It is Thanksgiving here in the US so as we get ready to enjoy the day with family and friends, I am taking this moment to reflect on things I am Thankful to God about this year.
The personal ones, I’ll share with family at the dinner table.
The public ones, I am dividing them into two:
Things I am thankful for here in the US and things I am thankful for being a Kenyan.
Below are things I am thankful for being a Kenyan and believe we all are or should be thankful for same:
- A country that is holding on to peace and on a path to even greater peace and prosperity.
- Plenty of good not food is still found within our borders as prayed for in our National Anthem
- We reconstituted the electoral commission without a glitch and now look forward to its work in conducting free and transparent elections without glitch.
- We had the successful and unprecedented, highly approved selection process and appointment the Chief Justice of our newly created Supreme Court and associate justices to serve with him in finally leading in, and bringing about the necessary judicial reforms.
- We had a less praised selection process and appointment of a new Attorney General but an appointment 10 times more transparent and fair than any in the past.
- The economy did not tank any further. According to recent findings by Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), Kenya’s economy grew by 4.9% in the first quarter of 2011, which is indeed good news compared to the negative growth of recent years.
- We saw the construction of more roads across the country further improving our infrastructure with the concomitant improved productivity and economic growth, especially in the rural areas.
- Prof. Anyang Nyong’o was diagnosed with prostate cancer and no, not because he was in that sense but because the diagnosis brought the much needed attention to this treatable killer disease that specializes African and African American of men over the age of 50.
- The government stepped up efforts to deal with food security, including the PM mobilizing governments in the Horn of Africa and convening a summit on food security, which resulted in the signing of the Nairobi Declaration, a document that is now the roadmap on how to improve food security not just in Kenya but throughout the region.
- There was overall less rancor in government, especially between and among the usual suspects and when it mattered, the government and country was united as in the case of the appointments mentioned above and more recently, in efforts to ramp-out Al Shabaab and in other matters of national importance.
There are obviously more things to be thankful for but these are my Top Ten.
When you pause and think about it, things are bad but not as bad as some would want everyone to believe.
Yes, we need to do better but let’s not do that by destroying what we have built or not appreciating or otherwise trashing those who have helped us get here.
Let’s do away with the bad and build on the good and let those who have helped us get where we are continue on their good works and mission with even greater success and rewards ahead for all of us.
Let those who want to stand in the way of this progress not succeed come next year.
May God bring us more of the good things in infinity.
Peace, Unity and Progress