Dear Boniface Manono,
I May not be able to speak to you personally But I would have loved to do it. But I will write to you what I normally tell my fellow youths whenever I get the opportunity in my daily interactions.
I have a passion for youths succeeding. If I was to work in government I would dedicate my time and energy on the youths only.
There is nothing that irks me more, than see a youth like me get wasted. It depresses me when the youth getting wasted is poor. I watched as the police clobbered you Last Monday. It was the most heart wrenching thing to watch. For a moment I believed you were dead. The middle class working in the buildings adjacent were filming your death on their I phones, and android phones. They shared your death on social media, tweeted and retweeted.
They Discussed about your heroism or villainisim at lunch time enjoying their Pepper steak and wine depending on their political leaning. They actually babtised you Benard Ngatia from Ndumberi Kiambu just to continue the online tribal banter.
You lay there motionless receiving kick after kick on your poor butt. At that point most of us thought you were another hooligan who obviously was carrying stones in his pocket and probably stealing from hard working Citizen.
The next day the Political elite in a Press conference announced you were dead. They had a minute of silence which was actually 11 seconds exactly in your honor. Nothing else. The next thing they could have had time for is your Burial. They had to create time for it, for political capital. And just Like that you could have been another statistic of used and wasted Life fighting the elite battle.
Then Judie Kaberia Paid you a visit in your humble abode. She confirmed you were not dead. But she confirmed that indeed you were poor. A poor Man who ought to be working on a Monday not demonstrating. A poor man who lives in the slums and ought to be working in an office to lift himself out of poverty not Kicking IEBC unconstitutionally out of office. A poor man who has decided to fight for the elite rather than fight for himself.
Boniface, We are in that silly season again. The campaigns for 2017 have started in earnest. The Political elite will come to you to create hatred with your neighbor. They will encourage you to hate your neighbor because he is a Kikuyu, Kalenjin, Luhya or a Luo. They will tell you they are the reason you are poor. They will tell you that the Price of freedom and success is watered with human blood. What they will not tell you is when they speak about blood they mean a poor youth’s blood.
The political elite sons and daughters will be following the conversation on twitter. Their blood will not be spilled. Infact they will not even inhale teargas. They are busy buying the Latest Mercedes to be bothered by who is the current IEBC chairman. They are busy planning the next holiday destination outside the country to be bothered by who is President and who is not. They are busy Chasing the next hot girl in town to know that there was a demo organized by their dads.
What the political elite will not tell you is that you have the ability to lift yourself out of Poverty. What they will not tell you is that they are seeking political capital out of your possible death Or ensuing violence.
Boniface you are a youth, a strong Man, a Man who is able to provide for his family and lead a dignified Life. You cannot allow yourself to be used by the Political elite.
Believe you me Boniface, Once you have Money in your pocket, it will not matter whether Uhuru is President or Raila, It will not matter whether IEBC will go or stay, it will not Matter if your tribesman is at the top or bottom. Trust me. Work hard as a Man. Learn to Fight your battles.
IEBC or who becomes President is not your battle. Your Battle right now and as a matter of Priority is the Fight against Poverty. You are strong and able and you can do it. Once you Fight Poverty you will realize Fighting for the elite is the dumbest thing you have ever done.
Trust me Boniface majority of middle class online will NOT and CANNOT fight for Uhuru Kenyatta or Raila Odinga despite their online tribal fights. If the country burns they will be safe in their apartments tweeting and retweeting. Those that Can afford will book the next flight to Arusha until the country is stable. In War the greatest casualties are the Poor People. Fight Poverty, Not for the elite.
Your Fellow youth –Geoffrey Wainaina.