We also are not going to allow the payment of a single cent, not a single dime, from the public to the prime movers of the Mau outrage. Our lawyers, led by Mr. Kibe Mungai are working round the clock and we will also have mass demos if the government does not retract. Pesa ya umma sio pesa ya serikali! We need a national referendum to pay that any amount of money to individuals who abused their offices of trust to enrich themselves at our expense. These people, like others around the country who have damaged our forests, swamps, lakes and rivers, have committed crimes against humanity and nature by destroying the Mau and should be punished not rewarded for it. It is even worse for Mr. Moi because he was our trustee in chief.
The only people who deserve sympathy on purely humanitarian grounds (which by the way is a duty of the State) and should be indemnified (not compensated) by the State are the poor masses who depended/subsisted on their illegal occupation of the Mau. Strictly, we have enough destitute in the country and it is for our own good not to create more. As we say in my mother tongue, “When the tongue bleeds you cannot spit out all the blood; some you just must swallow.”
But, interestingly is sitting pretty like a bystander in her/his life yet s/he knows zillions more than I do about the sleazy goings on in Government. S/he has a duty to stand up for her/his country. That way both wings of Government will be checked. Omtatah and Co. will take care of the rot in PNU as s/he takes care of the rot in ODM. That way, Kenya will be the happier and merrier country it is supposed to be. That way, we will be working towards a clean government. Citizenship is a duty for all not just for Omtatah and Co. to volunteer their time and limb. We should not expect others to do things for us. In the spirit of the National Anthem, let’s all stand up for this country. It is time for Kenya to eat! So, let’s feed it with the baby food of the State: INSTITUTIONS.
But on a more serious note, is it really beyond us to perceive and engage Kenya beyond this absolutely false and nauseating PNU/ODM divide that is simply a career advancement tool for our vile politicians? Is it impossible for us to be nationalistic (support of the country) without being patriotic (support of the political class)? It is patriotic to support our government; but it is not nationalistic to do so when the Government does things that harm the country today or in the future.
Have a Blessed Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord & a Good New Year, 2010.
Okiya Omtatah Okoiti