It has been a pleasure going through your CV.
I’m glad to learn that you are one of East Africa’s finest economists, a founder and director of a prestigious economic intelligence service.
So you worked as economic advisor to the President of Rwanda, as an economist with the World Bank, and taught at the University of Nairobi? Beautiful.
And you advised the NARC government on the Economic Recovery Strategy that helped revive the economy between 2003‐2007? Kenyans owe you!
Not that I didn’t know about your great qualifications. But I had to check again after you recently took to Twitter and declared that Kenya will burn if the next election is bungled in favour of a certain candidate.
Daktari, you sounded so proud in letting the world know that you were actually quoting yourself. That you were restating something you said earlier.
Well, it’s yet to sink in me that the remark came from you, a perceived intellectual, influencer and academician entrusted with molding an entire generation.
But first things first, sir! Where were you in 2007 Mr Ndii? For your information, presidential election results were contested, and the country burned. Literally. Over 1,000 innocent lives were lost, hundreds of thousands were displaced and millions of Kenyans still have scars to show. Critical lessons on the cost of violence were learnt.
But you must be one of a kind, Daktari! Didn’t you sigh in agony as the major gains in the economy, made as part of your economic recovery strategy, went up in smoke in a matter of weeks? You need a double serving to feel the pinch?
I beg to reverse roles and lecture you sir. Peace is priceless and should not be provoked. And while elections come and go, the burning of a country affects generations. As you are aware, in a world of mixed elements, there is never guarantee anywhere in the world that elections will be free and fair. And even if credible, there is always the chance that some loser will cry foul. So, do we just act fools blind and burn the country every time this happens? No! Violence should not be an option to settling political disputes.
You understand all so well the blatant rigging that recently characterized the party primaries recently, with ODM being the main culprit. Suppose the aggrieved decided it was time to burn their counties and constituencies, pick up machetes and rip guts open? Would we even be here freely discussing the general election? Just think about it!
Burning, as in with fire, is the last thing one should wish on his worst enemies, leave alone his dear motherland.
If we must burn, let’s burn with desire. Yes, the desire to make Kenya a more prosperous and united country.