[media-credit id=1 align=”aligncenter” width=”480″][/media-credit]There are lots of women we admire and one of those is Kate Henshaw. We recently mentioned here that she had made a move into politics and was in fact running for the House of Reps, Calabar South, Cross Rivers State. She is someone who has always been passionate for change and even as an entertainer, has served as a mentor and inspiration for so many. So it was not really a surprise when she made the move; there’s so much more she can do as a representative of her people.
But there is ONE thing she is not willing to do and that is share money around. Generally, in Nigerian politics, it is understood that a contestant would need to distribute money to people and even the electorate to stand a chance of winning. That’s just the way it’s been for years. However, Ms Henshaw has decided to challenge the status quo. She was quoted as saying:
“There’s no money. I can’t match the people who have been in the system for 20 to 30 years. I’m going with God and my heart. I’m not sharing money. If you continue sharing money, it will never stop. If you want a change, a true change, then vote for me and you’ll see the change. But if you want money, hey, go for money and stay where you are and don’t ever complain”
On politicians who stayed on for decades in office, her opinion was that they were part of the problems we were facing as a nation. She declared that she had no intention of staying on in office for several years. This is what she said:
“I don’t hope to be there forever. I just want to do, make noise, leave when the ovation is loudest. That’s the best way. I don’t want to be there for 10 years, 12 years, 16 years, that’s the best way. I want to do other things. 4- 8 years. That’s the limit…you can hold me to my word”
The sentiment is really remarkable and laudable and we just hope that 4 – 5 years from now, they will still hold true. About not sharing money, we commend her. It is time that sort of politics takes a back seat so we can grow as a democracy. HOWEVER, politics is about money really. We agree with someone who posted a comment that she should set up a campaign fund or something so people can donate. You cannot have an effective campaign without money.
Kate Henshaw is one of the good ones. We would really love to have more people like her where it matters.
The interview originally was aired on Sahara TV, but the source of this is Vanguard Newspapers.