There are two things involved

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Let me borrow today’s writing style from some West African comedian. I forget his name, but I beg your indulgence.

If you are reading this article from any part of Kenya, there are two things involved; you either have electricity or you don’t.

If you have electricity, you are safe.

If you don’t have, there are two things involved; it’s either a blackout, or you are on today’s rationing programme.
If it’s a blackout, you are safe.

If it’s rationing, there are two things involved; you are either upcountry on a 2-day programme, or in Nairobi on a 3-day schedule.

If you are upcountry, you are safe.

If you are in Nairobi, there are two things involved; today coincides with your water rationing day, or it doesn’t.
If you are getting water, you are safe.

If you’re not, there are two things involved; you either have enough water in reservoirs or you don’t have a drop.
If you have some water, you are safe.

If you don’t, there are two things involved; you are living single and can therefore buy one jerry can or you have a family.

If you are single, you are safe.

If you are living with a family, there are two things involved; they are mature people who can fend for themselves, or there are children.

If they are grown-ups, you are safe.

If it’s children, there are two things involved; you either have a plan of where to get water and power or you don’t.
If you have a plan, you are safe.

If you don’t, then you are in trouble my friend.

The analogy above serves to tell us one thing – that we have no alternative but to take charge of our lives, and stop blaming all our problems on politicians, donors, climate change or our neighbours.

If there is one thing that Kenyans have mastered, it is passing the blame. Raila blames Muthaura; Ruto blames ‘those who stole votes’, while Kibaki blames those bent on dwelling in the past instead of ‘forgiving and forgetting’.

You on the other hand blame it on your boss, the deplorable Nairobi traffic, the coalition government, KPLC, Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company, City Hall or even your job. Don’t you think, perhaps, it is time you started looking at yourself and charted your own destiny? I mean, this is the kind of talk that is making motivational speakers rich by the day, because they are right.

For instance, start with electricity conservation by switching off lights and sockets that are not in use. Use energy-efficient appliances as well. As regards water, I like what Nominated MP Rachael Shebesh said while speaking to Capital FM recently – that people should think seriously about conservation. She is proposing that people adopt ‘French bathing’. I suggest you read it up.

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  • msema kweli

    I agree Laura, Kenyans should start acting. It begins with you(and me). Lets act by stopping to give bribes, to speak out against ills.

  • Lawrence Njenga- Limuru

    Laura…nice feature on your website. Anyway my point is simple. Kenyans are looking at Ruto now as a Hero. Like Artur is a BAD GUY but who wouldn’t want his autograph? Kenyan voters are everything their politicians are.

  • Githinji

    The Kenya we want is one without corruption but i don’t see and end it. We have tried to be united against it, remember 2002 when Kibaki become President,but it fought back hard and won. Guys as young as 20 are now seriously discussing ways to get to parliament and government so as to get involved in highly corruption ie Trition after all once we defraud billions all we need to do is by some MPs and get an expensive lawyer.It’s a small sacrifice for the billions.

  • Shikuku – USA

    How i wish more and more Kenyans got themselves engaged in the affairs of our great nation. Rally one another against relentless impunity by our leaders.
    Our leaders have lost the sense of being responsible to their employers thus continue to act recklessly in parliament (censure motion), they taint the image of our nations integrity. I dread reading news from Kenya everyday because they scream “something is not right again” and the worst is yet to come. Kenyans lets get involved in pragmatic political decisions of our nation right from our dinner tables. Lets resolve to build a better Nation on the principles of democracy. It can be done. WE CAN DO IT! I believe.

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