Most Heated Political Debates Have Little to do With the Ordinary Mwananchi
By Michael M’mata
Most heated political debates in Kenya often seem disconnected from the masses, and this is due to several reasons.
One of the main reasons is the lack of representation of the people’s interests and needs in these debates.
Politicians in Kenya often focus on their own agendas and interests, rather than representing the views and concerns of the citizens they are supposed to serve.
This can lead to policies that do not address the pressing issues faced by the masses in Kenya, such as poverty, unemployment, and lack of access to basic services like healthcare and education.
Another factor that contributes to this disconnection in Kenya is the lack of access to information and media outlets by the general public.
In Kenya, the media is controlled by a small group of elites, which results in a biased and incomplete representation of the issues and perspectives in political debates.
This can lead to a distorted understanding of the political landscape, where the general public is only exposed to a narrow range of opinions and perspectives.
Moreover, the lack of political literacy among the masses in Kenya can also contribute to this disconnection.
There is a lack of education and resources to help citizens understand the political system and the policies being discussed in Kenya.
This can lead to a passive and apathetic attitude towards politics, where people do not feel empowered to engage in political debates and advocate for their rights.
It suffices to say, the disconnection between heated political debates and the masses in Kenya is a complex issue that stems from a variety of factors, including lack of representation of the people’s interests, lack of access to information and media outlets, and lack of political literacy among the general public.
It is important for politicians in Kenya to prioritize the needs and concerns of the citizens they serve, for the media to provide unbiased and comprehensive coverage of political issues, and for citizens to become more politically literate and engaged.
Only then can the masses in Kenya be effectively represented in political debates and the policies formed as a result truly serve the interests of the people.