Every night before I go to bed, one thought disturbs my mind. How stupid are we as a people to keep choosing the same person three times in a row, despite seeing no change?
That decisive moment, when we stand in front of the ballot box after queuing for no less than an hour on average, I thought, was enough to get us thinking about making better decisions.
Lugari Ward, let alone the whole sub-county, has suffered, deservedly, the wrong decisions we have made while electing leaders. We’ve always relied on people who cared less about us than those who truly cared.
This poor decision-making is not only with voters but also with aspirants. The moment we fill the ballot paper with many aspirants, and have two or three strong ones there, we have already sold away our people, and cheaply, if not foolishly.
I have been, like the self-centered leaders we elect, a victim of egocentrism. For example, in 2017, when I stood for the seat, I blocked the way for a man who would have changed the story of generations to come.
Grey Moi, who was one of my biggest rivals at that time, has come to be someone I would choose over and over again if it meant service to the people and the well-being of my own family in this place I call home.
He would be finishing his term if I had not stood in his way and made Musa Makhapila, who has been a menace to us, have an easy way through.
Moi, as humble as he is known to be, through my personal interactions with him in our political scenes, is an open-minded leader who is ready to listen without judging. Regardless of his financial capability, Moi has been consistent and resilient despite having tried unsuccessfully a number of times.
His age, which adorns a lot of personal experience required of a leader, makes me admire him and gives me hope and confidence that Lugari Ward has at least someone to shine the mantle on the way.
This man has been at the frontline in promoting education by steering the development of infrastructure in schools, such as building latrines in Mufutu Primary School.
This election is an opportunity to right our wrongs and elect a leader who will achieve the goals for which we yearn, goals that other regions already achieved a long time ago.