The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Nairobi Second Worst in the World?

opinion

Sometime last year in July some guy wrote something about Nairobi being the second worst city in the world to live in. Kenyans on Twitter (KOT) suddenly woke up one day and realised this would be a good topic to start a trending topic with and off we went.

Some of the tweets were hilarious but many told the truth that we see as Kenyans. From fake police folk to corruption and everything in between, KOT cited a whole lot of reasons why Nairobi was second from the bottom.

Despite having giggled at some of the tweets, I did feel gutted that my city should be ranked so low. How can a guy sitting in the USA decide for us that we're not worthy of more than that ranking and who died and put him in charge of deciding all this?

I'm very proud of my country despite all the stuff we go through and are subjected to. Like every other Kenyan, I too believe we are worth a lot more and struggle to find a way to move forward.

Issues that arise in this country affect all of us, whether directly or indirectly. From the leaders we choose to the internally displaced people, who five years after horrific clashes are yet to find stability in their lives are our business.

How can we allow outsiders to help us at every step of the way? We end up disabling ourselves by relying on others and like beggars we expect our bowls to be filled every time we stick them out.

We celebrate our golden jubilee this year. Our country hits fifty this year and while there is a lot to be positive about, we are alarmingly not moving along fast enough to shed the 'developing country' label.

How long are we going to be stuck developing ourselves? This, in my opinion, boils down to leadership. A good leader is one who says 'we' instead of 'I' and is the first to take blame or the fall if something goes wrong instead of blaming others.

With elections coming up, all our aspirants are busy campaigning and touring the country making promises. Personally I'm fed up of the lies I get fed.

Correct me if I am wrong, but in all these promises that are being dished out I don't seem to have heard anything about the IDPs. What is going to become of them?

Why are they not settled yet? So where are these politicians now? Are the IDPs like the embarrassing relatives who no one talks about because they don't make your image look good?

Instead of looking for ways to increase your already exorbitant, unearned salaries, how about looking for ways to settle the IDPs? They deserve to be given back their dignity and respect.

They didn't ask to be thrown into camps because of political unrest. If we trust you enough to vote for you at least have the decency to do us good. You know who you are.

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