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!!!Follow @DennisMwaniki1