The Swahili saying, Mwenye Nguvu Mpishe (Let the energetic get through) might mean that we should be cautious when handling matters that are beyond us or when dealing with someone whose power is out of our reach. For example when trying to oppose the dictatorial government while you already know you do not have a chance at all.
But sometimes silence means death! Then what should you do to survive?
It seems that people in Africa, especially those living in EAC region do not value humanity anymore. Even though people suffering are our brothers and sisters, silence from EAC heads of states only confirms that the countries have lots of problems to deal with and they have no room for sympathy anymore.
While the heads of states in the EAC region were pushing for trade deals, nothing came into our mind that they were also colluding amongst themselves to give us a raw deal if political disagreements emerge in a member state.
Recently, the parliamentarians in Bujumburu voted for not peace keeping mission in Burundi. This is just one way of keeping out foreigners into Burundi’s brewing genocide. I do wonder why when people— innocent individuals (men, women, and children) suffer; other men and women who ride in big cars with security details all over would only relax and let the sufferers face the wrath of fate. This goes on until they are actually affected… a time the call for help from the international community.
Why kill your people because of greed for power? And why watch as your friend murder his own people in order to remain in power?
There is one Bukusu saying that when translated goes ‘A good dog can’t walk with a bad dog unless they are both bad dogs.’ Coming in the mix with political stalemate in Burundi, it means that the friends of Burundi president are just like he is… only that nothing has happened yet in their countries.