Let us defend the Kenya we want

In the past one week, bloggers on this website have tried to seek answers to myriads of issues that bedevilled our beloved country. They began with the failed I, the failed society, the failed institutions and solutions that would help the country to come out of the quagmire.

These are some of the selected opinion as presented by the bloggers.

The Executive inclusive of the Presidency and the Attorney General’s office, are not serious on the war against graft.

As for the Judiciary, it is time Mr Justice Evan Gicheru to take the bull by the horns to fight those who use his institution to stall cases.

It is widely acknowledged that clever lawyers often seek to stall graft and other criminal cases by seeking constitutional interpretations and other means available.

This, in effect, contributes to the backlog of cases. The CJ should issue new rules that deter such instances.

A country without functional institutions is as good as a failed State. Even though Kenya is not a failed state, it is important for all to acknowledge that we would be heading nowhere without proper institutional reforms – in letter and spirit.

The coalition has done little but is full of squabbles, while a raft of new corruption allegations involving both partners in size and depth have surfaced one after the other.

Rifts between the parties over petty issues like who should be the Leader of Government Business in Parliament reflect how our leaders have become selfish in this two-governments-in-one marriage.

Business leaders have in the past raised the red flag terming the political instability as a bigger threat to Kenya’s prospects than the global financial crisis.

Our leaders should urgently reflect on where they want to take the country, as Kenyans are fed up with incessant quarrels by the political elite. Kenyans should also ensure they elect responsible leaders to lead the country.

Be the pebble that will catalyse change in Kenya. Let our religious leaders live up to the word they preach to us from the pulpit even when they get elected to public office.

It is time to demand more performance and accountability from ourselves as individuals, our religious leaders, our institutions and our elected leaders.

Kenyans should wake up and as an individual take up the leadership mantle and begin to re-evaluate ourselves, correct where we have gone wrong, replicate the same attitude in where we live as a family, in the workplace, in our community and then and only then can we try to change the negativity that we have been displaying in the past.

We must obey the laws that govern our country as individuals then move to try telling others to obey. We must stop giving bribes and receiving them. We must stop blaming others and take the blame ourselves.

Let’s stand up and defend the Kenya we want. This is the only home we have.

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