William Kabogo is one politician who knows how the system works. The former Kiambu governor has been in the game for a long time and has a very interesting take on the way politicians manipulate the voting system.
Speaking during the morning breakfast show at Citizen TV, Kabogo noted that some governors nominate their girlfriends, people they know or those that have helped them in one way or another.
Year in year out, we try to streamline the issue of nomination of parties by making sure that these lists are sent before time. We have derived ways of circumventing those conditions that we put so that we can have fair nominations, if you ask me, I would scrap this nomination business. Nominations in Kenya, that is the story, I have been in this thing for the last 20 years, I know.
He said that nominations were rarely based on merit. This discussion was probably elicited by Mike Sonko Mbuvi’s assertion that he nominated Anna Thumbi – who was the late Ken Okoth’s side-chick because Ken asked him to. He said
I remember, in the 2017 elections, Ken asked me as a friend to nominate his other wife as Nairobi MCA. I did so out of respect out for him. Ken is being buried while his son is suffering. I pray recognition on behalf of Ken Okoth’s wife.
Cronyism is the practice of partiality in awarding jobs and other advantages to friends or trusted colleagues, especially in politics and between politicians and supportive organizations. For instance, this includes appointing “cronies” to positions of authority, regardless of their qualifications.
Nepotism is the granting of jobs to one’s relatives in various fields including business. politics, entertainment, sports, religion, and other activities. The term originated with the assignment of nephews to important positions by Catholic popes and bishops.