Monday, June 25, 2012

Amkeni Ndugu zetu, Tufanye sote Bidii

Amkeni ndugu zetu, tufanye sote bidii
Nasi tujitoe kwa nguvu
Nchi yetu ya Kenya tunayoipenda
Tuwe tayari Kuilinda 

Over the weekend I spent time thinking about responsibility. It occurred to me that regardless of what excuses and nice reasons I give for all I do, only I can do my part in making the world a better place. Our national anthem calls us to arise and work. The direct translation of amkeni ndugu zetu is actually "wake up or arise our brothers and sisters" and tufanye sote bidii "we all put effort or work hard at the task". Looking at what has happened in the years since independence and especially after passing the new constitution, there call to wake up has never been more urgent.

What we are witnessing is a determination by a few to get well as the rest of us pay all the fare. Its a determination to get and maintain power regardless of whether they serve the people or not. It is a determination to get all from all and give nothing in return. It is a determination that will only get our country into deeper troubles. 

It is said that the first step towards your dream is to get out of bed. To wake from your slumber and work towards your goal. We cannot afford to sleep at this time not even in the future and hope that somebody somewhere is working for our good. We need to do our part in nation building by being faithful in our work today, doing justice in all that we are doing and seeking what unites us than what divides us. There is always the temptation to do wrong because everyone is doing it anyway but that will only make things worse. This we must resist.

Winston Churchill during the WWII spoke to the soldiers and adviced "The heights great men reached and maintained were not by a sudden shot but they while their companions slept were toiling upward in the night". We are in a war to redeem the soul of our country and we cannot afford to sleep, we must be found toiling upward in the night too. 

In Service to God and My Country.

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