we may be on a sinking boat

A friend of mine keeps telling me how deranged I am whenever I wax lyrical about Kenya’s preeminent position in East Africa. Being a perennial optimist on most matters Kenyan, I have somehow managed to convince myself that the current political troubles rocking the country are but transient – a necessary step on Kenya’s path to being the region’s top dog. But even I am beginning to get worried.

The recent fallout between Premier Odinga and President Kibaki is not a good sign. My worries have been further compounded by reports of the existence of militias being trained and armed by politicians. And forget about being the region’s top dog. Uganda seems to have successfully annexed Migingo Island. And without even having to fight for it. Just when did the rain begin to beat us so bad???

Things seem to be getting worse by the day. Corruption is off the charts. Nepotism and tribalism seem to be the norm in the public service. Kenyans continue to die of hunger like it is 20,000 BC (the Kenyan food jokes are not so funny anymore).  The President and his Prime Minister are reading from different scripts. The country remains as divided as ever. And worst of all, the vast majority of Kenyans still live in a pre-industrial world where an obscene number of children die before they are five and those that survive have very little to hope for.

President Kibaki and Prime Minister Odinga are failing Kenya. They have it in their power to sack corrupt ministers. They have it in their power to impose civility on the civil service. They have it in their power to use the current crisis as a chance to craft social policies that will finally catapult Kenya into the 21st century. I am disappointed that instead of doing any of these things the two men have chosen to run the country like a village kiosk.

4 thoughts on “we may be on a sinking boat

  1. tis 2 sad that 2day kenya has turned in2 tha theatre of the absurd.The citizenry is tired of these machiavellian antics being played out by our ”leaders”. yes, the ark of history may be long, but it always bends towards justice.May the good lord bless kenya.

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  2. When two dogs fight for a bone, the third runs away with it. Museveni has capitalised on this and mijinjo(as ugandans call it) is now in his bag. Kibaki and Raîla need to style up.

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  3. My friend the place called Kenya stopped being the preeminent leader in East African region way back.
    Do we ever question why we think the way we think? Why do Kenyans imagine themselves to be superior? Is it because we produce more? Is it because we get plenty of funds due the strategic location of the country and I mean this is of interest to the USA and Britain.
    Kenya is usually described by the media as a strategic ally, whose stability is vital to U.S. interests. That is pretty much overblown hype. Kenya is useful but hardly irreplaceable to U.S. policy.
    The logistical cause is that living in Nairobi, until now, is a lot nicer than living in Kampala, Dar as Salaam, or any other city in East Africa you care to name. As a result, NGOs, charities and U.S. government agencies have located large numbers of their staff in Kenya and use Nairobi as a regional base. And you wonder why areas like Muthaiga, Runda have high value real estate values? We may as well have a look at the occupants of these ‘posh’ suburbs.

    Did you know that at the moment the places Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania are busy building a high speed track from the coast to the interior? Do you know of the highways being constructed, did you know of the extra large ports being built in Tanzania?

    Similar those screaming sovereignty! Sovereignty! because Uganda has encroached on that place some Europeans call Kenya is equivalent to my none comprehension why the whole region is not one country. Yes, I mean Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, South Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi, The Congo etc.

    In the movie the Matrix, you are given two choices, take the blue pill or the red pill… one of these pills will let you see the world as it really is, the other will let you live in your existing paradigm (which most of us are).
    My point is I do not know what it will take for us to realize that accepting these so called independent country definitions is equivalent to accepting the false ceilings and limitations that have been defined by others and we have no idea on what independent thinking is all about!
    To ensure I am understand I would like the nay sayers to provide me with clear distinct differences between sub-Saharan Africans? The more the description the better it will be, please include social, language (anthropological), physical and geographical evidence… At the end of it all, I want to walk down the street and based on that empirical evidence distinctly determine where each and every sub-Saharan African is from…

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  4. PS. forgive me for any typo’s.
    I have no issues or shida with anyone, my wish is for miros to wake up and see that we are being taken for fools, something I am not willing to readily accept. we spend time arguing and defending some seriously petty issues…

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