JIACTIVATE REPORT COUNTY EDITION The voices of the youth

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To Honor Evans Njoroge, We Mustn’t Forget. by Bessie Sarowiwa @Bessie_Sarowiwa

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Go to school, get an education and be a better person they say. The part they don’t tell you about is while you are trying to do what they expect, they’re busy controlling you. They don’t give you room to question them neither do they grant you space to be. Speaking is costing us those of us who are loud as their crime becomes the possession of a voice.

Evans Njoroge was murdered in February 27th 2018 in the most unfortunate of ways. He did not deserve to be robbed of his life like he was it was
barbaric and animalistic how he was pursued by the police who shot him at close range without hesitation and watched him take his last breath. His body lay lifeless in a farm blood splattered, organs shuttered, dreams scattered and life tattered. May his soul rest in power as our hearts continue to break over the reality that Kenya is eating its youth literally.

The Meru university student leader was a young and bold Kenyan who stood up for the university students something which many of us are learning to do. He wasn’t a thug walking around the streets all day plotting on how to get away with theft. He is like many of us who are desperately needing a better society in every environment be it social spaces, education spaces, employment spaces, political spaces, creative spaces and many more.

What is worse is the unbothered attitude that ensured Evan’s murder. There was nothing from government that showed concern of any kind about the loss of this young man’s life. It was as if nothing had happened like the way you take out the trash and not care about the person who takes it away. Is this how young people are viewed in Kenya? We are trash pilling up until we start to stink-which in this case is speak and stand up-we became disposable?

The again I notice that Evans being like many of us doesn’t came from a well to do family. He didn’t come from wealth meaning his disposability was a sure thing. Poor people in Kenya experience the most injustice. They’re the people whose children are chased like dogs and shot dead, they’re the people whose voices should never be heard even when that is the only thing they have left.

Evans died not only because he was bold and brave but because his boldness was shrouded in the ordinarity of poverty. The law would have protected him if only he was wealthy, the police would’ve thought twice before pulling the trigger and a public statement condemning his murder would have been read but he was too common. A common young man armed with his voice against a system of oligarchs to whom shedding blood is as easy as sneezing.

The president’s silence on this matter is deafening, so is the cabinet secretary for interior, inspector general of police and the director of criminal investigations all of them silent. But we the people can and should speak up. We should speak up for our brothers and sisters out there whose safety we are no longer assured of, we should speak up for their families, we should speak up against extra judicial killings, against a rogue system that thinks it is untouchable but most importantly we should speak up for Evans ‘Kidero’ Njoroge. He is us and we are him we shall rise in his name.

Bessie Sarowiwa
@Bessie_Sarowiwa

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