Kenyans should be freed from political slavery
SEE ALSO :What 2020 means for RutoSecond, we continue to witness wanton runaway high level corruption in the country, within the national and county governments. The country is under siege by shadowy corruption cartels that are mercilessly looting public funds. Yet the response we witness amounts to no meaningful end result but mere lip service on the anti-corruption war. No tangible action against corrupt entities and individuals is forthcoming, save for sham and cosmetic Friday arrests followed by court appearances. My humble submission is that the people deserve to see real action manifested by commensurate convictions and subsequent asset recovery. Insatiable lust Third, our public debt continues to spiral to alarming levels. Today, Kenya’s external debt stands at Sh9 trillion. We have become a borrowing nation at national, institutional and individual levels. Perhaps we are the world’s top in the pecking order of Fuliza nations. Our insatiable lust and appetite for debt will lead to increased taxation at all levels, resulting in debilitating economic mesh and stagnation. Fourth, millions of Kenyan youth are languishing in abject poverty and hopelessness occasioned by high unemployment levels. This is informed in part by a declining manufacturing sector that under sane circumstances would have been a catalyst in wealth and employment creation.
SEE ALSO :What Uhuru must do in 950 daysKenyans must discard the retrogressive culture of negative politics built around ethnic enclaves and tribal chiefs, embrace a new crop of leaders imbued with integrity and morality and chart a new political order aimed at bringing sanity within our national political fabric and economic emancipation from the siege of the current political set-up. We need a leadership anchored on people-centric values and the principles of good governance, characterised by accountability and responsibility in management of national resources and equitability in distribution of national wealth. We need a leadership that upholds inclusivity; enforces zero-tolerance to corruption; observes social justice; and recognises human rights guided by the rule of law. The new political order must espouse participatory leadership driven by agents of real change, not rogue politicians. Kenya must, therefore, speak to itself. We need to have an honest discourse about the future of our beloved country. We need to discuss the Kenya we want. Unless we realise full political, economic and social emancipation, it is not yet Uhuru! Over to you, Kenyans; the decision is yours. Mr Owalo is a Management Consultant specializing in Strategy’ formulation, implementation and control.
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