Belated Birthday Wishes to R.O.S.S!

Note: Normally I don’t condone the use of exclamation marks in blog titles but then again witnessing the birth of a new nation on July 9th isnt exactly a normal occurrence, innit?

Africa is in unprecedented celebration the proclamation of independence of the 54th African Nation, the Republic of South Sudan. After Sudan, Kenya became the next country to officially recognize the sovereignty of South Sudan and warmly welcoming it into the community of free States.

Unless you’re in your early 60s, chances are you’ve never witnessed any country let alone your own formally gain its independence and become a fully fledged Republic. So watching the birth of South Sudan on July 9th 2011 has no doubt trumped any another historic event in our generation’s history, including Wangari Maathai receiving her Nobel Prize as the first African woman or Barack Obama’s Swearing-In Ceremony as the first Kenyan African-American President of the United States.

That said, I hope our government does not tire in reminding the rest of the world just how instrumental Kenya was in South Sudan’s long and difficult road to independence. Through the framework of the IGAD peace processes, the AU and the UN General Assembly, Kenya literally held SPLM/A’s hand and remain loyal and true.

Yeah, we made you, R.O.S.S.

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Promulgation Day: We Were There.

Where were you on the 27th of August 2010 around 10:24am? Well, it was at that moment the Constitution we voted for, was born.

Most of my fellow middle-class Kenyans decided to watch history being made in the comfort of their living-rooms at home. That was their choice.
But I, as an able-bodied, sound-minded, patriotic Nairobian had to see it with my own eyes. I tried reaching out to friends and colleagues to tag along but they all cowered. Some planned to spend the eve of Promulgation Day in and out of clubs in Westlands (Bend-over Thursdays, I believe it’s called), while most of you thought that going to Uhuru Park for this historic and unprecedented event was either the funniest or the craziest thing you’ve ever heard.

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