Political rulers, in many African states, and across the world, have hoodwinked the peasant class into a position where only the rulers enjoy all socio-economic privilege while the peasants remained in poverty. The lower class who are the majority of people, have no property and their significant economic value is their labour.
Ladies and gentlemen, COUNTY 49!
As a mirror of the society, art in the Kenyan entertainment sector, has continued to reform the society by projecting a blend of imagination and reality that influences the way Kenyan people think and live.
The star-studded Showmax Series has come at a time when Kenya and many African countries are at the mammoth rocks of abject poverty, while ruling classes continue to exploit them. The show serves as a warning, that one day the ruling class who own most of society's wealth and means of production, will be in trouble for accumulating their wealth through exploiting the masses of their workers.
County 49 follows the political intrigues of the fictional Bwatele County, Kenya’s 49th county and the nation’s breadbasket. Despite the county’s wealth, its citizens are suffering from the high cost of living and scarce resources.
Now against the backdrop of great civilian discontent, a disgraced security officer is compelled to save the new governor and her chief of staff – his estranged wife – from a local terrorist group, who’ve had enough of the plundering of their resources.
Their message to the government as Bwatele plunges into chaos is clear: they want their money back. And they’re prepared to kill for it!
“Without spoiling how the show ends, at the end of the day, the power lies with the voter, yet we give all the power to the politician. We are used as pawns yet we are the ones who elect them and give the power,” the producer, Brian Munene, said.
The series that is well written and executed, depicts how the major cause of economic inequality within modern economies is the determination of wages by the capitalist market. In the capitalist market, the wages for jobs are set by supply and demand. If there are many workers willing to do a job for a great amount of time, there is a high supply of labor for that job.
In the series it is evident the greatest beneficiaries of poverty, are the wealthy.
Since its premier on Showmax, Kenyans are anticipating every episode as it airs.