Lessons to take from CORD IEBC protests
17 May 2016, 09:58
Nairobi - Normally my type of material; lifestyle is about family,
love, relationship and what not but I had an opinion and this is the only way I
have of voicing it.
Yesterday some people came together in order to have a
‘fruitful demonstration’; but really was that a demonstration or was that a
There is a reason the GSU (Fanya Fujo Uone) were brought in
and not the boys in blue. Did you see the way those ‘demonstrators’ were
These were idle people-in my opinion. Oaky, you don’t have a
job to go to, you don’t have a business to run, and you don’t even have any
other place to be other to be on the street trashing someone’s car and
Shops have to be closed for their demonstrations.
People have to close businesses for their demonstrations.
Someone, a taxi driver, maybe depending on his daily work
has to close business for the day to make sure his vehicle does not get trashed
so that he can have business the next day. Otherwise, stay on the street and a
‘demonstrator’ is going to come with
his clubs and rocks and ruin your daily livelihood.
This is not just about the rioters and the police but there
is also a third party here who is suffering who needs to be protected-a fellow
Kenyan minding their business! They do not want any part of this but they are
being forced to be a part of it.
Be empathetic and put yourself in these people’s shoes.
Someone’s store has just been looted; you do not even know
what they had to do in order to have it. Someone might have just taken out a
loan to finance it. Someone might have just borrowed to finance it. That might
be the only way someone has to survive. That might be the only way that this
person might have to pay school fees and put food on the table. Now they might
not even have the second installment for fees because their business was
ruined. Those business people have woken
up today wondering and crying what to do. Show me a Cord leader who will even
just go to them and apologize for what they are instigating. Just one person
who will wake up today and see the damage they have caused.
Still think the GSU used too much force? What do you want
them to do with someone carrying bricks and clubs ravaging someone’s
livelihood? Those are not demonstrators, those are rioters.
Have a peaceful conversation when someone walks into a store
with the intentions of messing it up?
GSU Officer: Hi?
Please can we have a conversation? I would like to ask you please stop what you
are doing; you and your friends. Come and help me get the others out. (What do
you think will happen next?) The guy will peacefully
come? What do you expect from someone showing that level of intelligence?
You people have to stop joking because some Kenyans are
thinking this is a game. You are just at home watching television yet someone’s
life is at the moment falling apart yet they did not want a part of any of
What about the people owning cars and the innocent drivers;
like I explained a taxi person. Not everyone buys cars in cash, not everyone
has that type of money, not everyone is buying a car for luxury, and not many
insurers like riot type of claims. Now someone is completely in a mess and you
are saying they used too much force.
Can you imagine a confrontation between the boys in blue and
these rough rioters? They would beat those guys up and that is why the GSU are
the only kind that had to be brought in- bitter pill to swallow because you are
being a supporter but if none of those leaders are in jail then you are
fighting for the wrong people.
I used to like Cord, I used to like the opposition but I
think I am not ready for their type of leadership. I now understand the
University of Nairobi students. I am not saying you are right but you do not
have the right type of leaders to show you the right way of doing things and
getting what you want. You have been taught by the ‘best’. Taking to the
streets like that and hurting innocent people is not the right way.
A peaceful demonstration and assembly is one where we gather
and a shop owner is not scared. Business is open as usual and if he does not
have customers he can step out for a bit and listen to what you have to say.
You keep losing voters and you do not see that. The streets are not for Cord,
Jubilee or Luo and Kikuyu or IEBC or whatever you feel like supporting. The
streets are for Kenyans; there is Mijikenda, Kalenjin, Maasai, Turkana, and the
other 38 people plus a few foreigners.
Police brutality? I support what had to be done; people have
to learn that they are not children fighting with toys. They have to learn the
difference between demonstration, rally and riots.
Someone is trying to take us back to 07/08. I see you. I see my ‘leaders’.
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