Please drop the word Mamsahib!
Did you know that workers at the famous Impala ranch still address their bosses in the colonial style? Workers at Impala ranch are intensively trained to keep and inherit the slave master relationship between the white employer and the worker. My personal experience are fetched from the time I worked for Impala farm(Sharon and her brother Ken). I also have a lot of neighbours and relatives who, in generations, have toiled in very inhuman conditions and extremely low salaries.
Because of poor governance in Kenya, this Kenyans can not think of breaking away from colonialism in the fear of offending their master. I worked one month for Sharon and she tried to treat me the way she does to her disadvantaged workers. I remember one day, at a HIV training forum in Nanyuki Cortage hospital when Ken (Impala farm manager),literally went crazy on me because I opposed and revolted against bad treatment from I am.
It was my first time to personally experience such a cruelty from the white settlers. I was very curios though to learn how they mistreat their workers. After the workshop,Ken and Sharon drove away with all their longtime serving workers and left me in town.
Because I had an alternative, I went my way to acquired myself a new job. My cousins, relatives and all the disadvantaged men and women in Laikipia don’t have the opportunity to choose. They are victims of the situation. Without a proper workers union to advocate for them, this workers are simply objectified and wasted by those who own their land.
During this Heroes day, My thoughts goes to those workers who are forced to play with the colonial rules so that their families survive economical and political injustice in Kenya. Workers in these ranches must be given an alternative so that they can participate in creating opportunities to influence their lives.
Those of you who were fortunate enough to have attended school, and are employed by the settlers, must actively contribute towards personal empowerment of all individuals and their families working in the ranches. You are required to unite and create a workers union so that you can represent yourself in improving your living standards, your salaries, your working conditions and insurances. The employer is also en tittled to paying your pension.
The money you save with the employer for having worked for him all those years is paid to you when you get old. If you lost your job before your pension, you are entitled to compensation for the years you’ve worked. Your employer must be able to provide all this privileges to you. However, the defining factor hear, is that workers should be aware of their rights. Your your ignorance is very beneficial to your boss while it gradually kills you and negatively affect Kenya’s transformation process out of the colonial period. I do not dare talk about the post colonial because I am sure that Mukogodo and Laikipia has seen very little of the freedom we are supposed to be celebrating today!
However,the best way to participate in emancipation, is by registering a workers union for all people working with wildlife conservancies and other animal sanctuaries, settler ranches and other big landowners. Many families who live in their place of work have children who are forced to stay out of school because there isn’t any in the ranch. The mainstream administration should also intervene because this workers are suffering as a result of our national history. The colonial influence inherited by this workers also affects our national ability for the common man to fully participate in bringing about change in our political, social and economic areas.
The more ignorant people are,the better for the greedy capitalists but catastrophic for the national!
Happy Heroes Day!
Maasaiwarrior from Laikipia(Mukogodo-Ilpolei)