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A message of The Kenyan Community Abroad.
Wednesday, January 01, 2003
2003 New Year's Message
"Human beings are riddled with uncertainty, but they are blessed with hopeful
imaginations. From the time our ancestors first painted stories on the walls
of caves, these two themes have threaded their way into the fabric of our
Thousands of years ago, in the jungles and savannahs, we worried whether we
could survive, and hoped our fires were enough to keep the beasts at bay.
Today's uncertainties are more complex. We worry about putting food on the
table for our children, whether we will have work to sustain dependable
incomes, and whether we can take care of our parents as they approach old
With the larger world at our doorstep, we worry too, about war and terrorism,
about famine and disease, about nuclear proliferation and environmental
Hope it seems, can be hard to come by, no matter the time or place."
"The most important word in the English language is hope"
- Eleanor Roosevelt
The Kenyan Community Abroad (KCA) hopes that the new Kenyan administration
headed by His Excellency Mwai Kibaki will fulfill its promises in the new
era. The Year 2003 should be one of fulfilling the hopes of millions of
Kenyans. Let us strive to be the best that we can be and believe in
ourselves; hopefully, we can leave a legacy that can be emulated by future
Kenyan Elections 2003.
The Kenyan Community Abroad would like to thank the out going administration,
and especially His Excellency Daniel Arap Moi, for facilitating and
over-seeing a relatively peace and fair election process in 2002.
Kenyans had doubts whether this would happen given our tumultuous past, but
luckily, we passed the test. Kenyans across the country are reveling in the
outcomes of the elections because they represent wananchi's wishes; most
importantly, they are thankful for the opportunity to express themselves
without fear of physical harm. If there is one single thing that we can point
out to Ex President Moi's legacy, it should be the provision of a fraud and
violence-free electoral process in these key elections.
The onus now turns to the newly crowned leaders. The honeymoon will be very
short if you are familiar with Kenyans' short memory. It would be advisable
to start publicizing policy decisions and strategies very early because
Kenyans have matured and have been educated enough to be able to split the
chaff from the grain. The new administration will not have the luxury of a
restrained and tamed citizenry that play the part of observer but is never
involved with the running of their own country. This time, we will demand to
be involved in every facet of decision making so that accountability and
responsibility is established. Towards this end, we will partner with local
Kenyan professionals to form a Public Performance Monitoring Unit. The unit's
sole purpose will be to monitor public official's performance based on their
stated goals and/or election promises versus what they actually achieve. More
importantly, we shall expose any individual charged with any public position
should they stray from their mandated duties or misuse them.
We think that, as a country, we are moving forward. We want and will support
any venture that is determined to propel our country into a prosperous 21st
Century. It boggles the mind when we consider the opportunities that lie
ahead of us if we can focus on the larger prize of a developed nation rather
than myopic personal interests. The challenge is right in front of us; we
either live up to the expectations or crumble under.
For the Kenyan Community Abroad
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