Part of my biggest problem when trying to get anything done here is that I always simply get frustrated when nothing gets done for no apparent reason. I sit and I ask myself, “Kenya is becoming a more and more globally-aware nation. Why are we not learning from other nations’ mistakes in their history, and using this knowledge to propel ourselves faster through this development and modernization.” I dislike when people make the excuse of, “Let us make our own mistakes,” because it makes me cringe. I most certainly do not want parternal development work, because that causes even more problems, but at the same time, when mistakes cost innocent peoples’ lives, are they acceptable?
Others tell me that it’s all about the leadership. Kenya has not had respectable leadership, leadership that the common man can look up to, leadership that leads by example and not just decree, for a long time. Yet everyone acknowledges this. From the mamas in the villages to the wealthy elite in the cities, people all over this country will gladly talk to you for hours about why nothing gets done, and many times it boils down to leadership at the top.
I begin to think: why is leadership not changing? Why are we stuck in this rut? Isn’t the whole point of a democracy that when enough of the common man is not going along with the politicians’ plans, things start changing. It doesn’t help here having a western historical perspective. For those who did not know, at the time of the American Revolution, only about 30% of the population of the British colonies were in favor of revolt. Only thirty percent! And yet we revolted, banished one of the up and coming global powers, and set off on our own. In my land of anecdotal statistics, I would say that well over 30% of Kenyans can tell you what is wrong with this country and assert they want to change it, but how much do they want that change?