Adawas Opinion Corner
There comes a time when even the most reasonable individuals throw up their arms and give up on trying to have a dialogue with certain people.
Most of us ran into this problem as students when we tried to convince a country boy that humans have reached the moon. The country boy thought that you are crazy and no amount of explanation changed his mind.
Resignation sets in. If this condition persists, then normal dialogue will take a twist into the Tom and Jerry’s domain.
I have been receiving a spate of stupid emails from Fellow Mandereans filled with venom. I am accused of so much of been pro the new county administration. It seems that these people didn’t believe that it is my duty to give credits where it due and trash Roba’s administration with reason if proven to be the case. I tried to explain in private that I am neither an ideologue nor a theoretical freak. I told them that I am not inherently pro anything or anyone or against anything, but I am an ordinary person, who always allows himself to express the need of our time, the kind of leaders that Mandera County need.
None of my explanations are doing any good. The more I explain, the less they understand, because too many of us defend blood kinship more than the Countywide Cause. I left the matter there, but emails kept coming.
That made me to pick up the pen again and begin writing about where we (Mandera people) stand as a unified county.
It is said that a society is civilized when it matters more where people are going than where they are coming from. It is a society which celebrates progress, not inherited identity; ability not temporary positions or privilege; future possibility, not dead ancestry. Civilized societies relate to each other through shared citizenship not blood kinship.
The grandeur of civilization lies in a living manifestation. It lies in fulfilling promises and programs. It lies in moral elevation. It lies in breaking the bad habits. It lies in adopting new attitudes. It means taking the things to a better turn. It means organizing and arranging ideas for the occasions to come. It means struggling against the evil things. It means keeping the unquestioning culture; doing the noble deeds; taking the right direction; the steps which make humanity flourish and move forward. It means improving the way the people live.
The heat wave that is making Mandera County’s present political situation more than memorable is not making things any easier. Nerves are already taut and tempers are on a fiery edge. The sensible person will try to disengage and keep out of any dialogue. Even if it were so simple!
Quite rightly, promises and programs are human way of ordering the future, making it predictable to the extent that humanly possible. The programs are a reflection of the future; the promises proposed are a necessity of the present. Hope depends on how people look for the future. If promises and programs are not fulfilled, people become frustrated.
The significance of any newly elected County government is revealed by what it does when the moment is hard. What we see so far in the administration headed by Hon: Ali Ibrahim Roba is a catch 22 administration that want to serve contradictory or self-defeating society, filled with 50 year short sightedness, But the attitude of Roba administration that went in is giving people some hope atleast for now . Roba took over Mandera County by telling us that he was a man of reformation, but for moment his reformation and change turned to be on the right direction for the moment, but we seem to forget the frustration that national government is giving to devolved administration. Things like job creation were also a part of his political programs and when truth rushed out of the reality on the ground, his programs and promises changed to become a slow becouse of the announce and do nothing attitude of ministry of devolution and state house.
Hold a bit here is the fair of criticism set a side for our Governor and his team of excutives, one of the great problems of Roba’s Administration is not merely that of creating or finding work for the unemployed Youth but that of developing a new concept of work that will prevent practically everybody from becoming unemployed. The question is Mandera County is seen as producing the biggest brains so far despite failure of our education institutions but let me say better than Wajir and Garissa County: Where are this professionals, the academics, the professors, the doctors and the intellectuals or Diaspora’s who should have been assigned to improve the way the people live? Did they simply forget that their main responsibility is to serve the society? To help the helpless and the needy? or the Governor and his team didnt bother to invite them or consult them?
The hopes which the people have based on the skill of the incumbent administration are probably evaporating. For one, the new government has not as of yet tried to bring about a renewal of wisdom that must be more than a return to the past . This shows the fact that the present situation in the county is something for which we have no adequate historical standard of comparison. Our risks are extreme. The stability is at risk, the economy is none existent, the living standard of the people has worsened and everywhere you go you will see the scars of poverty, the County is in confusion – in respect of where the county is heading too despite a good kick start and sign of optimism from the Governor himself.
The problems of the moment and the scale of the challenges facing Mandera County are so great that we must constantly feel the pulse of responsibility and check County executives intentions and plans against the way things are actually going. We must understand better what our possibilities are today and what possibilities we will have in the future.
False hopes and half-truths produce warped mentality, deform personalities and prevent people from making realistic conclusions.
The role of leadership responsibility has never been in doubt. It is how we use it that has been a problem. Apparently, a most talented gentleman who development aviation company from zero to a multinational company is our driver, but the society he is serving and the assembly and executives that suppose to direct his intentions do not know how his agenda works.