MY JAMHURI

“I was not elected to parliament to obtain a large farm, a big house or a transport business. My constituents sleep in mud houses; they have no shambas and have no businesses. So I am not ashamed to be identified with them. By the time they have those things, I will also be able to have them for myself”…………BILDAD KAGGIA

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On December 12th 1963, the Black, Red and Green flag replaced Britain’s Union Jack. Kenya had gained her independence, and a year later she became a republic. The Kenyan dream was Yonder.  A dream to have a Kenyan people free of Poverty, Ignorance and Disease. A dream to have a people United irrespective of Race, Ethnic identity or Creed. A dream to dwell in Peace and Liberty.

In this struggle for independence, a number of players took part. Both positively and negatively ( depending on how you viewed the glass-whether half full or half empty ). From the Mau Mau freedom fighters, to the home  guards to the moderates.

But nevertheless, independence was realized and KANU formed the first Independent Government. With KADU forming the official opposition. Keen to note was that apart from KADU differing with KANU on Governance structures, they also protested the ethnic composition of KANU. They viewed KANU as being dominated by the Kikuyus and Luos therefore advocating the need to create  space for the other communities.

Today, 52 years on, Kenya still stands albeit a myriad of challenges. Challenges that after every five years a new Manifesto emerges in an attempt to solve.

Challenges, some of which if not addressed might end up consuming this Great Nation. From corruption, to negative ethnicity, to patrimonialism et al.  In short, the Pork-barrel nature of politics.

Some of these challenges, like ethnic prejudices, were inherited from the colonialists and have successfully managed to be part and parcel of our modern day politics.

As a patriot, on this 52nd celebration of Jamhuri Day, I take it as a call of duty to remind my Country men and women on the need to anchor our posterity on antiquity.  We need to look directly and keenly into our history and interrogate our present.

I therefore pen off, as I celebrate my Jamhuri with these two Great quotes from two Great Kenyans who were part of our independence struggle and also part of the famous Kapenguria six.

“I was not elected to parliament to obtain a large farm, a big house or a transport business. My constituents sleep in mud houses; they have no shambas and have no businesses. So I am not ashamed to be identified with them. By the time they have those things, I will also be able to have them for myself”…………BILDAD KAGGIA

“Unite, dear Kenyans, and don’t live and work on the basis of the primitive tribal instincts, which have made you and your Country poorer by the day”……………RAMOGI ACHIENG ONEKO.

Happy Jamhuri Day!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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