Once upon a time, word always went around in my father and mother’s land that Uhuru was a thief, both electoral and economic, and an ICC inductee charged with crimes only comparable to those of the GiTMO residents; and thus wasn’t worth leading them, neither was he worth working with. But he still led them for 10 years! The denial subjected them to 10 years of excruciating pain and economic retardation due to their refusal to position themselves for the opportunities in the “thief’s government”. Wind from my people in Western, specifically Busia, Kakamega and Vihiga, as well as my mother’s people in Luo Nyanza, and Coast was that “we cannot work with an election thief”, all this under the incitement and (mis)leadership from self-serving political frauds whose only mission was self-preservation and self-aggrandizement as was witnessed by the 360 turn after the hand-cheque and “fair distribution” of Port of Mombasa operations between the “thieves and the angels”!
By poisoning and blocking the peoples’ minds from aspiring for government opportunities and development from government, the lazy, Opoda Farm captured and escapic leadership then gets a free pass from their people in terms of development expectations because “the thief cannot offer them anything” . . . but the same thief provides government jobs and business opportunities to them(leaders), their wives, husbands, children, friends, etc. What’s interesting is that we have our own semi-autonomous governments led by our own “cleanly elected angels”, and with annual government remittances as well as billions in local collections; but with the exception of Kakamega, have nothing meaningful to show in terms of development. And yeah, check the Parliamentary Hansard for the contribution of your MP and Senator in the last 10 years! Almost ZERO legislative proposal as if there is nothing affecting the people of Western and Nyanza that can be legislated upon to make the lives of the people better. Or isn’t it their job to decide and determine where the money goes and even “nyorosha” the executive “ikimea pembe”?
For the elected leaders, especially the legislators, it’s so shameful and ironic that instead of demonstrating their opposition to the ‘bad government” by proposing meaningful and realistic alternatives through actionable legislative and policy interventions, and demonstrating their desire for and will towards a home of equity and plenty for all Kenyans through the aforementioned path, and by progressively and selflessly undertaking their constitutional roles of representation, legislation, and oversight; IN PARLIAMENT and other constitutionally gazetted spaces, they’d rather do their job through emotional mind games in funerals, roadside rallies, churches, and media. What a shame! But that’s what you get when you qualify leaders based on their parties, loyalty to party leaders, funeral contributions, and “kupangisha line”.
As a legislator, other than representation, legislation, and oversight, you can support the implementation of development plans and realization of the agenda of the government, not by yapping and ranting against the government in funerals or churches or media, but by engaging the people that you represent, directly in barazas (not in funerals and churches); and organizing them into meaningful economic groups and exposing them to the opportunities in government and other local and international agencies and partners. Support the government by refusing to be corrupt or a puppet and blind loyalist of your party and party leader; engage and collaborate with other government and development agencies, and private entities, absent of tribal or party (mis)considerations, to ensure continuity and community impact, as well as meeting and interacting with the citizens in the villages (instead of hiding in Nairobi), undertake meaningful and progressive oversight with your people in mind, and also bring partners and investors into your political jurisdiction.
As for the Governors, you are Executive Presidents and CEOs in one! For heaven’s sake, how many times must you be reminded that you should never make an expenditure budget unless you can generate income for those expenses? Watching a governor threaten a president and government makes you wonder why he had to become a Senior Counsel in the first place! As is inscribed, “Failing to know your job, means failing to do your job, which automatically translates to failing to get positive results”. As a governor, and with the devolved functions, and the massive revenue potential in ALL the counties, it’s foolhardy to be yapping about the national government when, with judicious and fiduciary decisions, you can independently generate revenue for the development and empowerment of the people through prudence in the management of county resources, application of sound governance practices, and creation of meaningful people focused development partnerships and investment alliances. But guess what, it’s fashionable to rant at the president; and by the way, why go to Silicon Valley for Benchmarking when you can do the benchmarking in Hawaii!
To the Professionals and Business people, be legal, ethical, and progressive in your creativity, manage your hunger and ambition, and refuse to take or give bribes in order to get deals. For the Quantity Surveyors, stop the overestimation of Bills of Quantities on government projects for your cut. To the engineers and project managers, stop doing or approving shoddy work. To the Accountants and Auditors, stop cooking books of accounts and covering up for the crimes while committing more crimes. To the Doctors and other medical professionals, stop stealing drugs and other health paraphernalia in government hospitals. Or why don’t you try that in Private hospitals where you also resident or consult! To the procurement professionals, evaluate and award tenders based on merit and value for money to the people. To the educationists, do your job within the stipulated timetable. If the time or money is not enough, don’t take the job, resign, or pick it up with the relevant government agencies, don’t load that burden on the parents. They are just voters like you, most of whom are without a salary or reliable income. Help the police to keep you safe by being your brother’s keeper, create and share opportunities when you have the means so that some people are not forced into circumstantial criminals, and stay legal while exposing the delinquents within your communities.
And most importantly, to the citizens. . . DO YOUR JOB! You hired people to work for you, follow them up, and ensure that they do the work that you hired them to do, if not, fire them. Or have you not read the constitution as much as you read the Bible or read people’s statuses and stories on Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, or Insta? Complaining and aimlessly yapping online for likes and followers is not part of your job in this regard, taking actionable action is your only job! And you can start by acquainting yourself with the constitution and its provisions, especially in regard to your role in the leadership that we have, and your part in the mess that you are complaining about.
Summarily, for the economy to grow to citizen-expected perfect standards, every citizen, public servants included, must do their job and do it perfectly. Be it as it may, the followers should shut up and be led like sheep as is their nature; but for those who deem themselves to be leaders, they should step up, engage the leadership gear, and ideologically collaborate with the government in the delivery of its mandate. By being alive and alert to responsibilities and rights as a citizen and “ordinary” leader, you end up being governed as you deserve and desire; because as they say, “you get what you deserve”, “you get what you work for”, and “good things come to those who intentionally make decisions and employ effort with righteous consequence”.