By ANTHONY KAGIRI
When it comes to the rot in leadership of this country, I have deliberately chosen to be an escapist. From the KANU days to the NARC era, I discovered that thinking about the character of our selfish leaders just wears me down. I took a back seat; I resolved to mind my business, do whatever my hands find to do with diligence and enjoy my sweat.
But the shocking revelations of a government spending billions on flowers, tea and snacks while over 10 million Kenyans cannot afford a meal got my nerves up again. Surely do these guys have a conscience?
At this point I beg for an answer: who will save this nation?
In 2002 we shouted ‘Moi must go’, and indeed he went. We thought that the NARC government was the Canaan but we were damn wrong. Our problems remained, in fact if you ask me they grew bigger. Although the economy improved, the common mwananchi does not know this. Food prices have multiplied by the day, and most Kenyans live on the edge.
There were no more plots and road reserves to grab, but corruption took a new twist. Corruption reinvented itself as non-existent companies started supplying tenders, then Anglo Leasing was born. With the coming in of outsourcing, claims of inflated bills are the order of the day. Mombasa seems to be the perfect place for leaders and government officers to develop ‘policies’.
We brought in the Kenya Anti Corruption Commission but up to this date Justice Ringera is still asking for more powers to prosecute while grand corruption thrives.
The NARC government could not survive for more than two years and we were back to ground zero, a country tribally divided down the middle. All this, in search of new leadership.
Prior to 2007 most of us were tired with of Ninth Parliament and we came up with a solution; lets send all these guys home and bring in fresh blood. Surely we did. Younger chaps, more women and even bishops! But one year down the line, this new lot is more disappointing. A survey recently ranked Parliament as the number one impediment to the fight against graft.
This parliament blatantly refused to pay taxes, end corruption and impunity and press this government to provide food for its hungry people. None of those guys in that parliament, including my beloved men of the cloth has stood up to push for reasonable food subsidies, reasonable allowances, their taxation name it…..
Religious leaders and the civil society too have been soaked in the tribal mess. Our politicians have used this as a platform into politics but abandon their principles after ascending to power. It is not hard to associate a certain church or an NGO with a political party. And although these guys are trying to save face, I haven’t seen any worth efforts.
Am still at a loss, who will sort us out of this mess?
After the post election crisis we thought incorporating everyone in the government was the way out and in came the coalition government. Few months down the line 2012 succession politics stepped in; all we hear is who is courting who for an alliance. Power wrangles not only between the coalition partners ODM and PNU but also within themselves.
I am here begging for an answer, who will save us?
Those who clamored for change in the 1990s, those who have been in the civil movement before, the ‘Young Turks’, religious leaders and everybody you can think of who has previously claimed to be a reformist is in this government, and yet what we see in this government does not come close to reforms.
I pose here wondering if there is any remnant out there who can fix the leadership of this country. Somebody help me out on this……….