This country Kenya needs another name (Opinion)

This country Kenya needs another name (Opinion)


What were you told at school the white colour on Kenya’s flag stands for? They say the knowledgebility of the teacher determines what you learn. Mine told me that the white on flag of Kenya represents the milk that our founding fathers expected Kenyans would be drinking in plentiful quantities in the independent nation.

I watched a video the other day on you Youtube of al Shabaab where the commander, that guy Iman from Majengo, was giving a lecture somewhere in the bush that’s too lush one wonders whether there’s that greenery anywhere in Somalia unless that was in Boni forest.

I don’t know whether it’s Iman’s teacher or mine who was more knowledgeable but Iman, speaking in that Eastlands Sheng that youth of those corners pride in they twang it, said that the white on Kenya’s flag represents peace and went on to tell the unseen audience that was yelling in the affirmative meaning that they were all Kenyans, for they wouldn’t have understood Sheng weren’t they, that the black represents our skin and red the blood shed in fight for freedom.

What he found interesting, he told the yelling bastards who, from the druggedly howling they either planted bhang in Boni or the sackfuls they smoked before they joined Al Shaabab is still in their thick heads, that the white in the flag is so tiny a strip that if indeed it stands for peace, there’s very little peace in Kenya.

From the way he mocked Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta and the army, Iman, who is from Meru, would be skinned alive by raia if he ever set foot in Kenya. If ever there was a traitor, this is one. Bragging that the military uniform he was wearing belonged to a killed KDF soldier, Iman said Kenyans are known for their world conquering athletes but the way he saw KDF soldiers fleeing from the attack by al Shaabab at El-Ade run, they broke many world records that day.

The deranged imbecile went on to show some IDs he said were of killed Kenyans soldier and proceeded to read their names.

So long the rumbling lecture was that I didn’t see the whole of it. But it got me thinking that be it milk the white strip, it’s no wonder it is in such short supply in Kenya. A guy from western Kenya I told this to told me that his teacher taught him that the white strip represents ugali. He now understands why ugali is so little nowadays, he said, and added that he wishes that designer of the flag had it all white. I couldn’t agree more.

And it’s not with colours alone that Kenyans have issue with. I’ve heard some say that the flag of Kenya encourages violence because of the sharp spears on it. If there was a dove on the flag, they say, Kenya would be entirely another nation as people’s outlook and infeel would reflect the symbolism.

Put a picture of a water tank on it and everyone will feel dutybound to have a tank of water to harness rain water. Put a picture of a tree on the flag and Kenyans will plant trees to express their patriotism. Put a picture of a gun on the flag and robbers will consider the country their right place.

What the flag is, it is the silent motto of the country. It speaks without saying it what the people’s guiding objective is. If the Kenyan flag serves anything, it’s to remind people of the struggle for independence. It’s a backward-looking flag as opposed to a forward-looking one. It takes back those who witnessed the struggle and so have something they can relate the flag with, a lot that is reducing by the day.

As for the great majority that wasn’t yet born those ancient days, and who are front-looking, the flag is a painting like any other albeit an unimpressive one. What’s there to like in two crossed spears, two lions grotesquely standing on hind legs in an unnatural posture, a so exquisitely decorated shield you would pick another going to war, tiny maize cobs you’ll need magnifying glass to see them, a cock standing on one leg and the other menacingly holding an axe high up and some wheat heads? It not only looks childishly imaginated but also hopelessly undecided on what messages it seeks to pass.

But if the flag is confused, the name of the country is worse. Which is understandable given that it’s actually a mispronounciation as the mzungu couldn’t say kiima ki nyaa to mean mountain with ostrich which is what Kambas called the mountain later called Mt Kenya whose white snow patches on black to them from far looked like an ostrich, and where the name of the country came from.

No wonder everything in Kenya simply goes wrong. But if the name itself is a mistake, would you expect a right from it. Perhaps it’s time we had a new name for our country. A name that’ll give us a purpose.

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