Uhuru must do all it takes to succeed in good governance
By Ashford Kimani
| December 10th 2015
Many Kenyans are increasingly becoming disillusioned with the Jubilee government.
There is no telling what the political future portends for Kenyans. We are globally becoming the laughing stock.
Inflation is at an all-time high. The Kenya shilling is alarmingly losing its value to the dollar. Corruption has become usual rather than unusual.
Everyday, Kenyans are losing faith in the leadership of ‘the dynamic duo’. Halfway into their first term in office, Jubilee ought to have overcome the teething challenge. At least six Cabinet secretaries have been found culpable of corruption. The Eurobond scandal is boiling under their nose. The NYS scam has not been resolved.
Unfortunately, even the government-in-waiting is no better either. One of CORD’s co-principals, Moses Wetang’ula, is embroiled in scandal. Recently, BBC mentioned him in a BAT-related fraud. Raila Odinga, one of Jubilee’s ardent critics, has not uttered a word in connection to Wetangula’s woes. With the same breath that he demanded Anne Waiguru to step aside, Raila ought to have done the same for Wetang’ula.
Well, I will not despair so soon. I’m convinced that all is not lost. I want to give the Jubilee administration some benefit of doubt. Mother Nature affords everybody a second chance. I want to be patient. Two years is not a long time to effect meaningful change.
Uhuru Kenyatta has no reason to fail. Being the fourth president of Kenya, he must have a reference point. Yes, Uhuru was born in State House. His dad, the founding father of the nation was president. I am sure he must have kept good notes that his son can refer to. At least for the sake of his father, Uhuru must do a good job.
Uhuru can compare notes with Mwai Kibaki whose first five-year term was characterised by a lot of infrastructural developments. As a matter of fact, the SRG which Jubilee is happily implementing was conceived during Kibaki’s tenure. The stalled Konza City was also a Kibaki administration flagship project. So Uhuru can learn a lot from Kibaki.
I believe Kibaki and Daniel arap Moi mean well for Uhuru but I doubt if he has approached them for counsel. When the two retired leaders watch from a distance, they must be a worried lot.
Uhuru has the overwhelming support of the youth. He has the goodwill of the critical mass of the Kenyan population. The youths look up to him to emancipate them from years of marginalisation. He cannot fail us. If Uhuru fails, he will be making an unprecedented statement; youths cannot lead. His leadership cannot be compared with that Robert Mugabe; it can only be contrasted. The whole world watches every step he makes. East African states have a lot respect for his age. Youth is associated with dynamism. Youthfulness is digital. The digital era embraces technology. Technological advancement translates to a better tomorrow.
Uhuru is followed on social media by by a massive number of young people who identify with him. He knows the needs of the youth. He must succeed for people to have faith in young people who for long have been made to believe that they are tomorrow’s leaders. Their tomorrow came through Uhuru Kenyatta.
Last but not least, Uhuru came to power under a new Constitution. A Constitution that made life easier for us. The Constitution spells out his duties and in it Kenyans stated how they wanted to be governed. He should use it to impact the lives of Kenyans.
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