Aside: This short post is a reaction to an article on MSNBC: “Worst drought in 60 years: 12 million Africans face ‘fight for survival'”. Read it. Some of the comments on there are so O’Reilly-esque not to mention borderline ignorant and insensitive, it’s appalling.
I know it’s silly to expect the President to make rain. After all, the man is a trained economist and a politician of four decades’ standing. But certainly I do expect him to understand a little about where rain comes from unlike some of our bone-headed MPs.
It is widely accepted that everything rises and falls on leadership. The quality of national leadership determines the quality of life and level of development of a nation. Quality leadership is, indeed the most invaluable asset for any nation.
However the single greatest tragedy with our national leadership, since independence, is the apparent fixation with maintaining the status quo, which has impacted negatively on the majority of the population. There can never be any impactful and far-reaching progress without challenging the status quo. This is sad, considering that the current status quo is a burgeoning crisis.
That is why Kenyans continue to mark Saba Saba, 20 years on. And that is why I salute the brave men and women of the Unga Revolution for continuing to challenge the status quo and government inertia flouting the very constitution it swore to uphold and protect.
Blame games are going on right now at the highest levels of the Executive and Legislature (the CIC v.s the AG, MPs v.s KRA, Ongeri v.s Uhuru v.s Nyong’o). All this is extremely dispiriting especially with the Constitution already in place. Admittedly our leaders are today, at every level jostling amongst themselves for power in readiness for next years elections. But, is national leadership all about endless jostling for power without any discernible positive impact on the electorate?
Close to 50 years since independence, majority of Kenyans are still living in the world best described by the English philosopher Thomas Hobbes where life is “nasty, short and brutish”
What is the point of claiming we have a national Vision 2030 when we have the majority of our people still in IDP camps or dying in the Northern Frontier and others living in abject poverty in our cities and towns.
At moments like these, the nation looks up to the leaders it elects to the highest offices to perform a miracle, and in Kibaki’s case, that supernatural occurrence is long overdue. Our political and economic climate has defied predictions and anyone who rules over Kenya must be a rainmaker of sorts. The country is crying out for leadership that can do more than just watch as we starve, struggle to make ends meet and get robbed of our hard-earned taxes.