A Tribute

They say that ‘Īganagūo yaari iria yagwa.’ And yes it’s true and as MJ sang and said its human nature, I’ll take these few minutes to remember your life as the Third President of the Republic of Kenya.
My heart is heavy as I write this. I won’t say that you’ve gone too soon because the Almighty God has given you nine decades on this planet. You’ve been a true son of the soil and of the mountain.
I still remember how we’d listen to the radio during the 1992 multiparty elections while crossing our fingers in earnest wish for a miracle that did not happen.
Again in 1997 we didn’t it again. We listened to the radio more our hearts beating duk duk duk like isukhuti drums. Again the miracle did not happen.
However in 2002 against all odds and on a wheel chair you took the powerful oath to office. That was the point that we can clearly point out that Kenya came closest to, ‘ May we dwell in unity, peace and liberty, plenty be found within our borders.’ You brought a wealth of economic knowledge and applied it to trigger exponential growth in the GDP. You brought free primary education and dignity to those living below the poverty line. You also started infrastructural development albeit without the Chinese debts. And that time of promulgation of the Kenyan constitution, your zenith. I wonder how you felt about the BBI🤔
Even though your second term did not go smoothly as we’d hoped, you are the best that Kenya has had. We still miss to hear, ‘hiyo ni pumbavu ya mavi ya kuku,’ but more so your queen English. I believe that you can still read this from where you are. Shine on your way. Dance with the Angels and with Lucy in the sky with diamonds. Till we meet again.


Published by Nyar Kaheti

Born and raised on the picturesque slopes of Mt Kenya, Nyar Kaheti is your girl next door vibe kind of girl. She enjoys reading, writing, hiking, and listening to country music among other things.

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