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The Telescope


If there was any hope that after the repeat polls Kenyans would once again appreciate the precise, methodical though marred with controversy, coming around of Raila Odinga it has evaporated in the fog of propaganda and delirious utterances in his so-called big announcements.

Yet again there is no bottom to the delusion that he displays. His efforts at obfuscation and obvious misdirection are laughable but possess severe links to very real and dangerous moves by his following that would plunge the country into dark times.

Unfortunately as wacky and malicious as it is, still we see Raila apologists widely believe and selflessly defend his theories. The same man who has overtime thrived on political crisis by engaging the government in ludicrous attacks of selfish convenience seems to lead the country in another period of national crisis.

However, if history is anything to go by, it has proven time and again that Raila Odinga is neither one to be ignored,dismissed nor wished away. His itch to acquire a leadership role as part of government and more so President, by any means necessary, should be considered seriously.

His anti-democratic eruptions and erratic behaviour that shouldn’t be confused for muddled belligerence but rather calculated moves present profound danger in the security and stability of this nation as his loyal dissidents continue to beat their chests on any media fora that gives them airtime.

Plus with an activist kind of constitution that runs the country it is not far from impossible that they could very well turn their words into actions.The government could either continue to ignore his loony ideas and restrain its probable authoritarian reflexes or spare him a seat at the table.

A scenario in which Raila Odinga’s National Resistance Movement (NRM) actualizes and further plunges the country into  deep waters of anarchy, is hypothetical- and may it remain so but if it materializes it will fall on Uhuru’s government to defend the foundations of Kenya’s democracy.


The Telescope


A culture of mediocrity in leadership has gradually but surely sunk into the Kenyan economic space and we now feel the pinch.

It has finally dawned on us or rather, those who were quiet now are starting to speak up on inefficiencies that abound in government. And unfortunately this time, President Uhuru’s spin doctors have run out of stunts.

What is economic growth when wananchi cannot afford basic commodities? The economy seems to favour a few, with graft at its peak. Education issues are being conducted in a carefree manner. Recently the media was under the threat of being gagged. Kenyans are becoming restless and unless the trend changes, we could be headed for disaster.

However, rather than point fingers at the government and politicians, the electorate should lead in restoring the country to sanity. The buck no longer stops with the President and his government but we the citizenry.

We have contributed to the sorry situation by sitting on the sidelines as looters have a field day. We have forfeited our responsibility and must be held accountable.

It is time that we exercise people’s power in our communities, organisations and by far and large through the people we elect to power. Citizenship, not leadership, is the concept that we more urgently need to examine. Wananchi should bar the government from making excuses for failure.

“We cannot afford to sleep only to wake up in 2018 to complain about the same rot in leadership we are experiencing now”

We should not complain from the comfort of their sitting rooms with earphones or laptops on while the country sinks. Each and every one of us is a leader in their own right— as a manager, father or civil servant. We need to seek ways to straighten the existing wrongs in our society.

Our silence on bad leadership is what has led to the failure to produce a Kenyan brand from the millions of tonnes of raw material Kenya exports abroad. What is the role of the Opposition? To shout when it fails to eat too?

The welfare of a people in any given geographical space is tied to the quality of elected leaders. But more importantly is the fact that the effectiveness of those who govern is directly determined by the willingness and ability of the people to hold them accountable.

The willingness to be involved by actively participating, directly or indirectly, in governance is at the very heart of citizenship; this is our role. The next electioneering period is not far and it will require active and involved citizens refusing to elect and tolerate mediocrity but instead vote in the best men and women to represent their affairs in public offices.

Months leading to the next general election will be a great test not only to leadership, but also to citizenry. We cannot afford to sleep only to wake up in 2018 to complain about the same rot in leadership we are experiencing now. We must remain vigilant.

It is my firm belief that Kenya will be great, but it will take personal and collective leadership to achieve its rightful status.

This article was published on People Weekend on 31-1 November, 2015