It is now two days since Activist Boniface Mwangi declared officially that he was retiring from political activism to concentrate on family. I waited for the last two days to have arguments such as this get into his head and make him reconsider his decision, to no avail. And here is my piece of cents for his mental digestion.
1.No one knew who Mr. Mwangi was before he started making creative noise, and now that he decides to quit, we need no press conferences to announce his departure! When Christ decided to hung his boots, he told it to his most trusted servants whom he urged to keep the spirit alive. Mwangi can as well disappear from whatever hole he came from.
2.Political Activism calls for a thick skin. It calls for sacrifice. It is not a career that someone goes to school for, graduates and retires! It is a calling that ends at death. Neither family, nor religion should serve as an excuse for deciding to quit. If our forefathers decided to quit on us, we probably would still be deep in colonialism at the moment. They put family and their own selves second to their country. Something Mwangi was unable to stomach.
3.Boniface Mwangi now strikes me as irrelevant. Plunging into the public limelight, realizing that the temperatures are several degrees higher than he could stomach, and retiring shortly after the real counter effects of activism begin catching up with him. A coward who would rather save his own skin than take a bullet for the same course he signed for at will. And just at the moment when Kenyans began taking him seriously!
4.We will rarely miss him, especially now that he claims Kenyans are not worth fighting for. That we are ignorant of our own right! Did anyone interview Mr. Mwangi for the cause, marking it as urgently needed? I sure heard of that nowhere. And his frustrations are of no concern to no one. When the disciples decided to be fishers of men, they knew too well the tribulations that came with the trade, one of them was the complete opposite of an appreciation. I bet Mwangi never expected us to celebrate him! Name our streets after him and baptize our children after the name he had cultivated! A piece of advice for the retired Activist, in this job, you just do what your interpretation of the constitution tells you is justified! And you keep going no matter who follows. More often than not, you will be alone and lonely, it is just what you signed for.
5.Great leaders are defined by crises and the direction they decide to take during such. Tough times make heroes! This is because it is the moment when the best strategy is adopted! They don’t just cow in like disgruntled teens! They sit down, think through and change tact. They improvise and tap into their creativity banks! Guess what Mwangi does when he runs out of ideas! Totally predictable!
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