LIFTED FROM Makozewe
Daily Nation’s “Weekend” magazine, Friday, 21st March 2008
There is little they do not know, and they never lose an opportunity to remind Kenyans at home that they are with “it” -whatever it is. These are the Kenyans in the Diaspora – the self-appointed “law enforcement officers” who check on the excesses of those of at home. Whenever there is a natural disaster in Kenya, and as usual, the GOK is slow in dealing with its effects, they are the first to tell us how things are done in the countries where they have taken refuge.
I insist on “refuge” because if they were as patriotic as they claim and knowledgeable about the ways of the world, they wouuldn’t be “assisting” through the mail. During the last elections, they were steadfast in buying space in local newspapers to tell us what they liked and hated. Labelling themselves as professionals, they had all sorts of “advice” ongovernance.
But their tribal footprints were all over the internet, all in the name of patriotism. With their much-touted knowledge, they forgot that, as somebody once said, patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel. When the chaos erupted – and you can even say they had a hand in it through their inflammatory advertisements – they went silent. Those of them who were on “holiday” boarded the first flight (economy class of course) to the Diaspora – or wherever else they have replaced dish-washing machines. Cowards!
If they are such professionals as they claim, how come none of them had any solution to the post-election crisis? Now that some “foreigners” have done the dirty work for us, Kenyans in the Dias-Wherever will start “advising” us again. Methinks they should stick to their “patriotic” duty of working their body parts and sending money back home. They can keep their lofty ideas about governance to themselves.