Monthly Archives: December 2011

NO ONE TO BLAME BUT THE ENEMY IN US

Today I wish to consider myself as an inciter, a young man who has been emancipated and liberated from the chains of mental slavery. Thus I choose to exercise all my rights of freedom of expression, conscience, religion, belief, and opinion. And if the Mzalendo kibunjia’s lead commission may find me guilty of breaching these rights and principles that I have been granted by the constitution, then let it be!

 After taking time to reflect on what is ailing Kenya either in the aspect of the economy, socially, or politically my conclusion was that we have the worst leaders ever!!Actually using the word leaders on these people we elected is derogative. These people are a bunch of “thieves” who have stolen our mankind, our faculties, our rights, and our pride as a people and have left us, as people who have no rights in all aspect and all we can do is depend on them for our own survival. Currently they are changing and moving from one party to another in preparation of 2012 but one thing I know is that even if they change the forests, they are and will always be the same monkeys who have oppressed us in our own country and our purpose and aim should be to eliminate all of them.

But after a short while I discover that this bunch of “thieves” is not to blame at all. They are just doing what all of us in our different aspect of lives are doing or simply they are a reflection of each and every one of us. We have stolen from ourselves, our children, and simply ruined the future of the generations to come. Probably if you are reading this your may say I am being too harsh or even insulting but let me justify my sentiments.

A few years ago we experienced civil disturbance in our country. An event that is still fresh in our minds. Each one of us is blaming the politicians but the reality is that none of the politicians held a machete to chop off our brothers and sisters or lit fires that burnt down our children and mothers in houses or churches. As we speak, there are Kenyans who are still languishing in tents because some of us prefer to have land than to have good relations with other Kenyans from different tribes and yet none of us has come out to preach peace and reconciliation that may lead to us absorbing back the people we chased away than taking them to foreign areas where they may form a community based on their own tribe and the circle of tribal clashes may continue.

Also when the price of maize flour went up, the government with impunity discriminated its own people by selling two types of flour. One was cheap and it was sold in ghettos and slums and the other expensive to the middle and high class people and no one spoke about it. What we did is that we all practiced the art of selfishness and violating the Biblical principle of not being our brother’s keeper. Also when prices of other essential commodities went up those who could afford felt nothing and when those who couldn’t afford tried to agitate all we did was to act as spectators hoping they would stop soon so that we continue doing our shopping.

When corruption was the order of the day and government officials use the ministries as pyramid schemes or as cash cows to swindle tax payer’s money, we all kept quiet. If any of the “thieves” is linked to any of the scandal and he happens to come from our tribe the only thing we could do is say that our tribe is been attacked yet in real sense that isn’t the case. When fuel prices go up that’s when those who can afford are smiling as it means there will be few cars on the road and also when the matatu’s charge double the normal fare we are the first ones to rush and board them without considering those who can’t afford.

It is time we stop this selfish attitude and borrow the words of Martin Niemoller during the time of apathy and Nazi Germany when he said, “ when the Nazis came for the communists, I remained silent; I was not a communist, then they locked up the social democrats, I remained silent; I was not a social democrat, then they came for the trade unionists, I didn’t protest; I was not a trade unionist, then they came for the Jews, I was not a Jew, but when they came for me, there was no one left to speak for me. This is what is going to happen too most people especially the middle and high class people.

My plea to all of you Kenyans is that we need to Stand together, be dangerous unselfish, be compassionate by proxy and have the mentality of either we go up together or go down together or If I don’t support my needy Kenyan what will happen to him . And to the trade unionist let’s stop having one strike after the other and cutting individual deals but let us have one march that will agitate the struggles of every Kenyan, a march that will awaken the “thieves” and scare away the cartels and for those who are still selfish let them know that those who do nothing only attracts shame and violence. And lastly is either we have freedom for everybody or nobody!!!

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OMAR AL-BASHIR – “KENYA MISPLACED PRIORITY”

A few years ago Kenya was the place to be or to have been born in. In the warmness and comfort of my bed I witness the swearing in ceremony of the 44th president of the United States of America. The country was speaking the same language and sharing the same story. Everywhere you go the same vibe was the order of the day. People walked with pride and if by mistake you offend an individual you had to call him Obama, so as to massage his ego and heart in order for him to forgive you. Kids, who had names, immediately got their names changed to Obama, while the unborn automatically were named obama. And if by chance a girl was born, her name was Michelle Obama. “Sex activity” or biology as the conservatives may call it went up at a higher percentage because most couples wanted to a have a child. Even animals were encouraged to mate so as not to be left out in the making of history and the end product we had cows, goats, all named Obama.

In schools, the best performing student was awarded with a medal engraved with the name of Obama on it. Parents, whose kids were not performing in school, went as far as punishing their kids by buying them books written by obama to read or DVDs to watch in the perception that they may be motivated and perform well. To make the matter worse, our legislators called for an urgent sitting in parliament so as to shower words of praises to the 44th president while some of our ministers used the tax payers’ money to attend the inaugural ceremony which they were not invited and lastly the country was given a holiday to celebrate. These were “Misplaced Priorities”.

Today Kenya is not the place to be or to have been born in. We have another story, the Omar Al-Bashir story. Every where you go people are talking about it. In the matatu, in schools staff rooms, our watchmen spend the entire night analyzing the story, in offices the ice breaker is the same story and even by chance if you visit a place you are not familiar with, one is required to give his or her verdict on the matter so as to be given direction.

The story is about the judgment given by Justice Nicholas Ombija and as a story teller I have my two schools of thoughts on this issue. As per the judgment given, in simple terms the court declared Bashir persona non granta. The man is not allowed to enter Kenya. This is because the guy has been indicted with ten counts of war crimes on the basis of his individual criminal responsibility under Article 25(3) (a) of the Rome statute as an indirect (co) perpetrator. Legally the verdict was in order!!It was perfect, super and well founded on the basis of our law which has been enshrined in our constitution. (Article 2(5), clearly states that “the general rule of international law shall form part of the laws of Kenya) and to stretch it further Article 2(6) goes on to say,” Any treaty or convention ratified by Kenya shall form part of the law of Kenya….” And for this, the government needs to remember that we are signatories to the Rome statute thus we are bound to respect and adhere to the rule of law. And if Bashir persist with his threat then as a country we should charge him on crime of aggression or if he happens to step in our country and not get arrested then the man in charge of internal security should be promptly arrested and charged with violating the court order.

The second school of thought is on the basis of politics and diplomacy. The court verdict was uncalled for. It was reckless on the part of the judiciary and next time, judges should learn to weigh an issue using the scale of a coin. The legal and diplomatic side should have been assessed. This is because at this particular moment as a country we are at war. We are at war with our economy, the Al-Shabaab, we have diplomatic stale mate with Eritrea, and boundary issue with Uganda, our relationship with the transitional government in Libya is still in limbo. And if we bring the Bashir factor then we are in big problems. Our fight in Somalia may be far from over as some fractions from these states may give some form of assistance to the extremist group. My take on this issue is that it is political and it should be dealt with politically. The government as usual has its priority misplaced. They should stop making Bashir a super hero and they should instead destroy him politically. They should exercise their art of seduction and court other Arab and other horn of Africa countries so as to cut some of Bashir links. Then it should exercise its influence on the East African community and strengthen southern Sudan in all aspect but mostly on trade so as to regain any economic loose we get, call on the African union to support Southern Sudan and lastly let the international world see Kenya as an angel who wants to cut off it’s link from the tyrannical Sudan leader. Sudan is not a super power and mostly Bashir but any wrong move by the government will only jeopardize our ethical values and ruin our pride globally. Come 2012 lets vote for leaders and mostly a government that knows its job and get rid of these clowns in government.

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