By Captain Collins Wanderi via Facebook
It is very disheartening to watch watch a video clip of young people heckling and publicly dressing down Hon. Joash Maangi the current Deputy Governor who intends to vie for another public office in 2017 because he is supposedly unmarried.
Ladies and gentlemen, when did marriage, a socio-cultural attribute become a yardstick for holding or effectively discharging the duties of any public office? Kenya has one of the highest rates of domestic violence; spousal abuse & homicide; separation and divorce in Africa. With such statistics why should we judge men & women who deliberately opt to remain single? Why do some people think they can impose their sicio-cultural preferences on others?
I think we should be concerned about more serious issues refardinh leadership rather than a mudane issue like sicio-cultural status. H.E. Ian Khama Seretse Khama the President of Botswana, a country with the fastest growing economy & Human Development Index in Africa is a single man.
Two, the two most powerful women in Africa H.E. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of Liberia & H.E. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma the Chairperson of the African Union are single/divorced.
Aren’t single people more preferable for public because they are unlikely to engage in corruption. They do not have to steal public funds to satisfy the ravenous appetites of a large family for public funds?
Did I see pictures of a teenage daughter (or was it a side-dish?) of a Governor sitting suggestively atop an official car bought using public funds?
Haven’t we learnt something from Dr. Isaac Ngugi Njoroge, the single Governor of the Central Bank of Kenya who prefers to lead a humble life devoid of grandiosity and opulence associated with public office in Africa? Sad.