Let us walk the talk on women empowerment
SEE ALSO :IEBC lays ground for boundary reviewGenerally speaking, dear politician, your population grows around Christmas because your sons and daughters who left to seek the opportunities you failed to provide show up in the village to point at things with their car keys.
Clean censusWe forgot that KNBS delivered the census results on time, within the budget and so far, corruption-free. Instead of praising it, some of our leaders are focused on their villages, tribal and clan mathematics. This is the shame of being Kenyan; the main thing is always the sideshow. No sooner had the census results been released than our politicians began to argue about why Kibra was lost, or won. Some opine that had former Senator Bonny Khalwale and MP Didmus Barasa been near the polling station, then former International football star McDonald Mariga would have won.
Obsession with 2022But, my friends, I digress. Kenya needs to get its act together. The sideshows and worship of 2022 will not help us. Our excuse is always that we are a young nation, a tribal nation; our democracy is young and we have all the time in the world to change. The truth is vastly different; we don’t have the time and we should be in a big hurry to change.
SEE ALSO :State sees new jobs amid slow economyThis also means that those who steal are not glorified and sang to like we do here. Instead, they are punished severely. In fact, public vandalism is punished by caning, a rule Nairobi would do well to have. Those who litter and destroy our city should be caned.
Singapore’s exampleSingaporeans succeeded by simply being focused on a singular vision and not allowing themselves to waste time dancing for politicians who are unable to deliver on promises made years ago. We in Kenya would do well to borrow a leaf. A nation is not built on grand steps; it is built by many small steps. It is built by inches. The first inch is citizens who in their small sphere do right and shun what is wrong. It is citizens who refuse to listen as a collective of tribal sheep, but as collective of responsible citizens of a state. These citizens then chose and hold to account leaders who are visionary. Leaders who are selfless and wise enough to answer what Kenya in 2069 will look like. Leaders who resign when they are implicated in crime and inappropriate acquisition of assets. Leaders who feel ashamed when asked about promises they made and never kept. Together these leaders and citizens can prosper a nation. We need nothing more just good manners and accountability. It is therefore my wish that when the BBI report is released, it will underpin the idea that our biggest problem is lack of ethos as a nation. That our software is moribund and we need to hit the reset button. I hope the report gives us practical Singapore-like steps towards success. For we are already late, we need to hurry or doom will soon overtake us. Bichachi is a communication consultant. [email protected]
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