Last Updated on 14 January 2014 by Gertrude
I walked to a shop one morning in a hurry to buy credit for my phone, airtime, to recharge phone. I had a 100 Kenya shillings and Safaricom airtime comes in handy. The shop attendant told me that she dint exactly have the 100 airtime but was available in bits of 10’s, meaning 10*10. I agreed to take them as surely that sums up, doesn’t it?
On reaching home I realised that she had given me 20*10 and it was just too much. It was 7 in the evening and not good to keep walking in the dark â€¦ time to be in the house, rather quietly. I dint bat an eyelid but I quickly ran back to her and said â€Mum, you gave me what is not mineâ€
She looked rather surprised, to my amusement. She said, ‘Thank You very much my child, God Bless You’.
What you must learn:
- It’s your call. When a Kenyan Member of Parliament is elected to office by Kenyan electorates, they have a duty to the people of the Republic of Kenya. But it’s always the opposite with them as surely, they go to office and act as though they are gods.
- Learn unselfishness rules. They pass bills that don’t help the People but rather bills that oppress the common man â€¦ mwananchi and those that help them. They forget that we are entitled to know what these bills are going to help us with, in. They do this regardless of whether we like it or not.
- You have to be accountable. At the end of their terms they want us to pay them retirement money. No one pays us but we live through thick and thin. It’s the taxes we pay that help them all the way.
- It’s not always about you. When they say they got our best interests at heart, how do we believe them yet their attention and effort is in â€What’s in it for usâ€?
- Honesty has to begin with you. You have to want change, you have to be an agent of honesty then others will flow. You cannot preach water and drink wine at the same time. We make mistakes, but we have to be selfless in our doings.
It’s in these ‘small’ things that ‘big’ things escalate from. Teach yourself and your kids early, not only to be honest with self but others, for the sake of peace. Don’t take money to vote for someone, but if it’s for free, take it, but don’t vote for them because they gave you money, vote for leaders who have no pockets but brains for development.
Again when you vote for money, it has to return to the pocket that ‘gave’, it’s never for free. So when a leader assumes office, instead of putting best foot forward, they engage in stealing the resources, blinding development, at the end of their office term, nothing’s happened, no roads, et al, and none of the ‘manifestos’ implemented, then what? Back to the same old story. Learn something people!
I have no grudge against Kenyan Members of Parliament, but I would rather integrity be their cup of coffee, what do you think of honesty and our leaders, even us? Am listening â€¦