The Kenya Mess!

 By Adeola Aderounmu.    

I am finding it difficult to comprehend the nature of things to come in Kenya. My fears are that things could get out of hand, out of control. In that worst scenario, thousands or millions of people could be killed.

I am also forced to deviate to Nigeria at a point like this. If Nigeria had been the good model of Africa as everyone expected, it would have been very easy to mediate in Kenya at a time like this. One could have been quick to say, didn’t you see how Nigeria is…bla blab bla. Unfortunately, Nigeria as the sleeping giant of Africa is headed by an illegal government since May 2007.  Imagine the ridicule if Yar Adua goes to Kenya to mediate in the crisis.  Or imagine Nigeria’s Maurice Iwu going to Kenya to lecture the electoral commission! What a shame!

Kenya’s Kibaki definitely has a strong point to hold on to in leading the people of Kenya even if it is against the popular wish. It’s like this: Illegality works in Nigeria (and perhaps many other countries in Africa), why should it not work in Kenya?

The problem though is still the relative differences in the levels of resiliency and the tolerance of evil. It seems that Kenyans are ready to lay down their lives for the enthronement of sanity, accountability and proper governance. In the end, if the people win, it will be the turning point that would shape the future of Kenya forever.  

It is unfortunate that hundreds of people have died and that the madness prevails. It appears to be a part of the sacrifice needed to build a formidable country devoid of injustice. However with the level of global advancement and awareness, the sacrifice involving the loss of human lives is quite unnecessary.  

Greed and corruption are the backbones to this type of a senseless scenario. It is very disheartening to see the waste of human lives and valuable time, two key parameters that can never be regained once they are lost.  

I look forward to Kenyans being able to resolve the issues at stake. Power, resource control, tribal conflicts, or whatever the rest of the injustice/egocentrism are all about. Africans deserve more than what the pitiable leadership have provided to date and the search for true statesmanship and genuine leadership irrefutably remain parts of the essential ingredient needed to take Africa out of the doldrums! 

Is there something called Compassion Ground?

Adeola Aderounmu.  

Has anyone been following the case of a Ghanaian woman who was sent home from the UK? This woman is terminally ill and requires kidney dialysis as treatment. I don’t know if a transplant is in the offing.

Yes, her UK visa expired! Indeed, she was at the wrong place!

But what does compassionate ground means when we deviate or conform to conventional norms and expectations?  What if she had died on the flight back to Ghana?

How sorrowful can it be to save a life or treat a patient against the laws surrounding immigration orders or disorders and in view of exceptional human needs?

Isn’t it from this same environment that hundreds of SOS appeals emanate daily asking us to save people in the so called 3rd world?

 It means the people who need help in the 3rd world should only get help in the 3rd world. How functional or effective is the help of SOS/humanitarian funds in that regard when all the executives in the 1st world behind the SOS slogans live in mansions and earn mega pay? Who is fooling who?

Surely, the world will be a safer and a better place if people appeal to their personal conscience first.

What a terrible world!

UPDATED 22 March 2008…

The woman in question, Ama Sumani died on the 19th of March. May her soul NOW find peace that The Ghanaian Authority and the British Government denied her.

It’s still a crazy world.