Come on Kenyans! Arise!

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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
#PEACE

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Emmanuel Yegon is an all-round communicator who is passionate about photography, poetry, broadcast journalism and digital strategy. He has worked with top media brands in Kenya and garnered a wealth of experience. He has extensive knowledge of Social Media landscapes, networks and toolsets. He is committed to growth in the field of communication and best practice of journalism. He’s a communication finalist from Moi University.