In Summary
  • Look at what we do every time there is something to be yelled about.
  • A lot of the time, this type of violence does not start with the one major incident. It begins and grows, culminating into something horrific.
  • Much as you may say children have no cause to burn schools, they have had grievances, for a long, long time.

We’re an angry nation.

The irony is, we have always been angry. It’s just that now, with the advent of the internet, we know things faster.

For example, schools have been burned in Kenya since even before independence. Many claim that it is just this generation, knowing perfectly well that it is something that is practically a part of the fabric of high school.

School unrest and a general dissatisfaction with the system has always been around. A University of Nairobi researcher, John Nkinyangi, found that in 1980, there was a strike at a school in Kenya every day of the year.

You want more evidence that we have always been angry? Look at what we do every time there is something to be yelled about. We gang up on anything and everyone that is trying to attack Kenya, then immediately turn on ourselves.

Koffi Olomide flies in, throws a kick, and ends up sentenced to jail time, just because it happened on our soil. CNN dares to say we are a hotbed of terror and we become a hotbed of hashtags.

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The other day, a woman stabbed her husband because he came home past midnight. Her mother-in-law heard them exchanging words and next thing she knew, a knife was drawn. Another scalded her husband’s private parts, apparently for cheating.

This week, a man chopped off both his wife's hands because, he claimed, she was childless, even if medical professionals say that more often than not childlessness has more to do with the man, who many times refuses to be tested.

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On top of that, there had been cause for worry in the marriage. The lady had gone to the local pastor asking for guidance, but he told her to stay in the marriage and pray about it.

This is a very dangerous thing to tell an oppressed person, because it means the abuse will continue and can increase when you go back. Eventually, someone is going to get hurt.

In an abusive marriage, or a marriage someone is not happy in, the aggrieved party should just leave before inflicting mortal or fatal harm on another person, or before grievous harm is inflicted on them.

There is a lot to be said for tolerance and patience in a marriage, but it takes two to tango, to be honest. Repeated and wilful ignorance of another person’s feelings leads to things like the stabbing which has landed a woman in court.

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