Aluta Continua By Burns Noah

Our beloved nation, Kenya gained sovereignty from her annihilator a lifetime ago and has since undergone transformational change as well as her own fair share of challenges. In the same line of thought, the youth have been a contagious issue when pondering and tinkering around matters relating to national development.

Furthermore, the government in addition to, reputable Non-Governmental Organizations have spearheaded the efforts of creating, modelling a better future by empowering tenacious young souls. On the other hand, despite the endless endeavors of finding amicable solutions to problems facing the youth, the situation doesn’t seem to be getting any better as expressed by majority of the young.

Corruption has been a cancer eating through our distinguished systems by consistently derailing our morals as well as ethics upon which the modern contemporary society is based on. Additionally, the vice has had negative adverse effects to the well-being of the Kenyan citizens who struggle to meet their needs on a strict budget of one dollar a day.

Our subscription to capitalism ideologies have played a significant role in ensuring that corruption finds a serene environment to thrive. Whenever cases of corruption surface, the accused individuals act as targeted victims of circumstance or disregard charges levelled and advice the complainant to wait for their turn to mercilessly loot public resources.

The youth overwhelmingly pledge allegiance to the esteemed office of the president in the war against corruption nightmare. Our only plea is to the office of criminal investigations to provide sufficient evidence to enable the Judiciary perform its mandate.

From a psychological point of view, the youth have successfully been brain programmed by conservative doctrines which foster selfish gains and undermines public interests. Pursuing this further, Kenyan youth have been fixated to believe that they are incapable of standing out for themselves as well as incompetent to give insight on matters affecting the society.

Consequently, this has made the youth to reluctantly take a back sit as they watch things unfold from a distance. The youth should step out of their slumber, comfort zone and take charge or else we are trading on a very treacherous path. There are excellent examples of youth whom have defiled the status quo and are now living their dreams like the young talented KTN news reporter Timothy Otieno, the charismatic Nerima Wako and the vocal Babu Owino.

Its ironical that a good number of the Kenyan electorate approximately above 50% as depicted in the 2017 general election are youth yet the number of representatives in elective posts is less comparatively speaking. This clearly shows how the youth don’t trust each other when it comes to choosing leaders despite having youthful qualified candidates vying for various seats.

It’s no secret that every youth has a goal and a plan for the future nonetheless, without adequate support from each other we are headed towards a frustrating end. It’s a challenge to the youth to find it within themselves to support each other in building a majestic nation.

Written by Burns Noah an undergraduate at Kenyatta University pursuing BSc Petroleum Engineering
Twitter: @The_Analyst00

My Experience with the Political – Religious Ecosystem Written by Wanjiru Nguhi

It’s a Sunday which means I’m in my second home; church. The place I get nourished and prepare for heaven because “what does it profit a woman to gain the world and lose her soul?” The monthly afternoon service is a big deal probably because of the human need to have for validation, restored hope and assurance. This was a most special service because God would speak directly through his prophet or directly speak to me: A day I would be called to the podium and declared relevant by the deity.

This Sunday literally marked two days to the 2013 general elections and the church leader was adorned in a red flowing sparkly dress, red lipstick and on her head, an equally red fascinator. She was a charismatic powerful woman with an aura of mysterious wonder. Politicians sought her out due to her influence among Christians across the country. The 2013 elections were very significant because both the Presidential candidate and his deputy were facing charges at the International Criminal Court on Crimes against humanity for the post-election violence of 2007-2008.

About 1,000 lives were lost. People were locked up in a church and burnt to death! Those that tried to escape bear deep scars. Children witnessed their parent’s bodies being cut to pieces. Women and girls were raped and men were maimed. More than 600,000 people were displaced and a nation moved on like this was all a fictional episode. Those who survived these atrocities were left deep in trauma and unimaginable loss. Diana who is one of the survivors was present at this service.

She noted how quickly the tone of the service changed from justice, judgment and finally to mercy. The Nation was expected to be on its way to healing because the two rival communities were now united. How can the people responsible for the massacre of her entire family be the ones anointed to lead the nation? No one was talking about actual justice or reparations. Diana was expected to move on. Silence was the price she had to pay for peace. Justice to her meant that everyone responsible was going to be put behind bars and that she would be compensated for everything she lost. She was told that vengeance was the Lord’s and she was told to forget it all because behold, God was doing a new thing.

One of the things I find unforgivable about religion is its ability to suspend you in time by forcing you to forget your past yet at the same time convincing you how the present does not matter. There is zero intention of fighting to end oppressive systems that cause harm to the worshippers. Only focus is heaven. The church’s glorification of suffering is probably the reason we are dangerously passive in the face of oppression and poor governance as a country. The more we are oppressed, the harder we pray just like in the case of post-election violence where prayer was assumed able to cleanse injustice.

The service should have been dedicated to the survivors of the post-election violence. We must all commit to holding space for each other to grieve without the need to hurry, silence or numb each other’s pain and grieving process. The service moved on to an altar call for sick people in need of a miracle and financial breakthrough. People made their way to the front. Those who could not make it to the front stood on aisles yet the problems that continuously drove us to the altar were not spiritual.

We were about to elect individuals who had been accused of committing crimes against humanity and it was accepted without question because obeying the “prophet” was more important than interrogating who was being elected. The political environment has a direct bearing on the socio-economic environment. In a
country where everything is regulated and controlled by the government, it goes without saying that the quality of our individual lives begins and ends with the quality of leadership at the government level. It is a combination of personal responsibility and leadership. Nothing works without the other. A majority of young people dancing on stage were jobless, struggling to pay school fees, some had dropped out of school and life was a jungle.

What if these young people embraced the table turning, foolishness whipping spirit of Jesus to fight for better services from public institutions? Would that not be a true revival? Instead, we pray for leaders and remain silent on their role in the dysfunction. When Jesus talked about being anointed to preach the good news to the poor and setting the captives free his mission was to comfort the oppressed and make the oppressors uncomfortable, but the oppressors got so uncomfortable that they crucified him. If your sermons don’t make you crucifiable, who are you really comforting?

Written by Wanjiru Nguhi
Co-Founder of Mwafrika Mwenzangu | Lawyer | Political Strategist | Writer | Feminist