In Summary
  • Institutions must have clear mandate and area of remit and talented qualified personnel, not political sycophants.
  • It is business as usual in our courts, where slow-moving corruption cases are enriching lawyers and may end in no convictions.

Economists and organisations such as the World Bank and International Monetary Fund say effective public institutions are a major driver of sustainable development.

It is one of the major distinctions in our ordered world: Advanced economies have highly trusted public institutions. Good leaders prioritise institutional building.

Autonomous institutions bring an issue-focused approach to development. They build domestic capacities, foster posterity and engender sustainability into governance — taking it beyond individual regimes or administrations.

It is these, not leaders, that actually transform nations and bolster the well-being of the people.

It makes sense, therefore, that the United Nations unanimously agreed in 2015 on the need to build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions as the 16th Sustainable Development Goal.

Institutions must have clear mandate and area of remit and talented qualified personnel, not political sycophants.

POLITICIANS

Development levers, such as transparency and accountability, need financially prudent management capable of giving taxpayers institutional value addition accompanied by uncompromised, rigorous, comprehensive independent audits.

Setting up a public institution is only half the battle. It is equally important to get the buy-in of stakeholders, including the public.

This can only be accomplished by sustained campaigns to nurture public trust and confidence in such organisations.

Since the Moi days, some politicians have consistently undermined public trust in national institutions.

While calls for outright civil disobedience have often failed, they have somewhat achieved their objective through other means.

Until the “handshake”, Raila Odinga was very predictable.

With consistent regularity, he accused governmental bodies, including the Judiciary, of being corrupt and compromised.

CORRUPTION

His never-ending squabbles with successive electoral bodies have eroded public trust in elections in general and the Wafula Chebukati-led IEBC in particular.

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