Forget the Big 4; do these and Kenyans will forever remember you
SEE ALSO :The curse of handshakeWhile we look up to the political skies for this manna to drop, and hopefully, somehow benefit, the cost of living has shot up so much that many Kenyans are struggling to go by each day. Public transport, including the boda boda informal sector is exponentially raising fares. Kerosene, used in most households as the main source of energy, is becoming a mirage. The fuel pump for those who use their own cars and other machinery is becoming unfriendly to the household budget. Of course, if the big four are realised and reduce the spiraling cost of living, that will be a big plus to the Government, particularly for the soon-to-be outgoing president. But are the Big Four the priority for many Kenyans of slender means who make up over 70 percent of the population?
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.
SEE ALSO :Uhuru to open Naivasha SGR stationFirst, a good leader always balances between pushing to attain higher goals in life and grounding what is practically achievable. Humility to come out to the public and plead for a change of the legacy tact is a strength and not a weakness as those in political circles opine. There is absolutely nothing to worry about in admitting that while the best intentions presented by intellectuals of repute, bureaucrats of outstanding loyalty and wish lists from partners both state and non-state actors formed the basis for prioritising the big four, the context has changed. After all, 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!
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