What image of political culture will the season leave behind?

As we predicted many months ago, the intense political season is with us and we are indeed headed to the climax if we are not already there.

In the last two months or so, we have listened to all manner of rhetoric and seen all sorts of theatrics.

In about three or so weeks, we shall know what shape the nation is likely to take.


What is certain is that this event adds to the blocks we have been putting together to form a Kenyan political culture.

There are many definitions of culture but the one I like best is that it is the basis upon which a group of people interpret their experience of the world and order their lives into a coherent way of life.

Such a basis could either be positive or negative depending on who is looking at it and what their interests are.


I suppose that is why there are so many differences in the manner in which politicians like to describe or define the social reality that we call our life.

A positive culture of a people is built when younger people growing within such a context are exposed to correct thinking about the right values for their social existence.

All the activities we have witnessed during this campaign period are part of the world view that the younger generation in our society is being socialised to in terms of politics.


Among others there have been statements about rigging elections, about big money, about public resources, about violence and lies have been told in broad daylight.

It is true that politicians have the freedom to do their trade the best way they know how.

My submission however is that while politics is an important component of the social entity, society and its future belong to all of us and each one of us has an obligation to watch and be interested in the kind of culture we are building.


If our younger people are going to become competent in the culture of lies, grand corruption, rigging elections, violence, misuse of public resources and such like negative values, then we have to rethink the way we do things.

All our institutions have to accept that we all have a role in building a society whose culture is shaped by positive values.

Younger people growing among us must be given an environment that empowers them to think positively and to live by what is right.

The big question is what image of political culture this campaign season will leave in the minds of younger Kenyans.

Writer is Dean of Students at the University of Nairobi [email protected]

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