Events that have a bearing on our national life are shaped by real flesh-and-blood human beings of this or that other social category.

One such category that is top of the list in setting the agenda of what we shall think and talk about is our political class.

In my humble judgement, these people spend 95 per cent of their time and energy thinking and talking about what is of interest to them as individuals and groups, and only five per
cent or less on what matters to other Kenyans.

Many of them will even tell untruths that are constructed to sound like the truth.

Is it a wonder then that many of us distrust them and find some of their activities and utterances nauseating if not all together dangerous for our national existence?

Most of the time, when Kenyans discuss politicians and their behaviour patterns, they only end up getting annoyed.

There is one Kenyan, however, who did not just get annoyed or angry.

He did something about it by executing the most symbolic act in our political history.

He caned two prominent politicians in broad daylight as their supporters and hangers-
on watched.

Whatever reason Lengo Karisa Mdzomba had for wanting to beat up Raila Odinga and Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya may never be known.

But his action, in my opinion, is a most prophetic one.

It was an expression of the anger, frustration and sheer disgust with which many sensible Kenyans hold our political class.


The selfishness and insincerity of the majority of them comes through at every turn.

The way they handle public resources and their endless demands for their selfish needs smirks of greed and utter shamelessness.

Some of the discourses that many of them construct to support their opinions and further their selfish agenda leave our national image shattered, and hurt the progress we would
make were we a little more sober.

Many of our politicians are a lot that many of us would actually want caned.

Whether he was sane or insane, Lengo Karisa may have been expressing his own personal anger and disgust.

Whatever the case, our politicians should know that his action symbolised what many right-thinking Kenyans feel they would want done to many of them, and much more.

Karisa’s action must be understood a little more philosophically and be recorded as denunciation of the larger part of our political class and the way they do things.

For those who read the Judeo-Christian sacred book, Karisa would easily remind one of the ancient prophet Amos who castigated the rich for mistreating the poor, and Elijah who
threw the false prophets of Baal out of town for misleading the rulers of Israel.

Father Wamugunda is Dean of Students, University of Nairobi; wamugundaw@uonbi.ac.ke

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