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Show of unity should be consistent

25 September 2013, 10:27 Pancras Mutuma

These are hard times to be a Kenyan citizen.

The ever rising cost of living, insecurity, joblessness, to name but a few.

You have to admire though, the resilience of Kenyans. Many struggle and work hard to make ends meet. Our determination and hard work would be unmatched elsewhere.

We are a people that struggle every day to keep the wheels of our economy rolling. We are not a people that are easy to bring down.

The recent attack by terrorists at the Westgate Mall has left Kenyans more united than they possibly were before. People have called to check on their friends, to pray together and to generally show solidarity.

Even political rivals united

In a rare show of unity, leaders both from the opposition and the government came together to declare that they would all cooperate and work together to ensure that no more Kenyans’ lives were lost through such ways. That they would work together to ensure peace prevailed in all parts of this country.

They promised to work with intelligence forces to ensure that similar threats would be quelled before they began. A rare occurrence, given the scorn these leaders level at each other every passing day.

In a show of unity and togetherness, Kenyans across all divides came together and donated blood, food, money and other items to help those affected in the now ended hostage situation.

Messages of hope were shared in households, in churches and in the media. Messages of peace were in abundance. The national anthem was played in a few media stations during the debacle as a show of unity and solidarity amongst Kenyans. Indeed, we had overcome and vanquished the enemy and his threat.

One thing you ought to ask yourself though is whether we must we wait for the country to come under attack to come out as leaders and pledge to work together.

Do we have to wait for the next atrocity for us to come together and spread messages of love, peace and solidarity amongst ourselves? Soon perhaps, we shall forget about what the enemy has done. The lives of the 62 that passed on are likely to be forgotten, just as we forgot about the taking away of innocent lives in the Tana delta, in Garrissa, in Baragoi, to mention but a few.

The leaders that we have will probably, as has happened before, go back to their politics and cheap talk and we shall keenly listen to them and give them airtime in the mainstream media. Media stations will probably stop playing the national anthem during prime time news and forget the importance of the same during and absent adversities. All the messages about unity will possibly be forgotten and people will be back to spreading hate speech again.

We ought to rise above this. It is the high time we stopped being hypocritical. We ought to stand together as a nation at all times. We cannot wait for another attack for us to show the enemy and ourselves, how united we are and sharing peace and love messages.

Our leaders should not wait for another calamity before they come together and pledge to work together. We should always be there to help one another even when peace and security prevails in the land. Solidarity, peace, unity and tranquillity should prevail at all times, no matter what we are going though.

- Pancras Mutuma-Public Relations Consultant.


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