I wrote this short article on 30Th April, 2016 at around 3:28 A.M, but didn’t publish it. I had already published, I Have a Grudge Against Elephants, on 29Th April, 2016 on the same topic. But today as I was going through my folder of articles and in view of the exuberant launch of the Jubilee Party and its headquarters, I thought this article, though the content being off, the MESSAGE is the same: PR at the expense of dealing with Real Issues. Everything that matter to the lives of common citizens are regarded as Non-issues while PR is made to be the Real Issue.
Well…There you got it!
“We live in a great country, but full of selfish and misguided stewards. Most of the things are done for PR purposes and not for the benefit of the common people. We witnessed the burning of Ivory in April, and we thought we had achieved a milestone. You must first understand that the Ivory that was burnt has been stocked since 1989, about a year before I was born. That is old Ivory. If three Elephants are killed every hour as statistics suggest, then there must be Ivory that have found its way outside the country. As such, I don’t think we are close to winning the war against poaching. Poaching is supported by a corrupt system. And as long as the system is corrupt then poaching would persist. True war against poaching would be close to be won when at least two-thirds of the harvested Ivory is caught, the perpetrators are arrested and convicted. Burning Ivory that has been accumulated for about two decades is purely a PR stunt, and nothing short of that.”
This applies to the launch of the party. I wish they had donated food stuffs to the people of Kilifi who are reportedly starving after a long drought. They would have left a mark on the hearts of those people, and they would have been assured of votes both from the people and the Angels in heaven. Even Angels would have come down to vote for them. It would have been a MEANINGFUL PR stunt. Nothing compares to feeding a starving person.
I am angry…
By Mike Mbugua