IF THIS IS DEMOCRACY THEN I DON’T WANT IT

If democracy means gunshots at night
Fires in the streets
And the women and children cry in screams 
Then I don’t want it

If democracy means
Queuing in peace with strangers to vote
Then locking myself in the house in fear for days
Then I don’t want it

If democracy means
Some citizens celebrating at KICC
And other citizens can’t help but bleed
Then I don’t want it

If democracy means
Me blocking my Facebook friends
Because we can’t chat without political insults
Then I don’t want it

If democracy means
Half of the country gloating their man has won
And another seeks revenge cause their man has lost
Then I don’t want it

If democracy means
The friends I have made over the years
Become my enemies every five years
Then I don’t want it

If democracy means
A biased media that tells the story of one side of Kenya
And ignores the other side of Kenya
Then I don’t want it

If democracy means
Me supporting my candidate no matter the wrongs he or she does
And you defending your candidate even if he or she is a criminal
Then I don’t want it

If democracy means
Me using God’s name in vain claiming my candidate is God’s choice and yours is the devil’s
Then I don’t want it

If democracy means
Pastors losing integrity to support a candidate
And we lose our soul in the name of corruption
Then I don’t want it

If democracy will keep away good leaders from stepping up
Because they fear how dirty politics is
Then I don’t want it

If democracy
Means a game of losers and winners
Yet we are all in this country together
Then I don’t want it

If democracy means
Opportunistic people coming to beg for our vote
Then they ignore us and plunder for five years
Then I don’t want it

If democracy
Will divide us into tribes and economic classes
And make me see people as statistics
Then I don’t want it

If democracy
Will make me less loving
And I with the majority lord over the minority
Then I don’t want it

The system of Government I want
Is love, equity, progress and togetherness
I want the social aspect we Africans used to have
Before we were introduced to a system of winners and losers

And don’t tell me about America
Don’t tell me we compare ourselves with America
We didn’t gain our independence to be copy cats
We gained our independence so that each one of us can enjoy this country

If one of us feels less of a Kenyan 
Then we have failed as a nation.

As Martin Luther said, I too hope that one day people of Kenya will find a way to live together in peace as brothers or perish together as fools!!