Reply to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s letter – Show Kenyans that you care not just for their vote but about their future

Dear President Kenyatta,
I am greatly honoured to have received your personal letter delivered directly to me. How thoughtful of you! I am sorry it took me a little longer to respond. This is because I spent yesterday trying to build a future for myself, my husband, my children, and the few hundreds of people who depend on me in one way or another socio-economically.

“Show me that you care. Show Kenyans that you care, not just for their vote. But that you care about their future,” Mrs Tabitha Onyinge Omenya tells President Uhuru Kenyatta

One of them, an orphan, spent the day with me, learning how to positively influence the country from whatever position she holds. Already she is doing great, and I trust that youth like her are the future of this country. But I digress…

I write in response to your letter. As a communication’s consultant, I believe in the complete cycle of communication, and this includes responding to all messages received.

I am a proud Kenyan. A Citizen. A Worker. Just like you. And it is true, as you say, that this year has been difficult. However, I wish to remind you that it is not just this year that has been hard for some of us. Truth be told, I personally don’t remember when life was any easy for me in Kenya.

Sir, I have hustled myself hoarse. Jobs were never easy to get, when I had an appetite for employment. And when I got into consultancy, it became worse. Not that I am not qualified or competent, no. Believe me, I am one of the best communications brains in this country. Ask anyone who has ever worked with me.

The difficulty arises from my tribe, and lack of political connection – which I must say should not be the case in any country on this earth. However, I guess for you only this year has been tough because of the political climate. It appears like other years have been good for you!

I would have wished to comment word for word on the political issues you raise in your letter, which includes the election, the Supreme Court ruling, and the subsequent campaigns and street protests, but I won’t. Truth is, I’m not a political expert, and like a majority Kenyans, I really don’t know where the truth lies.

The only truths I know are very few: 1. Msando was killed just before elections. 2. After the election, innocent Kenyans continue to be killed. 3. The talk of town, especially from those allied to you, is so harsh that I and many like me, are afraid to even reveal our true identities. 4. One of your Cabinet Secretaries (who by the way, I used to hold in highest esteem) has recently gloated in his mother language, how he is going to finish a certain community. And he has proven it by his actions. Never mind that police (and some illegal violent groups) have not stopped at anything to harm and kill anyone who appears to be opposed to your election/leadership. 5. Your own language, Sir, and that of your deputy, Hon. William Ruto, are not the language of leaders in authority. Your words are those of a scared illegitimate mafia leader, thumping his chest as he tries to protect a position he doesn’t even believe in. (Forgive my choice of words, Sir.)

I must at this point state that I am only responding to your letter, not giving an analysis of the current Kenyan situation.

In para four onward of your letter, you talk about a slowed down economy, the need to vote to return peace, democracy, etc. etc. and I particularly quote, “the economy is starting to take a hit…” My President, again, to me, this is just another desperate call you’re making to protect yourself and your position as the political leader of this country, and by extension, those allied to you. I don’t see anything in that statement that talks for me and other Kenyans.

Allow me to state again that the economic situation of most people in this country has been down for many years. The one you’re talking about above, may just be yours and a few rich people who are beginning to realise that they can’t make the billions they are used to making because of the political situation. I am particularly concerned that to you, street demonstrations and a delayed election appear to affect the country’s economy more than the blatant looting that Kenyans have experienced under your watch…

My President, pray and seek that God opens your eyes to see clearly what is affecting Kenya. And act. Act Justly. Act in Honour of the God I believe you serve. Act in Fear of our God, Jehovah.

You have a mammoth following. Lead them in the right way. Show them the right thing to do. Again I state: ACT JUSTLY. PEACE IS THE TWIN OF JUSTICE.

In closing, my President, I look forward to your response to my letter. In that letter, I hope you will communicate hope, justice, honesty, truthfulness, and all that Kenyans look forward to. Otherwise, we’re in for worse days ahead, whether or not the election takes place on the 26th, and whether or not you win. Show me that you care. Show Kenyans that you care, not just for their vote. But that you care about their future.

Thank you, and may God bless you. May God protect Kenya and bless our land.

Yours Sincerely,
Tabitha Onyinge Omenya