ByÂ Abdallah QassimÂ
I would like to respond to Vincent Njenga in his open letter to Mr Raila Odinga claiming that Mr Odinga has been in the ‘cloud-cuckoo-land’ and out of touch with the ordinary Kenyans.
I do sympathize with Njenga himself because he is the one out of touch with reality. I will explain later.
In Kenya, we do witness political gimmicks and comical theatrics all the time, but the choice to entertain any side of the event, sadly depend solely on our tribal affiliations.
Sometimes, last year, we had Jubilee leaders going around the country on the very theatrical meetings dubbed prayer rallies. The Vincent Njengas of Texas surely became totally blind to such meetings and applauded Jubilee to the finish.
When the Maina Kamandas, Ferdinand Waititus and Mike Sonkos went on a war-cry parade both in parliament and on the streets with reloaded hate speech tones, bwana Njenga never thought that these were warmongers we needed to be condemned.
We recently witnessed thousands turned up at Uhuru Park for the Cord rally and to claim that all these people came to listen to comics is to abuse the intelligence of Kenyans. These people came eyeing for an alternative.
They turned up for they wanted to hear out a loud voice of hope, not the same voices of those who promised kusema na kutenda but only ended up rotating their pockets upside down, the masses came out for these rallies because insecurity is preventing them from going about their normal lives, they arrive on these caucuses for the Jubilee administration promised kids will get the much belaboured laptops, but a year on children are still using reeds to write.
The crowds want to hear from Cord how the cost of living can be scaled down, but not how to take off the national flags out of the Governorsâ€™ cars.
Nobody, including Mr Odinga can afford to fool Kenyans; Kenyans know what side of the bread is buttered, the journey to search for a better life has been long enough for the people to gage the shepherds drive, but now they want to take responsibility for their own self. That is one reason they are entertaining those â€˜political comics from Mr Odinga and company.
The grassroots have heard enough of the insecurities, hopelessness, unemployment, the ever increasing poverty, entrenched tribalism and the institutional corruption.
People such as Vincent Njenga of Texas should be informed promptly that Kenyans are not being divided by somebody, but the truth is, first mischiefs of our forefathers alienated Kenyans long ago.
The mistake of us all, including those attending political rallies, the ones occupying the state power, those at the opposite side of the chain, the media, men of the holy books, the judiciary, all have conspired not to lift off the cover on our stinking past.
It is not for Mr Odinga to wake up from whatever dream it is, but rather for those of us who still worship our tribes, clans, turning them into a super-tribes or the anointed ones, to realizeÂ they are plummeting us deep.
As soon as we discard that tribe movie and enact a nationalistic drama which embraces all of us as Kenyans and equal to all, regardless of the individual clans, tribes, race, or religion, it is then that Kenya will be regenerated. Kenya is not in an electioneering mode as Njenga want us believe. Kenya is reawakening, trying to dialogue with itself.
But the forces of the past evils are not giving room for Kenya to self examine. They are petrified should Kenya rise to recognize its own faults, appreciate the common weakness, pacify the desperate spirits and stay upright.
The forces of evil, the armies of tribalism, the marines of nepotism, the forces of hate and grand corruption will lose their purchase – an oil colliery of wealth they have accrued from independence should we see the light.
I scorn at the writer when he gives the example of the Western democracies where unity is paramount when faced with a national and common challenges that demands a bipartisan solution, as in America where members of congress, either democrats or republicans are fused to what they believe is upright for America. Ours is a sycophancy syndrome of â€˜mtu yetuâ€™ .
The government institutions we have in Kenya align themselves to tribal chieftains, the political class rather than the rule of law. Political parties are born to acquire and assume power and we cannot accuse them against such attempt to get power through politicking.
The Jubilee Government received the instruments to govern and implement, therefore, they cannot blame the opposition of not giving them time and space to execute its agenda. The time and space are with the ruling coalition and should let the opposition enjoy their cosmos to criticize and politic.
We cannot preach to the masses about the national unity, harmony and cohesion when we raid the same hoi polloi using the tribal sticks, political influence and the state power. Love, peace and unity can only reside in an environment where justice is our shield and defender. Kenya, my prized country, rise, for all should be counted. Never again, shall you be bonded by the evils of the ancient times, but rather free ourself for the worthiness of the land.
Abdallah Qassim is Human Communication and Behavioral Scientist