Sometimes I get tired of watching news, so much negativity but then again I can’t ignore what happens in my country and I don’t blame the networks for the sad news, “dogs biting men isn’t news but men biting dogs is.”
This week marked a significant week in my life. A week where not only am I growing older, learning to live life each day as it comes but also realizing I have a destiny and it comes with it perks, like learning to be patient. However, the sad news of Sheikh Aboud Rogo’s assassination and the repercussions thereafter tested my every being. Many call me “celebrity” a word I have never understood since I don’t know what they celebrate but I now know more than ever that I have a voice and instead of coming up with a song, arranging it, recording it etal, I have chosen to use “words, text, vocabulary and phrases” to pass my message along.
Kenya’s social fabric has been threatened by silly, irresponsible Kenyans who seek to bring our country to our knees with acts of cowardice.
I sit and watch scenes of men looting shops, shops of hardworking men and women of our soil, destroying cars. They destroy these cars because they don’t own a car and know nothing of paying a loan or paying insurance, nonetheless, they are ignorant to insure their brains with tolerance. I feel a tinge of pain as I use the word tolerance because NO death of a Muslim cleric should be directed to the mistake or be blamed to Christians. The looting, burning and destruction of any religious place is not only low, cowardly, ungodly but disgusting.
What these goons are doing is creating a religious rift where there has been none. Where they go wrong is mourning death by creating animosity, more death and imaginary religious tension.
I flip my TV to be met with news and headlines all glaring with sad news of the tension in Mombasa. “Orgy of Violence” on one station, “Mombasa Riots” in another. There are theories, counter theories, statements and facts about the life of the deceased and I am not one to delve into his life. That is mind over matter. The issue I have is the scenes of destruction, the need to get our voices heard by using fire and force. Who does that?
Mombasa Intl Show (29th August-2nd September) is at stake thanks to their amazing efforts to set Mombasa ablaze. All the fanfare that comes with such an event has been overtaken by the riots, it is no longer business as usual, the coastal town known for easy going, fun loving residents and visitors has been turned into a training ground for “Bolts” of coming years as they run away from stones and now even grenades.
Tourism will eventually suffer because no one wants to plan a trip to a city on fire and tourists already in this glamorous city fear for their life. I am shocked the US hasn’t sent out a travel advisory warning its citizens against staying or travelling to Kenya and when they do, well, we know which idiots to blame.
The police, the AG’s office, our legislators and government in general have a responsibility to ensure that the situation does not spiral into a whirlwind of uncontainable religious war….that word war…I hate it and everything surrounding it. Post election violence, Tana River massacre, then this? No more for me.
My message is clear, as we continue to throw grenades at our police, we throw our safety to the oceanic ghosts, as we loot, burn and destroy churches, we spit at our inter religious harmony and as we use force, violence and worst of all hate to voice out our opinions, we cannot blame our forefathers, lack of employment, the government or religion for our woes. Who does that? What we must remember is that that is the mirror of the society we have become, lawlessness, disregard for each others safety, irresponsibility and we are on our own warpath with our destiny. We are shaping our future and as bleak as it seems, I will not seat and do nothing. I will sing, shout, scream, write about it……. I am doing something, do yours because really, WHO DOES THAT?