Because he gave his life for this cause and due to the importance of this path, Dr. Martin Luther King JR. knew we had a long way to go and the road is very rough. As his dream is propelling to full realization through magnificent grass root leaders like Barack Obama, the nominated democratic presidential candidate, and as we involve ourselves in the process, it becomes clear to me that every individual in our society must play his or her role in honesty and truth.
The letter here,(follow this link), is one of the most famous speeches by Dr. Martin Luther King. Dr. MLK not only had the difficulty to solve the social injustice in the USA legal system, but he also couldn’t compromise with most of his clergy colleagues.
Sometimes, people may claim that their social problems are caused by other people or systems but if you do nothing to better the situation then you are personally doing no good making you even more worse that the oppressor himself.
In his letter from Birmingham jail, he defend his stand to participate in the civil rights activities. “They” accused him of being an outsider. He says that oppressed men cannot stay oppressed forever.
Sometimes, we encounter a lot of mistrust and even get undermined by the same people we share faith and belief. The fact that people have the right to go their way and solve their own problems according to the way they think it suits them, the society we happen to live in demands that we are well organized.
By understanding our own problems, we are in a better position to meet and share our dreams and plans to free ourselves from any sort of captivity.
We know that to achieve freedom, we must have other human beings to cooperate with. Whether we like it or not, we have to involve all members of our society in the struggle for recognition for instance.
Our Kenyan Diaspora in Scandinavia, has been occupied in the talk about dual citizenship and the right to vote from abroad. Speaking to a friend last night, he reminded me that a country like Iraq gives her citizen in Diaspora the right to vote from their countries of residence. Despite total chaos in their mother country, Iraqis has been able to organize themselves and demand that particular right.Or is the Iraqi’s democracy more advanced than that of Kenya?
My friend Njoroge says that Kenya should be able to let her citizen own double citizenship and vote from abroad. It cost Kenya nothing to have her Diaspora community enjoy this right.
The Diaspora community actively participate in the Kenya national building process through tax payment and marketing the nation abroad. There couldn’t be any better way of building our nation. For this reason, we all deserve the right to be recognized.
Njoroge, also well as Njoro by the Kenyan community in Sweden, claims that the problem with the Kenyan community in Sweden is that we are not well organized.
Like myself, Njoro confirms the ugly reality that people are more interested in power more than anything else. The sad reality is that, most of those who has happen to occupy “powerful” position has not been able to champion the demands of our society abroad. Many organizations have been build and broken by Kenyans due to un elaborated reasons. One thing is clear, all the failed organizations have the same individuals in the power position, the chairmen who deliver nothing but dead organizations. My problem is that I find it awkward to accept that it’s true. Don’t you?
This remains me of how dictators are made back at home.Good men are voted in to powerful position and as soon as they occupy the seat, they become arrogant, blind and deaf, they forget their dreams only to start beating their chest claiming they are the power.
Power hungry figures keep on reproducing a chain of failures that has given a bad impression in regards to community grass root organization.Although they have failed all the social forums and political parties, people still vote them in time after time. My question, how do they manipulate the voters? or Kenyans are simply trained to vote for failures even though they keep on failing?
There must so many Kenyans in Sweden who are tired of seeing the same people holding the same position ever time a Kenyan civil society organization is built. I personally witnessed many who swear not to join such and such social forum as long as so and so is holding power position.
As we continued our talk,my friend wouldn’t hesitate to compare our situation with that of the Kenyan diaspora in America. The American Kenyans are somehow organized and it gives them greater advantage.
Like wise, my friend also shared with me how he saw so many Ethiopians in Skarpnäck and when he approached on of them, he learn that the´Ethiopians came from all over Scandinavia to attend a forum concerning their rights as citizens abroad.
The Kenyans social forums which are supposed to facilitate this issues have long been passive and out of date. In personal view, we are demanded to re-group and if the Social forum and political groupings we already have in Sweden are not working, then we should think of rebuilding them altogether and release their failed “leaders”.
The irony is that many in this positions have been in Sweden for many years a thing they themselves claim as an added advantage but still fail to deliver. We must be aware that our children are not protected if we do not organize ourselves.
It’s very possible that near future,the Kenyan population in Sweden would not be able to even relate to their roots by language and moral values if we don’t change this harmful trend of disorganization. There isn’t a better alternative or short cut.