A nation without values

Kenya is among the few countries in Africa that has immense potential for growth. She is endowed with good climatic conditions that allows people to work all through the year, besides possessing a rich reservoir of natural resources which if properly tapped and rightly utilised would revolutionise Kenya’s industrial status. On the other hand, Kenyans are gifted and possess a unique entrepreneur spirit. Their unrivalled influence in academia, business and in economy is evident all over the World. She enjoys a young, energetic and schooled populace. Not many African countries possess what Kenya enjoys.

In spite of all these, it is sad to admit that we are a self-destructing society. We destroy more than we build. We are a people who fail to harness our strengths and abilities for our own good. The level at which we are destroying our environment for example is alarming. Poaching has been on the rise. The African elephant and white rhinoceros are almost being rendered extinct. They are poached for their tusks and horns which seems to be on high demand in Asia. On the other hand our forest cover is below the 10 per cent mark as recommended by the United Nations. This is as a result of continuous deforestation.

This self-destructive mode has been occasioned by an array of reasons but majorly by our unwillingness to uphold the values that define us as a nation. National values have been defined as “Important and lasting beliefs or ideals shared by the members of a culture about what is good or bad and desirable or undesirable”. Values have major influence on a person’s behaviour and attitude and serve as broad guidelines in all situations. They are the tapestry that hold a nation together. They steer countries to greatness and in their absence nations are destroyed.

In Chapter two article ten of the Kenyan constitution of 2010, it clearly spells out what our national values and principles of governance are. They include: human dignity, patriotism, good governance, integrity, transparency and accountability to list just but a few. It is worth noting that these are the ideals that hold us together as a nation. They are what define us as a people.

It is unfortunate to note that we are a society that rarely upholds these values though entrenched in our constitution. Recently we have witnessed politicians defecting to opposing coalitions in readiness for the presidential re-run. It leaves one wondering whether the defections are based on principle or purely driven by selfish interest. The Kenyan politicians are self-centred, opportunistic and unpatriotic. They are motivated by selfish gains and not by sacrifice and service. Just before the swearing-in of members of the national assembly, a section of the members of parliament were up in arms against the Salaries and Remunerations Commission (SRC) for reducing their salaries. One claimed that SRC, was reducing them to beggars for paying them a basic salary of six hundred thousand shillings. Another demanded that she needed to be paid well. This regrettably is the attitude of the Kenyan politician.
We have argued before that the leadership we have is a representation of the society they come from. Therefore, Kenyan citizenry is not any better; we encourage corruption by offering bribes so as our demands are met speedily. Besides celebrating people that acquire wealth by hook and crook. For us to realise our full potential as a nation, we must return to the good values that define us as a people.

“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people”. Proverbs 14:34
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