Why President Uhuru was angry during terminal two opening at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

President Uhuru Kenyatta is taken through the self-check in process by Kenya Airways chief executive Mbuvi Ngunze and Kenya Airways staff during the terminal 2 opening. PHOTO/STANDARD

Kenya: I rarely see President Uhuru Kenyatta annoyed. In many instances his posture is that of an easy going gentleman who is always ready to mingle with anyone anywhere. Were it not for the big office, Uhuru would look too ordinary and at ease with the public. Unlike many leaders Uhuru has no persona pretenses. He knows how to work the public to trust him.

But the job of a president is too demanding more so in countries like Kenya that have battles to fight to remain civilized or have a modicum of it. Yesterday while opening terminal 2 at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), he was upset with the leasing contract by Kenya Airport Authority to transport passengers to and from the aircraft when they are parked away from the departure or arrival lounge. The contract costing a bus per month irked him and he ordered immediate investigation.

A visibly annoyed President Uhuru impressed me. I have seen a lot of his anti-corruption messages attracting a lot of sneer from the public. In a way the public distrusts the anti-corruption drive. History is not on Uhuru's side. Since the past government never made any success in fighting the vice amidst huge and massive corruption, there are all reasons to make the public wary. They have been beaten more than once hence many times shy.

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) issues have also been a point of concern. The fact that corruption is experienced and seen in the public affairs has created a degree of despondency. That we have made little progress in taming the vice is why the mistrust is high. At any rate our little success lies in the small fish. We only see little bits of some policemen or junior public servants arrested for soliciting bribes from the public and that’s all. Even the small fight is hardly consistent.

The problem is corruption in Kenya is endemic. It is all over. I can’t blame you Mr. President for the mess. You meet it, you never created it nor are you in any way personally implicated. But the onus falls on you to fight it. You have a rendezvous with destiny. Your legacy is at stake here. Don’t let it slip through your hands. Grab the opportunity and it is yours with a memorable legacy. By the way many feel that you are in the best position to end this morass, after all there is a feeling you have no interest in public money.

Build our infrastructure which we badly need, sort out the economic pillars (such   as tourism which is currently in the doldrums) , secure our country, provide the social services, make it easier for people to find jobs and make the country more livable and you will be on the road to greatness. However all these cannot be achieved in isolation. There are two skunks that you must eliminate as an enabler to easing the attainment of these goals. These are corruption and tribalism. They make our country stink and insecure.