June 26, 2012 § Leave a comment
On the Sunday of 10th June 2012, the country woke up to news of a helicopter crash in a nondescript forest called Kibiku near Ngong. A dramatic start to a week that would prove very eventful and illustrative of Kenya’s compulsive selective amnesia. The television networks scrapped the Sunday gospel music shows and maintained a constant flow of information. A minister, his assistant, their bodyguards and two pilots had perished en route to a small town in rural Kenya.
Comrades in politics cancelled their engagements to turn up at the accident scene to gawk at the charred site and more specifically to face the cameras and hog the microphones. Their P.R. handlers were earning their salaries! The incident was trending on social media, generic condolences updated. State House released a glowing tribute and declared three days of national mourning with flags to fly at half-mast. A special meeting of…
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April 2, 2012 § Leave a comment
Ee Mungu nguvu yetu
Ilete baraka kwetu
Haki iwe ngao na mlinzi
Na tukae na undugu, amani na uhuru
Raha tupate na ustawi
Amkeni ndugu zetu
Tufanye sote bidii
Nasi tujitoe kwa nguvu
Nchi yetu ya Kenya tunayoipenda
Tuwe tayari kuilinda
Na tujenge taifa letu
Ee, ndio wajibu wetu
Kenya istahili heshima
Tuungane mikono pamoja kazini
Kila siku tuwe na shukrani
I just wrote all that from memory. From memory and from thinking about the words of our National Anthem. Today, 28 Feb, is the day we're all supposed to stand as Kenyans at 1pm and sing our anthem, loud and proud, regardless of location, or the task at hand, or who we have around us. It's a simple assignment – just stand and sing. So why will so many of us ignore it??
I have a lot to say about my country. Both good and bad. But it has always been, and will always be, one of my top priorities. Unfortunately, I also have a lot to say about myself. Both good and bad. And while I am extremely patriotic to my country (without being blind to its flaws), I am also extremely apathetic.
So come 1pm today, will I stand and sing? Show my loyalty towards my country? And prove to myself that our generation really CAN change things?
Or will I sit on my ass, note the time and then just let it pass? Disappointing both myself and Kenya?
I actually don't know yet.
O God of all creation
Bless this our land and nation
Justice be our shield and defender
May we dwell in unity, peace and liberty
Plenty be found within our borders
Let one and all arise
With hearts both strong and true
Service be our earnest endeavour
And our homeland of Kenya, heritage of splendour
Firm may we stand to defend
Let all with one accord
In common bond unite
Build this our nation together
And the glory of Kenya, the fruit of our labour
Fill every heart with thanksgiving