Dialogue is the only way to recapture the Kenyan dream
SEE ALSO :Uhuru's tax gamble that enraged KenyansEntrenched positions Though Kenyan dreamers are dog tired of the protracted disputations over elections, the political antagonists appear reenergised more than ever to engage in the mother of all wars. Sadly, the battle is unconventional as each draws its own rules for the game, always second guessing the opponent. The consequence is that, for the ordinary Kenyan, the uncertainty is high and the tensions palpable. Unless something drastic happens and happens fast, we could be staring at a long drawn out battle between Jubilee and NASA in coming days, weeks, or even months. Such a prospect neither stirs hope nor inspires dreams. The religious, business, and diplomatic communities have consistently and persistently called for dialogue. It has been our singular conviction that given the deep feelings and entrenched positions, only a structured dialogue can steer us from definite headwinds. To this end, several groups and individuals have sacrificially spent endless hours trying to bring levelheadedness on this very critical matter. Unfortunately, the true perspective of the ultimate consequences of a war path do not seem to be fully appreciated by the key players. Consequently, there has been more lip service to such proposals, but with no visible commitment to pull the nation out of the mire. As preachers, however, one of our gifts is patience and resilience in proclaiming the same message to the same people over and over again until there is some conversion. It is for this reason that we are not about to give up on calling our leaders to sobriety. The issues that have dogged this nation for decades are well known. Though some may be complex, they can be easily resolved if we apply our hearts and minds to it. Where there is a will, there is almost always a way. Therefore, by the mercies of God, we appeal to those in government and their counterparts in the opposition: please drop your hard line stances and let us engage in constructive dialogue that will set this nation onto the path of peace.
SEE ALSO :Raila runs into protest against taxOtherwise, from where I sit, it appears to me that we are now all set to drive our Kenyan dream to extinction. Like the foolish woman who destroys her house with her own hands, we too appear ready to destroy our nation with our own hands. In the converse, we can act with wisdom and contribute to the rebuilding of the Kenyan dream. May it be so. -The writer is the Presiding Bishop at CITAM [email protected]