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Giving voters money is sure way of killing democracy

Royal media services journalist Victor Kinuthia recording a statement at Murang'a police station./FILE
Royal media services journalist Victor Kinuthia recording a statement at Murang'a police station./FILE

Despite Nakuru county government

getting Sh45 billion

from the Exchequer

for five years, Sh6.6 billion for

CDF, Sh330 million for youth, Sh330 million

for women and another Sh15 billion from

local taxes, development in the county

has almost come to a complete standstill.

As a result of this five year stagnation

of development at county level, the desire

for change in many counties is very

high.

But as many desire change, citizens

whose clarity of how problems can be

solved are suicidal as a solution to their

problems.

Many people have concluded

that since their MPs or Senators

and governors have not solved their

problems or come back to them after

their election, voters should sell leadership

for money, and leaders should

buy leadership with money they give

to voters as business they add to the list

of their personal properties.

After selling leadership to politicians

whom they send to county assemblies,

parliament, senate, national government

and county government, voters

are too shy to seek services from their

mercenary leaders.

Instead, they meekly accept whatever

they are charged to get business

tenders or for their children to get jobs

in the police or the army.

Equally, when leaders give voters money to buy leadership, when they

become MPs, MCAs, governors or senators,

they use new offices, power, authority

and influence to make the same

money they spent with voters during

campaigns.

Here we need to point out that voters

are not aware what they lose when they

sell leadership.

Somehow they think

they can eat their cake and have it.

When voters ask candidates to buy

them beer, or to be given money for this

or that, in return for votes at election

time, they are selling leadership which

will not serve them without demanding

money too.

When leadership is sold and bought,

it is never leadership to serve voters

who sold it, but leadership to exploit

and extract profit from them.

During campaigns you hear voters

say coffee is ripe and it is their time to

harvest. Of course the ripe coffee is the

candidates who are literally forced to give out money or get no votes without

giving a thought to consequences.

To make it worse, although there

are many voters who will vote as their

civic duty without demanding money,

many others including churches that

should offer moral leadership to voters,

will organize Harambees to which

as many candidates as possible will be

invited to contribute money in return

for votes.

Unfortunately because no one asks

how the money given was made,

churches are turned into instruments

of laundering money whose owners

are assured if theirs is stolen money,

it is cleansed henceforth by God and

blessed are efforts to get more similar

money.

During campaign time, many

churches and political parties receive

money even when they know it is not

lean or legally made.

They accept the money even when they know it is stolen or made from

selling drugs.

Yet stolen money that is not questioned

or rejected is condoned and accepted

as proceeds from corrupt businesses

whose success is based upon

exploitation of the very voters who

asked for it.

Selling leadership is the source of

our bad leaders and all corruption in

the land.

When voters sell leadership

to corrupt leaders, they are all praying

for corruption to thrive.

Corruption of selling and buying

votes is the primary source of bad political

leadership that is birthed by and

thrives upon corruption. Electoral corruption

is the source of the corruption

that we now see raving our institutions

and entire country.

Having said it wants to eliminate

corruption, the Jubilee government

should help to eradicate electoral corruption

as the genesis of all corruption

through bad corrupt leadership.

The Jubilee government must do

whatever it can to end the corruption

of giving money during elections because

it is most primitive and only done

in backward nations among which we

should not be counted.

Voters who need salvation from poverty

must also know that they cannot

have electoral corruption and also good

leaders they need for their salvation.

While money in elections might look

like poor man’s savior, it is the curse

that dooms him to eternal poverty.