Contrary to what most folks here think, I DO NOT enjoy putting down my community. I want only what is best for the Kamba and a much better future than what the past has brought. It saddens me at the dawn of one of the biggest breakthroughs Kenya has ever had, namely a new constitution, the same old diseases are holding the Akamba people back and threatening to push them from receiving any benefits like the rest of the country. That alarms me very much and is what inspired this series.
But let me tell you a fascinating tale first so that you understand my thinking in writing this no-holds barred ruthless analysis of the tribe that gave birth to me.
My story is about these two brothers who never finished high school. However it seems that they had grasped some key lessons in life when one is looking for a breakthrough. Namely start where you are and start by analyzing the failures. Failures are extremely valuable if you know how to handle them. I am of course talking about the Wright brothers (Orville and Wilbur). For years I have studied the methods they used in discovering mechanized flight with a fascination that will just not go away. The two started by gathering all the information they could find on previous attempts at flying. They studied them in great detail and then started their work with the failure they thought was closest to success. One of the really important things they did was to develop the most accurate wind tunnel of the time. This is for experimentation and gives you an idea in exact scientific terms of the lift of your wings and aircraft considering its’ weight and shape. And so when the two exhausted but excited brothers gathered at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina; December 17, 1903 they were not hoping for a miracle, they already knew from their calculations that the dammed thing was going to fly.
That’s why history, even your own personal history can be life saving, but the key in analysis is to be brutally honest. The positive thinking comes after your plan is in place.
My hope is that my series has shown the Kamba people where they are and now we have to find a way forward and out of our misery. Already it is clear that the Kamba tend to do very well far from home. Many agree also that they are very creative fellows. But on the political front they have done very poorly. Their leaders have failed to unite so as to negotiate and fight for a better life for their people. And neither has the lone ranger approach worked as stubs for the presidency by leaders from Ukambani like Charity Ngilu and Kalonzo Musyoka have yielded very little to show. Before them Paul Ngei’s repeated claim that he was the king of Ukambani did not add any isyo (Kamba staple of maize and beans) into the people’s plates.
But even before that there was the renowned ruler and medicine woman Syokimau who correctly predicted the coming of the white man. She did not try to unite the Kamba to face this coming threat. And that is one other thing about us, we love to have our predictions proved right but are hardly proactive in suggesting remedies and solutions that will come in handy in dealing with the problems we see coming. You would think after the biting famine that kept on sweeping across Ukambani for centuries, somebody would have come up with an attempted remedy of at least preparing for them. It never happened.
At the moment Kalonzo Musyoka is the leading political figure from the region who is very much interested in the presidency in 2012. Mr Musyoka needs to ask himself if his community is fully behind his bid for the presidency. Secondly he needs to put his house in order before he seeks national leadership. What kind of man leaves sufurias flying in his poverty stricken home to go to the village to seek to be chief of the entire community? While doing that he needs to appreciate the fact that things have hanged dramatically on the ground. More and more members of the community are looking at other more united communities and asking themselves why not us? Chances are that if he does not quickly reposition himself he will find that events have conspired to make him completely irrelevant in 2012 politics. It matters little that he is currently the vice president. Remember vice president Moody Awori?
Charity Ngilu has already etched her name boldly in the history of the country and can beat Musyoka easily in any political contest that is limited to Ukambani. But now at the twilight of her political career Madame Ngilu needs to sekk to make a different kind of history, Namely helping find the lost key that will unlock the Akamba people and their virgin potential.
But if you want to believe that Syokimau was right in most of her predictions then keep your eyes on a miracle of sorts in the not too distant future that will put a Kamba in State house. That’s right, she predicted that a great leader from Ukambani would make their mark nationally, after Kenyatta and Moi meaning that the day cannot be too far off.
Many thanks for reading and commenting on this series. This is my last post and I hope that it will stri up things enough to bring about much needed change in Ukambani.
Previous articles in this series:
Part 1: What future for sleepy Kenyan community?
Part 2: What is the true origin of all the suffering?
Part 3: Dangerous votes from Ukambani
Part 4: Terrible crab mentality that rules the Kamba
Part 5: Kamba athleticism and other deadly talents
Part 6: Kamba constituency that is very different from the rest
Part 7: Predictions of a coming Kamba president?