January 15, 2011 by USA Post
The Parliamentary Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs quoted President Abraham Lincoln, President Kibaki, Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga and Nelson Mandela”en years as leaders who contributed greatly to various political and historical achievements.
He argued, if a leader is good enough, it is quite old and the young generation or the change should not be a key factor in the search for leadership.
Let me start by saying all the great leaders start young. In Kenya, leaders like Kibaki, Raila Odinga, John Michuki, Kenneth Matiba and Tom Mboya all began public life while young. They made their greatest achievements in the days before.
Second, those who begin well does not always end well, as is the case with Robert Mugabe. I would like to see a generational change in the life and times of Madiba. “Nelson Mandela”On remembered in history as one of the great moral and political leaders of our time: an international hero whose life dedication to the fight against racial oppression in South Africa earned him the Nobel Peace and the Presidency of his country.
Mandela is on the high pedestal with Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr and Thomas Jefferson. It did not start his fight as an old man, but as a young lawyer. He challenged the oppression throughout his life and that Pinnacle can not be considered in isolation from its beginning.
In his advanced age, Mandela has served a term in Pretoria, his dream was not a power, but to ensure peace and a constitution for South Africa. At one point he was even a delegate to the presidency during a trip abroad with a political rival Mangosuthu Butelezi, chief minister of KwaZulu and President of Inkatha.
In Kenya, some leaders are still talking about the structure of power more than two years after the National Accord and Annan (Kofi) mission. We read in the press. It is more about power, more teeth, more than protocol, a greater sharing of power, several committees, commissions and more … Period. However, since his triumphant release in 1990 of more than a quarter century of imprisonment, Mandela has been at the center of history’s most compelling and inspiring political. Unification and break whatever barriers the power play.
As chairman of the African National Congress and head of the movement in South Africa against apartheid, he was instrumental in moving the nation toward multiracial government and majority rule.
The “Long Walk to Freedom is his moving and exhilarating autobiography, a book destined to take its place among the fondest memories of the great figures of the world. Here for the first time, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela tells the extraordinary story of his life – an epic struggle, setback, renewed hope, and ultimate triumph.
The adopted son of a Thembu chief, Mandela was raised in the traditional tribal culture of his ancestors, but at an early age learned the modern, inescapable reality of what would be called apartheid. He brings vividly to life the escalating political warfare in the 1950s between the ANC and the government, culminating in his struggle as a leader of the underground and notorious Rivonia Trial of 1964, when he was sentenced to life imprisonment. He recounts the surprisingly eventful 27 years in prison and the complex, delicate negotiations leading to his freedom and the beginning of the end of apartheid.
In Kenya, it’s time for youth. This is your moment Mandela. You must redefine the future of the nation. Stand of solidarity, equity and demand justice and the right to a dignified life. Even President Barack Obama, who is so popular worldwide, is still not a Mandela; King Jr. and Gandhi are of this caliber. Kenya needs a new leadership with the simplicity and sincerity of purpose.
The journey began in 2012 and youth cannot ignore its importance, and crying after the event. We must reject the politics of deception that America did in 2008. United Youth must know not even the most powerful army cannot defeat an idea whose time has come. Consider this: “This is not the size of the wave, but the motion of the ocean that moves the ship.”
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