Leaders Abused and Betrayed Self-Rule, There Is Nothing To Celebrate.
By Hon Koigi Wa Wamwere via Facebook
When Kenyans were ruled by British colonialists who owned everything in Kenya, people believed self rule and independence were their only salvation.
To attain self rule, Kenya had even to fight the Mau Mau war of national liberation.
When Kenyans got their self rule, they had many expectations regarding their future under the leadership of fellow Africans.
Madaraka is therefore a day when people should evaluate whether their self rule has been successful enough to celebrate or it has been a failure to be mourned.
For many reasons however, self rule has not been worthy celebrating.
First, Kenyan leaders were expected to lead their fellow Africans better than the foreigners who had colonized them. If Africans ruled better than foreigners there would be reason to celebrate self-rule. If it was worse, there would be nothing to celebrate.
Second, Kenyans expected that after their self-rule, there would be an immediate end to the colonial hell that we live in, into the heaven that would come with African rule.
Third, we expected self-rule would come with freedom or democracy. Instead it was self-rule with one man, one party dictatorship.
Fourth, with self-rule we expected to immediately get into the Promised Land of milk and honey. Instead, leaders sneaked into the Promised Land and left the masses in the desert, where they still are to date.
Fifth, leaders told us that the journey of Kenyans from Egypt to Canaan had three road-blocks which we had to clear to reach Canaan. The first road block we were told would be poverty, the second disease and the third was ignorance.
But Kenyans quickly discovered that there were other more serious road blocks that are still blocking Kenyansâ€™ advance to the Promised Land.
The first road block is lack of Joshua and Caleb to lead Kenyans to the Promised Land.
The second road block is primitive capitalism the breeder of poverty for Kenyans.
The third road block is corruption whose greed sacrifices collective development for individual enrichment which can never lead a nation to the Promised Land.
The fourth road block is negative ethnicity that has become the ideology of dividing and ruling Kenyans.
The fifth road block is the blindness of the Kenyan mind that ensures that Kenyans cannot self-liberate.