The activities associated with the governance of a country or other
area, especially the debate or conflict among individuals or parties
having or hoping to achieve power.
Whenever anyone has a question regarding health, they’re
advised to ask their doctor or another health professional. The
seriousness of which may determine whether you’ll go to the hospital or your
local miti shamba guy. So with a looming election and campaigns
already getting into gear shouldn’t we ask ourselves, is this healthy
I feel it necessary to put the definition of politics up there so we
all have a point of reference to what we’re discussing. In the next 2
years, we’re meant to pick MCAs, Governors, MPs, Women’s
Representatives, Senators and the President. All representatives of the
people meant to implement various policies that we – the electorate –
supposedly agree with and that’s why we elected them to office.
“We have demeaned our politics to baseless rhetoric and
tribalism” that’s what you’ll hear the pundits on television say; the so-
called progressives who want us to become the ideal democracy that
they’d say might be the American or British models. Are any of them
aware that in the last election all major political parties released a
manifesto that none of them bothered to review?
So because most of us depend on mainstream media to know
what the agendas of our politicians are we all went to the ballot last
election cycle ignorant of what would happen in the next 5 years.
But my focus today is on health.
We as a country devolved health on the basis that being a service
it should be taken closer to the people on the ground. “Pesa
Mashinani” is still the mantra we hear. But i ask you, have you seen a
change in the healthcare being provided to you?
We’re sick as a nation. Battling communicable diseases that are
killing our children by the millions to non communicable diseases that
are now decimating our elderly population with cardiovascular disease
and cancer. But we have a worse disease that our first president, Mzee
Kenyatta said was one of our main challenges at independence,
We don’t make informed decisions. That’s why the Kenyan is the
number one complainer and the number one to forget what he was
complaining about. I suspect it’s because we know we are primarily to blame. You vote without knowing what this guy wants to do with his
time in office.
So is politics healthy? Yes it is! Politics is the life’s blood of any
nation. It’s how we determine our course and future. We must engage
in serious policy discussions throughout. Not spewing nonsense on
political talkshows about the tribal bloc that a politician brings to a
party or how he’ll benefit “his people”.
When we don’t seriously discuss actual politics we devolve
healthcare without any thought on the consequences, we allow thieves
and under qualified people to take over a sector that is meant to save
lives, we watch as patients in hospitals lie on cardboard boxes instead
of mattresses, we hear doctors beg for referral hospitals to be
returned to National Government because they watch patients die
every day, we lament about expensive private doctors fees when
universal high quality healthcare guaranteed in the constitution isn’t
We are sick and we need to make a choice to be healthy. The only
treatment is to be informed. Our fourth estate has to stop allowing lies
to pervade the airwaves in the name of neutrality and sift out
nonsense to report actual news. There’s a billboard on a major
highway that says “your vote, your weapon.” I have a different
opinion, “Your vote, your medicine.” Be healthy my fellow Kenyans,
take your medicine.