I have to say I feel saddened by the events happening everyday in our country. Every single day is a tragedy, news is never good news. Someone was killed, people died of hunger, an innocent little girl was raped, a blast here and a blast where most Kenyans gather, most innocent Kenyans looking for a way to make ends meet in a scrambling economy, a life that has become a hand to mouth for most.
Most Kenyans feel let down by the same government that is supposed to protect them. When the government should have controlled fuel prices, they shot to the highest they have ever been. When the government was supposed to be killing Al Shabaab Militants, they invaded our businesses and killed our relatives and friends. I have to look back and ask why, why do we have to suffer so much when we have policies and laws that should be protecting us?
Kenyans go on record as being the most patient people in the universe. We also serve a short memory, it takes a new headline to forget the last one. Why do we still have goldenberg ministers in government and running for offices in the next government? Why do we recycle our trash without cleansing it? Why did we refund the Kazi kwa Vijana money to the world bank? Is it to say we had no need for it? Our youth are still jobless, why do we have increased crime? I would like to ask these questions to every individual. Why do we have Anglo-leasing ministers and MPs in power? Why have we made governance of Kenya a popularity show?
We have taught our young voters that the most popular politician is the best politician, regardless of their chance to change anything in government. We have used the words of politicians in their popularity wars as the gospel and continued to preach the same trash they keep preaching against each other. We have laughed when they make stupid jokes about each other, we watched them break up and make up in public and we remain their experimental crowds. Why do we agree to be used like this? When did democracy run from our country?
I feel saddened by the fact that we shall go back to elections and vote the same people. Worse, we shall watch some processes that we can get involved in go away because we were too busy to take part and we can only accept what is eventually presented to us. Please take this as a challenge, be part of the change. The positive change. Do not let things go wrong when you can change something. There is always something you can do. Open someone’s eyes. Tell them the truth about each politician. The truth that you know will help someone make a decision. Take up your position, run for a seat. Be part of the change.
Today I read a post from a friend on Facebook saying that she has decided not to vote – and I am sure there is a lot of us who have come to the same conclusion after looking at the situation we are in. That is not the solution though… we can’t stand back and watch others make decisions for us. Your one vote counts, it is your biggest chance to be part of the change.
Kenya went into flames because of selfish politicians back in 2008. The people who made us get into this phase of our history were enjoying armed security while Kenyans were either entangled in battle or fearing for the next minute. I remember it too well, too clearly. I had 6 kids in my house and no maid or any adult I could leave them with to go anywhere look for food. I could not leave them in the house and I could not go out with them, people were burning tires and beating others up. There was too much tension and that is a point in life we should never go back to.
God gave us a chance to sort our mess, we should never go back there. At the end of the day, we are Kenyans. Tribal divisions will hurt all of us, no one is safe. Politicians can all afford to fly their families out of the country and leave us in chaos. It is time to take charge, be the change.
While the grand-coalition government was born out of the peace initiative, Kenyans have had to fund an extremely expensive government that has had no opposition meaning a lot of imbalances in governance. We need a stable government and a stable opposition. We need a restoration of democracy in Kenya and we need enactment of the new constitution. Kenyans need to enjoy the new law.
So what is your part? You need to study leaders and their motives. You need to understand who has a chance to bring any change or press the rule of law in Kenya. We need to look at who has personal agendas and self-actualization goals. We need to look at their tracks, we need to stop voting in thieves over and over again. Kenyans are hard workers, we managed to get up on our feet after 2008, we can go to the highest points if only our taxes were properly managed. It is your choice, the future of Kenya depends on you.