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The Phony Age Argument In Kenya

27 Aug

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In my last week’s Star column Phony Age Issue Argument In Kenya I made the case Kenyans continue to be sold bills of goods, especially on this phony issue of age and leadership.

Exerpts:

Scouring influential literature on leadership, one cannot but come to one conclusion. That is, when it comes to leadership, age doesn’t matter.

Beyond the literature and studies, examples abound both in Kenya and all over the world of leaders who have succeeded and failed at every age in equal measure.

Yet, beginning about two years ago, we started hearing about how certain people, namely, Raila were “too old” to lead the country. Never mind that there has never been any study in Kenya or the existence of even a scintilla of evidence to back up that bold, naked and unmitigated lie.

Uhuru and Ruto merely picked this lie up and just like that, they had another issue to run on besides the other lie that Raila was responsible for their being at the Hague.

Putting aside the question of how or whether Raila and ODM effectively responded to these dual lies, it’s clear from how close and competitive Uhuru and Ruto remained throughout the campaign that the maxim ‘if you repeat a lie often enough and loud enough, people may begin to believe it as true’ is precisely what happened in this case.

It has been more than four months since the so-called “digital” presidency was sworn into office but judging by how they have handled things thus far, we couldn’t have a more analog presidency.

Well; we could.

It’s well known and Uhuru is not even trying to hide the fact that his mentor, who ironically is also Ruto’s mentor, analog of all analogs former President Daniel Arap Moi is gleefully back in the political scene picking up from where he left 11 years ago in advising this digital duo.

Can there be any more perfect example of why this age argument has been phony from the very beginning?

Put another way, were those advancing the phony age argument sincere; would they not be advocating and altogether ceding power to the at least 15-24 year old age group who actually qualify as young?

They, of course cannot do that because age for the sake of the larger good of society is not the real reason they advance this argument but the pursuit of selfish advantage is.

Rather than couching this phony argument as one between young and old, the argument is better and more accurately presented as an effort by the hungry old trying to push over the even older so they can start partaking in the perks much younger than has traditionally been the case.

It’s no different than an old son wishing his father could die now or even killing him so he can inherit whatever they have. Very uncouth and NKT as the truly young put it in a phrase they have coined that says it all: Not Kenyan Traits.

There is also a disturbing trend people of this writer’s generation could not have fathomed or even imagined it could be possible growing up. That is the utter and contemptuous display of disrespect of our older generation we are also increasingly witnessing now that is equally condemnable and NKT.

One hopes our top leadership can lead in at least arresting this trend.

Put another way, were those advancing the phony age argument sincere; would they not be advocating and altogether ceding power to the at least 15-24 year old age group who actually qualify as young?

They, of course cannot do that because age for the sake of the larger good of society is not the real reason they advance this argument but the pursuit of selfish advantage is.

Rather than couching this phony argument as one between young and old, the argument is better and more accurately presented as an effort by the hungry old trying to push over the even older so they can start partaking in the perks much younger than has traditionally been the case.

It’s no different than an old son wishing his father could die now or even killing him so he can inherit whatever they have. Very uncouth and NKT as the truly young put it in a phrase they have coined that says it all: Not Kenyan Traits.

There is also a disturbing trend people of this writer’s generation could not have fathomed or even imagined it could be possible growing up. That is the utter and contemptuous display of disrespect of our older generation we are also increasingly witnessing now that is equally condemnable and NKT.

One hopes our top leadership can lead in at least arresting this trend.

– See more at: http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/article-132388/phony-age-argument-kenya#sthash.fmmzbaBc.dpuf

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Posted by on August 27, 2013 in Politics

 

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3 responses to “The Phony Age Argument In Kenya

  1. Timna

    August 29, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    why is there a stipulated retirement age for civil servants in Kenya? because they are too old, as age advances, peoples brains dont function as properly as they used to be. in summary, raila has reached political menopause, let him go and rest before he misleads the entire nation. NKT

     
  2. Harry

    September 2, 2013 at 4:10 AM

    5 months on since the elections and you are still in pain?, i understand cos you were promised a post by your little god but thit is now history.You shoud learn to move on vos you cant change anything.Dont try to make your self happy that Raila is young he is 70 years old ugly old man 20 years older than uhuru and 23 years older than Ruto.He will be 75 in 2017 but i bet stress will have finished him off by then.Omwenga,stick to your day job Raila will never be president to bail you out of your miserable life in US.

     
  3. VICTOR

    September 6, 2013 at 8:00 AM

    What is wrong with you, is there a problem with acquiring knowledge from a former mentor?you judge uhuru that much,what happened when raila was in power.i dont hate raila but any sane person would see that his actions after loosing elections are somewhat childish.he complains alot about everything jubilee does and tries to take credit for what uhuru does.he is a multi billionaire and is able to uplift a whole province but he is not willing even when he was in power.for once wont you judge a person for what he has done not by his party affiliate or who he was seen with.NKT

     

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