What Nkaissery’s death taught me

Close to four years ago, when President Uhuru Kenyatta appointed the late General Nkaissery as the CS for Interior, I wrote him a letter. An open letter as a concerned citizen.

In this letter I expressed my worries on the national state of our security. I was worried of another Mpeketoni attack closer home; or another siege similar to the Westgate mall. It was a fear shared by millions of Kenyans irrespective of their tribe or political leaning.

Nkaissery got down to work and cleared anything that stood on his way towards realizing a more secure nation. And as the national dailies now reveal, most times we saw him in front of cameras. But there were also times he worked beneath the lights. In both this ways, he got the job done. and for this we all admired him. Including those in the opposition who jumped on any available chance to hate on him.

We all know he wasn’t the best orator in town. Probably not even among his Maa community. But his confidence and self- belief, coupled with his passion for this country earned him admiration from Kenyans across the divide. In fact, due to him, Kenyans at one time joined up in unison against the incarceration of leaders such as Waititu, Junet and Moses Kuria over hate speech charges. Probably the only time we ever agreed in the last five years. Moving forwards, we must learn to believe in ourselves and always stick to the calling. Never bothering what the crowd thinks about us or how we spell the word ‘et cetera‘. Because unknown to us, everyone is busy with their own lives. They will only stop briefly to cheer, mourn, admonish or envy you before proceeding on with it. That’s how God intended life to be, which is why He advises us to stick to our lanes in this race of life. Nkaissery stuck to his, and here we are writing (and reading) about him. In about two weeks or so, we will forget him, and life will move on because it’s meant to move on when we leave the scene. So the same will happen when the lights go out on me. And you too.

One last thing. It’s about our politics. Nkaissery’s death has brought to the fore our dark ugly face as a nation. For some who support NASA, they believe that the General shouldn’t have been alive in the first place. And for some Jubilee supporters, they will keep mourning and crying foul until the elections are announced and a ruling made on any presidential petition(s). That is not what our politics was meant to do to us. It was meant to give us a platform to ask the right questions, from the right people and get the right answers. Because politics should build, not destroy. It should unite, not divide. And as we head for the August 8 polls, I can only pray that we all reach there alive. Because if my social media feed is anything to go by, then this Country’s underbelly is on an ugly path to self-destruction.

May the Lord help us. And may He rest the General’s soul in everlasting peace.


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