Mashujaa Jamhuri Quotes

Mashujaa Jamhuri Quotes

Magari poa wishes all Kenya a Happy Mashujaa Day, Enjoy the following quotes by Kenyans and about Kenya:

“We’re small because when they took them (Africans) into slavery, they took the big ones.”Mwanasiti, a Kenyan woman, accounting for the small size and height of Kenyans

“In Kenya you’ve got the great birds and monkeys leaping through the trees overhead. It’s a chance to remember what the world is really like.”British actress Joanna Lumley

“Muzungu [white man] is great – so full of wonders. We are on a piece of metal and we’re not sinking.”A Kenyan woman onboard the South Mombasa ferry

“Life is simple. You are born, you do your thing, and you die. It’s easy. Anyone can do it.”Joan K., a young Kenyan business woman commenting on people who are confused about life

 

“My name is Maina, the opposite of major.”Maina, on how to pronounce his name

“Rioting is a Kenyan thing. If they didn’t do it, they’d be Tanzanian.”Dr. Mavura, from Tanzania

“Sugar, maize, soap, and cooking fat.”Beatrice, a Kenyan woman, on being asked about the most important needs in life

“The new Kenyans. There are always new Kenyans.”Famous runner Noureddine Morceli, 1988, when asked if he feared any other runners (Kenyans are among the world’s best runners)

“When the missionaries came to Africa, they had the Bible and we had the land. They taught us to pray with our eyes closed. When we opened them, we had the Bible in our hand, and they had the land.”Jomo Kenyatta, fist president of Kenya

“When my father arrived in Kenya, he had found the Kikuyu way of life similar to that of the British at the time the Romans invaded England 2,000 years ago.”Famous British-Kenyan archaeologist Louis Leakey

“I can’t think of any other region in the world [Kenya] which is such a vast source of fossils.”Richard Leakey, son of Louis Leakey and an accomplished archaeologist himself

 

“Africa, amongst the continents, will teach it to you: that God and the Devil are one, the majesty coeternal, not two uncreated but one uncreated, and the Natives neither confounded the persons nor divided the substance.”Danish author Karen Blixen, who lived in Kenya for a large part of her life

“There is something about safari life that makes you forget all your sorrows and feel as if you had drunk half a bottle of champagne – bubbling over with heartfelt gratitude for being alive. One only feels really free when one can go in whatever direction one pleases over the plains, to get to the river at sundown and pitch one’s camp, with the knowledge that one can fall asleep beneath other trees, with another view before one, the next night.”Karen Blixen

“All of us have a God in us, and that God is the spirit that unites all life, everything that is on this planet. ”Prof. Wangari Maathai, a former Kenyan Government Minister and the first African woman to win a Nobel Prize

“African women in general need to know that it’s OK for them to be the way they are – to see the way they are as a strength, and to be liberated from fear and from silence.”Wangari Maathai

“Kenyans must learn on how to believe in themselves and do away with this culture of dependency on donors for everything.”Mutahi Kagwe, Kenyan Minister for Information and Communications

“I knew him (Mwai Kibaki) when we were young boys and he was brilliant. You could tell by the way he took care of his father’s sheep.”Kenyan voter Daniel Gitu, aged 70

“Leadership is a privilege to better the lives of others. It is not an opportunity to satisfy personal greed.”President Mwai Kibaki, later accused of fraud and self-enrichment

 

“Corruption will now cease to be a way of life in Kenya.”President Kibaki, later accused of corruption and election fraud, upon becoming President

“The vote has shown clearly that the majority are opposed to the proposed constitution. As we had said before, my government will respect the wishes of Kenyans.”President Kibaki, upon losing the referendum on the new constitution in 2005, later accused of rigging the December 2007 elections

“The people of Kenya, the political leaders and the parties deserve to be congratulated on their demonstrated belief in, and commitment to, democratic values and ethics, in particular to free, fair, peaceful and transparent elections.”Commonwealth election observers on the 2002 elections (the opinions of international election observers on the 2007 elections were slightly different…)

“(Longtime Kenyan strongman Daniel Arap) Moi had no concern whatsoever about the poverty of his people and I doubt very much that he has actually ever walked in this very place (Nairobi slum of Kibera).”David Mugonyi, Kenyan clerical officer

 

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“We want the economy revived, but not at the expense of our sovereignty.”Kenyan political analyst, Mutahi Ngunyi commenting on the attention paid to donors and foreign investors by the government and President at the expense of Kenyan politics and people, Sunday Nation 23/3/03

“Kenya has become a country of ten millionaires and ten million beggars.”Kenyan politican J.M. Kariuki, assassinated in 1975

It Africans were left in peace on their own lands, Europeans would have to offer them the benefits of white civilization in real earnest before they could obtain the African labour which they want so much. They would have to offer the African a way of life which was really superior to the one his fathers lived before, and a share in the prosperity given them by their command of science. They would have to let the African choose what parts of European culture could be beneficially transplanted, and how they could be adapted … The African is conditioned, by cultural and social institutions of centuries, to a freedom of which Europe has little conception, and it is not in his nature to accept serfdom for ever.
Jomo Kenyatta, first president of Kenya, from the conclusion to his book Facing Mount Kenya, 1938.

 

Europeans assume that, given the right knowledge and ideas, personal relations can be left largely to take care of themselves, and this is perhaps the most fundamental difference in outlook between Africans and Europeans.
Jomo Kenyatta, first president of Kenya, from his book Facing Mount Kenya, 1938.

You and I must work together to develop our country, to get education for our children, to have doctors, to build roads, to improve or provide all day-to-day essentials.
Jomo Kenyatta, first president of Kenya, from an Independence Day message to the people, as quoted in Sanford Ungar’s Africa, the People and Politics of an Emerging Continent, New York, 1985.

To .. all the dispossessed youth of Africa: for perpetuation of communion with ancestral spirits through the fight for African freedom, and in the firm faith that the dead, the living, and the unborn will unite to rebuild the destroyed shrines.
Jomo Kenyatta, first president of Kenya, from the dedication in his book Facing Mount Kenya, 1938.

Don’t be fooled into looking to Communism for food.
Jomo Kenyatta, first president of Kenya, as quoted in David Lamb’s The Africans, New York, 1985.

Our children may learn about the heroes of the past. Our task is to make ourselves the architects of the future.
Jomo Kenyatta, first president of Kenya, from an address given on Kenyatta Day, as quoted in Anita King’s Quotations in Black, Greenwood Press 1981.

 

Where there has been racial hatred, it must be ended. Where there has been tribal animosity, it will be finished. Let us not dwell upon the bitterness of the past. I would rather look to the future, to the good new Kenya, not to the bad old days. If we can create this sense of national direction and identity, we shall have gone a long way to solving our economic problems.
Jomo Kenyatta, first president of Kenya, as quoted in David Lamb’s The Africans, New York, 1985.

Many people may think that, now there is Uhuru, now I can see the sun of Freedom shinning, richness will pour down like manna from Heaven. I tell you there will be nothing from Heaven. We must all work hard, with our hands, to save ourselves from poverty, ignorance, and disease.
Jomo Kenyatta, first president of Kenya, from an Independence Day message to the people, as quoted in Sanford Ungar’s Africa, the People and Politics of an Emerging Continent, New York, 1985.

If we respect ourselves and our uhuru, foreign investment will pour in and we will prosper.
Jomo Kenyatta, first president of Kenya, as quoted in Phyllis Martin and Patrick O’Meara’s Africa, Indiana University Press 1986.

We do not want to oust the Europeans from this country. But what we demand is to be treated like the white races. If we are to live here in peace and happiness, racial discrimination must be abolished.
Jomo Kenyatta, first president of Kenya, as quoted in David Lamb’s The Africans, New York, 1985.

 

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God said this is our land, land in which we flourish as people… we want our cattle to get fat on our land so that our children grow up in prosperity; and we do not want the fat removed to feed others.
Jomo Kenyatta, Kenyan president, from a speech given in Nyeri, Kenya, 26 July 1952.

Leadership is a privilege to better the lives of others. It is not an opportunity to satisfy personal greed.
Mwai Kibaki

Let us reject violence and selfishness which could destroy our country’s unity.
Mwai Kibaki

May hard work, and justice, always cement our bonds of unity that we may get our country back to production.
Mwai Kibaki

The constitution is the ultimate custodian of social will and its making should be accorded all due diligence.
Mwai Kibaki

African women in general need to know that it’s OK for them to be the way they are – to see the way they are as a strength, and to be liberated from fear and from silence.
Mwai Kibaki

 

First, let me quote my 10th great grandfather Ragem, “There are movers and there are shakers. I was a mover, but you Joram is a shaker. Raila is both.
-Raila Odinga

Kenya is up and running once again. Kenya is ready to do business.
-Raila Odinga

The stone throwing and house burning is no longer a face of Kenya . Kenya is now a destination for investment and tourism.
-Raila Odinga

Tsvangirai’s decision to campaign in the runoff would show-how far Mugabe and his cronies are willing to go
-Raila Odinga

My view is that the time has come for the international community to act on Zimbabwe in the way that it did in Bosnia – I do not think that we are going to get free and fair elections in Zimbabwe
-Raila Odinga

I think it is its time for the leaders of Africa to say to President Mugabe that the people of Zimbabwe deserve a free and fair election.
-Raila Odinga

It is a big embarrassment that a leader can say on the eve of an election that he is not willing to hand over power to an opponent, that he can only hand over power to a member of his own political party .
-Raila Odinga

It is my view that it is a big embarrassment for Africa . It is hypocritical for African leaders to talk about democracy and human rights and to be silent when these things are happening in Zimbabwe .
-Raila Odinga

You cannot have free and fair elections while one party controls completely and monopolizes the instrument of power and .. Tsvangirai is in and out of police cells almost on a daily basis, when people are being arrested, people are being beaten up.
-Raila Odinga

Central to our Vision 2030 is that our country will be firmly interconnected through a network of roads, railways, ports, airports, water and sanitation facilities and ICT
-Raila Odinga

President Kibaki and I are aware that we cannot do everything overnight
-Raila Odinga

Gone are the days when African leaders used to misrule their people and the rest of Africa was quiet under the guise of what was called non-interference.
-Raila Odinga

The mediocrity with which Africa has been ruled is responsible for its underdevelopment.
-Raila Odinga

The Vision 2030 is aimed at transforming Kenya from a struggling third-world economy into a second world economy – We do believe that it is a realizable objective; we don’t believe that it is utopia. We know that it has been done in some.
-Raila Odinga

We all saw what happened. Let’s forgive each other so that we can move ahead and let’s be our brother’s keeper.
-Raila Odinga

If we have shown unity here, we can demand unity down the line
-Raila Odinga

At independence Kenya’s economic indicators were equal to those of South Korea, but 45 years down the road, Korea’s economy is 40 times that of Kenya. The mediocrity of leadership is across the continent .
-Raila Odinga

 

I am working to make sure we don’t only protect the environment, we also improve governance.
-Wangari Maathai

In a few decades, the relationship between the environment, resources and conflict may seem almost as obvious as the connection we see today between human rights, democracy and peace.
-Wangari Maathai

It is important to nurture any new ideas and initiatives which can make a difference for Africa .
-Wangari Maathai

It’s a matter of life and death for this country. The Kenyan forests are facing extinction and it is a man-made problem.
-Wangari Maathai

It’s the little things citizens do. That’s what will make the difference. My little thing is planting trees.
-Wangari Maathai

Some say that AIDS came from the monkeys, and I doubt that because we have been living with monkeys from time immemorial, others say it was a curse from God, but I say it cannot be that.
-Wangari Maathai

There’s a general culture in this country to cut all the trees. It makes me so angry because everyone is cutting and no one is planting.
-Wangari Maathai

We are very fond of blaming the poor for destroying the environment. But often it is the powerful, including governments, that are responsible.
-Wangari Maathai

We need to promote development that does not destroy our environment
-Wangari Maathai

Women are responsible for their children, they cannot sit back, waste time and see them starve
-Wangari Maathai

 

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A number of scientists with greatly different backgrounds can come up with completely different assessments. The discussions or controversies are endless. Once a year, we try to bring the most important discoverers together to exchange their experiences and knowledge.
-Richard Leakey

Along the borders to Ethiopia and Somalia , anarchy reigns, the police and military have retreated quite some distance
-Richard Leakey

Earlier, 100,000 elephants lived in Kenya and we didn’t have any noteworthy problem with it. The problem that we have is not that there are now more elephants
-Richard Leakey

Elephants can live to an age of up to 70 or 80 years and they have a good memory. It could be they come across an area that is experiencing a drought. Then they continue on their path and run into people
-Richard Leakey

For fossils to thrive, certain favorable circumstances are required. First of all, of course, remnants of life have to be there. These then need to be washed over with water as soon as possible, so that the bones are covered with a layer of sediment
-Richard Leakey

I can’t think of any other region in the world which is such a vast source of fossils.
-Richard Leakey

I would hazard a guess that we have found fossilized human remains of at least a thousand different specimens in South and East Africa , more or less complete at that. I think this is where the prelude to human history was primarily played out.
-Richard Leakey

I, too, am convinced that our ancestors came from Africa .
-Richard Leakey

It is virtually impossible to control Northern Kenya , which is populated chiefly by migrant nomads
-Richard Leakey

One should not forget that there are very few surviving items from this period, often just single, small bones, a tooth, a sliver of the skull. Categorizing these pieces can be very difficult.
-Richard Leakey

Paleoanthropology is not a science that ends with the discovery of a bone. One has to have the original to work with. It is a life-long task.
-Richard Leakey

Sadly, I am not able to take part in the fieldwork myself so much anymore, as both of my legs were amputated following an airplane crash twelve years ago.
-Richard Leakey

Scientific innovations continually provide us with new means of analyzing the finds.
-Richard Leakey

The elephants were being slaughtered in masses. Some were even killed in the vicinity of big tourist hotels.
-Richard Leakey

The land is not in the least bit fertile and yet the cattle herds grow larger and larger. A cow represents capital investment here.
-Richard Leakey

The problem is that during the 1980s, a decade of heavy poaching, the elephants retreated to safer areas. And now people have moved into the corridors once used by the elephants.
-Richard Leakey

To investigate the history of man’s development, the most important finds are, of course, hominid fossils
-Richard Leakey

 

 

Jamhuri Day (#JamhuriDay) is a heroes day as well as Mashujaa Day (#Mashujaa Day)

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