You don’t fool around with a 200 kilo Gorilla.
You just don’t.
To emphasize this point many Americans would replace the words “fool around” with one four letter word for emphasis. It really matters little that you may be more intelligent than the Gorilla or that you have gone to school and it has not. When you come face to face with it, you just have to get out of the way pronto.
As far as Kenya is concerned Kenyans in the Diaspora cannot be ignored. To me they are that 200 kilo Gorilla. For starters they played a very key role in the last general elections and I am surprised that the Waki report does not mention them. Many people still don’t know it but they were ODM’s secret weapon. PNU also got a lot of “teeth” from Kenyans out there. Secondly they have been Kenya’s top foreign exchange earner for years with their remittances back home. In fact several industries in Kenya these days owe their very existence to our beloved brothers and sisters in the Diaspora.
Lets take a quick peep into history. Historians tell us that soldiers returning from the first and Second World War were major catalysts in our struggle for independence from our colonial masters. They came back different people after seeing the world out there. In my humble view Kenyans in the Diaspora will play an even more significant role in the coming revolution that will sweep right across the continent and leave Africa barely recognizable from the old stereotypes of everything that has gone wrong.
But there is a major problem currently best illustrated by the dramatic change that takes place to diasporans when they return home. More so I am talking about their political views. I have several friends who have argued with me for hours about things I have said here on Kumekucha when they are out there. But when they come back home they quickly change their positions and begin to agree with me on almost everything. Folks in other words it is really important to be on the ground or at least to have your ears on the ground. Of course this blog helps in that a lot and that is why some folks are really upset with it. (But that is a story for another day).
Indeed I made that mistake of assuming things in the early years of this blog. In the run up to the constitutional referendum of 2005 I predicted in this blog that the Yes, banana vote would prevail. Many readers of this blog do not know it but they have benefited immensely from that mistake I made because I went to great pains to ensure that never again, no matter where in the world I am would I lose touch with the ordinary Kenyans on the ground. I dare say many comments on this blog from our brothers and sisters out there clearly demonstrate that they are a little out of touch.
But as I said earlier, Diasporans cannot be ignored and they are a constituency that is way too powerful to be disregarded. I am aware that some prominent bloggers here love to call them “voteless”. Whatever that means. But I am talking about an influence that reaches into the ballot box even where no direct voting takes place.
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In my book they are much more powerful than the legislature that was busy this afternoon flexing its' muscles, with some MPs emphasizing the superiority of parliament and some accusing each other of “playing to the gallery”. Now that is very strange indeed because isn’t that exactly what an MP is supposed to do? They are all elected by the people who ultimately wield the real power as some of those cocky braggarts will discover in the not too distant future. MPS are supposed to play to the gallery of the people. The people are the ultimate law makers in the country and they speak through their leaders. However in Kenya things have been a little different. The Parliamentarians are the bosses and the people are pawns to be conned and cheated and bribed at election time.
Not any more.
Mark my words. Not any more. And NEVER AGAIN.
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