It’s Time to Move On

****The Whisperer****

The Under-dog of the just concluded elections has won and is now the chairperson of the Kimathi DeKUTSO. I’m talking about Theuri. Last time, my editor received complaints concerning my language so let’s clarify something before we move on. According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, the word “underdog” means ‘a less powerful person or thing that struggles against a more powerful person or thing.’ Despite the odds being against him, Theuri was able to strategize and comfortably win.

The just concluded elections were interesting in a number of ways. To begin with, the notice boards erected for the purposes of placing campaign posters are empty. Secondly, the delegates’ rally that was scheduled to take place at the bus park last week did not happen. The delegates felt no pressure at all to campaign like they used to before. They did not find it necessary to even put up posters. Why?

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The first reason why there were no posters is because the delegates who campaigned did their campaign absolutely digitally. One of them in IT, who had a landslide victory, had an army of meme-lords generating numerous memes through out the election period. These memes served to ridicule his opponents and bit by bit win over the electorate. And as we can see from the results, it was a very effective method. This may be an indicator that Kimathi is going digital and that notice boards and paper will not be very relevant moving forward.

The political reason is because this time, coalitions were formed even before the delegate elections. In previous years, the delegates would get elected first then the creation of coalitions would come afterwards. In addition, this time, there was a grudge. One of the major camps was defeated last time and they were keen to ensure that they did not taste defeat again. Whatever they did was obviously a success because they won all the seats.

Even the creation of coalitions was dramatic. Before we proceed, we have to acknowledge one fact. Whether we like it or not, we will always trust those we consider as our own more than those we consider to be outsiders. This is because we expect “our” people to better understand our problems and to have our best interests at heart. For example, all of the sports people I’m speaking to say that if they had their way, Atema should occupy the Sports seat. They feel comfortable with him because he is a sportsperson and they would have trusted him to know their problems and handle them well. However, Kihonge now knows that he has a lot to prove and if he works with the sports people on the ground, there’s no reason he will not be able to deliver.

That was just an illustration. The point I’m driving at is that come election time, no matter how backward and primitive it sounds, we will vote as tribal blocks. Each tribe will pick the path that seems to promote their interests best. However, one tribe alone can’t form the government because the student council has to be inclusive. Also, a single tribe may be limited by their numbers and lack the votes required to get them into the government. That’s where coalitions come in. The Kikuyus had struck a bargain with the Luos in which Manyara had Melvine Atieno as his running mate. However, a few hours before the deadline of submission of papers, Manyara accidentally found out that Melvine had switched camps and had submitted her papers alongside Gaucho. That was the end of the alliance between the Kikuyu and Luos.

After that, the Akamba, Meru, Kikuyu, Embu were left on one side as GEMA. The rest of the major tribes formed a coalition on the other side. Both sides went to great lengths to rally their members to come out and vote, which is why we enjoyed such a favorable turn out come Election Day. Both sides volunteered to pay the fares of those who live far from campus so that people would come out and vote. And they did come in large numbers.

I already told you that the coalitions had been formed before the delegate election. A lot of work was put into the delegate elections. If student A and student B were from the same coalition and were vying for the same delegate position, in some cases, one of them was asked to step down to give the remaining one a better chance. Such were the strategies that were put in place. Theuri’s side left nothing to chance in making these strategies and in ensuring that they were implemented. And that is the source of his coalition’s victory.

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Now, yesterday, a video of my guy Sabul surfaced in which he threatened to form his own parallel government, so as to become “The People’s President.” At first, the idea appealed to me. I mean, I love drama and in the eyes of his supporters, the winning coalition are a bunch of tribalistic goons. Why allow them to form a government in peace? And then after the fever and excitement came down a bit, I wondered how a parallel swearing in would benefit any comrade.

My advice to the winning coalition is to at the very least, extend a hand to the losing side and where necessary, work hand in hand with them to ensure a prosperous Kimathi. My advice to the losing side is to stop wasting time. Now that I think about it, the idea of “a parallel swearing in ceremony” is absolutely absurd and pointless.

And to my fellow comrades, we enjoyed the political period and all of its drama. By the way, what drugs had they given to Bonnie and Jeymoh during the debate? My God, if you saw them for the first time on that day, you wouldn’t think that they had once been respectable. Anyway, I asked some of my friends from that side and I was informed that Bonnie was a bitter guy. During the last elections, he financed the winning coalition to a tune of around kshs.80, 000 only for them to give their votes to Humphrey, the outgoing Sports and Entertainment secretary – who by the way has done such a commendable job.

Anyway, we’ve had a sweet time. I tried to shed some light on what has been going on behind the scenes. But the time for politics is over. And let’s accept that we were all tribalistic, me included. There’s no point going around pointing fingers at one side and calling them tribalistic. We were all tribalistic. However, we shouldn’t let that bitterness of losing continue. The winning coalition this time were the losers last time. The tables have turned and that’s the nature of politics. Maybe they’ll turn again next year. Who knows? But for now, it’s time to move on.

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