I Think as Kenyans We Are Alone

Even if as Kenyans, our leaders need us to be voted in with very attractive manifestos promising to come in with a boom in making Kenya great and even being better than the outgoing regime. But out of experience, the manifesto just turns out to be a piece of paper in writing since even honoring at last one of its elements is a problem. The speech of zero tolerance to corruption is yet to take effect since it’s on record that Kenya is the third most corrupt country. Sometimes I think it’s just very sober and right for the holder of the highest to may be accept that he is not able to do this or that and eventually failing Kenyans.

Then we have the opposition which out of desperation we may think can after all be our alternative and in this case the very commendable government. I remember a few days ago, the leader of the opposition claimed to punish all corrupt individuals if we give him a chance by voting him in to power. But I don’t think his government will really be corrupt free or more so democratic. Even if these allegations have not been confirmed we have heard leaders allied to the opposition being adversely mentioned as having participated in corrupt deals. So I think we cannot just assume everything because at times any word going rounds surely raises a red flag that something is amiss.

Then we have seen quite a number of political manipulations to the corridors of justice and sad that the highest court in Kenya that is the Supreme Court has not been spared either. One of the judges was supposedly bribed to rule in favor of a candidate who was taken to court in an election petition. This situation has seen the opposition raise eyebrows that may be the same might have happened to the presidential election petition.

Now we are already in the campaign mood even if the next general election is about a year away and what’s more the same players in the opposition and those in government are already out in a bid to woo more and more voters. It seems like it’s no longer what our leaders will do to make a better country but personal interests first.

So Kenyans it’s the high time that you make sane decision to vote leaders who mean more than being at the top there. Go for leaders who are gonna make a real change.

Corruption, The Tug Of War Of All Time…

For some time now the word ‘corruption’ has become saturated in every Kenyans mind because it seems that most institutions be it the public or the private ones has a share of corrupt deals going on. All this may mean that our economy will go on being hurt and may eventually mean that we will continue feeling the pinch as this cancer bites hard on our pockets.

The opposition has also come in strongly to push the president to put things in action and eliminate this vice and even adding that he has really failed Kenyans by not clearing the mess that corruption has brought to the country as a whole. But then the opposition cannot claim that they are the clean lot to make us move forward as a country. We have heard corruption allegations against some senior officials in the opposition though they have just passed away with the wind and so no credible evidence put forward to charge those responsible.

In the last few days, the Supreme Court has been under fire after one of its judges was alleged to have been bribed to rule an election petition in favor of one of the candidates. It’s a shame since this is the highest court in Kenya and this raises an eyebrow if the presidential election petition was ruled well bearing in mind that there are rumors that several other supreme judges may have been in this bribing scam. The opposition has taken this opportunity calling for the review of the same.

Now that our corridors of justice are also losing our trust, will this remain to be a mind twister that will just surface for a short time and then forgotten because it may seem part of our life yet with few options for Kenyans to act. Who will deliver this country from all this menace? We may not have an answer but only God can intervene before the country is thrown away as rotten.

The Opposition That We’re Missing in Kenya

In any country, it is a good thing to have the opposition to put the government on check to ensure that promises in the party’s manifesto are accomplished. Kudos to our opposition for doing what it’s supposed to be doing as far as the country’s governance is concerned.

But then the opposition being the alternative government, I think there is something missing and this has to do with its structured system in place. I remember in the former ruling government, the main opposition had in its place shadow Cabinet Secretaries (CSs) or ministers to represent the real CS working for the government. By this I mean, we had for example a Transport minister in the government and the opposition on the other hand had a shadow Transport minister.

Let’s say for example, the Transport Cabinet Secretary may lay out plans that the government is considering the construction of a certain road but then the opposition’s shadow Transport Cabinet Secretary may also add a voice by giving an alternative suggestion concerning this project. So even as the opposition is standing hard on issues of corruption, more ought to be done to assist in development. The opposition is surely the alternative government, so let’s see them giving new suggestions or ideas as far as development projects are concerned.

That’s why we have the opposition in any country since it gives a better platform under which the country’s affairs are run. We have heard the president urging the opposition to come forward and work with the government for the betterment of this country. Even when things seem to be going wrong, it’s good for a government that considers a dialogue with the opposition which is an opportunity to get to know what ought to be done to rectify the situation. Then there are always alternative undertakings that the government can take into consideration.

Why Kenyans are Still Vulnerable to Terrorism

First targets on Kenyans by the al –shabaab sympathizers were real. I believe those assailants were answering to their master’s call for real war on Kenya’s soil. But with arrests and prosecution of some of them, the fear became so real that they went back into their terror cocoons.

It also happened that the country was heading towards general elections. Kenyans by then needed someone who could tame the threat of terrorist on the streets. The man or woman whose positive intentions for Kenya stood out —ready to take on terrorist from in and outside the country. And that is why several presidential candidates had one thing in common. To make Kenya peaceful again.

Several months with the new president in the office, a major terrorism attack on Westgate Shopping Mall left Kenyans doubting the effectiveness of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s as the commander-in-chief of Kenya. It was a test that confirmed that something was seriously wrong with our security system and Kenyans on social media called for the sacking of the interior ministry CS but all fell on deaf ears.

Months after that incident, terrorists attacked a village in coastal Kenya. The government and Kenyans started walking on parallel ways of life. With the opposition being in the fore-front in accusing the government of sleeping on job while innocent Kenyans were being killed.

However, the situation was very tricky for the ruling political alliance. The president and his deputy were being haunted by the ICC cases. The two were accused of being the masterminds in 2007/2008 Post Election Violence that claimed over 1000 lives and over a half a million people displaced.

The circumstances under which Kenyans were paying for their own blood was so tricky! At one point, innocent Kenyans thought the country was being attacked because of KDF involvement in Somalia. At another angle, politics was playing its nasty game on Kenyans— sad that this channel was mostly ignored. And thirdly, someone was looking for an easy way from ICC and terrorism happened to be the perfect way-out.

In conclusion, Kenyans have suffered in the hands of terrorism because of several reasons. We have the genuine security lapse that enabled terrorist to access places where they had no right to. Another reason can be because someone influential in Kenyan politics was helping, paying and offering transportation to terrorists within the country, just to make Kenyans think of a quick solution for the menace. And thirdly, terrorism was a tool to call for international community to act— maybe to force change and sympathy from ICC.

All in all, innocent people always suffer when leadership is in trouble.

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