By Abdulkarim Ruto Taraja
THE KENYA WE WANT
From all the corners of the country, there is total unrest and conflict. Terrorists are terrorizing the Coastal, Northern Frontier and Nairobi counties mercilessly bringing the breath of many Kenyans into full stop. Land grabbing all over the country, abject poverty consuming many citizens, political confusion and alignment, cattle rustling in the Northern part of Rift Valley, high cost of living, the appreciating cost of education, the climate change toward unfavorable conditions, political supremacy in the country, ever degrading moral values in the humanity, untreatable diseases- all bringing confusion and lack of peace to all. This is making the Kenya far from the Kenya we all want.
We need a peaceful Kenya- a Kenya that the surname will never betray the individual in any part of the country. Kenya, that an individual will carry his own cross without dragging the whole community behind him/her. A Kenya that political and religious feuds, elimination and assassination of vocal personalities based on their stand shall be the thing of the past. We need a Kenya that corruption and impunity is zero rated in all sectors of the political and economical divide. We want a Kenya that cattle rustlers in Northern Kenyan parts will venture into business and agriculture and understand that, a cattle raiding is not a source of legal income and allow fellow Kenyans to enter their sanctums in peace and wake up in peace not pieces. A Kenya that a police will be highly respected and sort for security and not as victims of neighbor feuds that has escalated in the recent times in the history of security apparatus in the country.
“Kenyans for Kenya” that helped the Turkana Famine is the Kenya we want. A united Kenya, that stands behind Ezekiel Kemboi and Obiri while crossing the Olympic competitions in abroad. We need Kenya that practices unity of purpose daily as witnessed during the “Donate Blood Campaign” after West Gate Shopping Mall was brought down by the Terror groups. Kenya, that do not define a neighbor in terms of race, colour or tribe. We want a Kenya that when an individual sits in a bus from Mandera to Nairobi is safe from a fellow passenger and arrives his/her destination alive, safe and sound. Kenya that, a Turkana old man will sleep in his house without fear of invasion by the Pokot Militia. A Nation that everybody fears God as the Provider, Giver of Life and Protector. A Kenya that, citizens will stop worshiping the politicians from their regions, community and embrace brotherhood and sisterhood, and define the loyal and performing government.
I do hope, as Aristotle said that Hope is a waking dream, that this Kenya am describing will soon be in place. However, it comes with lots of hard work and investment. Our youth needs to be engaged and given adequate skills to deal and challenge the challenging issues in life. The Education system in Kenya is the best but require some amendments that will allow those who do not get the opportunity to enroll in Universities or Colleges. I appreciate the Government for supporting much of the Technical institutes but still there is a lot to be done. The employers need to be made aware that the development is achieved both by the skilled and the unskilled members of the community. The unskilled youth together with our graduate colleagues can move the economy far.
The major sources of conflict in our Kenya are the terrorism disease that is always in our back and the never ending politics. The unhealthy opposition to the government gives chance to terror groups to concentrate on their plans. To stop terrorism, the government should equip the National Intelligence with superior equipments than those of militia to combat the crimes. Increase the border surveillance and train the officers in the border on the importance of maintaining and promoting peace. We need to uphold truth and avoid bribery and to fear God in the whole exercise.
To the communities in the northern Kenya, diversification of means of income is wanting and make aware the communities that it is not only cattle raiding that will proof you as a man, neither a source of income nor wealth. With the County government in place, the youth should be encouraged to apply government jobs and tenders that the government should ease the process of application and handling of loans and grants. The bureaucratic procedures scare away the youth in applying for these opportunities.
Let various tribes and religious embrace intermarriages as this fosters unity. Equitable distribution of power and resource can solve clanicm feuds in Northern region. Removing our Kenya Defense Forces from Somalia can help stop itches of terrorism and AlShabab Insurgence.