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Ex MRC members want to vote

11 December 2012, 16:30 Rodgers Buluma

There are many times when I think people are very easy to convince but other times, I feel bad when they are convinced towards the wrong direction.

I have been a resident of the coastal town, Mombasa for the past two years and I am not well prepared to leave at all.

Despite the fact that I have been here all this time as a student, I was still a resident of this place, the sweetest place to be especially during this festive season.

The time when the term MRC had taken charge over every body's mind both here and the rest of the country, when the multitudes in the Coast province were obsessed of them becoming a sovereign state of their own, there was no one who could suggest anything to change the minds of my hosts here in Mombasa.

But poor my hosts, they never knew the actual deal that stands behind the sovereignty of the Coast as a state.

The deal was between the queen of England and the Sultan of Zanzibar that had to exist for some years before the coast being handed over to the Sultan.

Therefore, if there was a hand over to be made, the land was to belong to the Sultan and not the Mijikenda or Indian.

The second point that my hosts were forgetting was that the deal was not on Coast as a whole but a section of it, a very small part of Mombasa.

In fact, the section was all about Mombasa as an island and not anything more than that.

When the coast people were defeated by the Portuguese, they asked for assistance from the Arab Sultan in Arabia,  but they were instead referred back to the Sultan of Zanzibar who then signed a deal with them that the coast people were to be paying him to continue protecting their land.

The man then sold his deal to the queen of England meaning that the land was lawfully to be returned to the Sultan of Zanzibar and not anybody else in the name of Pwani or MRC.

But the land was then given to Kenya by the queen, a deal signed between the queen and the then President of Kenya Mzee Jomo Kenyatta.

Anyway, let’s forget about that because the reinforcement from the central government has made the region in topic straight and the dwellers are ready to be Kenyans again.

Man is to error and solution is to address the issue and forget the errors then make progress as a nation.

In this case, the one in the error has to forget his pride and plead guilty and seek for forgiveness, which has already been done.

On the other hand, the wronged has to forget fully of the wrongs committed to him for it is written in the bible that thou shall forgive one another for seventy multiplied by seventy times, they should be forgiven.  

 Here, we are aware of the effect the MRC had on the people; they ended up burning down their identification cards once court declared the organization legal.

This was a lie aimed at proving their being half way to attaining their long lived battle to become a country of their own.

Today, thousands of people are incapable of accessing their M-Pesa accounts, can’t walk out late at night or go to the bar to enjoy an evening drink before heading home, lest they be found by police and asked to  prove their identity as Kenyan especially in this era of blasts in the country.

Many of them have lost their jobs and others forced to resign by their Indian employers because they cannot be paid without producing their identification cards.

As the voter registration period continues, thousands of potential voters in Coast specifically in Mombasa, Likoni and Kwale will be sidelined in the voting process due to lack of IDs at the time of voter registration.

The bold ones have applied for duplicates but there is a large number of those still feeling guilty of the shame they caused the country.

They are afraid of even reapplying for their IDs.

It was wrong for them to do what they did but the fact that they admitted guilt and were sorry, it is time the government also stepped in and encouraged them that Kenya is a country of peace and they are still Kenyans.

To those who have not yet had a chance to convince themselves that a wrong once done doesn’t stop you from breathing, go get an ID.

For the past one week, people have been flocking into different registrar of persons' offices in Mombasa, Likoni and Kwale with the admiration to be part and parcel of those to decide on the leadership of this beautiful nation come 2013.

With the several interviews I personally had with those reapplying for IDs at Likoni district registrar of persons office, they were all with the desire to vote but worried if they will get their cards in time.

They were unable to hold back their fury when told to wait for a month before checking out if they will have been processed.

This is a sign of a change in their minds and the willingness to be Kenyans again.

They stood wearing white T-shirts indicating “PWANI NI KENYA”; isn’t this enough to give them a second chance and allow them to vote?

All they have to be given is a second chance and let them vote.

Yes, their IDs will of course be processed but the voter registration will be over, then they will say the leader is bad only because "I wasn’t given a chance to vote for the right person."


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