Are you ready for 2010

I like January because despite the lack of liquidity there is a lot of positive energy in the air.

Whether we are aware of it or not, crossing over into the New Year feels like a new lease in life – and gives many people an open field with which to explore their talents, energies and resolve in a better and stronger way than the year before.

I have heard of ambitious but possible plans that could transform this country into a very interesting and fantastic place to live in, and I am very encouraged.

The thoughts and hopes of Kenyans are becoming more and more localised, entrepreneurial and patriotic.

More Kenyans are focused on and celebrating what is going on around them, as less people are interested in aping the West. This might have to do with the fact that Kenyans have realised that only they can make a difference and that the West is no longer a wonder.

I am hopeful that none of this fabulous energy will diminish in the face of even more fabulous tales of scandal emanating from the government and other parts of the country.

Life as we know it in Kenya; goes on, and we need to harness some of this beautiful energy into forcing things to happen the way we want them to – for the greater good of this great nation.

The Kenya this year should be made to nurture itself.

At the moment, people are dying of floods and cholera, well-collected sky-high taxes are disappearing in educational typos, Kenya’s untouchables (I’ll tell you more about these next week) remain unscathed; the scheming in the grand scheme of things continues, and yet it has only been ten days since the New Year began.

A tribunal that was meant to help us understand why MPs don’t want to pay taxes, suggests that they need a pay-rise; the prices of food and fuel continue to rise as government leaders say they shouldn’t but do nothing about it and bribery is rampant on the roads because the good transport policies should implement themselves. Just to name a few.

This year, I would like to encourage that we be even less tolerant of societal ills and injustices committed by those who can. If any leader, whatever age or tribe, does not feel Kenyan enough to build you and me and his/her country, they are not fit to sit in a position of power and esteem.

Ignore the outrageous selfish behaviour and use your power as a person and as a citizen to make things right. One of the tools we have is the new constitution. Let us not compromise. Read, consult and make sure what you are voting for or against is for the greater good of this country.

We can change Kenya. I have hope. You have hope. Its 2010. Don’t let it pass you by.

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