The government cannot evade blame

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I suppose I’m not the only Kenyan who feels overtly dissatisfied with the government’s service delivery performance.

I was aghast to hear someone defend the government over the ongoing power rationing. The government is to blame for the three-day blackout you and I are being subjected to. The government is to blame for the water I get from a bowser instead of the tap in my house.

I lay this blame on the government because the situation we find ourselves in is as a result of poor planning.

For years, the government has been told to change over-reliance on hydro power generation to other alternatives but no one listened.

Now, the ordinary Kenyan, and worse still local industries and other businesses are reeling from the effects of a government that appears to abhor planning.

But I think I know why nobody seems to care. The nabobs all have standby generators in their homes (paid for by you and me since we all know they do not pay taxes).

I’ve heard the argument that it is the past regime that is to blame for whatever ills that plague Kenya today.  Quite a number of those in government today are part and parcel of those past regimes.

And, not just the immediate administration, but the one that led Kenya after independence. So, they cannot run away from their responsibilities.

It is time the government admits its failures and takes the necessary steps to redeem what is left of its image.  I was driving near Dagoretti corner the other day and couldn’t help but notice how other road users were outnumbered by water bowsers.

How come there is water for sale yet there is none in the taps in our homes? Is someone somewhere engaged in business at our expense? Why is the government keen to supply water to my home from the nearest borehole in the year of our lord 2009 and not via the tap?

What happened to the provision of safe drinking water to every home by the year 2015? Are we not regressing when we see officials from the Ministry of Water launching one borehole after another?

I need power in my house 24/7. I need water in my house 365 days a year and I want my kinsmen in Ukambani to stop relying on food aid year in year out. It is possible if those given the responsibility to serve us PLAN.

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In contrast to our sorry state, the mayor of London, Boris Johnson has been forced to pull down a wooden summerhouse on the balcony of his north London home after neighbours termed it an “eyesore” and a “monstrosity”.

Council officials ordered Johnson to pull down the £2,000 (Sh256,000) summerhouse at his Islington home because it did not have planning permission.

That, is people power.

Let us demand accountability from this government!

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  • Andy Jacobsen

    I hear you on this one. Even though I’m not Kenyan, I share in the frustration of your generation. It is a pity that politics can stand in the way of youthful people ascending into high office. I have advice for you and Mr Miller. It’s now NEVER. If he let’s this one go, we get stuck in the same rut. Please insist on this one. PLEASE. You will do many of your generation a huge favour. It is time to rid this country of political patronage.

  • Young Turk

    Miller should not give it up that easy. He and those who are pushing for his appointment should fight it out to the very end. For how long will we just give way for the Kaparo’s,Raila’s and the rest of the wazees. They should go home and look after cattle as Energy Minister Kiraitu Murungi once advised former President Moi.

  • Amina Hassan

    Fight to the bitter end Mr Miller. Kenya needs fresh impetus. Do not fail us on this one!

  • Mutua Ndunda

    I get your point Michael. The youth in this country need to go back to the drawing board. We have been beaten on this one but there is a chance to make a difference. Lets get more young people in Parliament. That way, there will be no wazees to fight nominations like that of Mr Miller. Are you prepared to take up the mantle Michael and Co?

  • A.T

    He should let it go. He can fight another day. This is because by the time politicians are through with him, he wont have a name. and as a lawyer, he needs his name to attract clients.

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