My Kenya My Country
Many changes have occured in our country in the past eight years or so; which is not a surprise because change is the only one constant in the world.
I do not like to classify change as good or bad. However, I would like to point us to the direction of our results. An old saying, “we reap what we sow”.
When we look around at the situation in our country, we will find that, in as much as we are blessed and favoured to be citizens of such a rich land, we are hurting and bleeding from the ill that has encompassed us.
I also wouldn’t want to dwell on the negative.
So, my question is, how much more? How much more are we going to allow ourselves to live under these circumstances? Making decisions based on ethnic bias, self–interest, greed and wayward political agendas?
Do we not see how blessed we are? How good we have it? To have a land that is so rich in agriculture, a strong economy, solid and growing infrastructure, people so diversely united by several cultures?
How much more Kenyans? will we make decisions that hurt our economy then complain year in, year out? Emotional decisions that are costing us years and years of stagnation and minimal growth. So much money has gone down the drain. Finances that should have benefited our schools, our hospitals, our businesses; billions of monies. Wasted.
Observe the high rate of youth unemployment in the country today. The increasing number of deaths and suicides hitting our front page news and headlines. What answer will we have to the coming generation? What answer will we give to God?
I am proud that my heritage is rooted in Kenya. I have great pride in what God has blessed us with: our wildlife, diversity of cultures, brilliant minds, vast acres of land…. to mention but a few. I love that we are fierce and protective of one another, and that we are different and unique
Our leaders are not the ones tearing us apart because they are not from the moon. They too, are part of us. We are tearing ourselves down by our own decisions and choices. This year we have turned 56 years old (of independence), but we are still behaving as though we are enslaved.
We have the ability to be the greatest nation in the world if only we would stop using the things that make us so authentic and culturally set apart as what births division. God had blessed us within and without our borders.
Our country does not need better leaders or governance, our country needs people love and reverence God, then the latter will surely follow. Our country needs a people who are willing to rise against the corruption that is eroding our values. This country needs both you and I to be brave, to feel the oppression of our neighbour, to be healers and peace advocates.
God is able to heal our land and nation. If only we turn away from evil ways.
Why do we lose ourselves to hate, anger, division, pride and selfish gain? Do we not care for our children? Our future generations?
Let us rise above the discord and unite, respect one another’s views with dignity and maturity. Loving each other and having empathy for one another. Let us be honest, fair and just and above all, let us fear God who has been our provider and peace giver. Let us honor our national anthem.
O God of all creation
Bless this our land and nation
Justice be our shield and defender
May we dwell in unity
Peace and liberty
Plenty be found within our borders.
Let one and all arise
With hearts both strong and true
Service be our earnest endeavour
And our homeland of Kenya
Heritage of splendour
Firm may we stand to defend.
Let all with one accord
In common bond united
Build this our nation together
And the glory of Kenya
The fruit of our labour
Fill every heart with thanksgiving.