It is that time again in the Kenyan political arena. The general elections are coming fast, just 31 days away and tongues are wagging about it.
Politicians, who are now jobless and seeking to be employed via a Kenyan vote are traversing the country, shouting their lungs out in an effort to try and convince Kenyans as to why they are the best to hold elective positions come 8th of August this year.
Many questions are being asked though. Do manifestos matter in the Kenyan politics? Already, various politicians have unveiled their manifestos to the public outlining what they intend to do for their electorates in case they are elected.
Of interest to note are the manifestos for two major political divides: National Super Alliance (NASA) and the ruling party Jubilee. Both have unveiled their agendas. NASA has even elicited controversy by releasing two documents as manifestos. The party has moved to clear the confusion saying that one of the documents is an implementation plan.
But do these documents matter? Do manifestos matter? Someone said that in the Kenyan political scenario, a manifesto is a document that Kenyan politicians don’t mean and Kenyan electorate don’t read.
In Kenya, manifestos don’t matter. Those who vote according to the manifestos of the politicians are not more than three percent. The remaining 97 percent vote either along political lines as well as tribal lines. Nobody cares about policy in Kenya.
Do manifestos matter? That is the question for you Kenyan reader.