A text was sent to some of us Kenyans who have subscribed to local mobile phone network news information saying that some Kenyan Civil Society Groups had planned a peaceful demonstration that was to start at Uhuru (Swahili for Freedom) Park at 1Pm and move through Nairobi city centre to Parliament buildings, to end at 2pm. The reason? To protest peacefully (ie no police needed, no tear gas, no rioting, no closed streets) against our wonderful Members of Parliament voting themselves, for the second time, a rise in salary which would further distance them from the people they are supposed to be serving (us Kenyans) and also making them the absolutely highest paid politicians in the world.
Only 40 (approx) out of our 40 million population turned up to protest. And these were well spoken, well dressed and seemingly well educated Kenyans. I am told the ‘war’ against this issue is online, with petitions being passed and signed…More demonstrations were planned to follow which were more successful but we have yet to fully understand the weight of this matter as a nation and to empower ourselves to make the changes necessary to allow us the lives we dream to live and the country we all dream Kenya to be.