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MATHARE ELECTIONS AND WHY POVERTY CONNECTS

Choices are said to have consequences well put, but are choices too a subset of status quo from history. Does behavior and decision anchor onto conditioning?  Anger and confusion are sweeping across Kenya’s poorest constituency, Mathare, over the fate of local residents and their welfare concerns following a scaring influx of moneyed outsiders vying for the area’s parliamentary seat and appearing to be very eager to confine residents to mere observers.

Slums

…do people in slums have the power to make political decisions?

The BIG FISH are George Wanjohi (TNA – stays in Thome estate in Parklands constituency), Stephen Kariuki (ODM – stays in Runda and Kileleshwa in Westlands Constituency), Tom Alila (KANU – from Rangwe Constituency), Joseph Mbae (WIPER – stays in Kileleshwa but is a politician from Gatanga constituency in Murang’a county) and lawyer Anthony Oluoch (ODM – stays in Imara Daima Estate along Mombasa road). Political Tourists who  neither know, live, understand nor share the problems of area residents.

They conspire to use their financial muscle to win all the major political party tickets to ensure local voters are conditioned to strictly pick one of them as next MP by virtue of political party affiliations and loyalty that seems to go along ethnic lines.

But how do influential national  political leaders manouver to force area voters to vote for them?. Who, where or what exactly is the problem?

THE CARTEL which has sitting Members of parliament as key players has mapped Nairobi constituencies and singled out constituencies to execute the plan. Mathare, Ruaraka, Kibra, Starehe, Dagoreti, Westlands and Kasarani have sprawling slums that have traditionally provided cheap labour to the affluent , upmarket , leafy estates of Lavington, Karen, Runda, Muthaiga, Buruburu, Thome, Garden Estate, Kitusuru, Kilimani and Westlands among others.

They believes that the advent of CDF, school bursaries, Uwezo Fund, Free Primary education among other affirmative action plans is likely to empower slum dwellers  and eat away at their social disadvantages and abject poverty that have always made them available for easy exploitation. For this reason, the cartel has recruited and deployed foot soldiers among them sitting MPs to frustrate the utilisation of these funds in the above constituencies so that affected slum dwellers do not benefit.

It was not surprising that many outside MPs and Politicians living in the posh Nairobi estates descended in large numbers on Mathare constituency to rally locals to vote for either choice candidates. 

Do Mathare residents have a say, can they have their way, do they need external influence? What exactly is the point of diversion? Is politics a different plate from poverty and family development. Why don’t the electorate connect their growth and economic development to choice and influence of local leadership?

For all these and more….read my next post on TRUTH BEHIND ELECTIONS.

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