In Summary
  • I don’t give a toss who is going to be at the helm. I just need someone who can secure my rights, sustain a better economic environment and create a stable country.
  • It is one thing to say something is prepared with the interest of the public in mind and another to keep that very thing secret from the public.

Let’s face it: the past decade has been a bag of mixed fortunes for politics in Kenya.

The Supreme Court’s nullification of the 2017 presidential election tested the Judiciary and our resolve to the limit. But it is what the government did, or didn’t do, that ended up eliciting murmurs and protests.

Value added tax on petrol led to confrontation, forcing the government to renegotiate. Bulldozers deployed on illegal buildings fell silent before they could fully deal with corruption beguiling public land.

MPs attempted to bulk their salaries but failed following an outcry. ‘Wazee-vijana’ (re-hired retirees) being favoured over the youth caused enough rancour to wake up the dead.

However, the voices that have refused to be silenced are those speaking loudly on Huduma Namba, SGR and BBI. Huduma Namba had its fair share of opponents.

The 2018 ‘Handshake’ between President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition chief Raila Odinga got baptised as “hand cheque” amid claims of a selfish agenda. BBI moviemaking is on ‘Take Two’ with objections from some quarters.

APPROPRIATE LEADERSHIP

Projects and propagandist mantras such as BBI and ‘Handshake’ have been met with resistance because most Kenyans felt that they lacked altruism.

The government is being accused of leaving out the beneficiaries (the public) out of key discussions as required by law before ‘forcing’ down its throat projects, policies and panels.

The BBI-Handshake project is struggling to shake off accusations that it mainly aims at reconfiguring the political landscape by creating political seats for its proponents.

Ex-Jubilee Party top official David Murathe has lent credence to that talk when he claimed that President Kenyatta is slated for the Premier position.

Kandara MP Alice Wahome has weighed in with a demand for further clarification.

The jury is out. But I, for one, don’t give a toss who is going to be at the helm. I just need someone who can secure my rights, sustain a better economic environment and create a stable country.

PROPOSALS IGNORED

The ‘Handshake’ and its alma mater, BBI, are overloading Kenyans with reports that very rarely elicit the positive results in key areas of concern to the citizens.

Land injustice is a matter that has not been exhaustively dealt with in the BBI. Even when this was in the ‘Ndung’u Report’ of 2004, the government had dragged its feet in its implementation.

In that regard, the BBI, sadly, looks headed to suffer the same fate as reports that came through Kriegler, Waki and Ndung’u commissions: it may end up gathering dust.

Not so much that there were no points in the BBI to be implemented but it is because of the disquiet that followed its formation and the manner in with which the panel was constituted. It appears to be a poisoned chalice already.

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