In Summary
  • Jubilee’s promises to build half-a-million new homes each and every year or two-and-a-half million in a government’s term of office.
  • Another is the National Super Alliance promise to build a four-lane super highway from Mombasa to Malaba at a cost of Sh500 billion.
  • The political arena is not short of its fair share of make believe as if many are playing a part in some fantasy that is removed from reality.
  • Africa will face a shortfall of 50 million jobs by 2040, thus putting at risk the stability of some countries.

Thankfully, the silly season of manifestos is largely behind us.

Producing a manifesto is regarded as an obligatory part and parcel of a political party’s campaign.

Yet, in its true sense it is largely a wish list of hopes and hard material promises which in border on the unrealistic and completely unaffordable unless we were in the Kingdom of Brunei.

Take Jubilee’s promise to build half-a-million new homes each and every year or two-and-a-half million in a government’s term of office.

The obvious questions are how and with what financial resources, especially as every government struggles to provide even a modicum of basic services with what money it has.

SUPER HIGHWAY

Another is the National Super Alliance promise to build a four-lane super highway from Mombasa to Malaba at a cost of Sh500 billion.

The same questions about financial resources and the distortion of priorities arise.

Let us be honest we do not have the resources or the capacity for such gargantuan undertakings.

Dispensaries do not have adequate drugs and are often undermanned.

FREE EDUCATION

Primary school education alone is in need of more of literally everything except pupils.

So why promise something when such basics are in need of more resources?

A cynic would say that what was said and promised was an exercise in futility.

It sounds great and we would all love to be beneficiaries of it, but deep down we know they are largely empty promises and hot air based on a no foundation.

OBLIGATIONS

Even if a modicum of them was fulfilled then it would largely be at the expense of other obligations.

The budget would be spread even thinner and risk increasing operations and maintenance at the expensive of actual service delivery.

There is also another side to the circus, which is where the incumbent uses the opportunity to trumpet and chest-thump achievements even though some have more questions than answers.

The political arena is not short of its fair share of make believe as if many are playing a part in some fantasy that is removed from reality.

Page 1 of 2