The Audacity: How Mercy Tarus’ Balls Might be the Poke for Change 

Who doesn’t know Mercy Tarus by now? Hands up. I don’t know what came to your mind when you viewed the viral video of this young lady giving Uasin Gishu leaders a taste of their own medicine.

You are probably fidgeting, wondering where this headed. For the sake of a glimpse recap, there is this Uasin Gishu scholarship fiasco that has taken the centre of our news.

Suffice to say, Mercy Tarus is one of the people who were scammed from this program that was to take students to pursue further studies in Finland.

I’m not here to talk about the whole hullabaloo and fracas of the program that went south but this iron lady, allow me to refer to her that way because she is – did something that few of us who are youths couldn’t dare think of.

The 24 -year-old Kabarak University graduate showcased the power of words when she oozed uncensored sensible words to address the cesspool in our leadership as a country.

Her name is synonymous to courage and audacity. She has made us remember the power we have as citizenry that the constitution has lavished on us in chapter one of our constitution that states all sovereign power belongs to the people of Kenya. It is exercised differently but I am fascinated by how she made us realise it.

We’ve had it for the longest time since promulgation but we’ve never believed in its effect. The way she called out leaders and mentioned in graphics their ills in the scholarship fiasco gave me a sigh of relief.

We are indeed a great nation in prospect. We are on our knees as a country due to these heartless, so-called leaders who take advantage of their people. It sucks!

The last time I checked, the Kenyan populace is made up of 75.1% youths. This totals to individuals below the age of 35 years. We are a juggernaut if we can have the boldness and courage of Mercy Tarus.

It has dawned on us from what Mercy demonstrated that we are in the state we are in because we have not woken up and called them out for perpetuating the ills in our society and country at large.

It’s high time we need to rise up and say enough is enough. We need to be audacious in our influence. Let us be bold and authentic to end what we have been through since independence. We’re 60 years old, this is not how we should look at 60 years as a nation.

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