Kiss 100’s CAROLINE MUTOKO bashes the middle class for voting in WAITITU and SONKO

Oh give it a rest. Ferdinand Waititu on TNA it is. Firstly, the bile is a joke. Where were you when Jimnah Mbaru needed your vote?

Secondly, it all comes down to the middle class, too much social networking than voting - this is what set this trend. If only the tweets were votes.

And to quote myself, “this is not the election that will change Kenya, this is the one that will school us on why we must get it right”. Brace yourself.

I won’t try and bring a new angle to this discussion. I’ll simply go back and see how often someone has talked about this very abdication of the middle-class to do something and how often we have ignored them. Yes, ignored them.

Paul Mwangi – January 13, 2012

Coming to think of it, the middle class has never been there when the country needed us. We have watched as the rich have pursued policies for domination of the poor, even when those policies are a threat to us as a middleclass.

The reason permanent change keeps eluding this country is because the middle class has never developed or at least identified with any values that can bring about that change.
After every election we go back exactly where we were when we first started talking of change. Kenya is collapsing under the weight of graft and ethnicity, but the middleclass is silent, and often altogether absent.

We don’t want to talk against any of these vices, lest we annoy the rich class which we have allowed to dominate our thoughts, conscience and freedoms.

If the Kenya middle class is what is expected in political theory to be the stabilising factor of this country, then we are in problems.

What a responsible middle class should have done, or at least should do so now that the country is at a crossroad, is lay down the values necessary to secure the future of this country.

Ngunjiri Wambugu – December 9, 2012

Kenya’s middle class, who should know better, have become the main proponents of political tribalism. Business people, professionals, university students, opinion leaders and even religious leaders, have perfected the art of ‘representing’ their own.

On the internet, which is where Kenya’s middle class camps, the only politics shared is about ‘those people’ who are attacking ‘our people’...

We set the pace in business, religion and social issues. However we get internationally embarrassed by the level of our politics.

We know political tribalism is wrong; we know it is dangerous; we know it is not worth flirting with; and we know we stand to lose the most if post election violence, or any other types of violence, occurs.

Can Kenya’s middle class save our nation from disintegration? Can we set the pace for the future political competition?

Can we identify what Kenya needs done for us to achieve Vision 2030; or what Kenya needs done for our new constitution to be fully implemented?

Can we use such targets as what we set as the basis of who will be part of our next political leadership? Can we get involved in politics, either directly, or indirectly?

How many of us have registered as voters? How many are willing to use their time and resources to help the candidate who best represents the Kenya they want? How many of us are willing to use their influence to set the parameters for political competition in Kenya?

Murithi Mutiga  – February 26, 2011

It would be better for the young people who appear most frustrated by the lack of ideas and co-ordination among the current crop of leaders to harness their energy and their power of mobilisation to identify an alternative candidate and use their numbers to install a 21st-century president in August 2012 (the election date was changed to March 4, 2013).

The revolution that Kenya needs most is not one that involves rowdy mass gatherings but a more private one that would see voters recognise that they are as much of the problem as the politicians are.

Real change will come to Kenya when voters shake off those shackles. It will happen when attitudes shift, when patience with the old politics of ethnicity and patronage gives way to a new brand of politics that has ideas and merit at its core. All that stands between the nation and a new style of leadership is a long overdue revolution of the mind.

Caroline Mutoko – November 14, 2011

At this rate if Sonko ran for president he would win. Watch middle-class Kenyans roll their eyes at the thought, but will we turn up to vote and ensure that issues and not nonsense is on the table – no! Then Sonko it is. I’m off to church – well someone needs to pray for this country.

Pete Odera – 2 days ago

Dear Nairobi’s Middle Class; I can’t believe the overqualified Jimnah Mbaru was defeated at the nomination stage for Governor of Nairobi!

How can it be after all the bile displayed on social media concerning Sonko’s theatrics? I thought you would all turn up in large numbers and usher in a new era of issue-based, professionalism in our city’s politics.

Here is another irony however: The people you pay to do menial work, your house help, your cook, watchman and gardener are voting in whoever they like because they are more politically engaged and are more willing to bring change than you are.

I didn’t see you jam the centres as you jam Ngong Road during 'Sevens'. I didn’t see you bring out the picnic baskets and the swag (fluffy dogs and all) like you do at 'Blankets and Wine'.

I didn’t see you scrummage as you do when there’s a huge artist’s concert at Impala Club or some other place. The simple reason is: You are more willing to read this online than to go out and vote.

Are we ready for change by doing rather than talking and tweeting? No? Then leave Waititu and Sonko alone. Have a thoughtful week.
 Caroline Mutoko


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