They claim to have our best interests at heart, they claim to be the initiators and implementors of democracy. They claim to be spotless clean while in real sense they are horrible, dirty creatures hence calling for the need of political hygiene in the state.
Discriminative they are, hypocrites, liars, and worst of all perpetrators. So stupid we were, for we elected hyenas to take care of goats and when the goats are consumed, we wonder why. Who is to blame? Us the voters, the common mwananchi.
For quite a long time statesmen have been left with gaping holes in their hearts, for in this sad state of ours sorrow comes to all, and to the young it comes with the bitterest agony, for it takes them unawares, bearing in mind that they are the future and their future has already been destroyed .
The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the storming present. The occasion is piled with difficulties.
As our case is new, we must think anew and act accordingly. We need change, remedy, revolution. But if I may ask, how’s that going to happen, what criteria are we going to use, quite a question.
We need a country where democracy shall fully be respected and upheld, a country which keenly listens to the voice of the people, for any government rests in the public opinion and whoever can change the public opinion can practically change the government, the rule of the people by the people for the people.
The Kenya we want is a Kenya where everybody would be a lover of the law for its own goodwill, for the law separates the chaff from the good harvest; and it is in the law that it is a good policy never to plead what you need not, lest you oblige yourself to prove what you cannot. The law should be respected regardless of your status, be it a peasant farmer, a minister, or a president, for it is an equalizer.
The Kenya we want is a Kenya where acceptance shall always find its way to our minds and hearts. A house divided in itself cannot stand. We should refuse to be each other’s foes after every five years. ” Engaged as I am in a great war, I fear it would be difficult for the world to understand how fully I appreciate the principles of peace inculcated in this letter, and everyone by the society of friends.” These were the famous words of the late Abraham Lincoln in 19th of May 1862. The unending war between the government and the opposition is dragging our country down.
That is just but a tip of the iceberg. As a country, we need to move on. We cannot escape history which will at all means be remembered. Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that to the end dare to do our duty as we understand it. The Kenya we want……..By Nelson Ngozi, co-founder ILENS Network.