By KIRATU KAMUNYA
The recent visit by US Secretary of State&searchbutton=SEARCH'> US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton to Kenya has elicited varied responses. This comes in the wake of reports that during her visit, the diplomat sought to evaluate Kenya’s scorecard on various fronts.
There is nothing wrong for countries that enjoy bilateral relations to compare notes on a wide range of issues in a bid to enlighten their engagement. This is because bilateral relations are supposed to be under constant review in order to improve, review or even renew them.
But is this the position between Kenya and the US? There is no doubt whatsoever that behind the closed doors, the meeting between leading Kenyan officials and USdignitaries discussed matters of mutual importance to the two nations.
The issue of regional peace and security must have dominated discussions especially now when Kenyan troops are involved in Operation Linda Nchi in Somalia as part of the Amisom. In spite of these beneficial talks, the US in the end was itching to pontificate to our leaders on what has now become its pet subject: the need for good governance and holding free and fair elections.
But it is also true that we have been able to pick up ourselves, dust off and move on with the journey of pursuing the Kenyan dream. Kenya as a member of the global citizenry is keen on working towards meeting universal aspirations in the areas of governance, rule of law, democracy and human rights.
There are challenges Kenya has to grapple with and the least of these is how favourably we are viewed by the global society. This should only come us a bonus but should not be our main consideration! The scorecard on how well our government is faring should be evaluated by the United Counties of Kenya and not the US.
In order to realise her economic objectives, Kenya has made substantial progress in reviving the economy and outlining an economic blueprint in Vision 2030, which is serving as the radar for our economic ship.
This is after recording huge successes in economic recovery that saw the economy hit the 7%growth mark before the onset of post-election violence in 2008. Remarkably, we have bounced back and our economy is firmly on the growth course.
On the political front, Kenya was quick to learn from her past mistakes following the violence of 2008. As a result, we have put measures in place that would forestall a repeat of such ignominy. The highlight of these measures is of course the enactment of the new constitution.