The Middle Class vis-à-vis the Poor in Contemporary Kenyan Politics

People actually think that Jimnah Mbaru might trump over Waititu in the general election even after clearly losing to Waititu in the TNA nominations. Hawa watu wanasikia lakini hawaelewi.

This in my view is an attempt by the middle class at taking back their country from the corrupt and unscrupulous ruling class that has thus far dragged it down to poverty, chaos and disaster.

My problem with the middle class is that they are going about it in a destructive and potentially divisive manner.

Firstly, if indeed the middle class wants to wrestle power away from the aristocracy then how can they do it by supporting the very same aristocracy. Jimnah Mbaru is a close confidante of the president and has been a man close to the corridors of power for most of his adult life.

Secondly, how can the middle class support a system and a structure of impunity regardless of who is within this system. TNA has an ICC suspect as its flag bearer while the Alliance Party of Kenya has Kiraitu Murungi, a man specifically pointed out by John Githongo as possibly one of the principal architects of the Anglo Leasing cover up in government.

A true man out for change would use an instrument of change not a tool of impunity. If Jimnah Mbaru is the real deal he should have run as an independent or on Peter Kenneth’s Eagle Alliance.

Thirdly, of what use is it to the middle class to alienate themselves from the lowly in society and build a rift that is hard to mend. The lowly are no fools. It has been the educated, the elite and the welathy that have for years stolen from them and kept them in poverty. They have tried to elect leaders with the ways and mannerism of the elite and these leaders have failed them time and time again.

Fourthly, the insistence by the middle class that one must have a degree to lead presupposes that with a degree comes education. Most of us who have been fortunate enough to gain a university degree know that that assertion is far from the truth.

More over, this insistence by the middle class is driven by an inherent desire to lead and gain public office. One of the most critical components in this desire is to eliminate competition.

What better way to eliminate this competition other than to clamor for degrees. This automatically alienates the majority of worthy competitors who come from a society, a culture that the middle class cannot understand or identify with.


The end result of this insistence will be catastrophic. The majority in time will have their way. Their own people will ascend to office either with the consent of the middle class or by their destruction.

The likes of Waititu and Sonko should be viewed as a taste of things to come. Ashes and pieces of rock first fly out as a volcano erupts before the magma starts flowing and destroying everything in its path.

The middle class need to use their education to control this flow rather than stop it from flowing which is a futile exercise. The flow can be constructive as opposed to destructive if directed properly.

Finally, the middle class should not oppose Sonko or Waititu on the basis of education or mannerisms but instead find other alternatives in yourselves or others. These alternatives must be true to the cause and true to the poor.

If the middle class fails to find alternatives from amongst themselves as in this case then they must look to the poor. They must forget superficial titles and degrees and instead look for values such as sincerity, passion, dedication and patriotism from amongst the poor. They must then support the poor resource mobilization and organizational skills.

They must not change these poor to reflect the culture and norms of the middle class but must instead let the poor articulate and dress themselves as they will. If they try to turn good poor leaders into middle class men and women then ho will the poor identify with? How will the poor then vote for sell outs? It is the values that leaders hold, poor or rich alike that matter not degree and mannerisms.

The middle class have a lot to learn especially within an atmosphere of imminent revolution. The poor will have their way but at what cost? If the middle class starts highlighting the differences that exist between them and the poor in terms of education, mannerisms, dressing, articulation etc. then they will only have themselves to blame when lines are drawn, the poor are on the other side and the elite have fled.

Do not impose yourself on the poor. Accept them for who they are. Set the superficial titles aside. Push for a change in our set of values collectively as a country. See the poor and understand where they are coming from lest you are overrun as they head out to agitate for change.

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