SABA SABA DAY IS NOT OUR FIGHT

“WE HAVE A DEAL”, these words from Kofi Anan calmed the political storm that had been building up since the 2007 elections that precipitated to what came to be known as the 2007/2008 post-election violence. The machetes and spears that had been sharpened were returned back to the store while others were thrown away to conceal evidence. Burning houses and tires along the highways and towns were extinguished. All that was left was smoke churning from houses and farms, signifying the intensity and magnitude of the events that had taken place. Bodies were been picked up along sides road, houses, places of worship and the morgues were full to capacity. Mass graves were dug everywhere as some of the bodies were burnt beyond recognition and some had no one to identify because an entire household was wiped out.

Those who had dug holes and hide themselves with their families started emerging one by one, those who had fled from our country started coming back hoping they will find their belongings intact. Intermarriages that had experienced a temporary divorce, the process of reconciliation began while some Kenyans couldn’t take it anymore and they opted not to return to their homes. They decided to seek refuge in camps as internally displaced persons. Tears started to dry up, business men started opening up their premises to assess the damages. Those who had insured their businesses started drafting letters of claim but to their shock the insurance companies protected themselves from any loss by saying that they will only compensate those who had taken a cover against political unrest.  Most business men committed suicide while others through the grace of God decided to let go of the past and started building their businesses brick by brick. It was a tough time for most Kenyans but we managed to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves and vow never to go down that road again.

Whereas we struggled to get back to our feet, our politicians the men and women who had called for the mass actions, demonstration and who inspired, financed and facilitated the violence were all at Serena hotel dining together as they cut deals and negotiating on how they would share power amongst themselves. Without any doubt or shame they came up with a bloated cabinet/government popularly known as the grand coalition. Chartered planes were sent overseas to pick the politicians kids and wives who had gone for luxury holidays while our country was burning. Immediately, the politicians were given security and some were given escort cars to protect themselves from us and at that time we common Kenyans stopped being important.

Fellow Kenyans we were conned and we blindly fought a fight that never belonged to us. We were left jobless, hungry, our mothers and siblings were left to languish in IDP Camps, others continued to die while others became depressed until today only in the name of mass actions that ODM had called after the 2007 elections. Today the CORD Coalition has called another mass action on Saba saba day and pimped it by calling it a day of national dialogue. I do agree that we all need the national dialogue, and truly if you visit many homestead the wives will tell you they demand for a national dialogue with their husbands who have been away since the world cup started, the men also will demand a national dialogue to discuss the pressure they are getting from their wives who want to spend millions of shilling to bleach their skin and buy expensive wigs, employees will also demand a national dialogue with their employers, students with their teachers and we will never finish the dialogues.

We all agree that as a country we are faced with eminent issues from insecurity, increase in unemployment rate, inflation, mortality rate, food shortage, and high wage bill and so on but how we handle these issues will determine a lot. Fellow Kenyans we fought a good fight on August 2010 and passed our current constitution. We then fought another good fight on March 4th and we all peacefully elected a government both in the executive and legislature. Those in the legislature (National Assembly and Senate) we gave them the sovereign power to represent and fight for us in parliament when trivial issues arise but not in the streets. Saba saba is not our fight to engage in and I urge all Kenyans to remember the events of 2007/2008 and let us engage one another through sober channels other than politically charged rallies.

Article By

Dennis Mwaniki

Political Scientist

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One response to “SABA SABA DAY IS NOT OUR FIGHT

  1. Sophie Nyangor

    Nice article…….

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