I believe Civil Society should come out strongly as genuine brokers for the national dialogue called by CORD coalition. After the entry of NARC government in power in 2002, civil society became extremely weakened because most of the activists and people of perceived good morals entered government leaving the Civil Society movement a shell. Since then, it has never recovered. It is time for us to redeem that image.

Give dialogue a chance

Civil Society should lead the national dialogue in Kenya – Image source Shutterstock

As a new breed of Civil Society activism enters the foray, it’s paramount they step up the fight for the common citizen as the Civil Society strive be relevant. It would be imprudent for Civil Society to remain sidelined in these intense times. Civil Society have a unique advantage of being respected by Kenyans regardless of political affiliation, tribe, and social standing. It is therefore my call for us to come out very strongly as the convener of national dialogue since we represent the genuine interests of the people.

Civil Society should come out strongly as a genuine broker and convener of national dialogue in Kenya.

The opposition and government alike only have their interests at heart as they lay conditions for the national dialogue. Demagogues and sycophants will take sides and incite their followers seeking their interests to be catered for in government at the expense of the people who feel the pinch of incompetent leadership.

Arise Civil Society and be felt in championing a better life for all Kenyans. It is our time to be counted.

Shauri Moyo Police Station, Nairobi

Shauri Moyo Police Station, Nairobi

The passengers were crushing each other trying to get out of the stationery bus. We were scared of the commotion in the Kamukunji grounds road in Kamukunji. “Laleni chini. Mimi nitaua mtu. Leta simu, wallet, na pesa”. The gun-brandishing thugs demanded in Swahili for all the passengers to hand over their earthly possession “Money and telephones” least they meet the creator. It was 4th of October at around 10am. In broad daylight. The scared and screaming passengers were met with equally disturbed and unstable thugs with guns that looked like they were came straight from world war 1. Luckily we just lost our bags and several valuables, but nobody in the bus sustained physical injuries.

The muggers had taken advantage of the snarling traffic common in Nairobi to rob motorists and passengers. More that 10 cars in a row were robbed with several drivers and passengers thoroughly beaten. The irony of all that was the Shauri Moyo police station where we went to record the incidence was just 100 meters away. “Who told you to use that road”, “don’t you know it’s dangerous and people get robbed there daily?”. That is the helplessness our Kenyan Police have become when dealing with spiraling crime.

Is the government of Kenya ready to protect it’s citizens? Security is a basic human right that we should not beg for. The criminals don’t know that, but the county government of Nairobi, and Ministry of Internal should. Carjackings, hijackings, muggings, and other crimes have become the order of the day. Who shall we turn to?

Ill fated Lumia Bus

Ill fated Lumia Bus