opinionBy Koigi Wamwere
Because of election campaigns, Kenyans may not be thinking about the true significance of this year to the cause of justice in Kenya. This year 2013, we shall be celebrating our Jubilee or 50th year since independence. So one political coalition has called itself Jubilee Coalition and I am sure there will be celebrations galore of the Jubilee at Uhuru Park.
Despite Jubilee Coalition and celebrations at Uhuru Park, what Kenya will be ululating about will be its 50 years of age and not the spirit of Jubilee as celebrated by Israeli nation, just like those who are donning the gown of Jubilee without internalizing its soul. Imagine someone who dons the name Malaika but does not live like an angel or calls oneself Adolf Hitler without feeling the shame of the Holocaust.
As the year of the first election after the new constitution, the year 2013 will determine our fate as a nation and as individuals depending on whether we shall vote for a leadership that will shatter our dream for change, justice and entry into First World or a leadership whose determination will be to amend, mutilate and transform the new constitution into an instrument of the status quo, an obstacle to block our way to The Promised Land and a protector for evil, greed, corruption, negative ethnicity, impunity or dictatorship just like the old constitution.
If we use 2013 to elect a leadership to maintain the status quo, we shall have wasted a great opportunity to become a great nation and betrayed all our heroes who died and others endured torture, detention and economic ruin to make Kenya the heaven on earth it deserves to be.
As we celebrate our Jubilee, one must hope that Kenyans will think less about the fanfare, explosives we shall fire into the sky and mere age of our nation, and concentrate more on what we could become if we should internalize and promise ourselves to henceforth be guided by the spirit of Jubilee as celebrated by the Israeli people. If we mentally block the spirit of Jubilee and not make it our guiding star for the next 50 years, 63333333333333333333333333
Contrary to the spirit of Jubilee, the spirit of 2013, our 50th year will not see liberty proclaimed for slaves of poverty or prisoners of injustice, stolen lands restored to their true owners who are landless or people freed from shackles of corruption and negative ethnicity. Because the spirit of an election year and that of a Jubilee are contradictory, the mean spirit of Kenyan elections, like that of drought, will consume the generous spirit of Jubilee or bumper harvest.
Should Kenyans want to celebrate true Jubilee, they would need to give themselves certain things that neither Jubilee Coalition nor Cord Coalition could give them even if they formed the next Kenya government.
First, there will be no true Jubilee if Kenyans will make the tragic mistake of electing bad or worse leadership than they already have as they look poised to. Without good leadership, nothing good, like true Jubilee, is possible. Indeed when the country is led by corrupt and oppressive leaders, Jubilee can only be a perpetuation and confirmation of continued corruption, thievery, servitude, slavery and betrayal of the weak, which is no Jubilee at all.
Second, there will be no true Jubilee if the country is as firmly enslaved by corruption as it is today. Graft will hardly allow liberty for the victims of poverty and thievery or restoration of what is stolen or exploited from them.
Third, there will be no true Jubilee if Kenyans are imprisoned by the hate of negative ethnicity which must extinguish the love of Jubilee. Jubilee is the year of love that is impossible where ethnic hate reigns supreme as it does in Kenya.
Fourth, there will no true Jubilee without suspension or eradication of the bad economic system that breeds greed, selfishness, exploitation, thievery, corruption and poverty. People cannot have Jubilee in a system that is anti the liberation of Jubilee.
Finally, to have a true Jubilee and an end to slavery, we must end impunity and dictatorship of those who live above the law because they are rich and powerful.To go to heaven, we must surrender sin. To have a Jubilee, we must liberate the poor. Else, we hallucinate.