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.