Love your own if outsiders are to have any respect for you

We abuse our motherland so much that even foreigners see no value in us.

Sunday February 28 2016

By DOMINIC WAMUGUNDA
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Back in 1971 an Irish missionary by the name Fr Edward Colleton, who was by then ministering in Gatundu Parish, was ordered to leave the country within 24 hours and he did.

A note I saw in the Internet from an interview he gave some time before he died in 2011, says that he was deported for challenging “the new African President Jomo Kenyatta of the Kikuyu tribe about his attitude towards the missionaries”.

Someone who has a little information about what transpired tells me that good Fr Colleton wrote a note to Mzee Kenyatta, which he gave to a relative to pass on.

It would seem that in that note he complained that he – Mzee – kept referring to the white people as wabeberu and registered his objection. He was told to apologise which he categorically refused to. In 24 hours, he was out of here.

Not so long ago during President Kibaki’s first term, we were treated to some interesting drama in the middle of which were two brothers from some East European country. Even though it seemed they were being protected from some quarters in government, the day came when they had to be told to go and go they did.

MOLESTING FEMALE OFFICER

Then we are told an Australian pilot had the audacity to molest a Kenyan female police officer? Was it because he was ferrying the Deputy President?

Would he have done the same had the officer been a man? In fact the symbolism I see in this — which is what makes the whole story stink — is that it was a woman he allegedly assaulted. I do not know about Australia but in my mind every Kenyan woman symbolises motherhood and motherhood is sacred.

I do not know what the courts will eventually decide but the alleged offence is abhorrent. But then we may also need to reflect a little on why such people would disrespect our nationhood.

Could it have something to do with the manner in which we run our show? Look at this whole NYS saga which is now so confusing one does not know what to make of it. We abuse our motherland so much that even foreigners see no value in us.

Some time ago I reflected in this column about this whole matter of corruption and came to the conclusion that a lot of us have a squatter mentality. Many of us — including many political leaders — do not have a sense of ownership where public resources are concerned. Like squatters, we feel justified to steal the resources because they are not ours.

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