The game of chess seems like a choreographed dance with carefully thought out and deliberate actions between the two players.
The aim of the game is to trap the opponent’s king and declare checkmate. In the end you can see an array of emotions in the face of one opponent when he/she begins to feel cornered and knows the end is in sight.
In Kenya, our leaders engage in politics as if it were a game of chess. They choose to overlook the spirit of the National Accord, the partnership and the purpose for which the Grand Coalition was crafted.
Instead, they seem to thrive on attempts to knock each other down at the expense of delivering service, which should be the driving force. Meanwhile, the citizens are treated like political pawns, there to be knocked out for the purpose of advancing personal egoistical interests while their needs remain un-served.
Now is the time to put aside selfish interests because the journey ahead is long and arduous. There are great things that are happening in Kenya.
We have all seen the improvement in the road network; the Sondu Miriu hydro-electric power project is back on course and there are plans to build a port at Lamu. Plans are at an advanced to improve rail transport in Nairobi and its environs. These are the sort of development projects that demonstrate Kenya’s potential to reclaim its position of as a regional leader and re-attract investment to our country.
But how can we accomplish these feats when the coalition is not functioning optimally? When all we see highlighted locally and abroad are our shameful weaknesses and the general absence of responsibility in our leaders… when party politics dominate the airwaves and Kenyans continue to be divided along tribal lines? When we engage in lawless activities just to prove our point at the expense of our starving neighbours?
How do we propose to progress on Agenda Item 4 if we backtrack to arguing about whether the loaf was shared equally? Equally significant, how do we expect to set up the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission when the there is no transparency in the nomination of commissioners?
I say that this is the time for transformational leadership. We need our President and Prime Minister to be the knot that binds the National Assembly and the country to determine the direction that this country should be pursuing.
We need both of them to step up to the plate; focus on the vision which they have for Kenya, and be shining beacons in the midst of turmoil and rough waters. We need them to provide the change that we desire in order to quell the negative undercurrent that is begin to re-emerge.
Mr President and Prime Minister, are you up to the challenge?