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Kenyan Opposition has a lot to learn from Donald Trump

By James Kihali | November 22nd 2016

Many people, including the Americans, do not understand how Donald Trump beat all odds to win presidency.

Those of us who had watched him on his popular TV show The Apprentice know he is a meticulous person with problem-solving skills.

He went into the campaign with a clear strategy. He understood what Americans want - things that the past regimes failed to address. Is it any wonder then that even the democrats gave him their votes?

To tell the people you have grown the economy yet they are struggling to make ends meet is rhetoric. Trump left out the political hot air we are used to. He gave the people measureable promises.

He said if elected, he would change the dysfunctional system in Washington. He promised to make America great again. He pledged to build a wall between the US and Mexico to cut out illegal immigrants and drug traffickers. He promised he would do away with Obamacare and deport all illegal immigrants. Whether he would deliver remains to be seen. On the other hand, Hillary Clinton stuck to political rhetoric.

I think Trump gives the Opposition in Kenya valuable lessons on how to win what appears ‘mission impossible’. We talk of tyranny of numbers but as witnessed in America, sound policies is what counts.

Instead of telling us the obvious like how the government is corrupt, tell us what you would do differently if elected. Saying you will end corruption without telling us how you would do it is mere rhetoric unlikely to earn you extra votes. Declare the specifics you would do to lift the living standards of the suffocating majority. That is what Trump did and the world is mesmerised.

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