Thursday, 19 June 2014

I AM ALSO FOR NATIONAL DIALOGUE: Let us have it peacefully.

 According to proverbs 18:17 – 19 and I quote:

“…17 The first to plead his case seems right, until another comes and examines him. 18 The cast lot puts an end to strife and decides between the mighty ones. 19 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city, and contentions are like the bars of a citadel.…”

These are wise words from the Scriptures written by the wisest man to ever live, King Solomon.
Honorable Raila has pointed out so many things that the current government needs to tackle. In my novice knowledge about the state of our Nation Kenya, there are issues that are cutting across irrespective of one’s tribe, religion, political affiliations etc and some of them are:

  • Insecurity
  • Rising cost of living
  • Unfulfilled promises e.g. Laptops amidst the fact that some schools don’t even have buildings for classrooms
  • Anglo-leasing scandal where I quote, “Mr Kenyatta said Kenya shouldn’t pay schemers of Anglo Leasing-related rip-offs, and then he did.”
  • And many others
Cars burnt in the recent Mpeketoni massacre. Around 70 People died.

Honorable Raila Odinga, the official leader of Kenyan Opposition.

Raila has pointed out his case against the prevailing socio-political situation in Kenya, and has raised very valid points. We should be very wise enough to allow him to have the national dialogue, to “plead his case” with all validity it has. We also expect Jubilee and the government to “come in and examine him”. Let them prove that his case is right or wrong. All along let the voice of the people be heard too.

Before we wear our political and ethnic prejudices, let us give Raila and CORD an opportunity to voice their concerns to the full, and we as citizens we can use the avenue to raise valid issues that cuts across all of us. Kenya irrespective of who is the president, should remain one in tackling common social issues that are not just regional but global e.g. terrorism and crimes against humanity.

Let the lot be casted between Uhuru and Raila, with all validity they can gather until the strife between them is laid to rest. There is no point of denying Raila an avenue to speak out his grievances, considering that half the country is behind him, and all these are citizens who also wish their voice to be heard in the person of Raila.

Lastly, both Raila and Uhuru are offended by the latest spite of insecurity in Kenya, notably Mpeketoni. Raila is denying any political involvement in the massacre while Uhuru insists that there was political involvement in the killings. Whether true or false, it is worth noting that it’s the duty of the government to protect its citizens from both internal and external attack, of which it failed not only in Mpeketoni, but also in all the past attacks directed to people of Kenya. Both should really find a way of resolving these accusations and settle for an agreement that will ensure innocent people don’t continue to die for reasons they hardly know of. It is even ironical that even after interior PS Ole Lenku went to Mpeketoni, together with some security officials, the killers went back for more lives. Surely, something is wrong somewhere.

I wish all the youths to desist from being used as political puppets. I am not for or against any rallies going on, but at this point in time, with the political temperatures that are rising; the right decision should be made so as to maintain sanity amongst the people and to put on check the political tension that is welling up.

 If Dialogue is all Raila wants (Dialogue: formal discussion: a formal discussion or negotiation, especially between opposing sides in a political or international context), then Jubilee would just be wise to accord him. If anything more than the dialogue as Raila put it to be understood, then the government is in power and in a position to thwart any unpatriotic occurrence arising therein. After all, President Uhuru Kenyatta is the legitimate Kenyan president and commander in chief!


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