KIGEN TIREITO: One-man, one-vote, one-shilling narrative has no place in Kenya

Because of our dark past, we ought to hold an empathetic view toward marginalization.

In Summary
  • Equality means each individual or group of people is given the same resources or opportunities.
  • Equity recognizes that each person has different circumstances and allocates the exact resources and opportunities needed to reach an equal outcome.
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The push for one-man, one-vote, one-shilling will surely invite the entrenchment of marginalization leading to further underpinning of discrimination.

Throughout history, man has targeted gender, disability, the state of being non-indigenous, the state of belonging to minority-ethnic groups or minority-race demographics to visit untold suffering to hapless innocent defenceless souls.

We appear to have learnt little since most of this demographic tended to be the black race.

Aristotle alluded to the fact that "If you would understand anything, observe its beginning and its development".

The black man has been the bane of marginalization throughout history.

Slavery, colonization, foreign-engineered military coups, and wanton rape of our mineral resources are machinations sponsored by imperialists and geared toward subduing and suppressing while compelling us unto perpetual darkness through poverty.

Equality means each individual or group of people is given the same resources or opportunities.

Equity recognizes that each person has different circumstances and allocates the exact resources and opportunities needed to reach an equal outcome.

Because of our dark past, we ought to hold an empathetic view toward marginalization.

Equity, rather than equality ought to be hallmarked in every black man's human endeavour and effort. It ought to be scripted in our DNA.

Government are assumed to be benevolent; our African culture's social norms are intertwined with the treatment of the underprivileged through charitable donations, generous support and a profound desire to see justice for all.

Our values, understood here, as beliefs that are held about what is right and wrong and what is important in life, should never be compromised.

The creed "I will never leave a fallen comrade to fall into the hands of the enemyā€¯ attributable to the elite U.S. Army Rangers is as African as can be.

What if we strike oil one day in one of these marginalized countries? Let us not live in blasphemy.

On an individual level, marginalization can lead to feelings of isolation, low self-esteem, and mental health issues.

According to the World Health Organization, marginalized individuals are at a higher risk of experiencing poor mental health.

On a societal level, marginalization can lead to social unrest and conflict.

Research has proven that marginalized individuals are disadvantaged via five broad domains: social stigmatisation; early-life disadvantage; financial hardship; poor health; and social.

It is morally bankrupt on our part to continue to pursue this path since we must shower Benevolence on our Heterogeneity.

The one-man, one-vote, one-shilling narrative has no place in modern Kenya.

Let us seek to bake a bigger cake and not be preoccupied with slicing the existing one.

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