But they are more than that. As the days went by, more women – some with children strapped to their backs – joined. Today many fellows from the proletarian neighbourhoods of Githongoro and Ridgeways in Nairobi show up and wait, much like the chaps you see on the roadside waiting to be picked by a truck for casual work at construction sites. This is one face of the Kenyan “election economy”, so to speak.
At the start, there were between 40 and 60, and most of them were men. Then it grew bigger and frenzied. These, ladies and gentlemen, are crowds for rent. These are the fellows who help fill out the politicians’ election rallies. But they are more than that. Today, many fellows from the proletarian neighbourhoods of Githongoro and Ridgeways show up and wait, much like the chaps you see on the roadside waiting to be picked up by a truck for casual work at construction sites.
The Monitor newspaper celebrated its 25th birthday on July 24. It would seem to be the perfect time to reflect on media freedom in Uganda, and the legacy of The Monitor, but I shall resist the urge. Only to say that The Monitor has managed to pull off something hardly any other private Ugandan company – and the DP, UPC, and NRM parties – have succeeded in doing.
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