Kisumu County Governor Prof. Anyang ‘Nyong’o speaks during Madaraka Day celebrations at the Jomo Kenyatta International Stadium in Kisumu County.[Courtesy]
Without the enormous sacrifices of our nationalists and the bloodshed of freedom fighters, Kenya might have taken longer to become an independent nation.
On Madaraka Day, we all had to pay tribute to the sacrifices our founding fathers and mothers made to make Kenya what it is today.
These brave sons and daughters of our mother country sacrificed for a free, prosperous and united Kenya that offers all its citizens a place to relax. There can therefore be no development that does not take into account the future of our people. A so-called development program, in which the participants are busy with immediate projects of masturbation, cannot get this nation any further.
As the governor of Kisumu County and a leader in the sea region’s economic bloc, I appreciate the government’s long-term vision of revitalizing and rebuilding infrastructure projects in this region. The projects will enable a better future for our employees by improving the investment climate and supporting trade. It should be noted, however, that most of what has been done in this region in recent months has blossomed and flourished since the March 2018 handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga, although their seeds were undoubtedly sown earlier.
Kisumu brought Kenya some of the happiest moments in our history. As a schoolboy, I remember the lyrics sung in 1963 to help Kanu achieve an overwhelming victory in what historians have always referred to as the Kenyatta elections.
Mzee Jomo Kenyatta and Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, in the traditional beaded hats of Luo and at a large impromptu rally in 1964 when they drove to Bondo to open Jaramogi’s new home, gave us the signs of a new era.
Mzee Kenyatta and Jaramogi were ready to build a nation for the future generations of Kenya.
As a result, however, Kisumu experienced sad moments that clouded our nationality and caused painful feelings of political exclusion in many Kenyan communities. Even so, Kisumu has never turned its back on Kenya during all this time. We were nationalists in 1963. Today we are nationalists. We welcome Kenya as an indivisible nation to which all communities belong.
– The author is the governor of Kisumu County