A pity party is basically a bash where you spend time feeling oh so sorry for yourself and how life has handed you lemons and you have no juicer to make lemonade.You can even throw nyama choma and crates of Tusker(damn the Mututho laws) and invite all your BFF’s to feel sorry for you.
This is what Kenyans are doing and are fond of every time there is a disaster.Jut take a look at what is happening 18 days into the new year.Starting off with the lack of food in the country , alerts were put out in September last year but we were too busy waiting for the Ocampo list to take any notice.Now i hear there are farmers in Eldoret lining up to sell their harvest at the NCPB offices while a portion of the country starves.It is only last year too where we had a milk glut and we witnessed milk by the gallons going to waste.With lack of food we have malnourished children who guess what-will get powdered milk from relief agencies who will have imported it from country that knows the importance of planning ahead.
Things get even sorrier for us because now we have the Ocampo six legal fees to think about while IDP’S are still languishing in camps and the land the government had promised would be available for resettlement in Mau Narok has been declared a no go zone by the high court.Bring on the champagne because now KRA says its falling short of its tax collection just 5 months before we get to hear the budget read and what this probably means increased taxes on basic commodities.
You cant have a party without an audience and just like babies we know the loudest cries get mummy’s attention.We have become a nation of whiners and listening to any Kenyan you can bet they are complaining about the Mututho laws,the governments unfair decision to increase quota allocation for students from public schools,sky rocketing fuel prizes,insecurity,corruption and a host of other Kenyan made problems.But for all our hollering our mummy’s(read politicians and government) have gotten so used to it it no longer serves its purpose.
It is time for the party to end ! We spend so much time glorifying ill gotten wealth,promoting ethnic exclusivity and generally not thinking too far ahead that is why we have no one to blame for our problems but ourselves.Listening to the people positioning themselves for the top slots in the coming elections,we all know what they have or haven’t done whether good or bad but i can bet my last kobole that we will see the same faces in parliament after 2012.As we whine about increasing insecurity and corruption,we know we live with these same thieves and muggers in our homes yet we prefer to bury our heads in the sands as they commit their crimes and we brush off their misdeeds but who knows we may be their next victim when they run out of victims.
It is time we stopped feeling sorry for ourselves and took responsibility for our problems and actions.We need to elect sober and better leaders with a vision that goes far beyond their bank account,parents need to push the government for better education standards where classes in public schools are smaller and teachers receive better remuneration.We need to demand a higher moral code from our leaders in both the private and public sectors where we eschew corruption and reward integrity and honesty.We need to stop the pity party and get to work building a future for our children and ourselves.And not just any future but one where a child born todday is assured they will not die at birth because of poor hospital facilities ,or have their dreams quashed in teenage hood because of a flawed education system or at the hands of a speeding public service vehicle in their twenties because of poor road network and a crazy driver or in their thirties as a result of illegal brews or hang themselves in their forties because life became too hard.