President Uhuru Kenyatta outlined four pillars that would be the focus of his leadership in his final term. Known as the Big Four 4 agenda, they comprise food security, affordable housing, manufacturing and universal healthcare.
No material progress has been registered on any of these pillars, at least going by the prevailing realities across the country. What was the president’s philosophical underpinning in “selecting” these four pillars for concentrated focus by his government? Why wasn’t the fight against corruption included as one of the big agenda items?
We have been able to peer into the minds of Kenya’s former presidents through their writings. President Jomo Kenyatta authored Facing Mount Kenya where he explained and extolled the Kikuyu culture. This is a pivotal work of literature that still graces our bookshelves, although now mainly read by the ageing scholars.
President Mwai Kibaki played a role together with the immortal Tom Mboya in the authorship of Sectional Paper No 10 of 1965. President Daniel arap Moi wrote his Nyayo Philosophy where he emphasised on districts as the focal point for development.
The only records in our memory about the current president’s authorship are the numerical errors in the budget during his stint as Finance minister. It is, therefore, difficult to decipher the philosophical foundations of his presidency.
The four things that have come to define the Jubilee presidency are corruption, debt, tribalism and ineptitude. They should therefore be inscribed in Jubilee government’s epitaph as it gets buried in 2022.