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Kenya learning from American politics

Calling people names in public, tainting the reputation of opponents, use of dirty words, tearing into the opponents, weakening the points of the adversary, making others look evil, and poisoning whatever may look good in the opposite side, is becoming political trend in Kenya today. There is no more respectful, mature and intelligent public speeches of some decades ago. New generation of politicians, only known as, the digitals, is changing the language of politics very fast. It resembles what is happening in the United States of America where some Republican candidates and their supporters turn to use of dirty language to gain success in the coming government. Why have Kenyans chosen to use unethical and dirty language in politics? Why are professionals and leaned individuals becoming unethical and somehow brutish in their public speeches? Why is America becoming the best example for Kenyans? Does it always mean that if you want to win over your opponent in politics then you make him or her look bad? Well, it is not defamation we are talking about. There is nothing to attribute to illegality or breaking of the law in what politicians utter in public. It is also important to know that such politicians have their able adivisers and their words will avoid what may be linked to the crime of hate speech. Yet they adopt immoral language. Such politicians have no respect of the rules of morality nor principles of ethics.
Whether Kenyans are emulating American politics or not may not be of any significance now. President Uhuru told President Obama that Kenya has so much in common with America in terms of values but the two differ in culture. What is good in the United States of America does not necessarily be good for Kenya. The people of Kenya may not be culturally comfortable with GLBT while in the USA it is lawful and constitutional right. American liberals have chosen to have a liberal society. A society in which equality means, freedom of choice. Such choice also includes choice of whom to love and how to love. According to the Kenyan Head of State and Government this is not a priority as per now for Kenya.
The President of America did not reject the Kenyan stand on what is now creating questions among human rights activists. But when he said one cannot have a team in the field and fails to understand the rules – “that is stupid”… Kenyan opinion makers did not comment. The use of the word “stupid” soothed Kenyan rogue politics. Well, lets admit that politics has lost decency, morality and some standards of civilization. I still believe that Kenyans need education more than American politics. The populace may not be ready for certain kind of emotional politics. Mind you, American populace is far much educated than Kenyans. Even folks in remote farms know how to interpret certain signs and language. Immagine a Kenyan old lady living somewhere in a remote part of the country hearing a leader using abusive language in public? This is an anatema! There must be a crack somewhere and the society must be developing some slow puncture. African society has its morals and principles that are very clear…certain words can hardly be used in public. Calling people names in public is assigned to people who are uncivilized, uneducated, uncooth and with low level of education. Immagine Kenyan elite such as Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o with all the respect as an intellectual using certain words! Still Professors in politics have not gone that far and they tend to choose their words in public with decorum and reservation. It is not about who is winning and who is gaining in opinion polls. Remember you have life to live after your political career. Politicians must cultivate respect, maturity, and a culture of peace. I commend the Kenyan elites that show dignity and respect. They value their profession and educate the masses on the same. Adversorial politics is not yet a priority for Kenya.
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Dr. Peter Onyango O. is one of our main contributors. He is a senior law lecturer, a writer, a consultant, peace ambassador, and a researcher. He assists so many professionals, legal minds, and debaters with his skills and scholarly wealth! He supports children and village community as a way of giving back to community. He edits, proof reads, and publishes various articles for our page!

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