Empowerment shenanigans in Kenya
Empowerment has been a bone of contention between the political class and electorates in Kenya for a period now.
The two troops have defined and understood the term empowerment differently. According to the Cambridge Dictionary empower means to encourage and support the ability to do something. Another point of concern is if politicians get consent of the people involved to take and upload their photos.
Politicians have been empowering their constitutes if we were to go with the Cambridge definition. Since in different ways they have supported and encouraged people to achieve something.
According to Kenyans especially netizens posits that empowerment requires policies that are realistic and specific in ensuring sustainability. Politicians have been challenged
Politicians and celebrities have been urged to leave their phones at home when supporting the poor. Taking photos and sharing on social media increases their popularity as the nature of their work demands. Hence, difficult to separate the two.
Former Kakamega Senator Dr. Boni Khalwale a few weeks ago ignited a heated debate about empowerment on his Twitter page. The former legislature posted a photo of him buying samosa from the roadside.
The caption of the photo elicited a mixed reaction from Twitter users who thought that the Bullfighter wasn’t empowering the woman by buying her goods.
Netizens who flocked to his comment box questioned why Khalwale shared the photos, while others asked if buying from her is empowerment.
Deputy President William Ruto has been showing his philanthropic side in the recent past. He has been supporting youths, women and vulnerable groups in the society. He also had a program to caution Kenyans from harsh economic times brought by Covid19.
” The Bible says Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and the streets, that they may be praised by others. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, ”