ANITE EVELYN, THE PRODIGAL.
She has now remembered her God añd run to Him. She has now remembered her people and has run to them. She has, for obvious reasons, forgotten about the ‘Maje’ and she has shunned them. What an amazing twist!
Indeed like we always say ” East or West, home is the best”. The power of the people, our own people, so to speak ,at times is our only source of deliverance when tribulations visit us. How powerful they are!
It’s annoying though seeing how quickly we forget about our people when selfishness and greed blurs our vision. Suddenly, out of excitement, we become insensitive to the plight and cries of our people. We tell Mzee how our people are very happy and contended with his ‘excellent administration’, and why he should reign for eternity.
However, in all this hullabaloo, I would not like anybody to overlook or under look the key issues that this Anite of a girl raises: The impunity with which public servants abuse their offices, and embezzle public funds. And above all, the illicit and awkward manner in which all the other public assets were grabbed by private individuals. We should not chase the shadow, and end up missing the substance.
The Nigerians do have a saying that ” if a fox is found trying to eat the chicken, it’s only wise to first chase the fox away, and then warn the chicken against wandering into the bush”. We can and should deal with the ‘thieves’ first and then later we can lambast sister Evelyne for associating with them. The Mafia thieves, the cabals and the cartels in her beloved NRM government are as real as reality can be. They aren’t just imaginary as honourable Rugunda would like us to believe. He may even be one of them.
Our anger against a ‘kinsman’ should be felt in the flesh, and not in the marrows.