Lets think about post referendum Kenya

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ANTHONY KAGIRI

My thoughts today come from an argument that came up in the office, of course on the Proposed Constitution that left me thinking post-referendum.

In the next 24 hours, Attorney General Amos Wako will publish the draft officially putting us on the last stretch of the tiresome journey of Constitution making. A referendum is expected within 90 days and those three months will be more crucial than the document itself.

If you are a Yes man and I am a No camper, we are both Kenyans, and after the referendum whichever way it goes we shall remain as such.

As a Kenyan and a “Christian among the 80 percent of Kenyans“, I am in the middle. On one side my Pastor is standing his moral ground and saying No while on the other my MP is telling me that “Kenya is in her constitutional moment” and with such a good document I should say Yes.

For starters I want to state categorically that I am a Christian and a patriotic Kenyan.

If I vote Yes against the advice of my Pastor I am hoping he will understand that I did it out of my conscience and the desire to see good governance and change in this country I dearly love. Should I decide to vote No against the “wisdom” of my honourable MP, I hope he will know I yielded to my Christian morals.

Listening to the argument in the office and others on the streets and the matatu and at times participating in them, I have discovered we are passionate on our positions. There are very few fence sitters. An aunt of mine from the village, tells me she will vote No since her pastor has told her that the draft legalizes abortion and would not give me a minute to engage her on whether her priest is right.

My fellow workmate who thinks it is evil for the church to go out guns blazing on the No campaign doesn’t want to hear the “morality reasoning” behind his pastor.

You see we are not made for the law but the law for us. My worry is not whether we have a new constitution or not but the kind of a country that shall be borne out of the referendum.

I hope my workmate’s pastor will still welcome him to church in August after the results are announced and the draft has passed. On the other hand I pray my workmate will joyfully attend the Sunday service and cheerfully offer his tithe like he has always done should the referendum results be negative.

A good law is not meaningful if it leaves us more divided than we were in January 2008. The constitution was still intact when we butchered each other, and I guess a new one will not stop the violence from recurring.

We need our religious leaders as much as our political leaders after the referendum. I believe they are playing their rightful roles in taking their positions.

As pastors congregate this Saturday at Uhuru Park for the No campaign “prayers” I hope they speak reconciliatory words and genuinely pray for this country. As President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga lead the Yes campaign I pray they will speak the language of one nation.

As we debate on the draft lets talk issues and agree to disagree but remain the “optimistic patriotic Kenyans” we have always been.

“My prayers are with my beloved country.”

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  • Jakes

    Theas nothing better than this quote

    [Holmes after knocking out the big dude]>>>In summary: ears ringing, jaw fractured, three ribs cracked, four
    broken, diaphragm haemmorraging. Physical recovery: six weeks. Full
    psychological recovery: six months. Capacity to spit at back of head:……..neutralized.

    Now that’s the true definition of BADA$$!!!

  • My favourite part of the movie is the fight scene. OOOOOh my goodness. It’s so amazing. The way he was so cavalier about being in a fight and then looking like he was slapping the guy. ha ha ha. In fact, he literally was just slapping the guy around. He makes slaps look cool. LOL! And how he finishes the fight is just so gloriously worthy of the character Holmes is. Yep. Definitely a cool moment.
    😀

  • he he he. However, I think what I liked the most about that scene is the little things they made sure to add.
    The reaction on his face when the guy spit at him. The handkerchief that showed up twice to make us wonder whether there was a lady in there before we actually see her. That he used that very handkerchief to begin defeating that guy. (That was Gllllorious! :D) The lovely words like discombobulate. (I’m a grammar Nazi and things like those just make me so happy because of how weird yet correct they are) The way the opponents face was moving in slow motion. And his ever-so-British (is Robert even British) commentary is 53 different kinds of cheap thrills. Those little things. And that they then play it in real time for us to appreciate the awesomeness of it is pure genius. Going to watch it big screen was a wise decision and I definitely want to go watch the next one big screen again. Please pick me. 😀

  • Nelly Ipali

    at least it doesn’t look as if every major background has been painted on a computer screen  which is impressive

  • Mercy Ojwang’

    [wakes up naked with Adler having cuffed him spread-eagle to the bed
    with a pillow over his genitals. A maid comes in, sees him and shrieks] “Madam, I need you to remain calm. And trust me, I’m a professional. Beneath this pillow lies the key to my release.” << HAHAHAHA this was too fresh!

  • Watson ” You’re obviously not her type…she likes gingered dwarfs”
    Holmes ” Midgets”
    Watson ” So you agree?”
    Holmes “NO!”
    Then Irene comes out and he follows her jumping out of the window…totally funny!!

    And how Irene beats up the two guys and takes the wallet…
    Holmes”thats the irene i knew”

    Can’t wait to see A game of shadows!!

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