Kenyans just want to know. They want to know who greased the hands of the violent men and women who hacked, maimed and slaughtered their brothers and sisters in cold blood; and they want them to pay. That will start the process.
The instant Mr Emilio Kibaki was sworn in at State House Nairobi, on December 30, fires were lit in Kibera, Eldoret, Kisumu, Kisii, and other places. Why? Had they been waiting from five years ago or from the night of the December 27, 2007? Who were they? Why were they there to see who won the elections? For a country of nonchalant individuals, why all of a sudden did they care?
Millions of questions have been asked about those tragic months that followed the disputed General Elections, and though answers have been given and theories debated, no one can say for sure. I feel that Kenyans now have a solid chance and they should not waste it.
The Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission has a lot of work, but this work will be rendered useless if Kenyans do not say exactly how they feel, exactly how they have been affected, every five years, or every weekend that a politician stirs up some kind of negative sentiment.
Kenyans need to come out of their ego-umbrellas and embrace patriotism at this crucial time. At the moment, the word Kenya is that of a country that is milked only for the good things it has, and rejected rather than corrected for all the bad. Not by outsiders, by ourselves. We are the ones who really matter.
We can no longer ignore these terrible injustices that have been happening for decades in the name of lions, because these are becoming extinct. Our beautiful forests are burning up in someone’s jiko and our lovely beaches are rotting in irresponsibly disposed plastic and paper waste. Kenyans must realise that they need to deal with their feelings.
I have faith in the TJRC. I believe that among the men and women leading it are those who actually have a heart and conscious that is bigger than their pockets and bellies combined.
I would like to encourage every Kenyan who has been affected, or who has been shattered, to give their views. I would encourage that even now they would face their fears and present them. I would encourage them to follow up on the workings of this commission, every step, working tirelessly for the sake of themselves and their children, and this beloved beautiful country.
We can do it. Even though Mr Ob, aka Barack Obama, is unpopular for saying the truth about Kenya, I would like to encourage you with his words; Yes we can. Let’s do this for our brothers, sisters, parents, grandparents, and our nation. It is only we as Kenyans that can make things right.