“War therefore is an act of violence intended to compel our opponent to fulfill our will.”
Carl Von Clausewitz On War.
Man is always in a perpetual state of war, with himself, his neighbours, the state or some dark forces as Uhuru Kenyatta would say. But for some, the intensity of the war is much greater. If you are born and raised in the ghetto or just raised in the ghetto for instance, things are bound to be tough for the better part of your life. You have to strive and fight for even the basic of things, like food, clean water, any shelter, clothing and if you are lucky and combine the luck with wits – education. Most of those who cannot access education end up believing that those who have made it made it at their expense and they usually try to make them pay. This is why crime is on exponential rise everywhere.
We grow up learning how to survive in preparation on how to live in the future if we do not fall victim to criminals, stray police bullets, vagaries of the weather, food poisoning or the criminal enterprise system itself swallowing us. One sure way of securing a comfortable future is by the acquiring of education and life skills that go beyond ghetto survival. I know for a fact that most of the criminals and prostitutes from the slums are people who were let down by the system. In the case of the former, majority of them barely attain the age of thirty before they are dispatched to the next world either by the police or the society.
Which brings me to the question, Where and what will be the destination of these people in the next five years? Politicians are on the trail making promises on how they will improve the living standards of the people, the holier-than-thou and saved Kalonzo of Tseikuru has in broad daylight without shame promised that Coalition for Reform and Democracy (CORD) will make education free, not just affordable. He may tell that to the birds, or the wind for all we care, we know he is a pathological liar, Jubilee Coalition’s Uhuru wa Gachaweri has called himself a youth (forget the fact that he is 51 years of age thinking along the lines of Kazakhstan’s Nursultan Abishuly Nazarbayev) with the interests of the youth taking center stage in all his campaigns, the eloquence of hope is abundant, but he knows that he is putting on a show since he doesn’t give a damn on what Kikuyu or Bajuni young men and women are going through trying to eke a living. As people who know that when push comes to shove man has to do what has to be done to see the next day, we can surmise their rhetoric as fools gold, which we are not willing to buy.
We want leaders who are willing to invest in education, sports, information technology and infrastructure whereby our bothers and sisters will be kept busy and positively occupied, not high-sounding promises which are not worth the paper they are printed on. We have talents wasting in the hoods, footballers, boxers, intellect at potential level moving around with guns on their hips, shooting people dead because the politicians we have don’t care and won’t care. We need to clear guns from the hood, but this will only happen successfully when these people are incorporated in the system. And who will incorporate them? it is us ourselves who must incorporate and integrate ourselves in the system – by all means necessary, or rather by taking over the central and local government.
But how do we take over the government? By waging war? I have an answer, and it does not call for the use of the illegal guns, it does not go the lengths of Huey Newton‘s Black Panther Party, nor Malcolm X’s Nation of Islam extent, but the civil way – by the ballot. We must be makers, not takers. Those crooks with their posters calling out elect me in your hood must be rejected; we don’t live with hyenas in our houses, reasoning practically, why should we elect hyenas to take care of our interests? Let us not be flummoxed, but choose the county assembly representative, the county women representative, the Member of Parliament, the senator, the governor and the president using reason and logic, who will not behave like a crowned king or queen, but an elected leader who derives authority from the will of the people as delegated through the constitution.