As a blogger, I have constantly and consistently argued for a new non-ethnic political narrative to replace the retrogressive, singular and dominant tribal political narrative of the current political class in CORD/NASA and Jubilee. I have warned that for so long as the political space is controlled by the single ethnic political narrative, a new political leadership and dispensation will not arise in this country. The tribal political narrative is the biggest obstacle to pluralism and modernization in Kenya. All progressive political efforts should be geared towards undermining and replacing it with a new non-ethnic political narrative.
As things stand now, anyone who wants to seek political leadership will have to first prostrate themselves at the feet of the tribal kingpins and their tribal political “parties” effectively offering themselves as tools for politics of ethnicity, impunity and mediocrity, siasa ya ukabila, ukora na upuzi. While some argue that the political space in the country is about CORD/NASA vs Jubilee, the truth is that these are not antagonistic forces but the same people who want to either keep or grab power. The real antagonism in Kenya today is between the hopelessly tribal political class vs the people.
I am also aware that the structure of mainstream media in this country is such that only the purveyors of siasa ya ukabila, ukora na upuzi have the networks and the resources to push their narrative into the public space.
As a consequence of the single tribal political narrative and the restrictive structure of mainstream media as explained above, new narratives/ideas are thus pushed to the margins and new actors swallowed, muzzled and muted.
As push-back, I believe it is important to search out and package these new ideas/narratives and actors using alternative/social media for them to have a chance to compete with and hopefully dethrone the old tribal political narrative and actors. The need for push-back emanates from my strongly held and well articulated position that the solutions to the political problems we have as a country will emanate from the people, not the current political class.
This is why I have teamed up with ACE TV to produce Political Next©, a video series that seeks to package the new ideas and actors in politics in professionally done interviews and make them available and accessible to the public.
In the series, I will be doing 10-12 minutes professionally produced, studio quality, HD video interviews to help aspiring politicians package their candidature and communicate their message. The videos can then be posted on all platforms in social and other media.
A problem can never be solved by the same level of thinking that created it. The Political Next© project arises from my very strong believe that change that implements impactful solutions to our national socio-econo-political crises MUST and WILL come from engaging a new, (preferably young), generation of actors and ideas. Change will never come from the same tribal and corrupt degenerate political class in CORD/NASA and Jubilee.
If you are an aspiring politician with new ideas or an engaged Kenyan who is not a politician but you have new ideas to share, I have created the Political Next© series for you. We will work with you to package your candidature and your ideas in a professionally produced, studio quality, HD video interview for the series.
Get in touch with our production team at ACE TV on 0797660644 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you know of aspiring politicians with new ideas or regular Kenyans who may not be politicians but have new ideas that you think should be packaged and showcased in the Political Next© video series, share this message and encourage them to get in touch with us. Like I have consistently said, politics is about narratives. To release ourselves from the grip of the ethnic narrative and its tribal kingpin purveyors in CORD/NASA and Jubilee, we need to start packaging and pushing alternative narratives for a new generation. After 54 years of the same siasa ya ukabila, ukora na upuzi and with the same actors, it is time for our generation to ask ourselves what is next in Kenyan politics. Political Next© series is designed to address this question.
Spread the word and stay here and on all platforms on social media. Political Next© is the next frontier in the pushing of alternative political narratives and the search for a new dispensation in Kenyan politics.