We have allowed Kenya to slide into a state of despair and surrender. But a nation must never surrender, else its people will drown and feel too wet to need an umbrella.
Having failed to reach the promised land in the last 50 years, the vision of Kenya can only be to enter the First World in the next 20 years.
But to stagnate, retrogress and halt our journey from colonial Egypt to the Promised Land, we must have committed some very serious sins that we must not commit again if we wish to enter the First World in the next 50 years. When others develop and we do not, there must be something that others do and we do not do that makes them develop and us not develop. To me those sins include the following.
One, we have let our minds die and stopped thinking, reasoning, arguing logically and using our minds to solve our problems.
Since it is the mother of all ideas, a thinking mind is the tool of development we must all have. Yet, the mind itself must be developed and sharpened by an education that informs and trains it to reason and use logic to understand and resolve problems.
A developed mind is the beginning of human development. When people refuse to use their minds, they stagnate, shrivel and die. People don’t develop by accident. When people develop, they go out of their way to do so. If we are poor, it is because our minds are poor and blunt.
Mindless, we have become zombies, slaves of those who think and victims of our problems. Mindless we are led to our slaughter and doom by leaders from our own communities. When they think for us, they kill us.
Two, as leaders entered promised land, people were abandoned in the desert for the last 50 years.
The life of our nation has been a journey to look for freedom, pastures, milk, honey and development. Kenya’s journey started with colonial conquest and was to end in the development that other countries in Europe and Asia have. Unfortunately when our leaders sneaked into the Promised Land, they abandoned the people in the desert where they have been in the last 50 years. But now, people must break all the barriers and head for First World. We shall never develop without our determination to move forward.
Three, we embraced ideology of ethnic hating or negative ethnicity that nearly killed Kenya in 2007/8, fuelled genocide in Rwanda and has now ignited civil war in South Sudan.
In our journey, a tragedy happened. Leaders told us to develop and be free as communities, we must hate one another and people of one community must hate other communities. Leaders even told us and we believed that only leaders from our communities can lead us to pastures – even when they are crippled and limp. Now the worst tribalists have become our champions, most treasured leaders, trusted religious leaders and gods we worship.
Four, we have become slaves and worshipers of money – the mother of all corruption and impunity.
Instead of treating money as a medium of exchange, we use it as an object of worship, for which we are willing to oppress and kill. Leaders of churches worship money. Without money people have no self-worth. We only follow leaders with most money. We only value people with money.
Five, we chose capitalism, a system of jungle society where hundreds of meat eaters live on millions of grass eaters who seem content to be eaten.
For 120 years capitalism has created a jungle society for Kenya. It has bred poverty, greed, corruption, worship of money and other evils. It has created wealth for some and poverty for the majority. In the servitude of capitalism, we shall never know development, only exploitation.
Six, we elect hyenas to lead us but they only take people to their abattoirs for slaughter and they become greedier by every election.
Our hyena-leaders attract to themselves flies, hyenas and vultures to attack people as they would a carcass.
Seven, we betrayed freedom fighters and the dream of freedom by embracing one party dictatorship.
For this betrayal, Kenya has paid a price. People without a vision perish. When people betray their freedom fighters and dream of freedom, they commit suicide. God does not betray those whose blood cries to him.
Eight, we legitimize political prostitution with Machiavellian principles of “all is fair in love and war” and “the end justifies the means.”
Our political prostitution has given us a crop of leaders that have overthrown chapter 6 of the constitution and given us leaders without shame, morality or integrity.
Nine, we have allowed Kenya to slide into a national state of despair and surrender.
But a nation must never surrender, else its people will drown and feel too wet to need an umbrella. A nation that has despaired can only die and Kenyans must not allow herself to die.
Ten, at the height of our desperation, we embrace our dictators or their children to rescue us from their own tyranny! This is why Kenyans have resorted to Kanu leaders however camouflaged.
Kenyans might not want to be told where we went wrong. But they will ignore warnings at their own peril. If we continue to do wrong politics, everything in our country will continue to go wrong. Our politics must be well thought out. We cannot look forward in our desires and look backwards for politics responsible for our current failures.
Failed politics will not take us to the First World.