Going into Politics
MAILLU THE “POLITICIAN”
Traditional Africa has no creature called Politician. In that tradition there is only a leader of the mass, may he be in the name King or Queen or Chief or whoever. The top leader of a community is a person chosen to lead people by virtue of his unquestionable integrity. He is supposed to be inspiring and the guide of people’s moral insurance. He is God’s representative to God’s people; the caretaker of both the poor and the rich, the able and the disable, the blind and the sighted. Taking the throne of leadership, by itself, is a vow to serve the community both physically and spiritually. In African concept of politics there is no division between State and Religion.
Since post-colonial periods of all African states, no top leader has embraced the African concept of politics. Kenya, including all the other independent states are, metaphorically speaking, states growing in pots of western civilization. In order for them to survive they have to remain constantly being watered by the philosophy of their colonial masters. It is my take that, until African states uprooted themselves from those foreign pots and planted themselves in the African cultural soil, they are destined for nothing else but perpetual exploitation and destruction.
In African sense, I am not a politician but a leader upholding African traditional values. That is what I want to be taken and seen. Not to mention that a writer, in the western cultural interpretation, is a more serious politician than the street politician. The business of a writer is in showing his community how and where to go socially, besides being the prophet of his community.
Over the years I have been gravely bothered by the borrowed political structures operating without absolutely no indigenous ideology. It was that disappointment which drove me into research on real African ideology. In African political soil, I found out, you do not have to dig deep before you unearth the solid traditional political thought the African has always operated on. I published that ideology in my book, African Indigenous Political Ideology, which became part of my doctoral thesis for doctorate in African Literature and Political Philosophy. Either the book was ahead of its time or the thought of African leadership has been too drugged by the imported material structures to see sense in why an African should strive to be real African.
Metaphorically speaking, I had become a playwright by writing an African political play and failed to find actors to stage the play for the benefit of the integrity and renaissance of the African. So, I decided to act on my play, perhaps, in order to prove that it is absolutely good for nobody else on earthy but for the African. So, out of the published book, I developed the ideological script and Manifesto called THE GENDER-AND-AGE DEMOCRACY. As all the other political parties are treated as properties of the top officials, all the doors were locked out against me, as my views appeared to threaten the status quo. I was left with no option but to register a Political Party based on the ideology. I called the Political Party, COMMUNAL DEMOCRACY OF KENYA (CDK). The following is the Manifesto in support of the COSTITUTION, which is presented at the tail end of the Manifesto.
I dared announce the Launch of the Party and Presidency during the 2007 and got the greatest shock of my life when I was given a total media cover up. The Kenyan ruling regime knew too well how explosive the ideology is and what consequences would emerge from the launched ideology, particularly highlighting the most marginalized groups – YOUTH and WOMEN. The details of how horrifying I have been to the Kenyan regimes, as a writer, is explained in my latest publication: BEHIND THE PRESIDENTIAL MOTORCADE (see the summary and review of the book in this web side).