When The People Speak The Nation Listens

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That is Called Mass Action and It is Happening in our Country Today.

Kenyans are in the streets everywhere in the country. They are asking why is the price of food so high. Why can’t we get fuel at an affordable cost? Starvation, droughts and the high cost of living are driving Kenyans to demand real answers from the Ruto government, which seems to really not care about anything except commissioning this or that. This is not good for anybody, least of all for the Ruto regime.

From the media, Raila and Azimio could face some problems. Interior CS Kithure Kindiki has threatened Raila with “full force” if his supporters break the law during their mass action. Kenyans will see how full the force of that Ruto law is.

My relationship with politics in Kenya is long and maybe strange. The first time I get involved in politics is 1978. They announce on the Radio that Jomo Kenyatta the Kenyan president is dead in Mombasa. I am dancing because the radio is in my house. My mom asks me why I am dancing. I tell her Kenyatta is dead.

Then she tells me I am supposed to be getting ready to go to high school in Kakamega High School and she doesn’t care whether Kenyatta is dead or alive. That is her. You are smart not to argue with her if you are me. I had just graduated from Chianda Secondary School and was very happy.

So I go to Kakamega and end up at the University of Nairobi and that is where I meet mass action. In 1982, Moi turns Kenya into a one-party state and the students are out in the streets as Kenyans denounce Moi’s moves. It took 20 years and very many lives until 2002 for the nation to end the Moi dictatorship but it all started with mass action against a government that was not for Kenyans but for a few selfish individuals.

Then I end up in jail and my mother comes to see me and she is bravely yelling at me through the fence at Kamiti that oh, there are so many other people there with you. Don’t worry. My father, he said he will not show up in jail. When I come out he asks me “do you believe in what you are doing or you are just following other people’?” When I told him I do then he told me he doesn’t have to visit me in jail at all because I will be fine.

Now the Kenyan people are on the streets again demanding freedom for the nation and its people. It is going to every inch of the country as it has to. Great for Jamhuri.

Adongo Ogony is a Kenyan Human Rights Activist and a Writer who lives in Toronto, Canada

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