Odongo Odoyo

Topical Commentary

By Milly Bayi Nyuga (Guest)

The clean person is not the one who runs away from the dirt but one who takes time and effort to tidy up a dirty environment, this proverb hits me hard every time that I am in a place that is dirty and untidy but it is rather disturbing and sad that not everybody shares the same feelings when in the same environment which is kind of okay sometimes for starters… but let somebody not use it as an excuse to jump a heap of foul/filthy dirt dumped in the road or one’s pathway.   

Seriously, cleanliness is next to godliness so for one to be seen like a god, they should be clean first, primarily with themselves which is personal hygiene then to general sanitation which is to one’s environment, surrounding because it is only when one’s mind is clean and conscious to their surrounding that they are able to tell what’s right and wrong, bearable and not because cleanliness makes you see the details of everything that life brings to you. 

It is so absurd that in Juba town, which is supposed to be the country’s capital city, the dwellers are mindless of how dirty and untidy their town is. They do not care for a second why the trash is piled up in the roads, water ways, talk about bush burning that just ruins it all. The thick smoke and fumes that chock passers-by are not at all a bother to those who burn rubbish and bushes in and within town. The ashes produced from these burns are also a damage to our white cotton clothes, for those of us who love to wear white cotton to tame this scorching heat and temperatures.

Since it is the New Year, it is time to open the window and change the air. The Bible says that The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. So, if we fail to take care of our own home, we are being disobedient and there is no place like home- it’s the best place to be so to be free and clean at home, starts with personal hygiene for charity begins at home, they say.

Clean out a corner of your mind and creativity will instantly fill it. This is the new mind set we need this New Year to see more creativity in this country by keeping out all the filth and tidy our minds because it is from this kind of mind that creative ideas will come from and we shall blow the minds of the worlds with the developments and advancements.

Therefore, if a child’s hands are clean, he can eat with elders. Clean house, clean mind! 

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