Be Prepared for a NASA Presidency
By Nichasius Koech
| February 7th 2017
The moment of truth is beckoning. There are only three options left as at now. First is for NASA to take over the government, second is for Jubilee to form a coalition government after a runoff and lastly is for NASA to pull Jubilee's pants down after a runoff.
The option of rigging doesn't count considering the reform spirit of the infant Chebukati led commission, so young to flaw its legacy.
If you were seated in the ruling coalition's cabinet, would you still be convinced that a second term is forthcoming? Maybe because of the SGR and the 6000 Kilometers of road. Or because of electrification programme and the increased number of police patrol vehicles.
Or maybe because of trips around the country launching projects and contributions in Harambees. Or maybe because of Matiang'i's candidates. Just maybe.
Let us now pretend to be in government and reason together. What is it that will make us lose the nearing election? Are we in a position of being voted back? What if plan A fails, what do we do? What if plan A and B fail, will we have more options left? Will time be on our side?
Now as government, let us guess which cards our opponents are holding under the table. Before Dennis Itumbi lays down his "facts", I will begin with my views hoping I won't be sacked if it pricks.
1. CorruptionTransparency International ranked Kenya as one of the most corrupt in the world. Those are facts seconded by members of the public through numerous uncleared cases, some pending in court whereas others swept under the carpet.
Talking much about this topic is shall arouse chronic malady in the hearts of the citizens of Kenya. For that reason, I choose not to discuss much. By the way, greetings to Waiguru and Kabura wherever they are.
2. TribalismApart from Esipisu and Raphael Tuju and a few others used as a paint brush of the face of Kenya, any other tribe apart from the Kikuyu literally chewed a bone.
Kalenjin nation is no exception. Should you calculate the percentage of top government officials, you will realize how names betray us.
Maybe you will argue that am igniting tribal animosity by tagging government workers as being members of a specific community, but would it heal a wound to have people from one region dominate government?
I stand corrected but as Kenyans, a poor Kikuyu and a poor Luo belong to the same tribe. We all love Kenya though.
3. Contested electionWhereas Jubilee was cleared by the supreme court in 2013, the voters of the opposition still hold it dear that they actually were rigged out.
With the unwavering and spirited comeback, the opposition stands advantaged. Whereas there will be a good percentage of jubilee voters dissatisfied and demoralized, supporters of the opposition have no reason to not be contented with their leaders.
On top of that, William Ruto has gone ahead to destroy cornerstones like Isaac Ruto who held jubilee in the high place. On that note, Hon.Joyce Cherono Laboso should be informed that she has her head already halfway the crocodile's mouth and should be afraid about the swallowing come August 8 this year.
4. InsecurityAt no other time in Kenya's history have Kenyans died like flies before. Jacob Juma died: he was forgotten, Meshack Yebei: murdered: have since been forgotten, Lawyer Kimani: butchered: is water under the bridge, Soldiers in Amisom mission ambushed: is becoming the new normal. If we may ask, has justice any meaning at all?
The calamities faced in drought-hit areas hitherto is to blame for the government's unpreparedness in disaster management. The list is as long as we remain threatened and insecure. The constitution dictates that every citizen be treated equally, with fairness, dignity, and respect. It seems Jubilee reads a different script.
5. Unimplemented manifesto
Jubilee promised laptops for school children in the first 100 days. The kids whose promise remains unfulfilled are now in class three. As expected of any pledge, there should already be four generations of computer literate
Kenya children. The forty percent proceeds meant for county governments, months to elections stands at less than 15%. Youth graduate from universities each and every year, yet there are no jobs available.
No other government has before seen job seekers with heavy CV's hold up job seeking placards along the highways. Must we mention that doctors and lecturers are on strike?
The list is endless such that we have enough left for readers to add onto the list bullet after another. To cut the story short, Kenyans of today are enlightened.
Many benefited from Kibaki's free education whereas the masses are always informed through social media, radio, television and civil societies.
As much as we may tilt our focus on possible wrangles within NASA, be rest assured that if indeed defeating UHURUTO duo is the main agenda then all the opposition leaders are willing and ready to sacrifice.
The later is most likely the case especially now that Uncle Willy has gone round pinching everyone's nose. And when all is said and done, be prepared for a NASA presidency.
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