR OF NAIROBI
I will vote for Margaret Wanjiru. I think hers is a genuinely enchanting story. Rising from a house girl to running a large church must be the result of ‘smarts’. A single mother who has raised two boys rather well must have something going for her. She is tough as nails and streetwise. But she also genuinely and deeply cares for the plight of the poor… but not in the flippant, sonkoish way. She approaches things in a motherly, caring manner. But my vote for Wanjiru is also a recognition that we MUST lock out the mediocrity and idiocy that Sonko represents. Sonko cannot speak or write English. He cannot make law as is expected of senators. He is a product of backstreet matatu culture, marinated and matured in prison among hardcore criminals. He does not represent our values of honesty, humility and hard work. It would be a serious blight on our collective conscience to have to deal with a sheng-speaking, rabble-rousing immature youth as senator of one of Africa’s important cities. I will have nowhere to hide my head in shame. I cannot stand for it. Adding insult to injury, Sonko is also mired in hush-hush talk about crazy land dealings, drug peddling among other unsavoury things. Wanjiru is certainly more acceptable, more teachable and capable of civilised dressing and behaviour. Wanjiru it is.
4. WOMAN REP
I have yet to make up my mind on this one. I want to vote for whoever can defeat Rachel Shebesh. I am against Ms Shebesh for the simple reason that I think she is stupid. Watching her storm the IEBC office and crow about not being ‘blonde’ was revealing. She is an embarrassment to her husband and her mother. Learning that she declared all female students from the University of Nairobi are ‘prostitutes’ in the streets sealed it for me. Yes, Rachel, you are really stupid, and indeed ‘blonde’.
I unsure about Esther Passaris. I have no idea what she stands for. Her confession on TV that she ‘was seeing a married man’ suggests moral shortcomings that should disqualify her for elective office on the basis of deficient personal integrity. The married man, in this instance, maybe the coffee tycoon from Thika from whom she extracted a prince’s ransom to disengage. But she is better than Rachel. She is more savvy, boats better articulation and has managed an enterprise.
Can she beat Rachel?
Who are the others?
5. MP – I will vote for Simba Arati. I had hoped KJ would win but he is not the candidate. Simba it is. He is in ODM which I support.
6. County Rep – I will vote for the ODM candidate – whoever that might be. I have seen a youngish man on posters. He is it.
There you have it. My six ballots, shaping up well. Pray, how will you vote? Tuko tayari.