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Good enough is always not good – enough is enough

It is a fact that it is not easy to say “enough is enough”. In the general outlook, it sounds very easy but in practice it is not all that simple to stop certain habits. In last July President Obama affirmed to Kenyans how the principle of enough is enough can work. In what appeared to be a word of wisdom from the President of the world’s wealthiest and powerful nation, Kenyan leaders find it difficult to say no to certain conduct and habit of behaviour. By experience it has never occurred in the Kenyan history that somebody suspected of corruption resigns, let alone admitting the wrongful act. Those in top officers prefer being asked or forced to step a side for investigations. The point here, what makes it hard for an individual to feel consciously guilty and own up his or her immoral conduct? Why are leaders not ready to step aside from their offices when suspected for any wrong doing? Why do certain individuals seek to bribe men and women in auhtority to remove their names from the list of shame? How comes in Japan, In the UK, in USA and other civilised nations, an individual state officer would admit the wrong-doing and accept to respect law and order? Kenya as a nation has learned how to defy the principles of ethics by all means. Even what should not be politicised such as the criminal cases in The Hague or national dilemma such as payment of the teachers, in Kenya, there is no fear or respect for principles. It appears that there are no more ideals, no more standards, and no faith in the subservient good in society. Evil has become normal and disobedience of the law is nothing to fear. Ruling of the law court is binding on certain individuals but not on all.
Unless people accept to change certain traditions and bad habits, there will be no tenable change in Kenya. It is within the conscience of individuals to call spade a spade not a big spoon. Illegality must be taken to be so. Being unethical should not be admired. Leaders found to be unethical and careless in their public dealings should not be allowed to run for leadership. Notorious fellows whose integrity and moral standards fall below the expectations should not be allowed to represent others. Yet the situation is contrary. The public seems to be at home with bad characters or bad guys. Being bad is associated with heroism. One has to be unethical, rude and disrespectful of the rule of law in order to be given party ticket. Kenyans must now learn how to say enough is enough and accept change.
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About Peter Onyango

Dr. Peter Onyango O. is one of our main contributors. He is a senior law lecturer, a writer, a consultant, peace ambassador, and a researcher. He assists so many professionals, legal minds, and debaters with his skills and scholarly wealth! He supports children and village community as a way of giving back to community. He edits, proof reads, and publishes various articles for our page!

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