There are people in Kenya who know the President of the Republic of Kenya but have no idea who their Member of County Assembly (MCA) is.
Walk around Nairobi and ask random residents to tell you the name of their Member of County Assembly (MCA) and see just how many will be able to.
Kenyans in rural areas are more aware of their MCA than those leaving in major urban centers. The majority of Kenyans living in towns are more focused on “national politics” and not interested in “local politics.”
The ignorance of the majority of Kenyans on the role of an MCA has given the individuals a leeway to squander public resources with the only development being the expansion of their bellies.
MCAs are the new kings and queens in the counties. They are the instant billionaires who are calling the shots as they terrify villagers and those who voted for them.
Truth is, an MCA is more important to your development than the President. He or she is the one who is supposed to be closer to you, to know and understand your problems among the hierarchy of politicians.
An MCA is supposed to maintain close contact with the electorate and consult them on issues before or under discussion in the County Assembly. Has your MCA ever consulted you?
An MCA is supposed to present your views, opinions, and proposals to the County Assembly. He or she is also supposed to attend sessions of the County Assembly and its committees on your behalf.
Your MCA is supposed to provide a linkage between you and the County Assembly on issues of service delivery. He or she is supposed to extend professional knowledge, experience or specialized knowledge to any issue for discussion in the County Assembly.
The problem is Kenyans have a habit of electing dwarfs and academically-challenged individuals as their MCAs. People who think the only language in the County Assembly is throwing around chairs and blackmailing their Governor.
If you want to make a change in this country, start with your MCA.