Should Parliament pass a petition asking for replacement of Harambee by a neutral term like Pamoja Tujenge Kenya?
By Gordon Opiyo
What a coincidence!! Just as I reach town. I bump into this procession chanting “Hare Ambee Hare Ambee Hare Ambee”
Yester night I was discussing with my former boss at the Sunday Standard about a controversial story we did in 2000.
We had done a feature about a former member of the Hindu religion, who had made a public petition to have the name and term “Harambee” removed from all our National Institutions, Highways, Buildings, Our Currency, our National Emblem and National Sports Teams..
Why? She argued that by placing the name “Harambee” in these critical things, we were giving undue spiritual advantage to the Hindu Religion…
What does “Hare Ambee” mean? it simply means “Glory to Ambee… Ambee is the Hindu god of wealth and power…
In her argument, she said that by giving such critical national pillars the name that glorifies one god, Kenya was essentially giving the Hindu religion spiritual advantage…. and to make matters worse, she argued that all critical State Offices. (Office of the president, Office of the Deputy president, office of the foreign affairs, Ministry of Education, Treasury, AG Office, Central Bank of Kenya, Kicc, National Bank etc…. all are in or around Harambee Avenue… and according to her, this constituted State Capture by one religion..
she quipped that this State Capture made members of the religion have financial dominance….
Like this procession shouting Glory to Ambee passes through Harambee Avenue 3 times in a year… probably renewing the altar of Ambee…
What do you think.. should Parliament have passed a petition asking for replacement of Harambee by a neutral term like Pamoja Tujenge Kenya?