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    Posted December 27, 2013 by
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    GARISSA IS NOT THERE YET!

     
    Garissa a very young, highly ethnically polarized and fractured county. There are stories of triumph and reasons for jubilation when devolution came in. and almost a year later the Governor and his close cronies have their plate full.There are harrowing tales of betrayal and broken promises. But still, the brazen polarity within the Garissa community astounds and disappoints deeply.we are divided by tribal politics. accountability and being the watch dog of the mass is not there.it is amazing to see how little agency exists among the people of Garissa A majority of our fellow citizens do not understand that authority and power is in their hands. And Governors, as elected servants, not deities, must do the work of we, the people. We forget that we are the authors and protectors of our democracy. We give authority to the Government. We are not subjects the Government.

    The young men and women of Garissa county should wake up. must mark the re-awakening of vigilant and engaged citizenship. This must become true for our young democracy to endure. This must become true for us to dwell in peace and liberty, and for plenty to be found within our borders. Engaged citizens must hold elected leaders accountable. The rise of citizen passivity and apathy carries significant consequences for the very ideals on which we found our peace and freedom.

    Nathif Jama leadership should not be about self-flagellation by disgruntled citizens or self-adulation by his tribal nemesis. It should be about introspection, examination of our collective lives. Socrates is famous for saying, “ the unexamined life is not worth living”. And I dare say that passive citizenship is life unlived, and not worth examining.

    Perverts, sycophants and disgraceful tribalist will forever be cynical to the messenger and miss the message.
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