Two will never walk together unless they agree. Many of us find that the city blogger, Robert Alai, being untenable. During my juvenile days on twitter, I would describe Robert Alai as a very arrogant person simply because his tweets were too fiery. Later, I would decide to let it go and avoid his tweets at all costs. At one point in time last year, James Smart, a journalist would have Robert Alai and Dennis Itumbi during the much famed #TheTrend programme on NTV, a local television network. The seasoned journalist would take the gentlemen to task on why they seem to have contrasting opinions as manifested on social media. The debate got skewed to the point that the law guarantees free speech and expression. After an-hour interview, I would build an attitude towards Robert Alai. For a record Robert Alai isn’t arrogant, he is simply daring.
Don’t we get to accept that Robert Alai has got a “Right to conscience..?” The law stipulates so. No one can be discriminated against his right of conscience. Arrogance cannot be an absolute measure of tribalism. When Robert Alai fires on tribalism by putting facts right, his critics demonise him. Well, am I never agreeing with Alai on some aspects, but I would respect his opinion.His many of tweets petrifies me, especially when I make a reflection on our law; free speech has its exemptions. By the way Adolf Hitler had followers.
At many instances, I don’t agree with him but that doesn’t mean I should have a protracted insinuation against blogging. The Kenya society is made up of pretentious elements who never want the truth to be said. Alai’s take on tribalism and ethnic bigotry doesn’t auger well those who practice it. Who doesn’t know the height of tribalism in Kenya. A mention adversely on tribe X causes an outrageous uproar. I don’t care what you would opine. Pounce onto my feeble soul like a provoked lioness and leave my bones. Do you want us to continue living in phobia to justify the wish of some tribal bigots? Definitely no, we will rant and point out the stale parts of our society. For a fact I have never been for Robert Alai but I would stand not for him, but for his right of expression. In a liberalized nation like Kenya, within the extremes of the law Robert Alai has a guaranteed right of expression and no one should discriminate against it.However,I would advise the controversial blogger to note with concern that there is libel and slander. When the society gets sick, it becomes myopic and nothing good comes out of it.A fresh well can never produce salty water and vice-versa is true. Robert Alai’ approach on tribalism may not be pretty okay. The hatred that gets spewed on the social media is a psychosomatic symptom of how our Kenya is skewed to the one of our own.
Those who stand to correct Robert Alai are ardently correct, but I doubt their motive. I would classify some comments directed towards Robert Alai as personal, visceral and others clever. We should carefully guard our arguments such that they don’t tantamount to discrimination of one’s right and freedoms as enshrined in the constitution. The law equates your right to my right. Vent your feelings but not at the expense of the others.
It is too weird about conveniently forgetting that the rights to freedom of expression and freedom of conscience are protected in the Constitution. I lament due to the scarcity of young men and women of conscience. It’s only that I can’t do it better that Alai, I would have been worse. The best avenue for fighting our arguments off is on our synergies that can help raise a healthy and knowledgeable society. Let’s disagree, and agree we have a tangent point.
In much developed nations, some of these heated debates that find their way into the mainstream media in Kenya would go unnoticed. When am correct, and feels that am correct….that doesn’t provide an avenue for me to exploit the thoughts of the others on me. Let’s build our criticism on foundation that abhors oblivion and highly recognizes positive criticism. Am not ashamed to accept that Robert Alai can say whatever pleases him bearing in mind there are legal constraints that bind him.