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Government’s role is to bury not, but to protect its subjects

24 June 2014, 12:58 Cheruo Levi Cheptora

Am I missing something? Did the functions of the government change and I know not? It is not the job of the government to bury its citizens when they die in terror attacks, or take care of the funeral expenses. It is the job of the government to ensure they don't die in such circumstances.

When I heard the president addressing 'fellow Kenyans', I had no idea what he was talking about. Who is a Kenyan? Not someone who sings the national anthem. Not someone who says he loves Kenya. Not someone who just agrees with the government, or just opposes it. We don't have Kenyans. Tribal bigots? Gazillions of them!

A government is supposed to work in very simple ways. I give up my right to protect myself. I pay taxes for the government to do this job for me. When the government takes my taxes and does not protect me, what choice do I have?

We are diminishing as a nation. Every death diminishes us. And we have had far too many deaths these past few days. I fear we are becoming too familiar with scenes of death and destruction. I fear the general quality of our lives has fallen lower than that of flies. And I fear when official government response to a horror such as Mpeketoni reeks of political opportunism and cowardice! To paraphrase the words of an ancient writer, this government is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.

I am such a fan of drama. Where it does not work with me is when the President of a republic begins to play a laughable role in the theater of the absurd. No Mr. President, stop your theatrics and get down to the job you promised, and swore to do: defend and protect the people of this land - and that includes Raila Odinga.

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