Are the Migingo protests in Kibera genuine?

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Why do I feel like the residents of Kibera who are blocking the repairs of the railway line are treating other Kenyans the way politicians do? That it is their way or the highway?

Why are they holding people at ransom that have nothing to do with the issue they are purporting to champion? They are simply giving protestors a bad name.

I find them insincere in their grievances, because initially they uprooted the line to protest at electricity disconnections. The power cuts were deserved, and valid, because the Kiberians had unsettled bills with the Kenya Power and Lighting Company. So first they accuse KPLC staff of harassing them into paying their bills and now they chant ‘no Migingo, no peace’.

Don’t you think that is just mischief and hooliganism? What right do they have to uproot the railway line anyway? Let’s face it, the people suffering from the Migingo row live very very far from Kibera and they are waiting patiently for the issue to be resolved. They trust the fact that the assessment of the boundary has already begun and are waiting for word from the authorities.

But the residents of Kibera are taking things to a whole new level. Maybe they have relatives in Migingo that they want to stand up for, but do they have also relatives in Western Kenya?

Western Kenya was meant to be the destination for the second round of the mercy train. A train that would have had cargo wagons donated by Kenya Railways, filled with food donated by Kenyans who were reaching out to their hungry ‘brothers and sisters’. The train could not go because of the uprooted line that they will not allow railway workers to fix. Migingo is no excuse for a Kenyan to die hungry.

Close to 600 families would benefit from the food donations. That’s perhaps about 2,000 people going hungry because of ‘Migingo’? Let’s just be sincere!

I feel this is the same way, Kenyans are languishing in IDP camps while the politicians refuse to have their allowances taxed and arm-twist each other because they can. If our 200+ legislators agreed to have their allowances taxed, this would easily transform the lives of a few thousand IDPs for a long long time. The money would be used to resettle them and give them the promised Sh10,000 that is intended to kick-start their journey back to ‘normal living’.

Personally, I don’t think the politicians are moved by true, pitiful utterances. It’s the rainy season, the second one since the IDPs lost all their possessions because of a political battle, and I don’t believe they are moved by this.

Let us not emulate politicians who care little about us, let us be true and reasonable with each other and maybe – ok hopefully – they might learn from us.

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