MUTIGA: Politics as ethnic census shows dearth of imagination by … – Daily Nation

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Kenyans have a way of making light of everything. After observing how over the past few weeks the major political party leaders have retreated to their home areas to whip supporters into registering as voters, someone drew attention to the Biblical verse of Luke 2:3 – “And everyone went to their own town to register”.

This verse relates to a census carried out in the Roman world during the reign of Caesar Augustus.

But it is also a cheeky reference to just how much Kenyan elections have turned into a national census, with all the politicians rushing to their villages the moment the voter registration window opened.

Essentially, the election will come down to this – who between Moses Wetang’ula, Uhuru Kenyatta, Raila Odinga, Musalia Mudavadi and William Ruto will be able to rally the greatest number of his ethnic kinsmen to register to vote?

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