They selected a president for us a couple of weeks ago and while some are battling it in the Supreme Court again and others choose to resist, a huge part of the lot want to move on. There are those who think it’s the best way to move forward after fighting for so long and ‘winning’ and there are those who believe it’s the only option we have, and for both of these people I have one question. Where are we moving to?
Its ridiculous to think that there lies something so different, so precious and new on the other side. It’s ridiculous because even if there was, we will take our hatred and our division with us and contaminate this place as well. The last few months have been revealing. We have seen our neighbors for who they really are, we’ve turned against each other, we’ve judged each other by our second names and separated ourselves based on political differences. In the process lives have been lost, innocent lives that had no idea who either Raila or Uhuru are and what they represent. So… No. There’s no moving on from this, there is no walking away and there is definitely no clean slate. What we do get however is a chance to work on ourselves, now that all our dirty linen is out in public.
Working on us involves honesty; it involves seeking the truth and finding a voice. Luckily, we don’t have to look very far to find the problem since we all know it. Particularly for the young people, we found it here, we have been raised to recognize it and we are expected to keep it that way.
In this country the big five represents not only wild animals but also certain tribes; they are the ones who get to decide the ruling team, the opposition and the supporters or enablers of either of those two sides. This has been the case over and over for the last 54 years since we gained independence and it has definitely not been a bed of roses all through, in fact nothing good has ever come out of it. We however continue to feed this narrative; we keep completing the sequence then at the end of the day wonder why nothing changes.
As young people we find ourselves in the heart of this charade because unlike our parents and grandparents we have a choice. In this information and empowerment era, when our children and grandchildren ask us why we didn’t fight, we won’t have the luxury of saying that we were unable to or not allowed.
Bearing more than 70% of the country’s population we suffer the most whenever things go wrong. The economy fails; our SMEs collapse, the few people that have been lucky enough to find employment have to live with fear of retrenchment, the high cost of living drives some to do their worst (read drug dealing, robbery etc.) just so that they can survive All this while the people that drove us to that state while we watched deal with none of it. Their children continue to go to the best schools around the world, they continue to have health insurances of millions worth and their lifestyles proceed to be nothing short of the usual. Who then is fooling who?
We might be eager to move on because we think the fight means nothing to us, or maybe we just want to be in good books with the incoming government to get certain funds or tenders but what really is the point if it is as the expense of the truth, justice and the lives of other people. What is the point of struggling to be different if we will just stay the same?