We must hold it together

May 20, 2008 12:00 am

, The political bickering that has dominated the headlines over the last two weeks is sending negative signals over the future of the coalition government.

The 2012 succession debate, the Grand Opposition and the question over who should be given amnesty are all uncalled for, and are revealing possible cracks in the political marriage.

While appreciating that we all are entitled to our own opinions it is prudent that the Cabinet discusses such sensitive issues away from the public domain and avoid making contradictory statements.

Both President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minster Raila Odinga had earlier in the month advised the cabinet against this.

The bickering only serves to erode the little confidence that Kenyans have in the ‘Grand Coalition Government’ which came as a sigh of relief to many.

Going down the memory lane to the spot that is the last regime, differences that emerged over the secret Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) slowed development in the country and scattered the ambitious NARC dream.

We all can remember the hateful politics that disappeared right after the naming of the Cabinet in 2003 down to the battle over the new constitution, the eventual split of the NARC Party and the heated campaigns of last year.

All of these were ingredients in the recipe for the inter-tribal hatred that degenerated into the post election violence experienced early this year.

Most certainly Kenyans are not ready for another five years of smear campaigns and scant development. However if the events of the last two weeks are anything to go by, this will be the bitter reality we will have to contend with.

Besides a stagnant economy awaiting acceleration, our transport system is a mess. Our roads are pathetic, the port in Mombasa is a nightmare while the public transport is a free for all.

With the country’s food basket having been at the centre of the post election skirmishes, a food crisis is inevitable. In addition, our hospitals and schools are understaffed and lack the basic facilities of a growing economy.

It is these issues that the government ought to be concentrating on instead of these daily political overtones.

Our Vision 2030 will become another ‘ambitious government project’ unless the political class takes a dynamic shift and shows leadership.

Memories of unfulfilled promises are not a new thing and many Kenyans are now crossing their fingers, hoping that this will not just be another dry reign if not worse than before.

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