19th October 2017
Lady butcher: Ni mbavu pekee zimebaki.
Me: si unaweza nikatia tu hiyo nyama juu ya mbavu.
Lady butcher : aii! Apana. Ikifika kwa mbavu huwa hatufanyi hivo.
So when I turned to go, she called me back. The conversation was in Kikuyu.
Lady butcher : kuja tu nikukatie sababu unaongea kama uhuru.
Me : (shocked) haha
Lady butcher : kama ungekua unaongea kama Raila, singekuuzia.
We small talk weather and the current political state of the country, how kimundu is destroying this country, before I leave.
On my way home, I just can’t help but wonder.
Tribalism is still deeply rooted in people’s minds. Who are we really and where are we headed? I must admit I have never been a victim of tribalism. But yesterday, it was quite an eye opener. The lady looked like she was in her mid-twenties. This is the youth who we’re looking up to, to at least have an open mind towards things in this day and age.
Normally, Mashujaa day in Kenya is set to collectively honor all those who contributed towards the struggle for Kenya’s independence or positively contributed towards the post-independence period. I don’t think the kapenguria six looked at ethnic background when working together. They were just Kenyans who wanted a better country for their fellow citizens.
Sad enough, the better country they stood up for is no more. Watching news lately is just frustrating. Tension, striking nurses, police brutality, killings, babies with stray bullets in their bodies, ethnicity, political division, and etc. they’d turn in their graves if they knew what state we are in currently.
My heart cries out for Kenya. Should it still be Happy Mashujaa Day? Whatever!