Give the Jubilee administration leeway to work

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BY MACHEL WAIKENDA

Kenya’s national Executive is headed by President Uhuru Kenyatta who was democratically elected by Kenyans in March 2013. Kenya, therefore, has no vacuum and Kenyans have asked President Kenyatta to exercise their sovereign power.

In exercising this power, Mr Kenyatta is the President of all the 40 million Kenyans – those who elected him and those who voted for the Opposition. He is a symbol of national unity and represents us at international forums.

He is the country’s CEO who must be allowed to run the country. Any person who wants to see progress in the country has a patriotic duty to support the President and his government. Empty rhetoric and politicking only serves to divide an already divided nation further dealing a blow to efforts to help Kenyans remain cohesive in their collective aim to becoming a middle-income economy.

Whether in Kisumu, Kiambu, Garissa, Lamu, Samburu or Turkana, every Kenyan is seeking an opportunity to make their lives and those of their loved ones better. Poverty, unemployment, high cost of living, disease and all other challenges do not only affect the Opposition. Even Jubilee supporters are going through the same and the Kenyatta administration is clearly working hard to ensure livelihoods are bettered.

At the end of it all, we will judge the President, Jubilee Governors and MPs by the development they will have achieved by 2017. We can help the President filter the noise from the Opposition by focusing on development and growing the economy. We cannot do this by throwing Kenya under the bus, disrespecting the rule of law and undermining our ability to negotiate a better deal for Kenyans.

This week, the President launched a programme that will see partnership with the private sector to build roads. This will see the coverage of the tarmacked road network in the country grow by more the 10,000km and raise the full cover to 24,000 km.

The President also signed into law the Division of Revenue Bill which will see County Governments get Sh226 billion. This is Sh30 billion more than what they had in the last financial year.

This is why we have in place devolution – so that we may have resources reaching wananchi. We, therefore, have a working President who is operating for the good of our good country. He understands his mandate, accepts his limitations, accepts the role of an official opposition – having led one himself – and has the commitment to seeing the forest despite the individual characteristic of each tree.

And as one sage put it: “The key to success when small potential influences the larger scene is to avoid pretentious ambitions and grandiose goals. The power of the small is served by slow and steady advancement, and succeeds through an honest awareness of its own limitations, without reservation.”

The President recently led regional leaders in the youth unemployment summit where he revealed that the Government has also developed a national employment policy which now awaits Parliament’s approval.

In the spirit of inclusivity, the President has been meeting members from different regions of the country including those who voted against Jubilee. This respect that the President has demonstrated needs reciprocation.

However, we find ourselves in a state where the opposition is preparing to drive the country into another divisive campaign period for a referendum. We are being driven to a period where we will be more focused on politics instead of working.

The Opposition should be thinking of how to win the next elections, if it can, rather than distract the President, the government and working Kenyans. CORD and especially its main partner, ODM has no place lecturing Uhuru on how to run the country when they cannot run a political party – we all remember the botched elections. Winning doesn’t always mean being first; winning means you are doing better than you have done before and we can all be winners by supporting the man at the helm.

Jubilee leaders, in and out of Parliament, have a duty to stick with the President and support him in his endeavors. With resources amounting to billions of shillings made available by the government, Jubilee leaders must call a bluff on the opposition and show naysayers how wananchi can benefit from a unified resolve.

Jubilee leaders must ensure that the millions of young people who are seeking opportunity take advantage of existing resource by encouraging them to sign up to Uwezo Fund and the 30 percent procurement opportunities set aside for the youth and women.

Just as the national government is focusing on priority areas across the country, elected leaders should identify key focus areas for their constituents. They must ensure that County funds and the Constituency Development Funds are well utilized to making their areas model counties and constituencies.

Kenyans of goodwill should support the President so that we can all meet our individual and collective aspirations. We can play our part by giving the President peace of mind to focus on Project Kenya.

(The writer is a political and communications consultant. Twitter @MachelWaikenda)

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  • Gakuta James

    Is anybody holding back the administration from delivering? When will we quit this obsession about Raila and actually start delivering and working? The game of blaming Raila has worked for a few months but we are no longer gullible, no sane Kenyan buys it any more, he is no longer the convenient excuse. Any significant change in the lives of Kenyans will be noticed whether Raila is silent or screaming through a thousand loud speakers.

    • makray

      My goodness…if I didn’t know any better, I’d say this was an official Jubilee press release.
      I have considerable quarrels with the opposition, but Jubilee is sometimes really chasing them for silliness honors. This may be the most eloquent president we’ve had, but substance has not emerged after the rhetoric. This administration flopped on laptops (thank goodness) and cannot get a grip on insecurity in Lamu. Tourism’s gone to the dogs and the cost of living is stretching Kenyans to pain. The article’s author exemplifies Jubilee’s issue; obsession with the opposition. They found 15,000 cops to attend to the urban centers during Saba-Saba, but can’t get enough cops to quell weekly bloodletting at the coast. It’s almost comical; almost.

  • Shi Mkenya

    I agree with the writer that it is imperative for those politicking to give the current government room to work for the people of Kenya. The way I see it, the attempt to derail the work that the current government is trying to do is because there is fear that if the Jubilee Government actually deliver even half of what they promised, the people will
    rally behind them in 2017. Like it or not, President Uhuru will remain President until 2017.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta was democratically elected by Kenyans and we as citizens of this country MUST demand that the presidency be respected. The Uhuru administration came to power under new Constitution dispensation that presented a few kinks. Implementing a new Constitution is no walk in the park especially in a volatile State like ours.

    Having said that, I think the Jubilee government needs to address the issues that keep coming up in its own ranks. If the Uhuru administration cannot sell its own agenda & plan to it own members (Governors, Senators, MPs & MCAs) then their journey to delivering it Manifesto will be uphill all the way!

  • USALAMA WATCH

    A coward always hides behind someone else after he has thrown a stone

  • DavidPkemoi

    life without politics is boring.

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