By Irungu Ndirangu
The Presidential debate organised by a
combined team of media stations in the
Country a head of general elections
reduced itself into cross examining Dr.
William Ruto after others failed to
The attitude displayed by the anchors
during the debate was open and they
looked like a government sponsored
agents out to discredit other
candidates in favor of government
sponsored candidate .
Kenya Kwanza Presidential candidate Dr.
William Ruto’s debate/ interview was a
total waste of two hours, a lot money
and effort by countless people and
Why? Because it ignored the future.
Kenya does not belong to the elite only.
It also belongs to workers, some of
whom have no jobs, the sick, persons
with disabilities, the poor, IDPs, the
hungry, the landless and homeless among
The president is a living embodiment of
the good, the ugly and the bad in our
country. Everyone has a stake in the
Unfortunately, our elite including
journalists seem consumed only by their
Look at the Sonko phenomenon in Nairobi
in the 2017 elections. The bejewelled
maverick received more votes than any
other politician including Uhuru
Kenyatta. Why? Because he represented a
long forgotten, suppressed underclass.
That class is still around and watching.
Our elite live in a bubble. It is like
the elite in Soviet Union. Which ceased
to live in their own country. And lost
it. The only part of SU they knew was
what they saw from their heavily tinted
limos. To their consternation, their
government collapsed and country
dissolved under their very eyes.
This is why BBI melted. Reason why
Jubilee Party splintered. We may not
like it. But there are people in bank
loan and rent distress today. Some
families had no dinner last night.
Others have school fee balances. Young
people hawk trinkets. Kenya belongs to
them too. Many retirees live in squalor.
They were on telly waiting to hear a
Presidential aspirant address their
plight. Give some hope. Light a candle
in darkness. Nothing came. The elite was
telling them to eat cake. The anchors