They believe a comrade is that guy who is able to say no to the impurities of the university, he should be able to raise his arm high in a crowed and say “WE MUST GO”, able to run 15 Km to Cheptiret, throw stones at the police as they receive the wrath of teargases from the police because comrades believe demonstration is the only way to rectify the problems in the university. That’s what they believe a comrade is.
They believe a comrade is that guy who has passed through the university but not university through him. He must be able to incorporate the lifestyle of the university to his/her daily activities lie to at least five ladies or men per day, hold each other’s waist as they walk to stage via the academic highway to eat “MUTURAA” and NYAMA CHOMA. That’s what they believe a comrade is.
They believe a comrade is that guy whose weekend starts on Friday, goes to say “sorry for his body” in the famous F2 for a long tiresome week of classes although he/she attended non. He/she should be able to clear five bottles of alcohol and still be able to stand on one leg. He/she should be able to “SUGUA” the behindings of a lady at the so called “DUNDAA”. That’s what they believe a comrade is.
They believe a comrade is that guy seated to you in an exam room and should be able to expose his/her work for you to copy, he should be able to do a CAT or an ASSIGNMENT for you as if you used the same umbilical cord when you were being born. And when you say NO they now say you have no spirit of comradeship as if the word “COMRADE” means dying for you brother.
If I would be given to define a comrade this is what I will say: A comrade is that guy who knows his vision and a mission for his/her life, that guy who attends every class that he/she should attend no matter the hard circumstances that befell him/her each day, that guy finishes assignments in time without copying from others in the name of confirming, A comrade is that guy who is able to pass by your door to wake you up for classes in the morning. That’s how I will define the word “COMRADE”.
Let’s be our brother’s keeper because that’s what even GOD wants us to be. No man is an island and so should surround yourself with friends of positive value to you that will help you shape your destiny and become an icon in the society. Like LUCKY DUBE said “EDUCATION IS THE KEY”, and so let education change you but not the spirit of comradeship.
The Author, Bernard Lucky, is a former students’ leader and current aspiring MCA 2017