By Peter Amunga.
Allow me to draw my views basing on the classical ANIMAL FARM By George Orwell.
The book states of how stereotypes and beliefs work. For example, in the book we read..
“.. It had become usual to give Napoleon (the then leader) the credit for every successful achievement and even stoke of good fortune. You would often hear one hen remark to another, ” under the guidance of our leader, Comrade Napoleon, I have laid five eggs in six days” or two cows, enjoying a drink at the pool, would exclaim, ” thanks to the leadership of Comrade Napoleon, how excellent this water tastes.” End of quote.
Orwell says if liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
That is what drives some of us. Speaking what many fear to say. For example, where I was born and raised in Luhya and Luo landluhyas we have this habbit of blaming every shortcomings on superstitions..
Nobody in my area can die of AIDS, COVID, CANCER or even a road accident.
The normal words you expect to hear are … nilikurogwa au majini from jirani au family member. We must deny. We live in denial. That is us.
Thats is why,.when a person comes out and says things the way they are, he is castigated and frowned upon. In the few days I have taken to talk about covid ravaging my home area, I am under attack from those conservatives. I am sure I will lose many friends.
It will take time for me and other like minded yo educate and expose our people to the fact that COVID IS KILLING US IN KAKAMEGA, BUSIA AND BUNGOMA.
I will need assistance here. But this must be done. So help me God.