The Biggest Joke of the Year!
I am still stuck at Jamhuri day. My mind has refused to move on. I keep asking myself, where did we go wrong as a country? How did we lose our integrity? Or are we expecting too much from this regime?
I was so puzzled when names like Robert Alai, the famous Githeri man (I don’t even know his real name. It’s not important to me), Ben Githae and others received the presidential awards. This got majority of us thinking. What tangible contributions did they make to receive such a prestigious award, or is it that that the award has lost its meaning and value? This was the biggest joke of the year, and one that was in very bad taste!
Jamhuri day is one of Kenya’s most important holidays due to its historical significance. The day is celebrated with many feasts, political speeches and parades, all of which celebrate the country’s national and cultural heritage. The president also gives state commendations to individuals who have rendered outstanding or distinguished services to the nation in various capacities and responsibilities. The awards are made by the president upon the advice of a National Honors and Awards Committee based in the president’s office. I just wonder how such names got into the list? Can someone shed light on the criteria the committee used?
What about the president’s advisors? Going by history, they have failed the president big time. It’s a total let down. Does the President have power to act contrary to their opinion if they are not making sense? I tend to think so. The so-called the advisors have failed to deliver and they should be sent packing. This is not a githeri republic nor are we playing kalongolongo!
Without even thinking critically…What did Robert Alai contribute to this nation other than blogging against the president’s opponents? So he won! Githeri man just provided comic relief, eating githeri while queuing to vote just like me, and captured on camera. I wonder why the media did not capture me too. I was actually eating mandazi that I had carried from home because I did not want to waste time. He won. Ben Githae just because he sang the presidential election song, he won. Jacky Maribe? Dennis Itumbi? Therefore, their contributions made a major impact to Kenyans according to Mr. President and his advisors. What a shame!
What about our real heroes like doctors, nurses, teachers, policemen/women (discipline forces in general), athletes, professors who have actually done more than we can imagine? Who have sacrificed their lives and touched our hearts in one way or another. They have risked their lives for humanity! They have worked tirelessly for this country; they have brought fame and glory to our country! None of them gets anything! In fact, some die unrecognized and for some their names betray them.
Was it time for the president to pay back his political loyalties? Is he still the president of the people who voted for him and those who did not? Kenya is now much divided and tribal than before. The president needs to do more and unite all of us practically, not through rhetoric talk. Through his leadership, we need to gain back our lost glory; otherwise, we are headed to the dogs. We need to see and feel real action and change in terms of economic growth and social development.
If things don’t change and continue this way, I wonder how we are going to survive the next 5 years. When we have negative attitudes and feelings and keep expecting the worst at all time and it actually comes to pass. So now, we need to brace ourselves for grand corruption and hard economic times ahead just to mention a few…