The Battle for the Kenyan Heart, Part 1

by on Dec.31, 2017, under Leadership, Politics & Patriotism

Dear Mr. President,

Like Machiavelli, I have a few words for the Prince. Unlike the Prince in the Machiavelli’s treatise, you are a democrat and wise, this is important because history has demonstrated that a wise king cannot be advised foolishly and a foolish king cannot be advised wisely. The battle of our nation is a battle of the heart, we are a nation in the defining moments, how do I know this? Any fair critique of the past four years of your administration is likely to arrive at same assessment as me: your developmental record is unprecedented in Africa. Despite the obstacles mounted on your way, Kenyans and our visitors can travel from Mombasa to Nairobi by train in about 5 hours. State of the art roads are being constructed in many parts of the country, the new terminal at JKIA makes air travel more refreshing, the continued refurbishing of levels 4 and 5 hospitals across the country lay foundation for a healthy nation, free maternal care in government hospitals is a sign that the nation is serious about its future, Huduma Centres are clear indicators that the government is open for business, very important but yet to be completed laptop program for class one students and ongoing implementation of free secondary education program in public schools are clear indicators of our aspirations. I could I have continued with the list but the presidential delivery unit will be out of the job by the time I am done.

Despite all those developments, many Kenyans feel like you do not mean well for this country. When I was a young student of leadership, I could have pleaded with you to ignore your critics and move forward in developing our beloved country; after all, it is development that we all want. Beside my studies of leadership at the highest level of education, two things have taught me not to persuade you to ignore the cries of people, one, during Tuju’s tenure as the MP for Rarieda he attempted to develop his constituency, but people fell out of love with his politics and when that happened I remember listening to one Rarieda resident referring to Tuju, “he can come and take away his mobile clinics, we do not want them.” I learnt that people do not just want development, there are ways they want the development to be delivered to them. Secondly, the wise Harry Truman reminded us that the buck stops with the leader. Simply put, you are fully responsible for any death and destruction occasioned by anybody in any part of this country. This is the hard part, on our television we watch those who plan destruction and those who encounter them and how the interaction sometimes leads to loss of life, so how and where do you come in? Being the CEO of Kenya means that anything that is right or wrong with Kenya is your responsibility.

The way forward, it is possible to redefine and develop the nation at the same time but if any of your advisors work out the cost and finds out that we cannot pay for both at the same time, then I could say that if it pleases the President, choose to start with redefining of the nation. Redefining a nation is laying a foundation for current and future development, it is entrenching the philosophy of the nation into the hearts and minds of the people. The big question is where do you start? Mr. President, call a national, multiple-sectoral dialogue and thereafter implement the outcomes of the dialogue. Seven (7) areas need your urgent attention. To be continued in part 2.

Emmanuel,

Citizen No. 22….61

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