Come on Kenyans! Arise!

Fellow citizens!

Could you sit and watch from home?

And let politicians fight their battles?

Can you let them play their dirty game?

Would there be tear gas?

If we all remained in our homes?

And worked to better our lives?

Would lives be lost in the stampede?

There is no sobriety in riots

At that time the police are under orders

And would do anything to end the disorder

You will bear all the consequences alone if caught

What would happen if you lost your life?

Would your family get any compensation?

Just to ask, are you known to any of the politician?

Whilst you are manhandled by the police, are they present to help?

For once I want you to be selfish

Think about your safety as individuals

Let go of the ‘we’ mentality completely

Make personal safety a priority

Do not be used like arrows and bullets

To be unleashed to cause havoc

Whilst the politicians watch from afar

In the safety of their armored cars

We are quick to condemn the police

That they are fools who scored D’s

Whereas we ignore the most obvious threats

Thinking we are safe in the masses

The police may be ruthless in handling us

But we have our share of blame in such situations

That in their duty to restore order

We present ourselves as perpetrators of disorder

We can choose to better this country

By disentangling our lives from politics

We are being used as baits for our own deaths

While the politicians remain untouched and unmoved

Isn’t the past enough to teach us?

Or is history repeating itself?

We are quick to make biased posts on Facebook

That only helps fuel animosity among us

Our political affiliations shouldn’t divide us

It doesn’t change the fact that we are Kenyans

We should appreciate and unite in our diversity

And let Kenya be what we want it to be

There is life beyond today

Kenya is greater than CORD and Jubilee

It’s time we awoke from our slumber

And learnt to live together as brothers

Or perish together like fools


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My name is Emmanuel Yegon. Trained Communicator, Passionate storyteller with a bias toward smartphone storytelling. I am the Co-Founder and Communications Director at Mobile Journalism Africa. This platform is dedicated for human interest stories and features. Ask me about #MoJo