It is un-Constitutional to put the Picture of Jomo Kenyatta on the new Kenya Currency

(And why the Central Financial institution Governor, Patrick Njoroge has to learn Ovid’s Metamorphosis)

The Kenya structure (2010) doesn’t permit using {photograph} of any human particular person on Kenya foreign money. The structure clearly mentions the kind of options and symbols for use on the foreign money. The structure doesn’t recommend that the image of Jomo Kenyatta needs to be placed on the foreign money. This constitutional choice was arrived at by way of a referendum. The logic in not utilizing the image of a person on the foreign money is to uphold Kenya’s nationalism and statehood. However lately, Patrick Njoroge, the Central Financial institution Governor in Kenya, made probably the most chauvinistic transfer to commit un-constitutional act of utilizing the picture of Jomo Kenyatta on the brand new Kenya foreign money. When the Governor was taken to court docket by Okiya Omtatah, he defended his act by arguing that he had consulted the general public, when the info are that no Kenyan man or lady is at present conscious of the session and a mini-referendum in 2019 that has been carried out by Patrick Njoroge to appoint the photographs of nationwide heroes for use as symbols on the foreign money.

The explanations that made Governor Njoroge to print the un-constitutional foreign money could also be starting from political stress, sycophancy, ethnic chauvinism, tribal narcissism, inter-tribal disrespect, political insensitivity, poverty of ideology and small area for objectivity and mental freedom therefore shrinking of the free considering tradition to serve the grasp with dignity of being mauverick in thought and selections.

If freedom preventing is the standards that Governor Njoroge used to pick the image of Jomo Kenyatta as image for use on the brand new Kenya foreign money, then the governor is to be reminded that Jomo Kenyatta didn’t battle for freedom individually. There have been very many different unflagging freedom fighters that deserve a point out above Jomo Kenyatta; Markhan Singh, Arap Manyei, Koitalel Arap Samoiea, Elijah Masinde of Dini ya Musambwa, Oginga Odinga, Paul Ngei, Ramogi Achieng Anego, Macharia Kabachia, Masinde Muliro, Ngugu Karumba Tom Mboya, Mekatilili Wa Menza, Joash Walumoli,Dedan Kimathi wa Miciuri and really many different women and men that selected the trail of self-immolation as the worth to pay for Kenya’s freedom from British colonialism. Thus, Njoroge is meant to place the photographs of all these freedom fighters on the brand new Kenya foreign money however not solely picture of Jomo Kenyatta. This might have been the perfect path for Governor Njoroge if in any respect he was severe and dedicated to the advantage of recognizing freedom fighters.

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If Governor Njoroge is recognizing Jomo Kenyatta as the primary President of Kenya, then he’s mistaken. It was a consensus among the many sober, aged, and state aware minds of that point that arrived at a advantage to let Jomo Kenyatta to be the primary President of Kenya. Jomo Kenyatta didn’t grow to be the President as a result of he was probably the most certified by way of struggling in freedom battle or something. Different folks had been equally certified, however respect and advantage directed the then Kenyan society to present an opportunity to Jomo Kenyatta to guide the primary post-colonial authorities in Kenya.

Even Governor Njoroge was to go by easy frequent sense and notice that Jomo Kenyatta’s image, statues and identify has been over-used and exhausted in public use. For instance, there’s statue of Jomo Kenyatta exterior the parliament in Nairobi, Kenyatta worldwide convention heart, Kenyatta College, Jomo Kenyatta College, Jomo Kenyatta worldwide airport, Kenyatta nationwide hospital, Kenyatta streets in all Kenyan cities, Jomo Kenyatta grounds in Kisumu, Jomo Kenyatta seaside in Mombasa, a number of Jomo Kenyatta faculties and an previous dumble-down rest room in Kaloleni property in Nairobi on which a street-urchin had written on its brick-wall that, ‘this is Jomo Kenyatta international Toilet!’

They weren’t ethos of democracy that made Kenyans to place the identify of Jomo Kenyatta on each road and each establishment. these had been the acts of concern on the hand of the dominated Kenyans and acts of ethnic narcissism on the palms of those who had been ruling Kenya. Political psychology identifies political narcissism as a vice. It’s the virgin grounds for germination and thrive of the political techniques that shamelessly perpetrate social and political exclusion. Narcissus a particularly self-conceited stunning character in Ovid’s philosophical poetry was in love with himself past realizing that his fellow residents of Rome qualify to be human beings. That is why I recommend that Governor Patrick Njoroge has to learn the Metamorphosis a set of poems by Paublius Ovid during which Narcissus was a personality and a poem.

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Personally I really feel an excluded Kenyan each time I see the image and the identify of Jomo Kenyatta on each road, each faculty, each faculty, each coin, each financial institution notice, each nationwide vacation, each hospital and on each public construction. I discover it a trial on my sense of nationalism and a stretch on my psychology of inter-ethnic relations. All these damage emotions emanate from my historic expertise that my father and my grandfather paid severely by deaths and different ineffable losses for being concerned within the anti-colonial battle towards the British in western Kenya. However their names are actually, they’re in abysmal oblivion for his or her mistake of being politically in-correct throughout Kenya’s post-colonial occasions. And this is similar scenario of social quagmire during which are wallowing the little kids kind the households in Kenya with Mau Mau and Dini ya Musmbwa ancestry.

Nationwide heroism will not be a reserve for political opportunism. A reputation from one other distinguished public servant can be utilized as a nationwide image. Presently Kenya enjoys potpourri of genuinely well-known names, starting from Lupita Nyongo, Victor Wanyama and so many others. Their names are additionally symbols of nationwide dignity and political freedom. Just lately, Vladimir Putin was renaming public insitutions, he requested the folks to appoint the names with a situation that the particular person to be nominated was not purported to be a politician. The Russian writers like Anton Chekov, Alexander Pushkin, Leo Tolstoy, Nikolai Gogol and really many different eminent Russian scientists had been nominated. Thus Moscow of right now has its streets, airports, and different public establishments bearing the names of Russia’s literary and scientific ancestors, this can be a benchmark sufficient ffrom which kenya can borrow a leaf in terms of social apply of heroes and hero-worship.

Alexander Opicho writes from, Lodwar, Kenya [email protected]

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Updated: July 11, 2019 — 9:58 pm