The End Of Hostilities

civil warTomorrow marks the anniversary of a big event in American history. On April 9, 1865, 90 years after the declaration of independence, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant of the Union forces – ending the 4 year American civil war which had cost an estimated 750,000 lives.

152 years later to the day, an event of great magnitude to this nation takes place – the swearing in of Uhuru Kenyatta as Kenya’s 4th president. Despite the fact that our elections were nothing compared to the civil war, he inherits a nation that is almost as deeply divided as the US was back then.

In this comparison, I see cause for both caution and hope. Caution because the civil war resulted in huge loss of life and caused poverty in vast regions of the US for almost a century. We must never underestimate the power of pride, negative ethnicity and hate and must stand up together as a people to defeat them.unity1I also see cause for hope. Hope because we passed our new constitution and held a very divisive election without resorting to war. Hope because we accomplished that feat 50 years into our independence. And hope because we are not alone – others have been even more divided than we and if they could go ahead and build a great nation despite of it, then so can we!

I’ve said it before and it bears repeating: I may not have voted for Uhuru Kenyatta as my president. But by the will of the people confirmed by the Supreme Court, today he holds that position. Over the next 5 years, he is my president and his success is my success. I challenge us all on this historic day to put aside our differences and in the words of the 3rd verse of our national anthem…

unity - kenyaLet all with one accord
In common bond united,
Build this our nation together,
And the glory of Kenya,
The fruit of our labour
Fill every heart with thanksgiving.

 

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3 responses to “The End Of Hostilities

  1. Very true.. In as much as many may have not voted for Uhuru Kenyatta, As you say, It’s up to us to put our differences aside and put our country ahead.. It’s us as a nation who matters not an individual.. And as the late Prof. Saitoti said, There comes a time that a Nation is more important than an Individual.

  2. President JFK’S inaugural address of 1960 comes to mind right now ” …. ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country”. The entire speech.was inspiring

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