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Forget Uhuru, Raila, Kenyans are changing


By Mohamed Wato

Every single day, we are told how the government is implementing something or failing in its responsibility to provide basic services to the public.

On the other hand, we are told of how the opposition led by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga is not sincere in its evaluation of government performance. - Who should we trust? I think we should not trust anybody, not the government or the opposition. What we should not miss out are the challenges facing Kenyans, be it in Kisumu or Malindi. All the people of Kenya want to see improvement in their personal safety and security, they want their children to access affordable and quality education, and want to live a descent life as opposed to abject poverty in which the majority live today. Yet politicians are only divided when it is time for elections, when their political life is under threat. Once they surmount election hurdles, they unite and vigorously wage fierce battles to fight for their self-interests, emoluments or entitlements. Paradoxically, this is where the behaviour of a politician and a common citizen is at crossroads. The common aspiration of all Kenyans is to have a prosperous nation. It is on this premise that they overwhelmingly voted in support of the new constitution which sadly is now the centre of controversy as every institution attempts to find its true platform in the new legal environment.

Unlike politicians, Kenyans are ever divided in matters nation building. You cannot be mistaken; the Jubilee government is a government managing transition. President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto must know they are at a historical high point, overseeing Jubilee Kenya moving into the future. President Uhuru’s biggest test is devolution, but if he wants to pass this test, he must persuade every single Kenyan that he has sincere intentions that transcend his own political interest, for the wellbeing of the nation.

The writer is a based in New York

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