Kenya in 2017
by YvonneJuma Posted on 06-01-2017
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Kenyans wake up early in the morning to make a decent living. However, there are those who will want to steal the little or much that they have. Today, on my way to work, our matatu was stopped by a traffic policeman. I wondered, ‘What have we done now?’ A day when there was no traffic to town and I was so happy that I will be at work on time. 5 minutes, 10 minutes…. No sign of anything. The driver was making calls; the conductor was nowhere to be seen. We became restless and enquired from the driver, what was happening? He claimed that the matatu was operating without a conductor. Wow! What an excuse!

The policeman just sat quietly at the front seat. We asked him but he shrugged in reply, too busy to answer us because he was on his phone. This made us angrier. ‘Yaani, officer, watulenga? Tutachelewa kazini na gari halina hatia!’ He kept quiet. Most of the people were frustrated because they had not received their balance and time was flying. I could not believe that the police officer just sat there and could waste our morning like that. We suggested that we be driven to our final destination (town) and they come back and sort out the issues that they had but he refused. He threatened to take us to the police station but we told him that we were not scared!

Our suggestions and complaints fell on deaf ears and for those who were not waiting for any balance, just had to look for another matatu and find our way to town. Definitely this police man wanted to be bribed and the driver was not ready to do that!

We have had so many conferences on how to curb corruption in Kenya. However, we are doing more of talking than acting. People who are meant to maintain law and order in our country just want to frustrate the citizens. We have heard of how millions of shillings that were meant to develop this country have been stolen and little was done to the culprits themselves. How long will this continue?

2017, being an election year, we need to choose the right leaders. Leaders, who will lift this country and be selfless. Let it not be about tribe because tribe will not take us anywhere. It’s time, yes it’s time we got to our knees and begin the change with us.




   

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