Saturday, 2 March 2013

Message on Kenya's Election on 4th March

One day to go and Kenya will be having her elections. After so much campaign, now Kenya has to decide who the next President will be and all the other leaders.

I will be casting my vote very early in the morning. After listening to the two presidential debates and carefully reflecting on how important my vote will be, for the first time I will be voting.

4th March will be the moment.

Euphoria will not sweep me. The propaganda I have heard floating around will be like a fireside chat to me. And being informed of where I want Kenya to be, I will cast my ballot for a better Kenya.

And I will remain peaceful. After casting my ballot, I will know that whoever wins will be my president and he/she will get my support and respect whether I supported them or not. And to my fellow voters and Kenyans, whether they support the candidates I will choose or not, I will still love them and respect them.

Today, I saw my fellow Kenyans fighting over campaign T-shirts and caps. Four shabbily dressed young men were tugging at one free T-shirt. Then it dawned on me that they put on those T-shirts not because they prefer those candidates per se but because they don’t have the T-shirts to put on. They are that poor!

My attitude towards politics has been this: after elections, you still struggle with the same problems. Over time, I have learnt not to expect much from politicians. Even during campaigns, I have remained aloof, perhaps realizing that I have a mission in this life and that in my own small way I can help build a better Kenya and the world.

To my fellow Kenyans, go and vote on 4th March. After that, help build Kenya. It is always about us, the citizens, not the leaders. We have wasted the first two months in the campaign fever. Let us do the necessary and get to some serious business.

We are EAGLES in this JUBILEE YEAR helping to RESTORE and BUILD KENYA with AMANI, intent on REFORM and DEMOCRACY. That is how I see it, a constitutive whole. 

Vote for your preferred candidate, don’t go about burning your neighbour’s house and remember that we are one big family of God. If you forget this, please don't forget those four young men who were fighting for T-shirts. Most of us are not super-rich and on average we are barely surviving. That should unite us.

With Love,


Sherry Blue Sky said...

Wonderful view, Salem. I know that, whoever is elected, Kenya will be a better Kenya because of what YOU contribute to it. Shine on!

The Unknowngnome said...

Well said Salem. Peace be with you.

"And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.

My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.

Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world, ask of us the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's work must truly be our own."
--John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961

echoes of the hills said...

True, Koko. Each of us will make a difference in this planet.

@TUG, John F. Kennedy truly speaks to me. His counsel makes a lot of sense to me. It is so inspiring.
BTW, we conducted the elections peacefully. There is a court matter in the Supreme Court to contest it and we are awaiting their verdict. But all in all, we are happy for the peace and maturity that Kenyans showed.

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