By K O
I have read the paper this morning that Hassan Joho’s two Container Freight Stations (CFS) have been closed down by KRA. This comes after Joho recently told off Jubilee Alliance top brass, and insisted that he is in ODM to stay right on their faces.
The governing party may have a problem or two with Joho, but does it warrant economic sabotage? Joho has employed many people in his stations and many businessmen use the stations to import containers. Should we sacrifice our economic growth at the hill of political feelings?
I agree that every society must develop through a set trajectory now that Arab Spring has shown us that revolution is not the better option but a society must choose a practical trajectory. It should not be a rudderless flow down the path of least resistance just because it is the norm. I believe we can change how we do things in Kenya.
“We are moral dwarfs. We have been engineered by others for their benefit. That’s why we do not know how to act in our national interest. That’s why we cannibalise each other because we only know how to act in the personal interest…. The difference between great civilizations and unremarkable ones lies in culture. It’s not that one culture is subordinate to another. No it’s that one culture self interrogates and revitalises itself whereas another atrophies and collapses into itself. ” Prof. Makau Mutua
Corruption and incompetence may be the norm, but we cannot sit and wait for a generation to pass before something is done, we may just be a minute too late. Even at individual level, we only grow if we gather enough courage to overcome the defeatist attractive allure of our comfort zone.
We must identify our national interests then make sure we protect them even with blood if need be. I hope the Governor who is alleged to have chased away Samsung investors by asking for a kickback will not be allowed to defend his seat by hook or crook. To me he is worse than Alshabaab.
If the said Governor goes unpunished and Joho is made to suffer for his constitutional enshrined rights to association then as realist Nkaari says, we will take years to evolve. As a dreamer, I know we can change the tide in this country and develop in a single generation.
If we can achieve great stuff compared to other African countries even with our challenges, imagine if we reduced corruption, tribalism, nepotism and useless political feelings by half? Just imagine.