By Ahmedi Kazungu
1. We have waited 50 years for a “good”Â president to develop us. We are tired ofÂ waiting. We couldn’t have a better opinion
of you than we had of jomo, moi andÂ kibaki when they became president. WeÂ loved them dearly as well, yet we are still a third world country. We are just tired ofÂ waiting for a “good” president. We’veÂ been there done that. Goodness now weÂ leave to small children, and let’s divide
what we all have by law. So that we all goÂ home with something. That’s why we voted for a new constitution.
2. Mr President, you will never beÂ “efficient” enough, “developmentÂ conscious” enough, or sensitive enoughÂ about all of us to develop us all and dealÂ with all our problems at the same time. ItÂ is a big country. I noticed you have been running around trying to launch somethingÂ everywhere. You couldn’t launch all ourÂ cattle dips, school desks, hospital beds,Â estate lights etc at the same time. It’sÂ simply impossible. You are just one man.Â No matter what your presidential press service, nation, standard, citizen, Ktn, K24Â would like you and us to believe. You areÂ just human. Please just give our governorÂ the money to launch all these things atÂ home. Otherwise we fear we may have toÂ wait another 50years for our cattle dip.
3. We all love land, we are Kenyans andÂ we were all dispossessed of land. It is ourÂ heritage, we want to own some of it, that
we may leave our children with somethingÂ when we finally bow out of misery. We allÂ believe that there’s enough land for all our needs but not for everyone’s greed.Â Unfortunately Mr president, amongst us,Â there are some with too much of it. TheyÂ have too much of it and want more of it.
We need an independent arbiter to decideÂ who gets what amongst us. I understand you are afraid we want your vastÂ ownership, but we don’t want thousandsÂ and thousands of acres, we just want oneÂ or two. Don’t be terrified of us. You andÂ others have enough of it for all us. WeÂ don’t even care how you got it, we just want some of it for our children. That’sÂ why we voted for a new constitution.Â Please let our resolutions be
implemented. Please respect our wishesÂ surrounding land management mrÂ president, let swazuri do his thing, we don’t trust your lands minister, she hasÂ been caught with her hand in the jar tooÂ many times. Find a way to redistributeÂ these holdings. Give the rest of us ourÂ dignity.
4. We are BORN with the right toÂ development. Every single one of us has aÂ right to this. Our behavior is not the meterÂ for whether we get development or not.Â We deserve development by birth not byÂ behavior. Just like you feel you deserve somethings, we do as well. Stop asking us
to change our behavior or to love you thatÂ we may get development. We have lovedÂ many for 50 years and we are still poor.Â Please give us what’s rightfully ours, stopÂ requiring us to love you to deserve development.
5. Mr president, we love politics andÂ elections in Kenya, every one of us finds itÂ exciting. However it’s not a reasonableÂ expectation for the rest of us to believeÂ our kids can one day be president. We allÂ saw the statistics of 2009 census. We know no single community here has moreÂ than 20% of the population byÂ government’s own figures. We also knowÂ that no two alliances of communities canÂ produce a president by exclusion of the
rest of us. It’s simply mathematically unfeasible. We also know that no amountÂ of focused registration and turnout canÂ lead to a single community producingÂ successive presidents. That isÂ mathematically impossible no matter howÂ much we may want to believe it. However we need you to understand that a fairerÂ transparent process protects you and allÂ communities as well, no one has to sufferÂ the repercussions of revenge exclusion inÂ the future. It is actually possible forÂ someone from a different community to represent your interests. Virtually all theÂ rest of our communities have placed theirÂ interests in someone else’s hands at oneÂ point. It is not an unreasonable thing, weÂ are all still here, we din’t die. You shouldÂ try it sometime. We also understand the politics surrounding the tyranny ofÂ numbers, we know why your people had toÂ create that impression. However the restÂ of us have come to resent that concept.Â Please stop insisting on it. It’s aÂ mathematical and psychological creating. We feel our mothers bore children capableÂ of being president as well. Look into that.Â Make the changes in law that will protectÂ your people as well in the future. Open upÂ to a free and more transparent process,Â don’t worry you will live.