As Kenyans, Will We Ever Learn?


The year 2007/2008 is a year that inflicted wounds upon this country whose scars torment us to date. Every time we look back, we are met by a darkness whose intensity we try to fathom and understand to this day.

We continuously fail to understand how it became possible for a neighbor to turn against a fellow neighbor with the animosity painfully evident among relatives – members of the same blood.

In any political struggle, a winner emerges and as such, a loser will always exist. Learning to live with failure is a key in amassing Victory another day.

In any political upsurge, the poor will always feel the blunt of each blow and the pinch and pain thereafter is always immense and beyond proportion among them.


Political leaders know this too well and unfortunately the people they were elected to protect, with time become pawns to be used to favor political means and successes. It’s painful to report that the same only become a means to an end for these power hungry primates.

A faction of the current opposition have many a times expressed discontent at the way the country is being run. That’s okay and within ones right to criticize and hold an opinion.

Silent whispers of an impeachment motion against the president hasn’t escaped our ears as the legislators rant and rattle all over the place. Apparently they await the return of the son of Oginga to kick off the proceedings.

The above procedure, clearly stipulated in the constitution has been pushed under the bus and now the same same people feel that a call for mass action throughout the country would be more effective.

It seems that they have realized that an impeachment motion against the president wouldn’t sail through the murky waters of parliament with clear indications that even a faction of opposition legislators would vote against it.

Back in 2007, a call for mass action by the same same people was the match stick that lit this country to flames. It kicked of senseless mass murder, rape, arson and massive looting which resulted in the displacement of more than 500,000 Kenyans, some of whom haven’t been resettled to date.


Its a trying time and our leaders should trend carefully. Relieving torturing moments of 07/08 isn’t an experience we can afford to go through all over again.

It’s sad to report that throughout history, the poor have always been used to propagate a vendetta mission which sees them lose the most. If the call for mass action sees the light of day, the streets of Nairobi will be filled by young men and women mostly from Kibera and Mathare.

They will have to put up with running battles with the police with a huge number of them either ending up hurt, in hospital beds, in cells or back to their leaking roofs.

Over and again these people allow themselves to be misused by politicians for a cause they know too little about.

The middle class, which happens to be most informed about current affairs, will be taking part in the mass action from the comfort of their offices or homes via social media. To them, matching in the streets is a waste of time. They will observe from a distance, too afraid to break their heels or soil their cheap suits.

Kenya faces numerous challenges each day the sun breaks in the East. Many of us fail to realize that unlike the political class who may fly out to other countries if it gets too hot, we will have to remain to quench and put out the fire. Its our houses that will burn not those in the posh estates these leaders live in.

”Kenya ni moja”, there isn’t another one that we might go to if we replenish everything this one has to offer.

Questions about issues of governance are valid but burning this country to ashes won’t answer any. Back in 2010, we voted for a clear means of addressing issues through the new constitution and also through the setting up of valid institutions.

We ought to have confidence in the institutions that govern this country if we are to move forward. If the courts for example don’t offer a ruling that favor us, this shouldn’t mean that they are compromised.

The reason that other countries have moved forward in moments of trial is because they have faith in the institutions their legislations have helped establish. If we lack faith in our very own, can others have any?

This country belongs to all of us.
Making it prosperous is a sacred duty for all of us. Progressive patriotism is the only thing that will benefit us as a country.



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