The cry from Tunisia by Tunisians is loud and clear. Despondency has grown; they have now taken to the streets to fight for their strangled dream, a dream which they fought for, just five years ago.
It is true, five years ago the were buoyed with hope; hope that they were finally free from decades of tyrannical rule of Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali.
But what happened? What happened that now they have to go back to the streets again?
Why is it that they have not seen the fruits of democracy?
It is sad that people have lost hope. Yes, as reported by Aljazeera.com, the current riots started after a 28 years old Rida Yahyaoui was electrocuted after climbing a transmission tower in protest over missing out of a government job.
They have lost patience. They have thrown away any decency they had. Now they are ready to for another social revolution.
From Kenya I want to Debunk the Myth propagated by the government of Tunisia ; the current unrest is not the a creation of Terrorist groups but your sole negligence in creating inclusive institutions. Institutions that allow equal development. Institutions that would make youths feel involved. Yes ,your failure to heed to the higher calling of ensuring equality.
I will recommend that the prime minister of Tunisia read the book Why Nations Fail. In it, I promise lies the potent reasons why he will better prepare for exit.
I write this knowing that Africa ;we are in a critical stage. We are faced with Youth Bulge a phenomenon that is a double edged sword. It will either destroy us or make us.
I write well aware of the social evils being experienced by several other countries in the cradle of man- Africa. Among them, where I am writing from – Kenya.then proceed to Burundi, South Sudan, and many others.
Our unique problems, in Africa stem from the greediness and selfishness of our leaders. Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson in their book Why Nations Fail opines that poor countries are poor because those who have power make policies that create poverty. They get it wrong not by mistake or ignorance but on purpose.
I invite the government of Tunisia, and yes, all governments in all our countries in Africa to be sincere to their conscious.
We should not start passing the buck to terrorist. That is being immoral and untruthful. All that we are facing is our fault; we should accept and commence making them right.
To my country, a long standing island of peace. We should brace ourselves for similar events like Tunisians. God forbid I don’t like imagining about it.
However, I will be naive not to think about it, when we are being treated to the circus of empty rhetoric. I will be doing deserving to my country; if I don’t mention that we are headed into dangerous ocean of chaos; if those tasked with leadership would not retract from their hunger for looting our public coffers.
Yes, similar happenings can experienced here in Kenya if don’t reject the charms of politicians who are poisoning our minds with venomous songs of my tribe, my king.
We are not far from a similar occurrence like that of Tunisia ; if we don’t stop the bleeding in government departments, that to many are seen as cash cows ;if we don’t stand and refuse to celebrate criminals who steal from us and pretend to donate to us.
I can’t comprehend. who we are going to blame? Who are we going to blame when our youths become impatient of exploitation, poverty and hunger; taking up arms to take from the hyenas their stolen inheritance?
If and when that time comes, beware the walls you have built around your prestigious suburbs will come down.
When one loses hope, there is no power that will stop them from doing anything – not even that of bullet or electricity. It is rife in Tunisia, let us learn and learn faster in that case.
An hungry dog is an angry dog. Just like the ten lepers in the old testament who resisted sitting outside the gates of Jericho, but went into the city to find food ;it reaches a point when you resolve that even death will be a consolation at least if I go in and I am lucky ; I can access food anyway.
Yes, I guess that is the resolve Tunisians have taken, to fight for their lives especially now when the real freedom they secured has become an elusive dream. They have no option but to go back to the streets.
If we seek transformation, we need to stand together and condemn the elites who deem themselves more human than others. And hence amassing wealth at the expense of the masses.
We need to send a clear message to the ruling class, that curtailing the right of free speech is precarious. Yes it is perilous to prevent one from speaking their mind.
We are off the hook of sycophancy. This era calls for collaboration and partnership not Dictatorship and arrogance. When given power, graciously do what you are meant to do. Not to venture into exploitation and oppression of the poor. This i believe is the mantra of social justice.
Nevertheless, if you chose to engage in malicious acts, beware, your power is on measure scale and the writing is well written on the wall; clearly your days are numbered.
I write this piece at wee hours of the day, with a strong conviction that the only way we can get ourselves out of this quagmire as Africans; is to step up our effort to keep those in power socially accountable to their actions.
Yes, I write to send my unsolicited support to the courageous people of Tunisia. Yes, I write to confirm that it is time to bring the walls of discrimination down. Yes, I write to congratulate you for the bold step you have taken to save your country from those squandering your future.
Finally, I wish to state that we are on the move. But the move is for those who inculcate in their heart and mind respect for human rights, and ready to only walk towards making a socially just Africa .