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Why Kenyans Need to Re-Engineer Their Molarity

Albert is an experienced columnist, writing about general matters including controversial economic matters. Grab a seat and enjoy.

Samburu locals holding hands with tourists  visiting their land

Samburu locals holding hands with tourists visiting their land

Dear Kenyans

This is an open letter to you, I am writing amid looming elections. For anyone born or bred in Kenya, elections are not anything to rejoice about. They come with this unique tension that causes fear and grip to locals. Fear, that all you have worked to establish in your lifetime could soon turn to ashes due to clashes or even fear, that your business could not survive the tough economy after elections. If in any case, we disagree on either social or political issues, you are not my enemy, you are just an opponent or rather a critic.

It is not a must that I buy your idea, I too have my own idea you can buy. I have watched how we Kenyans have made contestation a life or death affair. Political disagreements mark one as an enemy. Been an enemy comes with consequences, you risk a possible threat of physical elimination. That is why today I insist that we must re-think our molarity. The assumption that if you don't agree with me, you are moral inferior not fit to live is worrying and needs to be rectified.

Rowdy youth during the 2007 post election violence

Rowdy youth during the 2007 post election violence

The 20th century molarity

Kenya was born out of the molarity of physical elimination, those who had different opinions about our independence faced the wrath of our forefathers. During those days the illiteracy rate was at its peak. Today our literacy rate at 81.54% we ought to do things differently.

As if not enough during this war period, Kenya's Gross Domestic Product was 926.6 million USD in 1963 today our GDP is projected to trend around 107.00 USD Billion by the end of 2022. So why should we still do things the 20th century way even with these economic improvements?

Ironically as soon as physical colonialism was driven away, ethnic chauvinism took deep root. Politicians enjoyed wooing "their people" to rally behind them. Out of this, we had the famous post-election violence. A war that saw the death toll from the violence shoot to around 1,300. Up to 600,000 people have been displaced.



A woman cries after her house is burnt down after post election violence

A woman cries after her house is burnt down after post election violence

as soon as physical colonialism was driven away, ethnic chauvinism took deep root.

Why ethnicity will kil Kenya

I have often been urged to be optimistic, I dare ask, optimistic of what? Optimistic of a country divided by people who are greedy for power along ethnic lines? We need to learn from Rwanda. Neighbour turned on neighbour, family turned on family, and love turned to hate. The Rwandan genocide turned friends into enemies. The once beautiful country was as ruined as any spot on earth — 800,000 people were brutally slaughtered in 100 days. How could the people of Rwanda ever overcome such hatred and horror? It would take a miracle.

Sadly Kenya never learns. The easiest way for Kenyans to solve our differences is by war, our leaders incite the masses to hate their opponents. We (the masses) heed to their call religiously. Forgetting we will be the victims of a war charged nation.

Today if I voice my disagreement with the "bottom-up economy" I risk the possibility of a physical elimination should election violence occur today. It is easier today to hear statements such as " he is hardworking because he is a Kikuyu" or "he is lazy because he is a Taita" or "he is not civilized because he is a Maasai"

Kenyans have learnt to equate intelligence along ethnic lines, we have learnt to liken productivity to ethnicity. This is pathetic!


Kenyans have learnt to equate intelligence along ethnic lines, we have learnt to liken productivity to ethnicity. This is pathetic!

Pope Francis leads Kenyans in a sign to end tribalism

Pope Francis leads Kenyans in a sign to end tribalism

Embrace 21st century changes

I wish Kenyans knew that we will remain unevolved until we acknowledge that our critics are not enemies. They are just opponents.

Today in sexuality, it is not about males and females as it was once the norm. We have evolved to recognise LGBQIA+. We ought to agree that those who don't agree with you on your opinions are not demons.

Embracing changes is necessary

Embracing changes is necessary

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