This makes me sick to my stomach.
Something happened in Nairobi on Friday that made me cringe with shame. I watched with dismay as our President and Prime Minister took a tongue lashing from the donors, led by Lidner and Renneberger, over the corrupt tendencies brazenly creeping up in government departments. But what stunned me more than anything was the temerity of the President to ask for aid within the same week that The Daily Nation listed six mega scandals involving the swindling of billions of shillings. Imagine what the donors must have been thinking of our leaders. And did you see the flashy cars they came in to beg? Sometimes it shames me to be led by such idiots.
About a year ago I lamented, right here on Kumekucha, the fact that we Africans have chosen to remain at a very elemental level when it comes to administering ourselves and conducting our affairs with posterity in mind. How can it be that so many years after independence we still can't feed a population of less than fifty million? What's gonna happen when we are seventy or one hundred million? How long do we intend to go down on our knees to Westerners after mismanaging our resources? To be blunt, how long will we remain the white man's burden?
I have been vociferously opposed to the constant watchman role played by the foreigners in my country. I've always seen what they do as a way of telling us that we are not equal to the task of governing ourselves. Today I have to swallow my pride and say that as long as we are led by this group of fossils, we need the donors and the foreign governments with leverage to plant a foot firmly on the neck of the Kibaki-Raila administration. These two men are leading the most corrupt government in history of Kenya.
I'm well aware of the fact that this week will be dominated by the Obama events in Washington D.C., where our corrupt government has sent Wetangula and others. It would have been nice if they had gone there to honor a man whose ideals inspire what's going on in Kenya. The shame is that everything Obama stands for, our government sneers upon. It wold have been better if Wetangula had led this delegation to the inauguration of Hugo Chavez.
The good news is that we will stop being the white man's burden by 2012. The way to do it is to elect a man of integrity, one who has mingled with white thinking and knows the psychology behind action, one who knows how to get things done, and who will make the nation's people proud to be called Kenyan again.
We can elect such a man.
We must elect him in 2012 or forever hold our...