If you don’t have time to read anything else, kindly scroll down to the “Dear Kenyan” letter. Many thanks.
This is our country.
The country our ancestors built, fought and died to keep. The country they then rebuilt, together. It is in these grounds that so many before us have sown their undivided seeds of loyalty, and shed blood, sweat, tears and life into. This is the earth they turned, toiled and tilled for centuries, before leaving us to bear the fruits.
And yet look at where we find ourselves. Poverty is rampant, corruption is king, nobody trusts anybody and everyone is on edge – waiting. Waiting for the next uproar so that we may grab our pangas and pitchforks and run amock in the streets, killing our people. OUR people. Because regardless of your tribe, when the World and God look down, all they see is Kenyans killing Kenyans. And for what?
The bloodshed and pain from the past election’s violence should be fresh enough in our minds that we understand the importance of moving forward peacefully and together. This is not to say that everything is all good and all well now and that we have no reason to be angry, no reason to fight. Far from it. This is saying that we have been fighting the wrong fight. Our real battle has not even began because we’ve been so busy being pitted against each other that we haven’t bothered to set common goals; principles that we all believe in, needs we can all agree upon. We need to fight for what we want – all of us. Because if we can agree on the main basic things that all Kenyans need – transparency in government, water for all, better roads, better security, electricity, better medical care…then we can stop fighting over puny squabbles and actually make a change.
We need more than just aimless stone-casting and angry rebellion. We need a full blown revolution. We need this revolution to be a concerted effort and push forward consisting of a focused plan and unified set of principles. We may disagree on the details but there are several basic things we can agree upon. Because even if we can’t agree on whether abortion should be legal or not, we all know that we need better, more accessible, more affordable medical care. So let’s start by making that happen.
With that said, this is my plea to you today.
Dear Kenyan Reader,
Kindly answer the following question:
“What do we as Kenyans need?”
Leave us a comment, send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org), let us know. And if you can, in the process, also let a friend know.
Ideally, I’d like to get as many Kenyans involved as possible. So even if you don’t answer, please spread the word.
All the responses will be reviewed by our DR Team and we’ll compile a list of no less than 10 all encompassing principles.
People constantly say we need change but seldom say what that change entails. Let’s start setting our goals and developing a common groundwork.
This is the first step of many. But also the most important.
Your country thanks you.
At some point today, try to take a second and look around you. Wherever you may find yourself: a crowded supermarket, a bus bouncing down the street, the heart of downtown, the middle of a field; look around you. Look around you and say “This is all mine.” Repeat it as many times as it takes for you to realize that this beautiful, turmoiled, exotic, divided, outstanding, disenfranchised, great country is yours. It’s ours. We are all owners, all Kings and Queens in our royal realms.
Now, as a King or Queen, look at the country before you realistically. The people that follow you, your countrymen, your family, your children, your parents and remember your responsibility to them all. We have a responsibility to our parents, elders and ancestors, to make them proud and push this country further than they did. A responsibility to our children to leave them with more than we were left with, so that they too can continue in this legacy of progress. We have a responsibility to every other Kenyan, African and fellow citizen of the world to help them in their journey forward because the momentum of a crowd is greater than that of a person.
We owe it to ourselves to remain proud, peaceful and progressive.
We owe it to each other.
So what do you as a Kenyan want?