But it is our duty to prove our detractors wrong by our actions. I am happy to join what I consider to be a very good team and look forward to working together with you and produce a good constitution. I can promise you that I will discharge my duties with the delicacy of sleep walker. I believe that we will work together — accommodate me, you fall for me, I fall for you and we call it a game; Chinua Achebe used to say; and so I say. We must remember that Constitution making is not instant coffee, it is a marathon race. Let us therefore not lose sight of the antelope for the squirrel.
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But it is our duty to prove our detractors wrong by our actions. Third World is a state of the mind and until we change our attitude as Africans, if there is a fourth, fifth and even sixth world, we will be in it.
PLO Lumumba Quotes — Famous PLO Lumumba Speeches around Africa I refuse to believe that this country must run on the wheels of negative ethnicity where ones ethnic extraction is the touchstone of ability; that is a veritable tower of Babel. But worry the least — I have a perfect recipe for national cohesion. But let me tell you; our level of development will be measured by how we treat our men and women with disability. We are the third world not because the sun rises on the West and sets in the East but because we have engaged the reverse gear and we are moving with jet like speed in the wrong direction -we must change this by rolling up our sleeves and working for the growth of our country.
Jail, hospital or cemetery, I am ready for it, I would rather defy a dishonest Court Order than go against the Court of Public Opinion and public good. Culture is the celebration of diversity. Let us therefore not deny our origin; but instead celebrate ours as a cultural mosaic not a tower of Babel , but a power of Babel ala Ali Mazrui.
Behind most of our so called successful civil servants who have joined politics and business there is collapsed or collapsing public institution they once served. We cannot run a country where virtue is vice and vice is virtue. We cannot live in a country where the looters of yester-years assume they have undergone a Pauline conversion because they are in opposition and oppose the Government of the day.
Some of our richest men and women are to be found in politics and their creed is, thou shall reap what thou hath not sown. In our quest for a new Constitution we have swam Oceans how can we now drown in ponds. God has given us lemon, let us not ask for oranges. Let us make lemonade. I refuse to accept that another Commission should be created to deliver a new Constitution.
What you need is a lean, mean team to complete the process. We must not climb trees to look for fish. We ran our leg and in a manner of speaking were like Moses, we parted the Red Sea of political intrigues and internal sabotage, stood on the Mountains and beheld the Promised Land, but now we must hand over to Joshua who must take us to Canaan to confront the walls of Jericho. We must remember that Constitution making is not instant coffee, it is a marathon race.
Let us therefore not lose sight of the antelope for the squirrel. I believe we have something to learn from the Bible. Let us store in times of plenty to cater for lean times. Contributions like we have done today is mere tranquilizing, fire fighting which attacks symptoms while leaving causes untouched and unshaken.
Tell me, can the forest exist inspite of trees? In the utilization of public resources allocated to us we must emulate the Stoics and Spartans of old. This is such a time. Odhiambo Mbai. The Kenyan political party has no ideological foundation. It is a vehicle that opportunistic politicians use to travel to Parliament, nay, it is a mask that he wears to avoid recognition by the electorate. Even divine manna was exhausted.
Sometimes our leaders behave like hunters and gatherers. The only difference is that they gather money, land, houses and cars. This spiritual poverty must be cured through moral re-armament. I am pained that those who as Government Ministers stood in the way of a new Constitution in now pretend to be its protagonists. Take care, those who shout in support of a new Constitution may not mean it.
They say with their mouths what they do not believe in their hearts. The God I worship is not weak. He fights for me, I do not fight for Him. At least that is what I learn from the experience of the Israelites from Egypt to Canaan. Let our words be wedded to our deeds. I am not convinced. Many Kenyans believe that being a police officer and a Christian are incompatible, very much like water and oil. But have we all not sinned and fallen short of the glory of both man and God and our perpetual cry should be mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.
They must act with the firmness that opens eyes and not with the arrogance that inflames anger. The people must be able to rise above divisions and do what is best for the country and not pander to partisan interests of certain individuals or sections of the society.
Our political leaders have no sense of occasion. They say at funerals what they ought to say at weddings and at weddings what they ought to say at funerals. Confusion galore is their stock in trade. The Journalist is the immediate successor of the town crier; he must not shout fire, in a crowded room when indeed there is no fire.
Let us remember that people are taken to prison as a punishment not for punishment. PLO Lumumba Quotes on Self Esteem If our young man and woman desire to compete with their counterparts from other countries, they must exorcise the ghost of self doubt and suckle from the breasts of knowledge. Knowledge is the potent antidote against underdevelopment. If our country is to realize its full potential then the girl child must soar in education like the Eagle.
It is not for nothing that we Africans say mother is supreme. They must put themselves at the service of their Nation and not their Nation at their service as they often do. Like gold passes through the furnace to gain its lustre, so must you pass through the furnace of schooling to realize your potential. Christians must be the salt of the earth, but before they combine their brigade with organs of the state to quell the billowing fires of socio-economic and political degradation that bedevil our country — they must agree on what will best quell the fire — the water of truth or the oil of political intrigue.
Like the man for whom I am named, I prefer to die with my head high above with indestructible faith and profound belief in the destiny of my country, than to live in humility and renounce the principles which I consider sacred. PLO Lumumba Quotes on Success There is no comparison between that which is lost by trying and that which is lost by not trying. We must therefore not burden God with minutiae. Praying without action is mere superstition.
Faith must be accompanied by action. Success is the verdict of history. You cannot claim success before History passes its objective verdict. Success is failure turned inside out. That which ripens quickly rots quickly. I prefer to be called names but I will remain a servant of my conscience and a warrior for truth and justice. Emotions without the benefit of intellect will only generate heat without producing light. PLO Lumumba Quotes on University Our Universities must have umbilical cords with industry and society otherwise they will remain ivory towers where knowledge is pumped into the minds of our young men and women.
I cannot understand this paradox. F Kennedy and so say I. Kennedy as quoted by him in an interview by the Standard Newspaper on the 13 th October, after taking the oath of office. Therefore take your pride of place; you are not leaders of tomorrow, start serving today. I know we are looking forward to the General Elections and metaphorically speaking, from the Egypt of KANU misrule to the Canaan of a new dispensation; but I have my doubts fellow countrymen and women that those who represent change today are graduates of the KANU school of politics whose curriculum has no Course on change.
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