My name is N.V and I am a Kenyan. I’ll try and keep this brief.
As much as we Kenyans, are people of goodwill, we are not all endowed with leadership abilities. Indeed, Kenya has become a nation of complainers; we complain, complain, complain about what Kenya lacks and our unity stems from the fact that we know exactly what’s going amiss in our country. But even before the opening of democratic space that gave birth to the nation of complainers we are, we are and have always been a nation of followers. So we don’t need to consecrate any more time in displays of unity. What we need is different leadership to emerge from the masses to educate us and challenge the political class.
I am appalled that the organizers of KenyaFeb28 fail to understand that when you have an overwhelming chorus of people asking “what next?”, it can only mean one thing: we are asking to be led! In other words, we asking you: “now that you’ve brought all of us Kenyans under this one banner, how will you take us where we need to go?” We desperately need leadership in this country. Why do you think politicians have been able to get away all these years with murder, literally? It’s because they know that people need someone to stand up and say “I will take you to the Promised Land, I will lead you”. We already know how politicians in Kenya provide leadership: divide and conquer. We don’t want that kind of leadership. We are tired of being manipulated. We want a new kind of leadership that is centred around something greater, something bigger than all of us, our country.
Therefore I see KenyaFeb28 as a missed opportunity. A missed opportunity to do more to help this country move forward. We will unite and sing the National Anthem for all of eight or ten minutes and then what? In response all the supporters and indeed even the organizers of KenyaFeb28 will tell you is that what happens thereafter is up to you. I find this response unsatisfactory. KenyaFeb28 is an initiative which purports to lead Kenyans by calling them to unite for a single event. Once you generate an idea as powerful as KenyaFeb28, you must be willing to see it through its logical conclusion. There has to be a greater plan or else it will be but a mere memory.
Leadership cannot be a one day affair.
It is clear that behind this KenyaFeb28 initiative, there are many credible individuals with the capacity and courage of conviction to lead, why don’t they step forward and answer our cries of “what next?” with a concrete way-forward for Kenya. Why don’t those people or any others for that matter, step up and show us the way. Not everyone is capable of being a leader, not everyone has the experience or vision needed to steer this country forward. KenyaFeb28 would have been the perfect opportunity for those leaders that can lead us to emerge. Men and women of courage that are willing to take responsibility for unifying Kenyans as Kenyans. Men and women that are committed and willing to inspire others through their actions to make the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
Who will stand up and take the lead? Because unity will not be enough.