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December 12, 2019 - 22:23
Cyprian Is Nyakundi
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We The People: This Is How We Can Liberate Kenya

Change of Guard?: The Guardians of colonial interests with no tangible development and improvement in the lives of fellow Kenyans.

“Without a revolutionary theory there can be no revolutionary movement” – Vladimir Lenin,

Our Submersion

We are used to being abused.

We are used to being trampled upon.

We carry on with our lives abused, oppressed, trampled upon; thinking it is normal to live that way.

For the few who see through this oppression and dehumanization. They point out the right way and shout down the oppressor.

Many have paid with their lives. Some were maimed while others live with scars to this day.

Yet, the goal of liberation, to have an inclusive society where upward mobility is not strangled by the toxicity of politics which shuns plurarism and uplhold non-inclusive economic models.

We are submerged in this dehuminizing conditions and the majority of us don’t know how to get out of it.

The fake people say, ‘if you can’t beat them, join them’, yet, this criminal aristocracy cannot be joined easily.

One has to sell their soul to the highest devil. They are required to submit or bend over and give all your orifices to be fucked until you lose sense of humanity.

That’s the price some pay to join this sacrilegious gang.

These men in politics, most of them wouldn’t hesitate to sell their mothers for a mess of pottage (Soup).

The Reality and the Pain

The reality of the matter is that, the country is not in good hands. It has never been in good hands, except for that breath of fresh air and an oasis in the desert known as Mwai Kibaki regime.

Otherwise, we are poor, unemployed, misused, dehumanized lot.

Unemployment is over 40 percent.

The youths, who are the majority, whether they engage in crime or not. The agenda of the Kenyan government is one: Shoot to Kill.

That’s Kenyan government position.

It is not easy and the few who make it past 25 years find themselves judged harshly for how they aren’t able to sustain themselves. This is so much for the boy child.

For the girl child, it has become easy to fall prey to older men. In fact, some want older men to notice them and have a relationship with them so that they can be able to ‘live the good (instagram) life’.

Either way, Kenyan government agenda for the youth is shoot to kill. Remember that.

The intellectual among us, those who claim to be liberators still direct us with the same tyranny that our oppressors have always used.

They are no different from the oppressors.

Our oppressors think we cannot think.

They think up things, education, healthcare models and other things and shove them down our throats. In fact, the oppressors mentality is that we should not think for ourselves.

Causes of our reality

We are poor, suffering, downtrodden people who have low quality of life and standards, who beg for medical treatment, who have a dictatorship, a fake pluralistic political disposition and non-inclusive economic institutions

These economic institutions have enslaved us for so long. People cannot afford decent life even after working for years

We have high rates of unemployment and ignorance. The later we wear with despicable pride no knowing how to move.

We only intellectually masturbate on good things, most times we don’t, what we do is to worship those who have stolen from us, we think this is normal.

Raila, Uhuru, Ruto and Musalia cannot help us. These mostly seek to replace the oppressor, not to serve the people. In fact, they are from the oppressor class.

A true servant of the people is not easy to be found, he/she doesn’t just come by.

They are installed by the people and kept in check.

Paulo Freire {you’ll read about him later below] assertions that transformation needs to happen with a total education and collaboration between  the leaders of revolution and the ones they are fighting for; some are very radical and out of this world, but they are very more refreshing, because; how can anything be achieved if we aim only ‘for the moon and not the sky?’

A better society that recognises that we are. WE ARE HUMANS FIRST is possible.

When we reclaim our humanity and look forward to life other than death, then we will have begun to succeed.

For the innermost disposition of oppression is celebration of death, not life.

The Pain

Am not an economist, but it seems like the loans we have taken over the years is too much and we might one day pay the price of this greed. Economic collapse and chaos. Lack of sovereignty and mistreatment might be our future abode.

What are you gonna do?

“Without a revolutionary theory there can be no revolutionary movement” – Vladimir Lenin,

A revolution cannot be carried out by the class or a section of oppressors. A revolution is the prerogative of the oppressed to chose among themselves leaders and these leaders must be sincere to the cause of the people. In any event, they must listen and dialogue with the people occasionally, without this then the cause for transformation is lost.

Revolution is achieved with neither verbalism nor activism, but rather with reflection and action directed at the structures to be transformed, Paulo Freire says.

The revolutionary effort to transform these structures radically cannot designate its leaders as its thinkers and the oppressed as mere doers, he stressed

No.

The leaders cannot treat the oppressed as mere activists to be denied the opportunity of reflection and allowed merely the illusion of acting, whereas in fact they would continue to be manipulated—and in this case by the presumed foes of manipulation’

By imposing their word on others, they falsify that word and establish a contradiction between their methods and their objectives. If they are truly committed to liberation, their action and reflection cannot proceed without the action and reflection of others.

The above are mostly the word of Paolo Freire, from his book, ‘The Pedagogy of the Oppressed’.

In Kenya, we can listen to the good advice, though it is a great challenge to discuss ideas on how to be governed by a great multitude; the Kenyan populace.

It is not a fact that power must be taken first and then the constitution followed. We must demand that that be followed now. If not, then action must be taken against the regime that doesn’t follow the constitution.

It is the government that needs to provide for its people. All people must be able to get good, education, healthcare and security.

If you find yourselves waiting on politicians to do things such as pay your school fees, help you send your kids to school, give you money to pay your hospital bill, bring relief food, then things are not right and this is not how a government should be and this is not how people should live.

Our constitution embodies the idea of community (public) participation to decide on projects that are to be undertaken by the government in any level.

This if followed can be a great, transformative thing.

Demand today that the constitution be followed.

Revolutions are bloody, so it is well to ask, ‘do I live this life of half-freedom and lack all my life?

Is this life okay with all the facets of my consciousness?

Is there a way I can change it?

If one is okay with oppression, suffering and lack (most don’t know that this is abnormal thing), then continue living your life.

However, if you chose to stand for a better society, knowing too well that you might pay with your life, but having the conviction of a greater future for the others to come after you, then, this is the spirit of humanity.

The educator, Paolo Freire, advises that in the attempt at humanising ourselves, we are also humanising the oppressors, for in their (oppressors) dehumanization efforts, they have also dehumanized themselves.

In their dehumanized forms, they thrive by passing communiques and slogans that are irrelevant and unawakening. They ride on our ignorance to dehumanize us and oppress us further.

So, the task of the revolutionary, who mostly, must come from the side of the oppressed, must be to undertake that great task above; to humanize.

What would you want to change?

Fellow Kenyans, you need to demand for proper governance that embodies transparency, morality and above all humanity. (It is inhuman to be unemployed in the vast wealth of the world, to be hungry, to be untreated because you lack money)

Money is being looted everyday. What are you gonna do to these looting leaders?, let them steal some more because they have been offering you some crumbs (little money) and you think that is normal?

It is not normal to be having a lot, while your neighbor has nothing; it is not normal to laugh or feel great because you have and another person doesn’t have.

Secondly, the constitution of Kenya Chapter 6 on integrity must be followed. Out revolution must start by eating the money from looters during campaigns and voting for the best and unknown candidate. It takes time to train a person to be a thief. I posit. But if this fails to rid us of thieves. I think moving to the streets to paralise government business is okay.

In Burkina Faso, the people burned parliament. In Ukraine, the people invaded state house. In Russia, the people killed the royal family. In Sudan, the people have had a sit in at the army headquarters for days’; in Algeria, the people have refused that only the president resigns, they know too well how the system must be cleaned inside out. In early 90s, the people of Romania killed their dictator prime minister on the streets.

It is well to fire a warning shot, even if it is just a warning shot as the people of Ukraine dumped the Member of Parliament in garbage bins in 2014.

Thirdly, perhaps it would be justice for the suffering many, the hungry many, the dying masses to hang looters of big money and reform small thieves.

Fourthly, education system must change. From serving the colonialists by deeming our capacity to think to being a society that is fully capable of having discourse on anything, to think about how things can be done on everyone’s’ locality. We need a government of the people, by the people, for the people. A true one for that matter.

WE CAN THINK FOR OURSELVES.

We need true discourse be carried out on what we want. For example, what a Turkana wants might not be tarmacked roads, but that Galana Kulalu, Trans Nzoia Maize farms and irrigation schemes in region that work. A Kalenjin farmer highest need might not be that you only build milk factories or silos and let the maize rot in them, but that you make and sign contracts that you abide with as a government.

If i continue in this fashion, then i run the isk of talking like the oppressor. See, the oppressor sits in his bedroom and comes up with ideas on what people want, even withut asking the people. This is SHAMEFUL! People must be asked what they want. And this must not be rushed, it must be engaging and long!. Guided peacefully and carefully by people who are humane.

What one wants is not what the other wants. The needs of people in different places, regions, locality differ. But what is the best generally?

How do we know this? Answer: By talking to people, understanding their needs and then executing.

Finally, in the constitution, some of these things don’t even need to change, they just need to be followed.

Danger to be aware of

We’ve had best laws, policies and intentions on paper. However, these are often hijacked by special interests; being our oppressors and their masters. Our leaders, the dynasties we have are oppressive, their master, the western countries and their religion of white supremacy can be defeated.

Let’s start by loving ourselves, let’s regain our humanity.

The challenges seem insurmountable, but they can be defeated.

As Robert Kennedy told the Students in South Africa in their day of affirmation.

There is discrimination in this world and slavery and slaughter and starvation. Governments repress their people; millions are trapped in poverty while the nation grows rich and wealth is lavished on armaments everywhere.

Some believe there is nothing one man or one woman can do against the enormous array of the world’s ills. Yet many of the world’s great movements, of thought and action, have flowed from the work of a single man.

These students joined the movement to bring down apartheid and apartheid fell!.

We get to know that Thomas Sankara transformed Burkina Faso in 5 years. We get to see that Muammar Gadaffi (though his is not a perfect story) transformed Libya and greatly improved the living standards of people in that country.

Were it not for the action of one woman, Wangari Maathai, then we wouldn’t be having Uhuru Park, the open spaces that we enjoy sitting in in Nairobi, lamenting about our unemployment and misery.

Change starts with one person. Believe it is you today and dare to dream.

These men moved the world, and so can we all.

The future does not belong to those who are content with today.

NOTE:

Abdelaziz Bouteflika of Algeria, owing to the pressure by the masses, stepped down in early April.

The butcher of Sudan, Omar Al-Bashir, owing to the pressure of the masses, stepped down today in Sudan.

Nothing is impossible!



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