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Results of the nominations show there is a generation that has failed country. FOTOSEARCH

Results of the nominations show there is a generation that has failed country. FOTOSEARCH 

By DR FRANK NJENGA

Posted  Tuesday, January 22  2013 at  17:02

After spending two years out of my business seeking a political seat, I was shocked to find out that I was not as popular as I thought.

My ambition was to become an MP but I was surprised, and my wife had warned me, that not all those who chant my slogans would vote for me.

I now feel rejected, after performing dismally in the recent primaries. How should I cope with this loss before it takes a toll on me?

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Your ambition was to become a Member of Parliament. You tell us the truth in this case because you declare yours was an act of selfishness where only your ambition mattered and not that of your constituents.

Your question and the events of the last few days make me to reflect on Kenyan society in general, and our political class in particular, and I am forced to conclude that we need “moral rearmament” urgently.

In the late sixties as we grew up, the then famous Moral Rearmament Movement, (propelled by the USA and with the full backing of the CIA), attempted to impart moral standards among the youth of this country.

The boys and girls of my era will recall the many songs and dances of the day, as we sang (among others) the then famous tune “what colour is God’s skin”.

Then, none of us knew or cared about tribe. All our organisations from the Nairobi Students’ Club, to musical groups like the Strollers were a rainbow of the Kenyan nation, and boys and girls mixed and mingled in harmony.

Boys like Anyang’ Nyong’o, Joe Nyagah, and Emanuel Okubasu then mixed and mingled with girls like Doris Waruhiu (Kinuthia), Sopiato Likimani, Mary Mbugua and many others without a thought of ethnic origins. We had a shared vision.

Looking at Kenya in the last few weeks, I feel pained and it seems my generation has failed our country.

It hurts me to think what type of country my grandchildren will live in. We seem to have lost the plot somewhere, and perfected the system of always and only thinking of me, myself and I.

That is why you want to go to Parliament as a personal ambition, without regard to serving your people. Your situation is almost comical, and would lead me to laugh if it was not so serious and widespread.

You wanted to cheat the constituents that you were going to Parliament to represent them. They in turn cheated you that they loved you, took your money and you are now dejected. A taste of your own cheating medicine. You must have learnt your lesson.

Many things have gone right in our country, and I do not want to suggest that we have a bad country. We have a wonderful country but like spoilt children, we do not seem to care to nurture it.

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