Though I’m quite ordinary, I won’t pamper bickering politicians forever
Posted Thursday, February 28 2013 at 21:08
- I am just like those who fought in the Mau Mau war or rioted in the streets to force multipartyism.
- We are more than the politicians and their goons, we are smarter, and because we work, we are healthier and stronger.
- If you win, don’t turn our country into Zambia where every president comes into office with a vindictive agenda to haunt those who came before him.
It is people like me that politicians have to fear.
Not because I am rich, powerful or clever, but since I am ordinary, I am in the majority.
I am capable of acting ideologically, of making sacrifices and of being implacably committed and determined.
I am just like those who fought in the Mau Mau war or rioted in the streets to force multipartyism.
It is inadvisable for politicians to push us, the ordinary Kenyans, further into a corner.
Every day is not a Friday, as they say in Kiswahili.
In 2007, through the rigging of elections or malevolent incitement depending on the school of thought you subscribe to, this country was nearly burnt to the ground.
For five years, we have been an international embarrassment and spectacle.
Our businesses came under great pressure and we have held the economy together by sheer grit.
We have still managed to pay the taxes, part of which the political class has wasted by paying themselves irrational salaries.
Do you really think life can be just a party where you blow fortunes of other people’s hard-earned cash and do what you want without consequences – for ever?
Does anyone think they can cause violence a second time in this country?
Do you think you can cost Kenyans what they have and then you keep yours and live happily ever after?
With the election two days away, Kenyans have nothing to be afraid of.
They should not allow politicians and the air heads who hang around them take the country hostage.
We are more than the politicians and their goons, we are smarter, and because we work, we are healthier and stronger.
And because we sign the cheque, why can’t we dictate the terms?
I am told the flights to Entebbe are full, that hotels in neighbouring countries are overflowing with well-heeled Kenyans and foreigners who are “visiting friends” during the elections.