Saturday, June 11, 2005

DRAW THE LINES THAT LINK THE DOTS TO INSECURITY

If this is not expecting too much from the human race, then l surely don't know what it is.You tell me. Sit tight and be the judge of it all. Drama drama drama!!!!

Why l pray oh why?Why don't we ever sit down and just draw the lines that link the dots. The dots that lead to insecurity in Kenya.

It is totally awesome that we are looking out for our forests. It is noble that we are thinking of making Kenya a better place to live. I like the idea. Who wouldn't? But l have a problem. When l see my fellow Kenyans being thrown out into the cold, then l get concerned. The eyes of the children and the tears of the old make one's heart just sober up as a result of pain. What is this we are watching on our screens? Why is that woman cooking her food under a polythene paper while she had a house just last night? Why is this child getting a fever while it could have been avoided?

I know they are on someone's land. But l also know that if you don't provide an alternative this same person will be pointing a gun to your head tomorrow asking for all your hard earned money.

And no. Poverty does not always result to insecurity. You know until you have opened your ears to some stories then you always think that insecurity is as a result of poverty. Actually it contributes less than 5%. You know how l knew? I was in a meeting where someone literally told us of an African country, l don't remember which, where no one steals. Or if it happens, it's a rare thing.Yet, when you walk into that place poverty is at a chockingly high level.No one steals from you. No one takes stuff that doesn't belong to them. And yes, they experience poverty more than we as a Kenyan lot do.

According to me, insecurity is highly a problem of attitude. That whatever you have is mine as long as l like it and l don't have it. That l must kill to get what you have or to get revenge. Yes, it is an attitude and a rotten one.

Having dealt with that, how about connecting the dots. Yes, dots that lead to insecurity. When you as a government sit back and bark orders and shout civil servants down to oblivion, tell me what you are expecting? Are you expecting that a father will go back home with all his male ego and look at his hungry child and do nothing about it?Recall the attitude l was talking about. With that attitude do you think for one moment that that father will blink at the thought of harming you to feed a hungry mouth? Then why don't you simply find an alternative.

If you are chasing those people out of the forests, have you thought about plan b? That is the exact problem l had with the free education concept. Good concept by the way. President Kibaki did us proud. But as he debated the idea, did he have implementors on the ground? People who were thinking through this very good idea? If they did, how come kids are like 80:1? Are these kids getting an education if any?

Now that we know how our education system is working, can we now see the importance of planning? If we do, are you wondering about a logical plan B for those that you are chasing out of the forests?

Remember, tomorrow as you get home one of them will have a gun to your head, how stupid then if you don't draw the lines that connect the dots to insecurity.

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