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Kenyans asking ethical questions

The Kenyan media is full of ethical questions nowadays. Where is the President taking the nation? Where are you Mr. President? Where are we going to as a people? None of these questions is misplaced or out of proportion. It is wise to uphold the principles of ethics…a nation that has learned how to hate ethics is on its way to self destruction. When President Obama told Kenyans and their leaders to have courage and say enough is enough all sounded just as mere international rhetorics. Those who know President Obama very well know him as one whose words can move listeners either to tears or to emotional joy. It is because he usually speaks from his heart…he uses his personal experience to make big minds understand some important practical ethical issues. When he was introduced by his step sister to address Kenyans, some people saw it as a big shame to the Republic. Little did they know that there is nothing as true as the English expression, charity begins at home. President Obama had a number of ethical answers to offer to Kenyans for free. As a Kenyan I thank the President of the United States of America who managed to lecture all the top cadre of the Kenyan leadership on applied ethics and how it works.
I think Kenyans were not to wait all this time only to come back and start questioning “corruption”, “integrity”, and “tribalism”. There is no Kenyan in leadership who does not know that Kenya has been nursing the wounds of corruption, nepotism, tribalism and bad governance for decades. When the opposition called for national dialogue some cynics said it was to embarrass the Jubilee government to sit with opposition. The time insecurity was biting some of the cynics came to accept that there was a mistake. Now it is on corruption and tribalism. Some cynics now come back and say, well, things have gone bad.
If there is a nation where the word ethics is hated by leaders it is Kenya. What makes ethics bad is only that it calls leaders to account for their actions and to be transparent. Ethics is concerned more with rationality…while people prefer emotions and irrationality. Ethics is about what is right and wrong. It is about what is good for the people. It is about the choices people make everyday. It deals mostly with virtues and ideals that every nation must uphold…the common good.
Now Kenyan leadership cannot justify corruption, negative ethnicity, selective justice, social exclusion, gender discrimination, and it cannot explain why the economy is ailing. The same leadership cannot explain why Kenyan intelligence is failing. It cannot explain why the right qualified professionals cannot enjoy their constitutional rights and deliver service to the people. The elephant in the house is politics of jingoism. The best one can do is to become hostile…and if this fails, then match out and conduct prayer rallies or order others to do so. It is not the fault of His Excellency Mr. President to ignore ethics, it is the problem found within the conscience of the nation and the choices people make. Ethics is about each one of us other than an individual. Dialogue is still the best avenue to make a nation speak as one people with one voice. Any sustainable growth requires dialogue and mutual understanding based on the common good principle as opposed to the tyranny of numbers. No individual is bigger than the nation and no nation is bigger than God.
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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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