Let the Words of the Kenyan National Anthem Rule Today.

Let the Words of the Kenyan National Anthem Rule Today.

Let me write for us the Kenyan National Anthem first before I can tell you why I am calling for its keen consideration today:

Kiswahili

1.

E mungu nguvu yetu,

Ilete baraka kwetu

Haki iwe ngao na mlinzi

Na tukae na undugu

Amani na uhuru

Raha na tupate na ustawi.

2.

Amkeni ndugu zetu

Tufanye sote bidii

Nasi tujitoe kwa nguvu

Nchi yetu ya Kenya

Tunayoipenda

Tuwe tayari kuilinda.

3.

Na tujenge taifa letu

Kenya istahili heshima

Tuungane mikono

Pamoja kazini

Kila siku tuwe na shukrani.

English

1.

O God of all creation

Bless this our land and nation

Justice be our shield and defender

May we dwell in unity

Peace and liberty

Plenty be found within our borders.

2.

Let one and all arise

With our hearts both

Strong and true

Service be our earnest

Endeavor

And our homeland of

Kenya

Heritage of splendor

Firm may we stand to

defend.

3.

Let all with one accord

In common bond

United

Build this our nation

Together

And the glory of Kenya

The fruit of our labour

Fill every heart with

Thanksgiving.

Today the 9th of August 2022 marks yet another important milestone in the democracy of our country Kenya. It is one of those momentous points in our nation’s history that defines us, especially our spirit of waking up early in the morning to go cast our vote.

But even as we do so, I call upon every one of us to be guided by the word of our national anthem even as queue and endure the long agonizing waits to exercise one of our most revered civic rights which double up as our responsibility.

In the first stanza of the national anthem lies a gem so great to cherish. Besides our prayer to God to bless our great nation and desiring that justice is our shield and defender, we wish to dwell in unity peace, and liberty.

And from the last statement comes the rallying call today. That of letting that be our identity and tasking ourselves to ensure we remain true to those dictates.  As we go about casting our votes, let those words ring in our minds as a bell.

My second plea has to do with the rallying call to all of us to go out in large numbers in this historic moment to choose our leaders. It is important to realize that every vote counts and that we choose our leaders wisely because they determine how the economy is run.

Yesterday I eavesdropped at a mama mboga who said she wouldn’t vote because the elected leader would not come to take out of the mboga business to a better form of employment. I stood there for a moment and wondered what sort of understanding we have about political leadership partly tainted by the so-called politicians themselves.

Whether she likes it or not, the type of leaders elected will determine a lot of things in this mama mboga’s quality of life from today going forward. To, at least, cushion herself from blaming herself for failing in the future; it would be prudent for her and you and everyone else to go vote today.

The future is in our hands, and we must ensure that that future is insured and safeguarded. We can only do that by choosing our leaders and choosing them wisely. And we do so, we should respect the fundamental right of others regarding their choice of leaders.

In simple terms, let us sail through this electioneering period peacefully and with tolerance for those with whom we don’t share the same political opinion. At the end of this period, it will be us again.

Geoffrey Ndege

Geoffrey Ndege

Geoffrey Ndege is the Editor and topical contributor for the Daily Focus Kenya. He writes in the areas of Science, Politics, Technology, Current Affairs, Opinion, Agriculture, Energy, Education, Entrepreneurship, Governance, International Emerging Issues, Society, and culture. For featuring and promotions reach out on 0714-505-312 or write to us at ndegegeoffrey@gmail.com. To support - Mpesa no. is 0714505312.

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