A Question Of Patriotism

Elections are a burden to most African countries. What happened in Kinshasa earlier this week of armed men attacking a convoy of jeeps carrying ballot papers and burning them was utter disgrace.

The opposition leader, Mr. Etienne Tshisekedi, was blocked from casting his vote at his place of choice, therefore forcing him to vote at another polling station. The government. And that is just part of the drama rocking the Democratic Republic Of Congo during their polling season.

Back home, the ODM party elections left me with a lot to  ponder about. People were fighting to be branch officials. Not that I despise such important positions as they are part of the all important political system, but if the people aspiring to be leaders cannot handle their egos just by accepting defeat, then I wonder what sort of leadership they would offer when they get the chance to occupy office. In Kenya, most of the politicians are never ready for defeat. You tend to wonder how they all expect to win, and win by force.

They no longer address the issue of famine in northern Kenya. Did they feed everybody there? What happened to the plight of those poor Kenyans, considering the fact that the ones who were more handy in ensuring they came back to life were corporations, private institutions and Kenyan citizens rather than the government itself?

What does it mean to a Kenyan politician to be Kenyan? I would like to know, because fighting to fatten their bank accounts at the expense of struggling citizens working day and night to make a living only shows how inappropriate they are for the positions they hold in the Kenyan government. I would call it abuse of office because clearly, they should be working to solve our problems. Funny thing is, we are the ones who voted them in. Talk of Asante za punda.

It’s unfortunate that our leaders thrive in outclassing each other in rallies, being generous with words to create mockery and humour. While some of their utterances really come out funny, it is with the same dedication to their sharp tongues that Kenyans wish they would be doing the jobs they got elected to do, not worrying about how they are going to go back to parliament.

That said, there is more to life than politics. To be happy in Kenya, you really must master how to ignore the shameful behaviours of our so-called elite politicians. The only way this can be achieved is by being patriotic, building the nation in our own little  capacities. We are known by the fruits of our labour, and while things are becoming tough everyday, there is a joy in serving fellow citizens with utmost dignity, care and love. Money and richness are never the issue. It’s always about what we make out of life as Kenyans.

I love the initiative that is BRAND KENYA. The best way we can ever brand our country is by shunning tribal politics, having mature leaders, upholding the true principles of democracy, respecting one another and fighting for the right causes. A conscious society breeds competent individuals who know what it means to work together. The challenge therefore, is for us to stand true to our identity. Our leaders may fail us while we should actually be running this country by ourselves, but that should not deter our spirit to unite and learn how to tolerate one another.

I believe we got what it takes, because Kenyans are lovely people.

Lets all be patriotic and make Kenya a better place than we found it, now that the next general elections loom.

Post Author: Rixpoet

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