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We deserve better than Uhuru and Raila

By Dominic Opaka | January 19th 2017

We are a nation in the process of short-changing itself. That is why we must resist being swept in the wave of mediocrity currently sweeping through this country. We Kenyans, it seems, insist on living as though we were on a death row. Nothing matters except today.

Yes, I do believe that Raila Odinga is the wrong man for president if we want progress beyond restoration. Raila’s entire brief rests on restoring Kenya to its former glory as if though there was one. This approach assumes that there ever was a time when the country was satisfied with itself. It assumes that, at some point since independence, we achieved a political and economic prosperity, the return to which would also restore our pride and national dignity.

I want to see a leadership committed to zero unemployment, zero tolerance to corruption; and realistic policies on how to achieve economic prosperity. I want a president who will give all our country transport solutions. I want a president committed to a more efficient and performing government.

I want a president who is committed to fighting corruption; not one who mocks his own people by boasting of how he is 'eating' or taking advantage of national epidemics for political gains. In short, therefore, I want a president whose ambition and vision is bigger than Kenya. This nation, with all its resources and human talent, deserves a leadership committed to an immutable and material transformation of the lives of its own citizens.

This country is held hostage by family feud. I refuse to be used to settle political scores of the Kenyattas’ and Odingas’. The political class is mocking Kenyans and dragging them in to mud every day. Why drag us in to political disagreements of the 60s that half of the population knows nothing about?

Our country cannot thrive on grudges. A young vibrant population that constitutes present Kenya demands an optimistic leader. A leader who thinks and plans big; one who understands the suffering of its people and willing to address without minding the political ramifications. We need a leader who elevates meritocracy over ethnicity, a leader who can help to redefine our nationhood and unity of purpose. A leader who can use his authority to clean up the systems corroded by corruption before creating formidable, reliable and working institutions. A leader committed to create jobs by building roads, engaging in mechanized and diversified food production, utilizing locally produced materials to build low cost housing and public buildings, such as schools, health centres, court buildings, and administrative facilities, using the most current modern technology,

In a country, where healthcare is unaffordable, police officers serving under poor working conditions including housing, a country more divided along ethnic lines and corruption being the norm of life in public offices, I see nothing but an intimidating cloud of a darker future. Under continued degradation, demoralization, humiliation towards one another, squabble amongst ourselves; struggle to destroy talents instead of uplifting and refining them , as long as we continue to practice vengeance, hate and sabotage towards one another, we will never rise to our strength. Because of this like many other Kenyans, I believe we deserve better than Uhuru and Raila.

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