Kenyans don‟t care or don‟t know the law?

Many times we pass through a sign that says “do not litter here” or “onyo usikojoe hapa translated to „do not piss here‟ and mostly likely under the sign there is usually a mountain of trash or a strong whiff of urine. And so the question that makes up this article; Kenyans don‟t care or don‟t know the law? For those of us who don‟t know the law, A.42 of the constitution represents our right to a clean and healthy environment; moreover the Penal Code S.192 duly ensures that one is guilty of a misdemeanour for that atrocious stench that engulfs our alleys, now you know!  However in my opinion and what I shall look to explain is we really don‟t care anymore so why bother to know. Hence this nonchalant attitude has created a roll-over effect with our laws. This casual attitude towards the law and its enforcement has led to the state our country is in. Because if we tolerate the tiniest infringements of our laws in time perpetrators become more courageous and after littering on the streets, they bribe. Once they conquer that mountain, they can engage in fraudulent acts of corruption and that is why to this date we don‟t know who killed Chris Msando, 3 years ago.

My fear is the concoction our society is brewing is surely to be the elixir of death to the democracy we have been striving for. Because as Kenyans we are split into two categories those who don‟t know the law, our marginalised society and don‟t care about it either since who is striving for civic education yet bread is not on the table. On the other hand we have our complacent middle class who know the law but we don‟t care enough. I purposely exclude the top tier in our society because when has change ever stemmed from those who are rich, reference Marie Antoinette and the French revolution!

Therefore the burden to create change lies with our middle class, the fuel of our economy, the people paying China back. But this class of citizens are over time growing a shell around their hearts. For the middle class “hii ni Kenya” is a repeated phrase of a Punda that is tired but must pay school fees, car loan, bank loan. Who has time to organize a demonstration and rally up the marginalised to fight for our country, imagine Roger Murtaugh in lethal weapon: „I‟m too old for this sh*t (Google it). Can we blame them for their silence? Do we expect the bankers, the lawyers to stop their daily work habits and protest?

In a survey conducted by me on most of the people I talk to, when confronted with the question: “Are you happy with the direction our country is heading”? Most participants answered „No‟. I encourage you to take up this survey and find that most of us middle class are of the same opinion. With regards to the leadership of the country and the direction we are going. We as the middle class need to come to a common consensus that our political class has failed us. Realising we are not the people attending reggae rallies and getting brain washed, we are the people who sneer and read about it in the newspaper and make small talk about it whilst going along with our business.

Meanwhile the elixir slowly boils ready to be poured out in shot glasses or tumblers as we Kenyans call them. I guess that‟s why the middle class drinks a lot it is easier to run away than face our collective responsibility. A shot for you, a shot for me and Voila! $3.1 billion is missing.

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