A change in system of government will not resolve our challenges
SEE ALSO :No-deal Brexit more likely by the dayThe third failure of leadership was failing to read the public mood. Many Brits were unhappy about many things in Europe but most significantly they were unhappy about immigration and the increasingly open borders of Europe. Granted the choice to opt out of Europe or be “overrun by increasingly darker skins,” all other considerations became moot. Had the Tory leadership read the mood not just in Europe but also in America, they would have recognised that the rise of people like Donald Trump was the reflection of a fear by many voters, of a new world in which intense migrations, new technology, a new job market and an increasingly internationalised workforce were in vogue. Those voting Brexit, Trump and similar right wing options were also reacting to falling economic fortunes of the first world and an assumption that the old safe world was still available if they made wiser choices. This is largely what energised the Leave campaign. Unfortunately, these fears still reign supreme. Unfortunately, they will not be resolved by Brexit. What does all this portend for Kenya as we consider a referendum shortly? Firstly, our leadership must avoid granting us complex questions with binary answers. Certain issues like the form of government appear simple but in reality, they throw all manner of possibilities once people have said yes. Secondly, leadership must read the public mood. The win in Ugenya recently speak of an increasingly sophisticated voter who may just shock the leadership which assumes that we still live in the “Baba amesoma” days. Kenyans can say NO to their leadership. Finally, good leadership is about recognising what is ailing the population and instead of keeping populations excited through cheap populism, identifying a vision through which people can rally and which can translate to better fortunes for them. A change in the system of government, an increase of the top of the executive may excite a national campaign but it will not resolve the intense challenges most Kenyans wake up to each day.
SEE ALSO :Britain scrambles for Brexit consensus- The writer is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya