Kenyan politicians know how to control our short memories

Kenya is a country driven by politicians’ waves and sentiments. The hotter the debate, the sooner we forget about it as another one props up.

All these are traded by both sides of the giant political coalitions: Jubilee and Cord.

In March, President Uhuru Kenyatta came up with a ‘long list of shame’ that implicated a huge number of top government officials in corrupt dealings.

This precipitated hot debate in political podiums, the print and electronic media and as well as the social media.

The number was very big and we all cheered the President for the noble deed that his predecessors did not dare.

However, instead of the corrupt officials being sent home, Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission commissioners were the ones shown the door!

The hunter became the hunted. What an irony.

Barely a month later, Garissa University was attacked by terrorists, leading to the death of 147 students.

This led to another round of debate that was soon taken over by politicians.

As usual, it led to blame games and trading of accusations between the government and the opposition.


The President’s list of shame was forgotten. No one remembered to ask about the fate of those adversely mentioned.

As of now, the Garissa University tragedy is only a faint memory in the minds of Kenyans.

We soon moved on to the controversy over allowing Uganda sugar to be imported into the country just as Mumias Sugar was sinking in debt and losses.

That, too, was soon forgotten, and we soon moved on to the more juicy controversies, including the National Youth Service programmes being implemented by the ministry of Devolution headed by Anne Waiguru.

Nobody has followed up to know how much sugar we are importing from Uganda as politics is more interesting.

Part of August was overwhelmingly taken by ICC prayers debate.

This debate was perpetuated by controversial utterances by Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria, who claimed that he helped fix DP William Ruto.

It started from Jubilee side of the divide, but the Cord coalition was soon sucked in with the usual claims and counter-claims.

September came with the long-drawn teachers’ strike before the debate over corruption in Waiguru ministry took over in October.

Soon, it will be buried and another saga will take over in the political podiums.