By Zack Omondi
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power – Abraham Lincoln.
Remembering with nostalgia the promises – manifestos – last year during the M.U.S.O elections, this statement above clearly certifies itself. “Before I settle, one of the things done will be to ensure proper sanitation in all hostels” – goes one of the fake promises that usually gets the tag ‘fake’ before even one settles in office. It is very true beyond doubt that most people have found M.U.S.O politics an avenue to implicitly stabilize one’s financial stake. So, you don’t know them yet until they clinch the seats they are after – and the truth manifests itself.
The rate at which one talks is inversely proportional to he/she delivers in terms of actions, – ‘no pun intended’ – so each individual should file that their mentality. In a nasty political argument days ago with fellow comrades, one comfortably said that politics has no room for honesty – to my understanding that a honest person in politics seems ignorant – and adding insult to injury, he argued that mature politics call for being ‘smart’ the other way round. So, what of the recap from the book of Philippians 2:3 which says, “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves.” – A perfect philosophy for all who have been bestowed with the worth pristine gift of leadership.
Last semester, St. Michael Chaplain beamed on the issue of church and campus politics. Some who made it to M.U.S.O we initially very active as far as church matters are concerned, but after they made it to ‘the promised land’ all started fading then faded at last. One’s spiritual health opens way to God’s wisdom and guidance. Wise leaders turn to God, glorify God, and listen to God. After succeeding his father David; as king of Israel, Solomon prayed to the Lord for wisdom in ruling the people – 2Chronicles 1:8-10. God gives leadership, and only if He trusts you with it then you will be given influence. Much of what passes as wisdom may be perfectly smart and sensible by ordinary standards, but the world we live in is distorted by sin, twisted by violence, greed, and oppression. God’s radical righteousness and unfailing love – aware of evil but uncontaminated by it – gives a perspective to what a leader ought to apply while administering, it being the only free tool readily available yet the best when employed in this political leadership.
Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality, and great leaders always transform vision into reality. The aspiring leaders should therefore have vision riddled with commitment and above all honesty – contrary to what is evident in ‘the game’. It is high time for our esteemed student leaders to take this into account and try something new for the betterment of campus politics: above all, the plight of our Universities all around the globe.