By Musa Hassan, UK.
First and foremost, I want to show my utter indignation and revulsion at the senseless killings of Sheikh Makaburi, the innocent children, women, men killed or maimed in one way or another.
We as Kenyans recently celebrated 50 years since we gained independence. We thought we were independent, but we are now facing the biggest challenge to have ever confronted us as a nation.
50 years after independence, we are under a tight leash of human avarice, greed and the biggest monster of all corruption. Corruption is the single most potent threat we are facing as a nation. It’s because of this monstrous disease that the innocent are harassed, while the real perpetrators of crime go scot-free. It’s because of corruption that we have to deal with the multitude of problems that are bedeviling us today.
Where are our values, moral scruples? We have sacrificed those at the altar of greed and in pursuit of personal aggrandizement. As a proud Garissian, my heart bleeds whenever I see the elephant in the room, that requires us to use a big slayer to exorcise it, yet we continue to deny the obvious and choose to bury our heads in the sand like the proverbial ostrich.
We continue to seek short, temporary, stop gap measures instead of dealing with it pragmatically. We now lament loudly, that the monster is in our midst, yet we continue to grope in the dark.
At this difficult moment, when our fellow Kenyans are holding us in contempt, are suspicious of us, we should be ready to reassess ourselves.
How did we end up where we are today? We gained independence, confronted and are still dealing with defining our place in Kenya. But we contributed to our present predicament-we allowed ourselves to be browbeaten by corruption to look for short cuts, in demanding for our rightful place, in being audacious in fighting corruption, nepotism and all the other social ills.
When I watched on TV the other day, Wajir south Member of Parliament saying that despite being an MP he could not secure the release of one of his constituents, it represented a microcosm of life in Kenya today.
Kenya is a nation made up of a constellation of people, just like the beautiful sky with the twinkling stars-our beauty is in what binds us as a nation, there’s more that connects us, than divides us.
We should not allow the current undercurrent of suspicion, of recrimination to throw us overboard. The biggest virtue that our blessed religion teaches us is to be patient, and always strive to promote good and confront evil, in whatever form or manifestation. And a patient people will surely triumph in the end.
Let’s maintain peace and avoid any action that will excite disaffection against us as a people. And let us be good brand ambassadors of our religion Islam.
Finally, it’s my earnest hope that one day we will be able to live together in peace and harmony as Kenyans, without your next door neighbor looking at you with a tinge of suspicion. But we’ve got to earn that trust; it’s not going to be a blank cheque. I remain optimistic.
Mr. Musa Hassan is a Northerner from Garissa currently based in Northampton-UK.