I get the seduction of this narrative that all mothers are equal, but sorry, Yvonne and the rest, I don't agree with you.

This isn't a mothers issue. It's a political issue of land grabbing and inequality, and I resent that motherhood is being used as a distraction. #Newsgang
We know Mama Ngina not because she is a mother but because she has power to promote her clearly spineless son, and to amass property. It's really an insult to all decent, hardworking mothers who brave the odds to raise kids with better manners to put them in the same boat as her.
The fact that we can forget land injustice - which is what kills us every five years - in the name of motherhood, demonstrates that motherhood is so cheap that we joke, banter about it and fight toxic NIS narratives.
Anyone whose mastered Cambridge Analytica tactics can see this motherhood thing was a political stunt. I don't know about Sudi's motives, but the ready hashtag, the quick mobilization of support of a Kikuyu president who lacks Kikuyu support, is too planned to be a coincidence.
The lesson from the fact that motherhood could excite people and make them forget our political context of land grabbing, violated women and squatter families is that Kenya cheapens motherhood. It's not that mothers are equal.

Equality is an annoying, cheap, liberal narrative.
And in fact, Kenyans, you should be very worried when motherhood becomes the butt of political jokes and media sermons to cover up injustice. A research on Kenyan psyche and PEV stated that the PEV demonstrates a clear hatred of women and motherhood as a life force.
In other words, our hatred of women, our violence against women and expressed through rape and disemboweling of pregnant women is a sign that Kenya is a suicidal country.
When Mama Ngina's land ownership, which is part of a system that makes women and mothers poor, she loses the right to be comsidered a mother like others. Yeye na mwanawe wajitetee in the political sphere and leave the rest of women alone. She has the power to do it anyway.
These political fights are not ours. As we cheer politicians using sexist jokes to taunt each other, we are preparing for our own funerals in 2022. I'm tired of this cycle of cheapening our lives as we head down to a bloodbath in which only we die.
Sex and women's bodies are always used by the political class to excite and entertain us so that we don't focus on the thugs in power. We should not so easily accept the bones thrown at us to chew. This is a power game, and we need to name and shame the powerful.
From Sudi to Waiguru, politicians should all be condemned together for cheapening political discourse as they impoverish us. This is not the time to do gender mathings. The problem is power and the whole political class. All of them. Mama Ngina included.

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"White? No.
Male? No.
Upper class? No.
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Here's your place."

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Tekayo is blackmailing home guards of other ethnic groups with a slice of the unnecessary and overrated Kikuyu vote.

For me, I will probably not vote.

I refuse to keep going to polling booths terrorized by strange fruit, swinging on the trees, blood on the leaves, blood at the roots. They killed Msando, mocked him, then we voted like nothing happened.
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