Forget the Big 4; do these and Kenyans will forever remember you
Best intentionsWhen they were announced soon after the general elections 2017, health and agriculture resonated well with the masses. Over time, one cannot be sure anymore what will realistically be achieved in the remaining three years so as to console a voter who hoped the cost of living will come down if the big four were indeed to be achieved. It is difficult to see the voter holding on to this hope any more.So what can the President do to achieve an easy-to-see, easy-to evaluate and easy-to own legacy? Here are two unsolicited pieces of advice. ibindu bichenjanga (things change). Many Kenyans can judge the change favourably given the push for the Big Four goals will seemingly be unattainable in the short time remaining. More importantly, the president will not require loans to sort this out. Second, the President ought to concern himself with two problems: address one basic need, and summon energies to improve the electoral process before it is too late.
Strong legacyDelve into the problem of water as it has practical solutions and therefore will rally many counties and many Kenyans into supporting him. Again, no loans needed!
SEE ALSO :Calls for Jubilee party meetingThe Kenyan citizens from arid and semi arid areas (ASAL) scramble for drops of water everyday of their lives. Ironically, when the rains come, they are the most affected with flooding. But, leave it to mother nature. Anything around water, such as basic household necessity, will earn the President such a strong legacy amongst the marginalized communities. Not only ASAL counties have serious water problems. Towns and cities face challenges in receiving water in the quality and quantities needed for human consumption and decent living respectively. Water access and mismanagement at the counties, rogue cartels who close and open water pipes at will to create artificial shortages to establish a water market, poor policy on water sharing between upstream and downstream counties compounded by human activities on destroying forests and water towers will in the very near future generate a water crisis with potential to cause civil disorder. Currently, the cost of buying water at household level is ever increasing. Families have to eat, clean up, drink, feed their pets and animals, but even these basics are becoming a luxury. Third, address the electoral process. Demonstrating to Kenyans that it is possible to let the voters have the last say is a top premium legacy. Ensure the electoral process from registration to counting of voters is completely transparent and accountable.
SEE ALSO :Trade with China skewed against KenyaIn the two problems, the President should be “obsessed with meeting and listening to Kenyans.” They will provide him with sustainable, concrete and satisfying local solutions than the imported expensive straight jacket solutions that we have to fit into. Dr Mokua is Executive Director – Jesuit Hakimani Centre