The Making of A nation.
The National Anthem is our Unionship
Kiswahili English 1 1 Ee Mungu nguvu yetu O God of all creation Ilete baraka kwetu Bless this our land and nation Haki iwe ngao na mlinzi Justice be our shield and defender Natukae na undugu May we dwell in unity Amani na uhuru Peace and liberty Raha tupate na ustawi. Plenty be found within our borders. 2 2 Amkeni ndugu zetu Let one and all arise Tufanye sote bidii With hearts both strong and true Nasi tujitoe kwa nguvu Service be our earnest endeavour Nchi yetu ya Kenya And our homeland of Kenya Tunayoipenda Heritage of splendour Tuwe tayari kuilinda Firm may we stand to defend. 3 3 Natujenge taifa letu Let all with one accord Ee, ndio wajibu wetu In common bond united Kenya istahili heshima Build this our nation together Tuungane mikono And the glory of Kenya Pamoja kazini The fruit of our labour Kila siku tuwe na shukrani Fill every heart with thanksgiving.
And now the Main Agenda.
Wisdom comes with age. For the Young People Fraternity (YPF), don’t misquote me. The real picture is that we are all wise but we grow wiser with age. Then age is just but a number! You are as young as you think you are just as you will get as old as you think you have. It’s all about Experience being the best teacher and Time the best witness. Yes and Kenya today Turns Fifty Two years old. Happy Birthday Kenya!
Ours is a country that has matured over fifty years. History has dictated that we began as toddlers under the British protectorate as a colony. Our forefathers under the popular MAUMAU brand liberated us from the colonial powers and gifted us with the prize of modern colonization. This has overseen the ever-widening gap between the minority rich and the majority poor. Nobody is complaining. Am not lamenting either. All these is just but a glance at the real picture which most of us want to bypass. Its common with a developing nation just as the child struggles crawling and supporting themselves on walls before finally taking off to run with the world.
The progress i must say has been slow but steady. We have labored night and day. To end modern tyranny. To close the unwavering gap. To end impunity. To stage a counter fight to corruption. To uphold human rights.To be like the western superpowers and to make Kenya what it’s just about to become. Then just the other day we reached the first landmark; voted in the new constitution. Try remember the tongue battling term; Promulgation just after the successful historic referendum. In biblical terms its like Manna from heaven. Its going to shape the whole political, economical and social scope of Kenya. That`s why the March 2013 General Elections was the most crucial but just for the Expectations.
Over the years, elections have come and gone creating waves that died off even before the president was sworn in! Aspirants as a routine promised heaven yet failed to deliver even the earth! 2013 after March we thought was the end of this monotonous era. We were prepared. For well-coordinated hate-free campaigns. For peaceful elections. For devolution. For long-awaited constitution implementation phase. For a wave of promising developments in the Political, Social and Economic spheres. Our commitment to this was thus voting wisely as good citizens and committing to concede defeat as sensible leaders.Lets collectively forget about the past and we leave in the present only prospecting of a brighter future. Remember yesterday is gone forever, but yet still tomorrow may never come only today is yours to live in“. Ours is a Democracy. Democracy hasn’t yet failed. It is not promising to fail either. It’s thus not yet time to apply force
The main Agenda is why ours is Kenya; our mother land. Kenyans at the center stage surrounded by antagonies in their daily hustles hoping for the best while expecting the worst. Politics is always been the order of the day yet ours is a struggling democracy and its high season at Elections period. The time when Mr MP comes back to bond with “mwananchi” offering a delicacy of promises on an empty plate.
Its been sometime now in an outskirt suburb of Nairobi a young girl was pushed out of a moving bus by a Tout for failing to raise extra ten shillings for bus fare. Oops! she tragically succumbed to death. The bus in question was set a blaze by the angry-fury filled citizens. As i watched the late evening bulletin, the lady caster concluded…”what a sad and grieving end to this young girls life!?” “…and to the whole saga too” i added downheartedly. Nobody took follow-up!
Then it took me back to history. History has it that some years back a Gama Pinto was murdered during the Kenyatta’s regime. A while later a J.M Kariuki was mysteriously sent to hell. Again Tom Mboya, the highly accoladed Kenyan was assassinated. Some Robert Ouko too lost his life in the assassination games. I may not be as good in History to pick up all the cases but the list is longer than this. Just recently, Internal Security Minister perished in a helicopter accident alongside his deputy, body guards and pilots at a time when the war against Alshaabab attack was high. The cause of their untimely death wasn’t known though we still wish to know despite the fact that it raises no life.
Because ours is Kenya , a commission of inquiry was hurriedly constituted to look into the matter. The results were to be made public and they are yet to be. Who is fooling who? It had been the same with the above cases alongside Anglo-leasing scandals, public parastatal grabbing, the maize scandal, Cemetery saga, some “kazi kwa vijana” funds, Drug lords, a treasury-linked Laico regency, corruption-fueled Swiss accounts, some posh computer typing error but we are not meant to exhaust the list. Some mysterious commissions of inquiry never got the answers or do we say never did the inquiries?. I thought its time we inquired the commissions. Its news when Jim bites the dog not when the dog bites Jim!
The main Agenda is that the change we are always just about to crown. We should make peace with the past one day if we manage for it not to shadow the present nor shield our future . Someone please take responsibility, Ours is a ship that lost the steward!
On and on we will sing the Freedom Anthem Embroided in our National Anthem. For its the only hope we have That reminds us of our conc History connects us to the Present and yet still assures of a future that’s only hopeful!
Then now the Other Week.
*Blessed MADARAKA DAY*