This Must be said in One Voice! After COVID-19 pandemic is over, we need to have a candid conversation as a nation.
This conversation will not be about BBI. It will be about making all Kenyans count! For a very long time, Kenyans have been taken for a ride by the political class.
This Must be said in One Voice: After COVID-19 pandemic is over, we need to have a candid conversation as a nation, about making all Kenyans count! For a very long time, Kenyans have been taken for a ride by the political class. Click To Tweet
Stop corruption in high places!
As a nation, we should demand that corruption is declared a national disaster and the judiciary conclude the prosecution of the big fish who are milking this country dry.
We cannot tolerate impunity among the political elite. In this conversation, we should remind our political class that it is we, the citizens of Kenya who elected them. Therefore, they cannot do what pleases them, but must ensure that they respect and represent our interest.As a nation, we should demand that corruption is declared a national disaster and the judiciary conclude the prosecution of the big fish who are milking this country dry. Click To Tweet
We are over-represented!
Talking of representation, we should remind our political class that we are over-represented. We cannot afford to have a situation where we have more MPs, Senators and MCs than ICU beds!
We must demand that our elected leaders use public facilities. If public schools are good for the children living in informal settlement, then it should also be good for the children of the political elites.
We should criminalize the act of political elites and policy makers seeking medical treatment abroad. This is the only way our local health facilities will be equipped and made fully operational.Talking of representation, we should remind our political class that we are over-represented. We cannot afford to have a situation where we have more MPs, Senators and MCs than ICU beds! Click To Tweet
In this conversation, we should refuse any attempts to be balkanized into tribes and regions. We should drop that ‘mtu wetu’ tag line. It only works for the political elites! It is not lost on us that right now, we are not suffering as tribes, but we are suffering as Kenyans.
Those who bear the brunt of poor leadership are the poor who have no safety nets, yet the government they elected seems not to care much.
Healthcare is a right for all, not a privilege for a few!
We must remind the political class that healthcare is a right and not a luxury!
We should tell them in no uncertain terms that there is no dignity in the poor smuggling their children from hospital because they cannot afford healthcare.
We should put it in their head that more than fifty years of Uhuru, our sisters and mothers should not give birth at Uhuru park however poor they maybe!We must remind the political class that healthcare is a right and not a luxury! After 50 years of Uhuru, women should not give birth at Uhuru park however poor they maybe! Click To Tweet
It is not a crime to be poor!
Yes, we need to tell them, that it is not a crime to be poor in this country. In a country where 0.1% of the population owns more wealth than the bottom 99.9% and most politicians cannot explain their source of wealth, is a clear indication that perhaps the rich are the criminals!
We need to ask the politicians to stop using the courts to prevent them from extradition to face charges of economic crimes! We need to ask the politicians to pay their fair share of tax!
In this conversation, we Kenyans must drive the agenda by reminding the politicians that public money is our money! When they embezzle or misappropriate it, they do so to the detriment of our systems; health, education, housing, infrastructure…It is not a crime to be poor! In a country where 0.1% of the population owns more wealth than the bottom 99.9%, perhaps the rich are the criminals! Click To Tweet
This country has no children of a lesser god!
The conversation about our children should not be shelved! Our children are not children of a lesser god! We are not asking for too much when we say that no child should die from simple, preventable and treatable diseases!
Education and the future of our children is not a gamble! We are not demanding for free education; we are demanding for quality education! After all, we pay taxes! Let our taxes work for us!The conversation about our children should not be shelved! Our children are not children of a lesser god! We are not asking for too much when we say that no child should die from simple, preventable and treatable diseases! Click To Tweet
In this conversation, we should talk about employment opportunities. We should be bold in asking the government to honour its promise about job creation.
These are the tough questions we should ask; why should political elites take home more than 1 million shillings in salaries and allowance in a country where 36.1% of the population live on less than $ 1.9 a day?
What concrete plans are put in place to ensure that the youth have access to meaningful employment opportunities?
Police violence and brutality must be prosecuted!
Finally, we should once and for all address the issue of police brutality!
- Why the brutal force against the poor?
- Is it a crime to be poor?
- Are the poor less human and are only needed during voting?
- Why the bile against the poor?
- Why is it that prosecution against the perpetrators of police brutality do not see the light of the day?
It is possible to speak in one voice – 45 Million of us!
As a nation, we will be beyond redemption if after COVID-19 pandemic we will still subscribe to the following misguided notions; BBI, Hustler Nation, Ka-mwana damu and Baba is always right!
I call on to all Kenyans of good will, who have the best interest of this nation at heart to speak in one voice and say, ‘enough is enough!’ It is time to hold the political class to account! I will do my part. The question is, will you do your part or are you still easily gullible myopic mwananchi who is easily confined to tribal cocoon by the so called wenye nchi? Only time will tell…It is possible to speak in one voice – 45 Million of us! Click To Tweet
About the Author: Omondi C. Paul
Omondi C. Paul is the Technical Lead, Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, Learning and Knowledge management at Tax Justice Network Africa.
Kenyan youth are reminded the importance of speaking in one voice. According to this Report on Understanding Poverty in Kenya by Vidya Diwakar and Andrew Shepherd, from the Chronic Poverty Advisory Network, Kenya has 42 ultra-rich individuals, worth over Sh 3 billion each!
If we don’t speak in unison, change will be a mirage. We won’t achieve equity, empowerment, education, and employment without youth and women participation and engagement in decision making.
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Further reading related to: This Must be said in One Voice!
- PDF: Youth, Political Participation and Decision-Making – United Nations
- PDF: Youth Political Participation – iKNOW Politics and UNDP4YOUTH
- The Kenya Youth Empowerment Project (KYEP) – Kenya – Youth Policy Toolbox
- Kenya Youth Empowerment Project – World Bank
- Engaging the youth in Kenya with One Voice: Empowerment, education, and employment – Research Gate
- PDF: Kenya Has 42 Ultra-Rich Individuals, Worth Over Sh 3bn Each – Sida Report
- #YouthStats: Public and Civic Participation – United Nations