Papa snake and I

molotov-cocktail-logo_4First of all congratulations to the Kenya Sevens team for one heck of a performance down in Wellington, like every other politically correct tweep however, I think we lost because the middle refuses to play rugby and get their hands dirty, we just tweet about results and whine.

There’s this new thing on social media, where everyone claims to be middle class, like the badge puts you a little above the stone throwing Waititu and well on your way to being in the same league as Jimnah and Kidero. I’ve been wondering who the middle class are, these select group of political analysts well informed on everything from who Chris Brown is hitting to when Esther Murugi shall take off her clothes. Who are these middle class people? And here’s my verdict.

The middle class thing is a state of mind. The reason the middle class key board crunching tweep or facebooker does not vote is that he realizes the fate of his lot is to work tirelessly grasping for that move from middle class Nairobi or be consigned back to the slum or rural area that he comes from.

The truth is majority of us who count themselves middle class are just a kidney transplant away from being poor. The life of a middle class Kenyan is a tragic comedy.

The middle class thing is a state of mind. The reason the middle class key board crunching tweep or facebooker does not vote is that he realizes the fate of his lot is to work tirelessly grasping for that move from middle class Nairobi or be consigned back to the slum or rural area that he comes from.

The truth is majority of us who count themselves middle class are just a kidney transplant away from being poor. The life of a middle class Kenyan is a tragic comedy.

As the middle class Kenyan moves from Kayole to Buru Buru, another moves from Buru Buru to Kilimani. And the ultimate dream of the middle class Nairobian to catch up with the Joneses never really materializes. Because by the time he gets to Karen, old money will have moved to Nanyuki. So the middle class Nairobian will forever feel average, caught in the middle between the poor and the rich. If he attempts to call himself rich, the truly rich will label him ‘new money’, ‘noveau riche’.

So what to do the middle class Kenyan asks? The middle class Kenyan should wear his poverty on his sleeve and acknowledge that his fate is no different from that of his slum dwelling cousins.

The middle class must find a political voice and never for one day think he is rich. He must remember that it is a battle between them and us. He must remember that he funds free primary education as well as the body guards. The middle class must never argue that Bifwoli’s simple house does not befit the status of an MP but should rather applaud him as a fellow struggling to live within his means. The middle class must wake up, stand up and do the counting rather than be counted!

I know this won’t happen, I know because I am a product of the system. I am the generation that went to school and studied books like A man of the people, Kilio cha Haki, Papa Snake and I and Ame zidi; the generation that views the employer as the oppressor and the government as the enforcer.

The common threads in these books were that there are a ton of injustices in this life starting with a totally corrupt ruling class. This ruling class could only be stopped by the likes of us; a motivated and well informed underdog fighting against all odds to oust the oppressors. But what was even more common in all these stories, from Bana, Sazan and Jimba in Africa kills her Sun, Odili in Chinua Achebe’s A man of the People, Lanina in Kilio cha haki or the Dog in Papa snake and I. What was an even more common subliminal is that the idiot who has enough courage to speak out against the system ends up destitute in a police cell.

My generation was not lied to, we were told to our faces, “there shall be blatant corruption, you shall not take part in it because you are above it, if you are not above corruption you shall not take part in it because it is for a privileged few. You shall not utter a word against it because if you do you shall be in big trouble.” That is why we all do our activism on twitter where we can keep our jobs, go back home and on a good day anger Alai.

They made sure we were impotent the minute we were released into circulation and the most daring among us will become arm chair revolutionaries. So salute to all of us middle class tweeps, I see the fire burning in your chest, the yearning for a better tomorrow, but I also see they cut off your balls so yearn is the best you can do.

So salute to all of us middle class tweeps, I see the fire burning in your chest, the yearning for a better tomorrow, but I also see they cut off your balls so yearn is the best you can do.

 

You shall try your best to vote along lines of issues and logic but your tribal DNA was seated in you longer. Before you knew the issues you knew your tribe, so if you line up for hours to vote your tribe I also understand, I shall not blame you, you cannot blame yourself either, you have no balls, it’s not your fault, it’s the system.

However this is the true spirit of the Middle class Kenyan, we are convinced in our heats of hearts that we are above the rest, we want success so bad we shall reach out and get it. We have risen above the unemployment numbers to pay our bills promptly and have a little extra left for a cold tusker. We made it above the other quarter a million kids who sat KCSE the same year we did to become university graduates. We rose above Post elections violence and are here to shout we survived. The waves come, the waves go, big fish eat little fish and we remain here, March fourth shall come, it shall leave and we shall keep going towards our dreams. We’ve lived all our lives with our backs against the walls and we’ve triumphed all our lives, heck we beat Polio, whooping cough and 8-4-4. We’re still here. We shall triumph still because it’s all we’ve known, we dint become middle class by being dumb and inert, we worked our butts off and continue to do so. We’ve never known an easy victory and neither shall we accept one. We are champions, a relentless group of gladiators that will keep at our dreams regardless of the election results. We’re true to our dreams because it’s all we’ve ever had, our dreams.

{some of the material in this article was borrowed from Mutisya Kaviti I met on facebook and special shout out to Chiefmwenga http://twitter.com/Wazimuu for being well read}

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