Why isn't there humour in Parliament? Where are the humourous and controversial MPs? The days of the likes of Kalembe Ndile, Simon Mbugua, Bifwoli Wakoli, Jayne Kihara.
Former MPs who were uncaged and unleashed
whatever they had on their mind be it ridiculously laughable or
condemnable. It was not just their words but their actions also ran in
tandem in exhibiting humour. They pushed
the envelope in exciting the public like Mike Sonko in his early days.
We did not elect them to humour us into tear-jerking laughter but they
are human beings, aren't they?
Is it that now they are too
development conscious? Politics of development can thrive with comic
relief. We can have funny MPs who still commission roads and initiate
water projects. I find it strange that in public rallies and political
fora, no MP or Senator has so far provided a moment for a decent hoo-ha,
it doesn't have to be rib-cracking laughter. There aren't any funny
press conferences any more and laughter at public rallies has been
reduced as serious politics has taken over. Even former President Kibaki
can do better to drive a crowd mad with laughter.
hoping for a tall, handsome,fit and funny MP for a date, you will be
disappointed, he may be rich and use an eighth of the CDF kitty to buy
you lunch at Safari Park,but that date will be like job interview only
that it will include fish fillet. I find political leaders in this 11th
Parliament are far too serious.
Away from Parliament,the
Cabinet Secretaries themselves appear bookish and only hand out
intellectual humour, which even won't scratch a funny bone. Sports CS
Hassan Wario has his occasional moments of dry humour, Labour CS Kazungu
Kambi's slippery grasp of the English language isn't just enough. Yes, I
know Nairobi Mike Sonko easily comes to mind but his eccentrics are
His soap opera antics with Women Rep. Racheal
Shebesh and the attendant fallout are not only shameful but unfunny.
They desecrate the values of leadership and integrity. There is
absolutely no humour in Sonko's misadventures. But Kenyans loved their
'+18' theatrics on Facebook and PG entertainment they offered when they
Of course, debates surrounding terrorist activities and killings at the Coast need a sober approach and not all is to laugh at.
What is happening now is that members of the public are now bringing
out the humour and moments of levity in the news. Men fighting over
women, funny eye witnesses, women squabbling over men. As referendum
politics dominate the national conversation, it needs an unserious
touch, it is far too technical, tribal and tenacious. Political leaders
should lighten up, they should humour us, let loose a bit, they have had
plenty of time to sit in Parliament, it is time they display their
funny side in word and deed.