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Mrs Purity Muhindi Now Joins Wakenya In Sweden.

More than 150 Kenyans gathered last week on Saturday to witness a colourful wedding between Tonny and Lisa. The wedding took place in Stockholm Sweden. Kenyans of all walks showed up and it was very difficult to know who was who because the crowd was big. It was a real Kenya society that we don’t see here in Sweden unless a big function has been organised. Kikuyus, Luhyas, Luos, Kambas, Kisiis and many others were sitting together talking politics, religion, mapenzi and many other issues that were not the agenda of the day. The Kenyan ambassador to Sweden Mrs Purity Muhindi was there to witness the young couples tie the ring. For the second time, Wakenya had a chance to see her in public since last year.  She is not accustomed to Wakenya gatherings in Sweden and for her to show-up, something special must have triggered her. Political temperature in Kenya has risen up and maybe this is one of the reasons why the ambassador decided to show-up to start an early campaign for Kibaki Tena. Since she arrived here last year, she has tried to keep a low profile. All in all, it was good to see her with her husband.

The coming three months is going to be momentous time for Kenyans here in Sweden and back home. As the campaign kicks-off, Kenyans in Sweden needs to meet more often to discuss who is going to shape Kenya in the coming 5-years.What role will Kenyans organizations in Sweden do to ensure that Kenyans in Sweden can unite like they do during weddings, funerals and to some extend during Nyama choma festivals? Why do we only unite when we have a Kenyan ceremony and after the ceremony is over, you won’t see us together again?  Maybe we need weddings every month because they have proven to bring Kenyans in Sweden together.

Kenyans are a mix of various ethnic groups, a melting pot that can make us to unite but that unity is far from being here. When Kenyans in Sweden meet for functions like Wedding and funeral gatherings, they mingle and discuss freely as new faces emerges during this time. They meet, connect, talk about what they hate, love and admire about Kenya. Be it politics, money, religion, scandals, social life and many other activities without any problem but after the function is over, they change.

Together we can do so much more than one individual can achieve alone. We should never underestimate the power of unity, where people pull together with shared passion and single purpose. It is good and pleasant to unite Kenyans in Sweden and work together for the benefit of our small Kenyan community. The achievements of unity translate into every area of our lives at home, at the workplace, and even within our organizations. Sadly, disunity has flourished in these same areas among Wakenya in Sweden. By building the right things into our lives, we can know the power of unity and experience the dreams of our heart. In doing so, we will bring healing, strength and matters that affect us here in Sweden. We have common problems as Kenyans in Sweden and we need to discuss them as a Kenyan society to get solutions.

Meanwhile, Mr. Kibaki has chosen what he calls Party of National Unity (PNU) and this is the party he considers to take him to State house next year. Majority of his followers are confused and they are still looking for themes and tune to use in their respective election campaign. On the other side Kalonzo and Raila are still in a state of “Anything you can do, I can do better. I can do anything better than you. No you can’t! Yes I can!”  Kibaki let the cat out of the bag when he confirmed that he no longer believes in party ideology reinforcing a view already expressed recently by the Narc-Kenya Leaders. Narc-Kenya leadership has constantly said that they have no ideology but what they have is a flower and most importantly is that, their Party is based on ideology of doing what is best and what Kibaki has done.

Kibaki has provided the reason to why the Government is failing to deliver its 2002 election promises. He sees “ideology” as a term of political abuse rather than a compass-point for a strategic set of policies that are followed naturally, once a course has been set. Is it not from an “ideology” that coherent and logical principles and ideas flow naturally? My Cambridge International Dictionary of English has “ideology” as “a theory, or set of beliefs or principles, especially one on which a political system, party or organization is based”, and an ideologue as one “who believes very strongly in particular principles and tries to follow them carefully”. But his new watchword, according to Rafael Tuju is “pragmatic”. This, my dictionary defines as, “solving problems in a way which suits the present conditions rather than obeying fixed theories or rules” Mr. Tuju, Mr. Kombo and the rest in the PNU kitchen believes that they are certain that they are right and everyone else is wrong.

I pity parliamentary candidates like Uhuru, Kombo, Wasike, Kitui, Tuju, Katuku, Ngilu, Kiraitu, Mwenje and many others who are now going around in the villages on the doorstep trying to explain to voters whether they are winners or losers. Kibaki is not different; he is in western province begging the poor villagers to vote for him without telling them why. Can our Kenyan leaders explain to voters what is Tax cut, tax allowances, pensioners’ benefits and many other economical issues that are affecting the common Kenyan on the street? What is wrong with our country? Kenyans abroad are singing the same songs without questioning our leaders to be accountable. In Sweden, Kenyans are just supporting parties in Kenya without demands. Where are we going?

In Kenya, democracy has many roots, including the perception of widespread and egregious corruption and the lacklustre performance of many state bureaucracies. However, it is widely acknowledged, including political leaders, that poor economic performance is because of tribalism or ethnicity. It is crucial for Kenyans to wake-up and refuse being disappointed by our government. Democracy in Kenya has been used in a wrong way because it has been perceived to mean economic model of liberalism.

Political parties and political leaders have invested enormous political resources in the implementation of this model, and it just has not delivered the expected results, leading the public to conclude that politicians are incompetent-and even deceptive-and that democracy as a form of government is flawed. It is often remarked that there is no democracy without political parties. But can political parties exist without ideology, without even ideas? Isn’t at least a measure of ideological contestation necessary to shape-and stimulate-public policy?  Do we need more than 300 political parties in Kenya to be the best democracy in the world? Kibaki knowing well that we have many parties in Kenya, he still formed another one to confuse Wakenya, but why? Do we need PNU?

There are considerable political risks in having many political parties. One major risk comes from charismatic charlatans offering simple solutions-or easily targeted scapegoats.  If Kenya political parties are not tied to ideas, to visions of state and society, it becomes all the easier for political parties to be dominated by individuals or small groups, hungry for the perks of power. Kenya leaders with their political parties present absence of intellectual debate, with identifiable differences of opinion about economic development among political actors, has surely retarded the renovation of the Kenyan’s political parties, facilitating their dominance by individuals who long ago should have left the political stage.

Do we need people like Mwenje, Michuki, Awori, Nyachae, Kibaki and all the old school politicians that don’t know even how to send an e-mail? There ought to be a wide range of arguments about how to interpret, implement, and criticize Kenya political parties ideology, and about how to ameliorate poverty and inequality-sufficient to fuel a healthy intellectual debate. But where are the arguments? Politically; too much was promised too quickly by Narc government and we have seen nothing. This time Wakenya must wake up and tell Kibaki and his cronies No. ODM is the future of Kenya.

Munala Wa Munala.

SeptemberUTCbThu, 20 Sep 2007 00:08:23 +0000000000amThu, 20 Sep 2007 00:08:23 +000007 19, 2007 - Posted by | Habari Motomoto

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