Lawyer’s plea to Uhuru Kenyatta on Mashujaa Day

President Uhuru Kenyatta addresses during the 54th Jamhuri Day celebration at Kasarani Stadium on 12/12/2017 [Boniface Okendo,Standard]
As the Mashujaa Day celebrations approach, most Kenyans are curious about what President Uhuru Kenyatta will say in his speech.

The president will be addressing the public at the Mama Ngina grounds in Mombasa.

However, popular lawyer Donald Kipkorir came up with a draft on his Facebook page in a title that capitalized each word, “the speech president Uhuru Kenyatta should make on October 20, 2019.”

 Exposition

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In his dream Mashujaa Day presidential speech, Kipkorir starts by noting how insignificant it is to celebrate Heroes' day with the sad state of affairs in the country.

 "Ni siku ya huzuni (It is a sad day). We can’t celebrate Mashujaa when there are so few who still exist. When so many are mourning, crying and suffering," read Kipkorir's draft.

The lawyer wants the President to apologize to Mariam Kighenda's family after she drowned with her daughter at the Likoni Channel when their car slid of MV Harambee and plunged into the Indian Ocean.

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"But that we all watched her car as it slid to the sea for agonizing 20 minutes is a testament to the dead of our National Soul. Kenya Ferry Services failed her. We all failed her. We are here to ask Mariam and Amanda to forgive us."

Kipkorir's draft continues with the president's affirmative action to dissolve KFS and replace it with the inception of Likoni Bridge Delivery Board that will oversee the construction of a multi-billion bridge connecting the channel.

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"We will spend over Sh300 Billion on its employment, supplies, and leadership will be mainly Coastal. I leave it to the good wisdom of the Board to decide how they will honor Amanda and Mariam in the Project."

The lawyer also wants the president to apologize to coast residents on behalf of the government for neglecting them.

The mock speech meekly introduces the element of conflict as a recipe towards its rising action to climax.

Kipkorir points out how 2022 politics are derailing the implementation of the Big 4 agenda yet the next election window is three years away.

As a consequence, the president joined hands with former Prime Minister Raila Odinga to achieve the agenda.

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"I took the Oath of Office to begin my second and last term as your President. Today is exactly one year, 10 months and 20 days since. But with all the politicking around the country, you will think I have done my Five Years."

Crisis

Kipkorir reaches the climax of his draft speech by sneaking in corruption, tribalism, and ethnopolitics which have been the main challenges facing Kenya

His speech points out how elections in the country have always turned out to be violent owing to the said menaces and as a result, he formed the Building Bridges Initiative to restore peace.

The lawyer also wants the president to finger out corrupt politicians who embezzle public funds and outlining the relentless efforts put in to combat graft.

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"The heroes of Kenya are those who do honest living and trading and live on the sweat of their brow. I will not let them down. I will not allow Kenya to be destroyed by Corruption, Tribalism and Ethnic Politics."

Kipkorir also wants the president to highlight how the country's economy can thrive after the handshake helped restore peace.

Falling action

In an attempt to sustain the speech's climax, Kipkorir chips in hope where he wants the president to bring Kenyans into high sprit that the country will overcome the crisis is facing.

Kipkorir entices the speech using examples of developed nations with admirable leadership like Singapore, Netherlands, and Norway stating that one day Kenya will be like the said countries.

"We say we want to be Singapore of the Savannah. That we want to be The Netherlands of the Rift Valley. Norway on the Hills. We can’t be all these unless we end Corruption as they did. Together, we will end."

Then his speech goes on to urge Kenyans to uphold national values like patriotism with special focus to the World Athletics Championship and Eluid Kipchoge's sub-two-hour marathon feat in Vienna.

"Those athletes are our national heroes. Their dedication to the sport. Their daily sacrifices. Their humility. All these are qualities we all need to and ought to emulate."

The end

Just like a typical presidential sermon, Kipkorir ends with a pledge for support to build an inclusive Kenya before signing off with a 'May God bless you and Kenya's cliche.

 "I implore all to support me in this new dawn. I ask you to support me in building bridges across all our people, all faiths, all regions. Never again, will anyone be left behind."

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