The bitter taste of hell probably? Kenyans must think critically and with sanity of what a revolution means to their dear lives. Are Kenyans yearning for violence? Is that the direction they would wish to take? Do we want to throw the 56 years of independence we have enjoyed as a country? Do we want to throw the development and growth we have experienced. The honour and dignity we have received as a major African country?
The taste of freedom is sweet and unending, the taste of freedom recognizes the rights and privileges of the people. The taste of freedom has enabled us to gain a new standing and status as a country through the promulgation of the new constitution. Power and resources have been brought closer to us and though we do have challenges the country has gained accolades as a major business hub, a strategic tourist destination and heading towards becoming a middle-income economy.
Do we want to throw it all away for war and suffering? Do we want the country to sink into a war-tone nation? Do we want a new Somalia from Kenya? A state of anarchy and lawlessness? A revolution means an unstable country. A revolution means we forget about our schools and hospitals whether leaning on the private or public side, a revolution translates to chaos and confusion with no authority in control. That is what some lost Kenyans are calling for because they do not understand the gravity of the cost of a revolution.
The recent wave of countries in the Middle East and North Africa which chose to go down this path have now turned into inhabitable war-tone areas with the inhabitants fleeing where the opportunity besets itself. Libya, Egypt, Syria, Yemen, Bahrain have become known for the suffering of women, children and men who have done all they can to try and protect their loved ones. Buildings are either in shambles full of bullets on the walls or purely rabble, roads have become impassible with most destroyed from bombing. Electricity is a rare commodity as the infrastructure is destroyed. Clean water and food is nowhere to be found as most of these countries are dependent on relief food. Despite them being oil-rich countries they have firmly lost their economic status and have not been able to regain control of the economy. Rebels, militias and a struggling government is fighting for power and resources as the people continue to endlessly suffer.
Considering our current status as a country in terms of development, a revolution would be sure death sentence for the country called Kenya. The Post Election Violence was enough to show us the essence of peace and stability, something many Kenyans take for granted with some singing and embarking on empty talk of a revolution yet they do not realize that they are calling for a destruction of their lives, families, children, property, infrastructure, employment among other things. Additionally, a revolution would result in a scramble by developed countries for a share of the countries resources as it is happening in Libya and Egypt. Remember a sustained war is fertile ground for theft and manipulation for others to gain what is not theirs.
As we gather around for Christmas, we must not take for granted the peace , stability and security we are enjoying as country with the government guaranteeing safety and security as people visit different regions of the country. We already have threats from the Al-Shabaab and the government does make arrangements to ensure Kenyans are safe especially in the Coastal towns and many entertainment spots. Do we really want to be in state where gangs, militia, rebels and the Al- Shabaab call the shots? A state where we cannot enjoy any morning shows on our way to work, no running media, no traders, no hawkers, no noisy matatus or even supermarkets. The taste and value of freedom cannot be thrown down the drain because of a few senseless mindsets who want to destroy the country. Let us be sober and stay sober as a country!
Let us shun calls for a revolution.