Voters must elect leaders with a proven track record

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MACHEL WAIKENDA

As the newly formed pre-election alliances in the country prepare to face off and seek to form the next government, the main question doing rounds in Kenyans mind is just which combination will deliver the leadership our country so much desire.

The battle lines are clearly drawn, it is a contest between the Jubilee Coalition comprising The National Alliance, (TNA) United Republican Party (URP) and Narc; and the Coalition of Reforms for Democracy (CORD) comprising Wiper Democratic Movement (WDM) and the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM). There is obviously a third force.

The bottom line however is which combination has capacity to effectively take this country where it wants to go. Who can deliver excellence?

But even as we discuss this question, it’s fundamentally worthwhile to understand that if we are going to achieve distinction as a country, then we need to judge leaders by their past records because the leaders we chose must have delivered excellence in small departments they have led in the past for us to expect them to deliver the same for the entire country. Success for Kenya good people is not an exception but a prevailing attitude.

For starters, in case you did not notice, irreducible fundamentals of a worthwhile political party worth the salt must have already been settled by now so that if voted into power, that party or coalition whichever the case maybe, has the potential to create unprecedented ethnic harmony based on its diverse ethnic, regional and gender representation.

The importance of ethnic cohesion for the country cannot be over-emphasised considering the sad history of ethnic conflicts our country has witnessed in the past years.

Clearly, Kenya is not a theatre room, the work ahead is not about drama and excitement, it requires credible leaders who have shown demonstrated performance in public service.

The leaders seeking public office must be judged based on their past record; the score must be based on how much each one of them did for Kenyans when they had a chance.

For instance, as the Minister for Finance, Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta introduced several suggestions and allocated necessary finances to boost the country’s economy.

Kenyatta, who is also the Jubilee coalition presidential candidate, came up with what is largely known as SME’s and Kazi kwa Vijana among others.

Although the said Kazi kwa Vijana project did not deliver the intended results because funds were misappropriated, it’s worth noting that Treasury has played its part but the implementing departments messed up the entire project.

Kenyatta’s running mate and Eldoret North MP William Ruto, noting that agriculture is the backbone of Kenya’s economy, ensured that farming became more productive and cheaper by ensuring availability of fertilizer to farmers at a cheaper price when he was the Minister for Agriculture.

Similarly, between Jubilee’s Charity Ngilu and powerful quarters from her Ukambani backyard has its genesis on performance.

As a minister for Water, Ngilu ensure that the perennially drought hit Ukambani region got some water for irrigation as well as other parts of the country. Ngilu has performed splendidly despite being in cabinet for less than 10 years.

Clearly, the trio, Uhuru, Ruto and Ngilu have gone a considerable way to show true commitment in public service. They are a combination of leaders with a broad and deep knowledge of government responsibility and impeccable record of real accomplishment.

As we all know, the strongest weapon across the world is truth, this is why Kenyans need to check which is the truthful combination is.

Every one of us needs to ask these questions, we must participate in the process of electing the next crop of leaders because if we don’t, we will be governed by the incompetent, inferior and inefficient.

We need leaders with a clear vision for the country; we need leaders who think of how life even in slums can be improved in terms of housing and in all other aspects. For instance, the biggest slum in the county Kibera is still what it was in the 1970’s. The only difference is that it has grown bigger over time and as a result, life in that slum has become even more difficult. We need change that we can believe in.

(Waikenda is the TNA Director of Communications)

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  • sisemikitu

    When appraising someone, you should call for his/her objectives and performance during the period under review backed by empirical evidence – facts and figures!

  • Thoughtsonly

    First and foremost you are the last person who should be tooting the trumpet for Charity, Uhuru and Ruto for goodness sakes you are the Director of Communications for TNA and yet I have never seen your party manifesto. Please comment on their achievements as Members of Parliament. You could also comment on some of the corruption allegations they are historically linked to. And what about the “mashetani” that plague TNA’s decision making process should this be included in Kenya’s future?

  • JustMe

    What else do you expect when writers are sycophants? this is how he earns his pay. Good thing about blogs is they are read by those who can verify claims and info. earn your pay Michael, I’m impressed.

  • witu

    I find the writer subjective and inclined to distort facts. You simply need to focus on your manifesto and stop this kind of nonsense. I expect a director of communication to be impartial and objective.

  • RingTail

    ..total crap!!

  • In political propaganda, its always natural for propagandists to create empty myths that cant be substantiated. Favorite candidates are presented as natured leaders without supporting evidence at all. This Waikenda’s piece is a prime example of all that. Jubilee alliance fellows are certainly bereft of ideas. I guess, thats why they are hyping on age when they themselves are already truly aging! The ICC matter has indeed taken its toll. They have no achievements worthy mentioning. To be fair, jubilee presidential candidate, Uhuru Kenyatta, is just below average politician who has failed to shine even when huge opportunities were thrusted to him. He has been generally a low key politician who only went wild after he was named ICC suspect. He is also the only presidential candidate candidate who has ever suffered chargrin of refusal served by his very own village people!

    He has been truly a political failure in natural sense of it. Thats because no politician worthy salt can be presented with shinning opportunities and clearly fail to do so. He NEVER EVER introduced any “suggestions” at all, if suggestions can be classified as leadership!, at finance ministry! His real performance there was those infamous collosal “mis-outs!” You can imagine what will happen if, God forbid!, he becomes the president! Anything worthy mentioning at finance ministry during tenure were literally clear scripts written script by H. E. the president. To credit Uhuru with successes at the ministry, is like crediting Hon. Franklin Bett with construction of Thika Highway!

    Hon Willianm Ruto would have taken credit at agriculture ministry had he not resorted to unorthodox ways. Buthad there been successes during his tenure, they would have been washed away by the fact that, like Uhuru, he only tried to help his kinsmen. But then maize stocks started disappearing from strategic reserves. Its only that point we realized his purported “good intentions” were mere cover for worse things! Remember Uhuru too feigned drunkardness at finance ministry in order to bomb us with huge budget miss-outs!” Was it a coindence? Of course, when we ran out of maize stocks under Ruto’s, is when it became clear that he was only energized to cover his tracks! Therefore, there is no distinct success that can clearly be attacked to him. This song of “saying and doing” is a mere political slogan backed by nothing!!

    Madam Ngilu on the othe hand, has followed the same traits as her jubilee bosses. She has been a total failure. She was actually soaked in alot of corruption at health ministry. There was this one time when aids conference arranged by her daughter aborted. It lated for about half an hour. Deligates only took half cups of tea. There after, it was announced the “meeting” had costed the public cool 30m shillings! Which means every minute washed away 1m shillings! In Water ministry, the story has been the same if not worse. Huge amount of money has been swindled while supposedly building a dam given a plural to hide theft. Nonetheless, since conmen know how to fight back, she has had to resort to those traits to save face. She has had to see brother VP Kalonzo’s shadows all over the place! Without snipping at him she feels that she will evidently become irrelevant.

    These are the kind of leaders we are being told will bring better live for Kenyans. And in their empty short political history, they have never hesitated to illegally put their fingers in public coffers. Guys with such long fingers CANT surely represent the trust and honesty that the country needs to take off at this point in time. Perhaps, they only thing they know is making well sounding noise backed by vacuum!!!!

  • Murugi

    I am more concerned that TNA has the nerve to hire as their Director of Communications somebody who believes vague, unsubstantiated but impressive sounding rhetoric covers up the lack of any real and verified evidence to prove that the Jubilee coalition leaders have any proven track record. If one of the tenants of good leadership is knowing how to hire the right people for the right jobs, then their inability to set things right in their own backyard does not bode well for them being able to pick the decision makers this country needs to move forward.

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