NOT WORTH IT

BETTY JUMA: Fighting for politicians only harms Kenyans

Leaders should learn to respect the dead and keep politics off such ceremonies

In Summary

•Better still, what our citizens should be focused on is who is working towards building Kenya, identifying areas where there are shortages and problems and work towards solving them.

•Political disagreements are normal but should be solved amicably to avoid reaching the level of their supporters harming each other or even killing one another.

Kenyans should understand that fighting for politicians would just cause them more harm than good.

The Muhoroni incident that claimed a life was uncalled for because people were arguing on who to speak before the other.

Such reasons should not be an agenda enough to cause a fight to the extent of losing a life.

The area MP Onyango Koyoo, after being denied the chance to speak last should have controlled himself until the send-off of Kisumu county assembly human resource officer Lazarus Obera was completed, before he could raise his complaints to speaker Elisha Oraro.

Similarly, Oraro could have prevented the fight by allowing Koyoo to speak and not snub him as if he did not notice his presence as the MP.

Politicians however determine how their supporters behave in a particular place or time, so they ought to have controlled their supporters and calmed them down to save the embarrassment that was portrayed.

If not for anything, politicians should learn to respect the dead and keep politics off such ceremonies where people are bereaved and Obera deserved one.

Better still, what our citizens should be focused on is who is working towards building Kenya, identifying areas where there are shortages and problems and work towards solving them.

The former Kisumu county assembly minority leader, Atieno Auko was on point to condemn fracas in burials and indeed should not be given space in the modern world.

Political disagreements are normal but should be solved amicably to avoid reaching the level of their supporters harming each other or even killing one another.

One thing we should have at the back of our minds is that we might kill each other to show our loyalty to our politicians but one thing that will never count to them.

They are the same ones who will end up condemning us for our uncouth behaviour and irresponsible deeds.

On that note, before acting in such a manner, you may have to consider the state that your family will be left in.

The man who stabbed his fellow and was arrested has left his family in dejection.

Perhaps he was the breadwinner of his family and their only hope of survival and now that he has been arrested, their world seems to be crumbling right before their eyes.

The same case applies to the deceased, he has left his family in despair.

The politicians they were fighting for have gone back to their families.

 

Student, Maseno University