Joseph Lister Nyaringo
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
=On devolution and national healing=
We whine about poor implementation of devolution when Kibaki vividly hinted that Kenya is a unitary State during his last days in office. He said it openly even after signing a new constitution which they now want to spend millions to erect a monument in his honour!
How can nepotism, looting, corruption, greed and selfishness be gotten rid of in Kenya when the top coalition leaders are masters of the vice?
How will the nation reconcile when a single community holds a greater stake in the Country’s factors of production- land, labour, capital and entrepreurship; pushing smaller communities to the periphery?
How will the nation reconcile when members from communities perceived to be anti- Jubilee are fired from employment and replaced with those from the President and his deputy’s’ communities?
How will Kenyans respect constitutional bodies founded through acts of Parliament but still operating with extreme partiality as if they were branches of government for instance the Isaak Hassan led IEBC and the Willy Mutunga led Supreme Court?
Is the above not a recipe for disharmony, mistrust and ethnic balkanization? Does this help to build a united nation once torn a sunder after the disputed Presidential election results of 2007 and 2013?
Where is transparency and accountability when journalists are gagged by a government calling itself digital team? It sounds fishy to prevent journalists from covering a petition where the President has sued a public corporation where citizens have bought shares- SAFARICOM. Is this not an affront to freedom of information?
Why is the government scared of a mundane matter like issue of mourners who heckled Sam Ongeri and Matiang’i during a Prayer service for accident victims in Gusii as if it was the first time to see a similar incident?
Did the President and his deputy expect the Abagusii people to carry twigs in jubilation singing Alleluia before Jubilee government functionaries?
World over, any government that want all citizens to sing its chorus is a pure dictatorship. We are seeing the Moi style of conducting State business creeping back into our country and Kenyans MUST be prepared resist it.
These are pregnant points we expected the government to address if they want majority of Kenyans to have confidence in what they do. Otherwise, the Jubilee leadership has started on a wrong footing.
=On Gusii funeral and more=
First of all, we always respect the departed souls of those the Lord has called to their final home. Those who are using last week’s saga where mourners expressed displeasure by shouting down government officials to reflect Abagusii on bad light are ‘WRONG.’
No youths were given changaa or bribed to heckle government officials the way it has been purported by a section of the current government.
Was there a mistake for Kisiis to shout down government officials since they supported Kibaki several times but he forgot them when he ascended to power? How can they trust Uhuru Kenyatta, who is cut from the same clothe?
Kisiis were killed because of supporting Kibaki in 2007 but he didn’t even thank them or ensure that the IDPs from the community got monetary compensation or land the way the government did to those from Mt. Kenya region.
Is it prudent to remain silent whenever things are going wrong in our society? Secondly, how can we endure suffering when God has given us a great nation endowed with immense natural resources for all and not for a single community or a small click of the ruling elite?
Bravo the people of Gusii for the bravery. We need to take a stand always through siding with the oppressed. Neutrality is likely to spur the ego of the oppressor- Jubilee government, and never the victim; us- the common Mwananchi. Our Silence will encourage the tormentor- Uhuru’s government to use us and dump us the way Kibaki did.