Madaraka day celebrations

Yesterday was the 59th Anniversary of our Republic. An occasion where the president gets to address the nation, award national honours, exercise his powers of clemency and all.

One queer thing during the celebrations was a display of hardware by the defence forces and it got me thinking, to who is this display meant? Is it to our neighbours with whom we are not at war? Is it a show of force to the citizens in case they have the crazy idea to overthrow the government?

The country has made some progress in the 59 years of neo- colonisation. Whilst there is still work to be done, women representation has improved. Infrastructure has improved. Access to health care is still struggling. There is improvement in access to education but the quality is doubtful.

There is improvement in access to justice though the office of the president is a notorious law breaker. The police still behave like those employed by her majesty’s colonial office.

While unemployment was already high, the pandemic made things even worse. Because of the different public containment policies implemented at the height of the pandemic, many small and medium sized enterprises had to relieve their workers. And now the situation has been even worsened by the Russian- Ukraine conflict.

One hopes that a country could learn from mistakes and successes of others and follow those paths, but naah. Private interests come before public choice and the result is the same mistakes over and over.

Have a good Friday everyone.

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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

15 thoughts on “Madaraka day celebrations

  1. Tish Farrell says:

    I wonder how much power vested European interests continue to have in Kenya. So much that happens is under the radar – and by that I mean the under-the-radar stuff is the status quo EVERYWHERE.

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  2. shelldigger says:

    If you want to feel better about your country, just look at mine ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I fear people everywhere, being well people, are screwing up everything. For us, for them, for the planet we live on. Profit over people.

    Society is a thin walled construct. It’s barriers are assaulted daily. May be why the military parade seemed like a good idea? Got to remind the little guy where they stand. At least that’s how I think authoritarian asshats everywhere think…


  3. rautakyy says:

    Here in Finland we have two annual military parades. One in the winter on our indipendence day and a nother in the summer on the flagday to commemorate marshall of Finland Mannerheim. I have participated as a marching trooper and as a spectator. Both events are nowadays considered as reassuring of the vigillance of our army and otherwise mature adults seem childishly confirmed by these displays, that the military can keep us at peace.

    Originally they were displays of power by the winning side of our civil war, but after Finland had to fight for its indipendence against the Soviet Union in the winter war and ww2 the parades turned into shows of national unity, because the socialists and communists, who had lost the civil war, fought side by side with their victors against the foreign threat. Because we have the universal conscription, the military is a kind of people’s army. Almost all men and many volunteer women are a part of it and all extended families are touched by it. It is a shared social experience and a thought, that it could be used against the people is unthinkable and impossible.


    • makagutu says:

      Here, joining the army is not so easy as there are vested interests. I think the recruitment is a farce. And the army is so detached from the people with their lives in the barracks, they are only seen on TV. And occasionally when one of them is appointed to civil service


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