My Kenya My Country

Dear Kenyans,

Many changes have occured in our country for the past eight or so years, which is not a surprise because change is the only one constant in the world.

I would not like to classify things as good or bad. However, I would like to point you into 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 favored to be citizens of such a rich land, we are hurting and bleeding from the ill that has encompassed us so.

I do not want to dwell on the negative because it is as evident as day, as we all learnt za wahenga “chema chajiuza, kibaya chajitembeza” – (A good thing sells, a bad thing advertises.”)

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, short-change, self–interest and quick results?

Do we not comprehend how blessed we are? How good we have it? To have a land that is so rich in agriculture, a strong economy in business and investment, solid and growing infrastructure and a 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 into the drain, finances that could have benefited our schools, our hospitals, our businesses; billions of monies sitting on people’s personal acres of lands and strengthening other countries currencies.

Look at the high rate of youth unemployment in the country, the increasing number of deaths and suicides hitting our front page news and headlines. What will we answer to our next generation?

Kenya I love you, I am proud that my heritage is rooted here, I have great pride in what we possess as a nation, our wildlife and stunning distinctness. We are fierce and protective, we are different and unique, we have love deep within us but we struggle to let that love shine everyday.

Our leaders are not tearing us down because they are not from the moon but part of us. We are tearing our own selves down by our own choices. This year we have turned 56 in terms of independence but we are still behave as though we are bonded.

We have the ability to be the greatest nation in the world if only we stop using the things that make us so authentic and culturally set apart to be our dividing factor. We are blessed within and without our borders.

Our country does not need better leaders or governance, our country needs people who call a spade a spade, not a fork. A people who are willing to rise against the corruption that is eroding our values. Our country needs you and me, to be brave, to feel the pain of our neighbor, to be healers and peace advocates, to be welcomers and not ‘door shutters’ for lack of a better word.

We are a healed nation. We have people from different religions, different tribes, different races, different genders, living together peacefully without the constant threat of terror and insecurity. That is a blessing on its own.

Why do we want to 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 each others 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

Happy Jamhuri Day
Image credit :Kenya flags


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