The world is in trouble; both the haves and have-nots are suffering in one way or another. In South Africa, celebrated Olympian and paralympian Oscar Pistorius, The Blade Runner born without fibula in both legs and his parents had them amputated below the knee at just eleven months who made history at the London 2012 Olympics when he became the first double amputee to run in both the Olympics and Paralympics, racing in the 400m and 4x400m relay has been arrested and charged with the murder of his girlfriend, a Nelson Mandela University law graduate and model and FHM magazine cover girl Reeva Steenkamp on Valentines Day. In Kenya, a father killed his five children. Living in this world and being sane seems a big challenge. I pray that friends and relatives of Reeva will find the courage to live without their departed soul.
Back to the topic at hand, Peace in Kenya is no longer an option, it is a necessity. Rumours of war fed on paranoia are circulating that communities in Rift Valley are arming themselves in anticipation for war after the March 4th General Elections. Although the reports are trying to sound academic and diplomatic, the truth is that they are referring to the Kalenjin and Kikuyu communities. I decipher the communities based on the past conduct of some of their members. Although the residents of Rift Valley are of diverse culture and customs, they are all the same as far as life is concerned, and they rely on each other to get along. No single community can survive in Kenya’s Rift Valley without the support of members of other communities. It is like a machine, in which every cog plays a pivotal role in other to guarantee performance and efficiency, if one fails, the whole machine fails. Again, no Kenyan would just wake up and decide that his neighbhour is no longer a human being but a beast to be slaughtered unless some agent of the devil in the name of a politician incites him and funds him. Kenya must rise from these madness.
Talk therefore of communities preparing for war appears misplaced and meant to distract people from investing and going about their day-to-day affairs with hope for the future. I know that no sane Kalenjin will pick up a machete to attack a fellow Kenyan because he/she is a Kikuyu or Kisii, and no Kikuyu will go after the throat of a Kalenjin, force a Luo or Luhya out of a bus and kill him/her. Tribal wars were fought in Rift Valley before and after the 1992 general elections, repeated in 1997-98 there was the lull before the storm in 2002 which gave birth to the hurricane of 2008. Moi through a charade known as The Akiwumi Commission tried to cheat us that he would get to the bottom of the matter while he meant to do nothing. We accept that the past was bad, jungle law prevailed over civil law, but this is a different world, a world where no man is immune from oversight. If you doubt me, ask El Bashir, Thomas Lubanga, Laurent Gbagbo, Jean Piere Bemba, Uhuru Kenyatta, William Ruto, Major General (Rtd) Mohammed Hussein Ali, Henry Kiprono Kosgey, Francis Kirimi Muthaura and Joshua Arap Sang how serious the world now eschews impunity. No one (except the leaders of Europe, America, Russia, China, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Japan) are immune from international oversight.
I was a very young man in 1997 when the Likoni Police Station was attacked by the Kayabombo gang leading to loss of innocent life, 1998 the scenes that welcomed when Rev. Jesse Jackson were reminiscent of Emmett Till’s time during the Civil Rights Movement in America when African-Americans were being hounded, hunted and killed by white supremacists. Human life was rendered valueless and was being lost in the Rift Valley while dictator and plutocrat Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi was busy going about his business, in 2008 when innocent people were burnt to death in a church in Kiambaa, Eldoret the silence from State House was repeated and no Kenyan leader uttered a voice of reason to condemn but they were all busy planning revenge attacks. It was said that there was a time when people were being forcefully taken of buses and fed to crocodiles. I am now a not very young man and happy that even if the warlords chuck out money, no youth will execute their evil designs, the international community will not entertain any disruption of law and order and finally, finally, what Fatou Bensouda is much more than what Louis Moreno Ocampo accomplished. If all of them fail, “cousin” Barrack Hussein Obama will not sit back and watch as his father’s land sinks into anarchy, not under his watch. While Bush was diplomatic to send Jendayi Frazer and Condoleezza Rice, Obama will remind the warlords the fate of Muamar Gadhaffi and his sons.
We know and accept that as a matter of fact, our lives will not change for the better whether Raila Odinga or Uhuru Kenyatta wins, we will still have to bear the burden of high taxation, high medical fees, high tuition fees, corruption, nepotism and tribalism at the echelons of the government. Anybody therefore who would want fuel the embers of violence by hiring youths to engage in violence does not deserve to be breathing the air we breathe, but spending time in Kamiti Maximum Security Prison, Kodiaga Prison, Shimo La Tewa Prison, Kingo’ngo’ Prison or Naivasha Maximum Security Prison so that those of us who love and cherish peace and tranquility may go on with our lives unbothered. This is on assumption that the “irate members of the public” will be prevented by law enforcement officers from meting out their own form of justice on the culprits. Elections will come and go, but our lives must continue. Whoever loses fairly must accept and congratulate the victor not incite his constituents to rise up and defend their “stolen victory”.
Emilio Mwai Kibaki, David Kimaiyo the Inspector-General of the Kenya Police Service and all other organs concerned with the safety and security of the citizens must keep guard and eliminate all threats before they become real with the conviction that humanity is behind them. We will hold them to account should it require the intervention of the international community should the warlords pull of any fast ones on us, and we will have them locked away safely for a long time.