Kenya needs a selfless leader

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BY JOSEPH LISTER NYARINGO

Those aspiring to lead a nation of 40 million \’must\’ be people with a clean track record.

We\’re tired of the politics of dynasty. We\’re tired of the politics of big man syndrome. We are tired of \’big\’ names in Kenya\’s political realm. This time round, we need a \’David\’ to save our nation from the morass of PROPAGANDA SYCOPHANCY, TRIBALISM, GREED, GRAFT and INEQUALITY.

We want a leader who will narrow the gap between the haves and the have nots. There is no reason why one family owns almost 35 percent of the nation\’s wealth – of course acquired illegally when many of our people are living in squalor. In fact, as I write this piece, people in Turkana, Ukambani and Maasai land are eating herbs like antelopes. Others are living in the cold as IDP camps.

Others cannot even afford a graveyard or a garden to plant sukuma wiki. Is this the country we want to bequeath to our children and the children of our children?

It sad indeed and this time round, we cannot sit and wait. We are going to rise up in tens, hundreds, thousands and millions to say enough is enough to greed, impunity, sycophancy and tribalism.

The constitution that majority Kenyans passed last year must be respected to the letter.

We need to stand up and be counted to defend the stand that the Speaker of the National Assembly took if we truly want to make the constitution meaningful and beneficial to the people of Kenya.

Kenya\’s Statehouse belongs to any man or woman with values to fight for the Kenyan people and not himself, family or community.

I end my opinion here with this verse in the Holy Bible, Titus 1:7-8: “For an overseer, as God\’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined.”

This the cardinal tenet to better leadership in any society.

Mr Nyaringo lives in New Jersey, USA

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