The freedom of speech has been manipulated and used by Kenyans of all walks of life to defame common institutions both in a positive and negative way. Through this freedom we have seen different groups and individuals raise alarm and corrective mechanism instituted. The gallant seekers of justice must be congratulated for the efforts they have put in place and seen Kenyans liberated from shackles of few institutions in this country.
However, my attention is drawn to how some Kenyans and more so government leaders behave when dealing with the institution of presidency. The political rhetoric’s that later find their way to news headlines of some top news headlines are doing to this country a disservice than service.
The public speakers who claim to speak on behalf of the people jeopardize the name of this symbolic institution by tinting it with characters it doesn’t deserve. We have lowered the institution that was worshipped years ago to the caliber of a school principal getting commands from a form one admitted student. However, this has gone even worse by each and every person finding their own means of directing the adorable institution.
From burial meetings, to street rallies and village talks, both leaders and common Kenyan Citizens now can hurl rhetoric and demeanor sentiments to the president even in languages the president may need a translator to understand.
What are we telling the international community?
What shall we expect from foreigners to do in such a case?
Won’t they follow the suite?
We may not like Uhuru or Ruto. We may not like their personality. We may be at loggerheads with their individual styles of leadership. But let us observe respect for the institution of PRESIDENCY. It is symbolic, it’s constitutional, and above all it’s noble.
RAIS SIO MAMA YAKO!