Please Raila and Uhuru, Remember Agenda Four
Dear Baba Raila and Ndugu Uhuru
We call you baba because we really have this misguided notion that you care about us the way a father cares about his children. I think what we forget is you are a typical Kenyan father. A typical Kenyan father is one to whom what matters is that he is the sperm donor and matters of nurture are only but a secondary necessary evil, which they would happily pass whenever they get the opportunity.
Individuals like me have never voted for any other president but Raila. It is sad that our trust may have come to naught because rather than seek creative and diplomatic ways of putting Kenyans on a path to posterity, Raila remains part of the problem. The problem in Kenya is: brinkmanship, posturing, impunity and callous disregard for the welfare of ordinary Kenyans by the leaders.
Uhuru was seen by many as a possible game changer in Kenyas history. He is from a "royal family" both politically and economically. The hope would have been that the political power he enjoys as president enables him to real address issues away from the petty. He can survive and lead an awesome life beyond politics thus the ballot should be the least of his fears. We had hoped that he was the right man to implement the new constitution without favor or fear.
Please Raila and Uhuru, Away from grandstanding, posturing and brinkmanship over IEBC and OKOA Kenya etc, please remember Agenda Four.
The aftermath of the 2007 elections, should never be forgotten. But like warthogs, our leaders already forgot and learned nothing from that experience.
All that was achieved owing to Kofi Annan led negotiations is slowly but surely being eroded as impunity, brinkmanship and political posturing takes center stage.
Politicians forgot about agenda four. Issues to be tackled under this agenda included constitutional reforms, tackling poverty and inequity, tackling unemployment especially among the youth and consolidating national cohesion.
Electoral reforms were sacrificed for political expediency. National cohesion has been replaced with tribal numbers based posturing and impunity. Judicial reforms were replaced by corruption and infighting as people consider who to replace Willy Mutunga. Police reforms have been sacrificed for personalizing the police to serve Jubilee interests. Scams like NYS and lack of transparency regarding Eurobond promise little in terms of economic transformation that would reduce poverty and help in tackling unemployment.
As we approach the 2017 elections, we have to brace for tough times ahead. Instead of building unitive development units of government, corruption and impunity are feeding the pervasive feeling of desolation among Kenyan youth. Violence will be in the counties because the cake has to be fought for in the devolved units. Violence and animosity will be national because fight, brinkmanship, posturing, impunity and lack of regards is the only solution we know to all that ails Kenya. And the police is no solution because they are already biasing themselves in the way they have been handling IEBC demos.
As Raila demands for dialogue, i just hope the dialogue will consider the serious agenda four issues.