Who will save us from this politcal quagmire?
24 May 2012, 14:21
The country is now approaching a general election and our honorable brothers and sisters are spending sleepless nights formulating formulas on how to capture luxurious seats - Mp, senator, governor and the state house.
The country has been warned of a possibility of a repeat of 2007 election aftermath, but it seems our leaders are paying very little or no attention to the alarms if the vitriolic verbal combat we are still witnessing is anything to go by.
We as a country have suffered from politicized ethnicity which resulted to unequal distribution of the national cake.
The tribes with their men at the dining table have received the lion share of the cake, whereas those whose men are no where are struggling to get even the crumbs falling from the dinning table.
Take the case of North Eastern province; the largest province has no university and the roads are nightmares. The government has simply forgotten the region as if it is not part of the country. There you live with uncertainties as your security is never guaranteed as you never know when the bandits or Al shabaab are going to attack you. You only believe tomorrow will reach.
When we gained independence we expected more change in political system. Alas! How were we disillusioned so early? Those who took power had nothing new and the term Independence was used to mean to neocolonialism. The basic pillars of the new regime were education, affordable healthcare and poverty eradication.
However, 48 years down the line people are still dying from hunger, children suffering from malnutrition related ailments, mothers dying due to birth complications and quality healthcare is a vocabulary to many whereas someone sits on a chair worth KES 200,000.
Perhaps this is what the late Hon. J.M Kariuki envisaged when he said the government was creating a nation with ten millionaires and ten million beggars.
GEMA the tribal organization causing political ripples today started long time ago. In fact by 1960's the members of 'house of Mumbi' were already swearing in at Gatundu to be loyal to the Kenyatta's government. This was the beginning of ethnic cannibalization we see today. It even worsened when Oginga and his allies were thrown from government and later on Kenya declared a single party state, democracy was not an option.
The tribal animosity haunting us today began a long time ago and no regime has ever tried solving it. When the young vibrant Mboya was killed, Luo's took on Kikuyus, in fact his last mass at St. Peter's Cathedral was not a place for Kikuyus to be and even the president was under security. The burial was nothing different and only JM Kariuki attended it among the Central Kenya Mps.
The organizers of 1982 coup attempt were majorly from the Luo community. May be they wanted to retaliate and force themselves back to the government which they had been kept away from for a while now unluckily or luckily, depending on your take, it was never successful and the likes Ochuka had to fly away. That fatefull morning left many injured and at least 150 people killed.
The politicians who should ensure our security are the ones who have been catalyzing the killings of citizens. The Wagalla massacre are just among the famous killings.
According to them national security is the security of president and his hangers on and a threat to state house is a threat to nation. Those who posed threat to state house had to be exterminated with immediate effect.
The likes of Mboya, Kariuki, Kodhek, Ouko and the most recent Odhiambo Mbai are just examples.
The institutions are also not spared with the raiding of Standard Media group in 2006 still fresh in our memory. The late Michuki confirmed it was an act organized by government when he said " If you rattle a snake expect to be bitten."
So far none of the three regimes we have had has ever made an attempt of wiping out corruption. During Kenyatta's time land grabbing was the order of they ( his family owns the land size of Nyanza province) and those opposed to it like JM Kariuki were killed same trend continued during Moi's time, no wonder he said 'Nyayo'.
Kibaki's error is no exception- Anglo leasing, education funds amongst other and if you attempt to catch the big fish you are shown the door like the case of PLO Lumumba.
Despite all these there is hope at the end of tunnel. The new constitution gives us hope. But the new constitution gives us hope which might turn hopeless depending on who we elect. After they have started watering it down to serve their egocentric needs.
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