Kenya: A Calculated Jumble
A Soliloquy by Clinton Job
They say, “Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder,” so is politics. Back home, they say, “Everyone applauds his own bull; no matter what…thin or fat, weak or strong.” We no longer care who leads today. We call them “The devil we know.” But for this, let’s call it the calculated political jumble; that we know so little about.
So sad, that we have such little control over the situation. We follow our leaders, like we owe them; they say jump, but we go an extra mile of flying. The question is; to whose advantage? Oh poor Kenyans! So much is hidden from the common eye, therefore we need an eagle’s. But truth be told, we just have to embrace our position in the pyramid. We are all Kenyans, and should remain so, just like we loved each other before.
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the field, whose face is disfigured by scratches and dust and sweat and blood; who toils valiantly; who errs, who drops a bundle again and again, because there is no effort without error and flaws; but he who actually fights to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. This is the voice of that voiceless Kenyan, made desperate for easy manipulation, despite their endless struggles.
Amazing how we make our political choices lately. It is a bitter pill to swallow, but we have to call it as it is; we are ethnically political. We are defined by our last names, and county of origin…and that’s exactly how we hint our political sides. But really, should this be the case? Nevertheless, we are a whole bunch of wonderful elites, why should we opt for such a shallow judgment? When did we stop going for what’s best for Kenya; the ideologies, development, a future? When did we stop to think about the future?
We are often so blind with patriotism and loyalty that we can’t face reality. Our inclinations will only make us angle away from our once-friends, which is a cunning recklessness by the lords in-charge; the politicians. Sadly, our so-called leaders will always have a better bite of the meat, all we shall forever have the bones to lick. In the end, we still cling to “our bulls”, with all the filth we know about them. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.
Just a little word, the paranoid personalities are the ones who know little of what’s going on. It must be clear to us, that this is exactly where we have been intelligently pushed to sit. Don’t you think we deserve better than hatred and separation? Who suffers in the end? Kenya must wake up, get a sharp inner eye, have a sober judgment and make our country great among countries.