Kingsley Ndiewo. PHOTO/COURTESY
Today I must address you, because I fear you have forgotten the road you traveled. And those around you might be reluctant to trouble you with history lessons that you wrote yourself. It is good manners to defer to those more experienced, but it is new ideas that have ensured humanity’s survival over millenia.
I must remind you of 2007, of when you built a team more formidable than the 2002 one. You beat Kibaki hands down. 6.5 provinces to 1.5. And he responded by brazenly hanging on to power. He declared war on your people. You trusted the international community to intervene. You trusted the Kenyan people, the church-going, peace-loving people, to see injustice and resist it. But you refused to see that we were already colonized. You forgot that Kibaki was not the pioneer of ethnocracy, but merely inherited the ethnocracy that Jomo built.
The allies and beneficiaries of economic apartheid and tyranny did not care about the death and genocide. All they cared about was whether their privilege was threatened or not. The moment Kibaki was sworn-in they knew their privilege was secure. So these pretend Christians, charlatans and masters of pantomime humanity turned a blind eye to the killings and the tyranny that ensued. And because they have colonized the economy through economic apartheid, the international community are their business partners and golf buddies. They don’t care about police carrying out genocide as long as the people in power are able to keep the country running well enough for their profits to be secure. The ethnocracy defends its privilege and economic domination, the international community defends its profits and access to power.
You chose to negotiate with the colonialists, the tyranny. And they gave you a paper post and proceeded to severely undermine your people. But you managed to squeeze a new constitution out of it, I’ll give you that. But even that was ravaged and adulterated before it was promulgated. You blinked first in every single staring contest with Kibaki. He realized the trick was to out-wait you.
In 2013 the same games were played. Again you blinked first. And your people were mocked, savaged and ridiculed. The allies of tyranny laughed, called us lazy and cowardly, mocked as they pocketed the proceeds of economic apartheid and societal privilege.
Now again Uhuru is all set to be sworn in. They are laughing and mocking. Because they already know you will blink first. The question is, will you?
This is not the time for protests. Many were killed in August and even before. Their deaths were meaningless. They achieved nothing. Your people are dying for nothing. Understand that. This is not the time for political experiments. The charlatans and pretend Christians are calling for genocide. And the police are happily carrying it out. And the sons and daughters of privilege are cheering at the blood of your people. Because they say we are lazy, violent and stupid. They say we have no stake in the economy.
This is not the time for half-hearted measures. These measures have left people dead. Meaningless deaths son of Jaramogi. Meaningless. The deaths have achieved nothing. No reforms, no justice, no end to tyranny. The deaths have achieved absolutely nothing. The bereaved are your people, now further in poverty and sorrow than before.
Meanwhile tyranny is now emboldened. They will continue looting the economy and spreading resources in a skewed manner. Your indecisiveness will ruin your people. Meanwhile the sons and daughters of privilege will fill their barns and banks. Money rules, so your people will have less and less stake in the economy. Because tyranny knows you will blink first, they will meet every challenge with more brutality than the last. What did Moraa Nyarangi die for. A meaningless death. Nothing has been achieved. Nothing.
The people listen to you, son of Jaramogi. You must not take your influence lightly. Yet you experiment and blink at every turn. Their blood cannot continue to be meaningless in this way. Random protests are not working because the charlatans care only when privilege is threatened. The foreigners only care when profits are threatened. America does not give half a rat’s behind whether all Luos are killed or not. As long as someone remains to buy their goods and work in their firms. See how they threw the Kurds under the bus? See how they are bosom friends with Israel who have a boot on Palestine’s neck.
So this is what must happen. You cannot secede, you have no arms. You cannot impeach, you have no numbers in Parliament. But you must wage economic war on the ethnocracy. Political power needs a call to arms, but economic power needs a CALL TO COINS. You must lead your people to a decisive economic war. No more meaningless deaths.
You have the upper hand in 19 counties. Establish an economic zone. Build a fish-net factory in Nyanza and let the people exclusively buy from there. Build dairy industries in the 19 counties, build coffee industries in Kisii, build a self-reliant and independent economy. Deliberately and defiantly. If Luos are being evicted from houses in Nairobi, let a co-operative of those 19 counties invest in houses in Nairobi. Whole estates even. War is already declared on the people, they must fight back with their labor and their money.
All these new industries will create jobs. They will create a political space that is truly just and fair. And when this version of North Korean juche (self-reliance) is done, those who are laughing and mocking now will know that the collective market of 19 counties has defied them and lived. No more meaningless death son of Jaramogi. An eagle does not fight a shark in water. Make it extremely hard for anyone associated with tyranny to do business in those 19 counties. If a policeman kills an innocent civilian, identify him and his businesses. Boycott them with absoluteness and dedication. If a security official gives illegal orders against the people, identify him and his businesses and boycott them. Make acts of tyranny extremely expensive for individuals.
Let there be a call to coins, and the ethnocracy will have to pay attention. In this way also, the regions that have been marginalized for decades will thrive. The people have suffered enough son of Jaramogi. They have been mocked, they have been ridiculed, they have been threatened and brutalized, they have been belittled and excluded. Their pain and anger is decades old. They have wounds from 1969. It is time to be Jakom, to lead the people. Not to run away to Zanzibar.
A final word son of Jaramogi. Change will come, and tyranny will fall. You have been the leader of that struggle. But a struggle is what produces leaders, not the other way around. So build a movement that does not lose momentum the moment you cross the border. The people must have leaders for every season.
A true believer in reform and justice.
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