By Anwar Sadat
Those who “make” the sons of former African dictators, presidents, do a great Injustice to their people. Kenya is a classic example.
You see, as gallant Kenyans, led by Field Marshal Didan Kimathi, and others, fought against colonialism and white oppression, opportunists like Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, who had been sent to London by KCA( Kikuyu Council Association) to lobby on it’s behalf, with the British government with regard to Kikuyus tribal land affairs, were busy acting in films such as “Sanders of the River (1934).
” Or marrying their European Sweethearts (Edna Clarke),Only to return when it was convenient, after spending 15 years abroad, to become Kenyan president at the ripe age of 71 ( Now you know the obsession with 70).
At the conclusion of the war, Mau Mau veterans discovered that “their” secrets, intended for land negotiation in London, had now been used by Kenyatta senior to dispossess them of their land.
They essentially become squatters in their own homelands, displaced from their lands by those they thought could negotiate on their behalf, as the bourgeois quickly consolidated their land holdings down to the waters of the Indian Ocean, using the “willing grabber-forced squatter philosophy”
As the children of the African fighters continued to agitate for equality and fairness, those of African dictators and others airlifted by African heroes like Tom Mboya, graced the lecture halls of foreign universities, where some excelled as others smoked and sniffed away time.
And because these sons of African dictators were busy snorting and smoking away time, higher GPAs like 3.7 and above, required of those learning this side, passed through their nostrils. It is difficult to find any honorary mention of them in the dean lists at those universities they attended like Amherst college .
Upon their graduation (or not graduation), they returned to African capitals to head and manage their fathers assets and businesses acquired illegally and fraudulently, waiting to be appointed into boards like those in charge of water, Tourism, etc or to be nominated to ministerial positions,or hand picked to run for president.
You see, these sons of former dictators have no experience running governments. Their only qualification to the throne is being sired by the former presidents. When these sons are “made” presidents by courts “whose orders are an error” or legitimate, depending on their verdict, “Accept and Move On”, and faced with crisis, their actions or non actions is baffling.
One day they tell you, “You can not kill tomorrow because of today…” When you are demanding a legal pay increase, and be quick to pay Kshs 1.4 billion to First Mercantile Securities and Universal Satspace, Anglo Leasing companies. One day “I can’t pay, I won’t pay… Because we have no money” and the next day Kshs 800 millions is lost through sidekicks.
One day our people dying in line waiting for chemotherapy, and the next day we donate Kshs 90 million to AU because ICC is a neocolonial court. Maybe, just maybe, if Presidents Kenyatta would trade his millions monthly pay slip, for that of a teacher, or trade his armored rides and Italian shoes, for foot Benz of teachers, or trade his five course meal for the porridge of Walimu, or trade his lavish home for the squalid homes of teachers, then he will understand that, those Kshs 800 millions would have be safe with teachers, and not the Side chick.
You see these sons of African dictators have never had to make the choice whether to buy food or books, whether to walk back home so that you use the fare for dinner, or take a bus.
They were born and bred in opulence, the life of personal drivers and cooks. And when made presidents, the complaints by those they rule about higher costs of living, rising inflation, declining economy, rising unemployment, diminishing wages, increasing insecurity, escalating corruption and theft of public money, and things like that are simply “noise of detractors” bent on stopping them from “working.” They would rather the citizens were silent as they continue to “work “,plundering the nation.
You see, these sons of former dictators will only obey court’s Ruling if it is convenient to them, and that is why those who make them presidents, do a great injustice to our people.
I will close with this quote, “Heroism can never be bought with money. It can only be earned.”
Happy Birthday, Uhuru wa Kinyatta, and may you find the suffering of Kenyans worthy of your Time and help make their lives better.