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Friday, November 09, 2007

Remain Sober, Brethren, the Tumult Notwithstanding

These are ‘hard times’ for Kenyans. Yep! (to use Chris’ pet word) and rightly so. What with all the walls around us reverberating with the echoes of the ‘political’ voices of presidential and parliamentary hopefuls!

Cheap political and campaign gimmicks have been brought to play in the hope of swindling us to succumbing to the pressure of the moment. Our votes are a gold mine for these seekers of the country’s high offices! (Our interests do not feature in the vocabulary of most of these guys).

Brethren, in the face of all this pressure, let us keep our heads clear and think straight. The fate of our country is at stake. Not just for us but for our children and generations to come. As we vote next month let our heads, and not our hearts, do the deciding. Our hearts are wont to wax sentimental and emotional. The fate of our country rests in the hands of the decisive members of this wonderful country.

This reminds me of some quotations I read sometime ago about Government:
That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves.
Government is a trust, and the officers of the government are trustees; and both the trust and the trustees are created for the benefit of the people.
The government is the only known vessel that leaks from the top.
Man well governed should seek after no other liberty, for there can be no greater liberty than a good government.
The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object.
For in reason, all government without the consent of the governed is the very definition of slavery.

Whether it is Kibaki, Raila, Kalonzo or Muiru at the helm of this country come early next year, I believe Kenyans will be proud of their democratic choice.



Taabu said...

Couldn't agree more Ritch. That was a gem and as rich as you your name. I pray that it doesn't turn out that you are either preaching to the converted ama unampigia mbuzi gita.

Kenyans are a unique lot. Even people who have been waxing so patriotic and urbane have all over a sudden rediscovered their ethinic chauvunism and its biogotric derivatives. We are surely living in interesting times.

Both the heart and the head need each other. Because a heart with a head is a coconut and the reverse walking copse starved of essential nutrients. Voting we must but let the head lead the heart otherwise we are placing the cart to draw tthe horse. No motion nor movements.

Anonymous said...

Asante Bwana Ritch. However i fear, because there are no miracles when it comes to voting and elections-right now kenyan voters are highly doped up on campaign goodies, old school political propaganda and decades of brainwashed negative ethnic tribalism-not to mention what got us into this mess in the first place which is short-term memory loss.
As sure as December has 31 days you can be equally sure that Kenyan voters will smoke the opium before they walk into their respective constituencies and vote come that bright December morning-further more, they will not be considering Majimbo or Anglo-fleecing; it will be all about mjaruo vs mt.kenya mafia-inspite of Phil's insistence, the average Kenyan voter has not changed very much in the past 5 years-the more things change the more they remain the same
Join me Bwana Ritch in awaiting the birth of a new dawn for Kenya in 2012-new leaders, fresh faces, brand new ideas and stupid-proof politics
all alternative points of view are welcome

Vikii said...

I agree we should use the HEAD and not the HEART if anybody understands what that means.

deroo said...

I will use my HEAD, BRAINS and HEART to VOTE for a leader who has brought development to Kenya.

I will vote for a president who has shown us the way to great things, economic vibrance, and above all, a statesman.

For four and a half years, someone has been campaigning to be president, and habouring ambitions that betray sense.

For me and my family, I WILL VOTE EMILIO MWAI KIBAKI.

Kazi iendelee!!!

deroo said...

By the way, KURA YANGU SIYO SIRI. Mine is for Kibaki. PNU, Kamanda for MP and a councillor from Muranga that I dont know (obvious it is at Catholic Parochial City Centre and Muranga blokes offer the hegemonic power there)


Anonymous said...

You are sooo right Luke.and so so will be mjaruo vs mt kenya.and the rest of the kenyans will allign themselves as such,voting in their considered 'better devil' between the two.
As for Deroo,youre soo right on the Muranga councillor.theyre aaalll from muranga,thanks to the townclerks and mayors of the 70's.

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