HEIGHT OF DISILLUSIONMENT

So why are many Kenyans reluctant or better put, not excited to register as voters? Is it because they have done it time and again yet the status quo prevailed? Jaramogi Oginga wrote an autobiography which did not go down well with the government at that time dubbed ‘Not yet Uhuru’. 49 years after independence, Kenya is still grappling with the same challenges it had. Land being our most valued resource has over time been poorly managed. As a result we have the 2nd largest slum in Africa and 3rd worldwide, we have internally displaced persons five years after the post election violence, we have a large proportion of Kenyans living as squatters from Coast to Nyeri, over 50% of Nairobians are slum dwellers. About three to five powerful families occupy atleast 30% of Kenya’s land mass. We have experienced clashes since 1992 resulting to many deaths, displacement of persons and destruction of property. The government appeared slow and confused in handling massacres in Tana river and Baragoi. This has left many people maimed, devastated windows and hopeless children with stigma written on their faces. I feel ashamed as a Kenyan everytime I watch in the news, IDPs enduring harsh weather of cold and rain with no basic amenities to survive. We watch many a time documentaries reporting on poverty levels in parts of North Eastern. Malnourished men and women walking hand in hand with their camels many kilometres in hope of coming across an oasis or good samaritans. We know of not one, not two but many freedom fighters who have died as paupers. Their families have been struck by poverty while those who collaborated with the colonialists enjoy the fine things life has to offer. As a country we have 40% of our potential labour force being unemployed, this reminds me of the U.S elections where unemployment rate is about 8% but still giving Obama adminstration many sleepless nights. To get a good school or job, you must be connected with the ‘You should know people’ networks.Our dependancy ratio is quite high. Worse still, we have been unable to surmount shackles of parachial tribal mentality. A writer by the name Sunny Bindra said ‘ our problems are ticks in our backs not cancer in our innards.They can be removed.’ I fully concur with him, the future is bright, lets wipe our disillusionment by voting for credible leaders.

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