What kind of leader do Kenyans want?

Kenyans, Kenyans! Why, oh why, do we allow ourselves to be consumed by such negativity?

Reading the comments posted on the various stories on this website – including on sad news like the demise of an MP – you get the feeling that Kenyans are on the verge of despair.

We despair because, as we all claim, our leaders have failed us. “They seem to have ignored why we elected them to leadership,” is what many people appear to be saying.

But perhaps we ought to take a break and examine ourselves keenly and critically (only you and I for now, minus the ‘failed’ leaders). When we say the leaders seem to have forgotten why we employed them, what exactly do we mean?

Lately, we have “unanimously” agreed to vote out the entire lot in our current government. While we are very sure of the kind of leaders we do not want, are we as certain of the type of leader we would like instead?

Let’s face it:: We do not want a leader who refuses to pay taxes, who preaches divisive politics, who wastes time blaming political opponents for his failures, who oversees the mismanagement of the CDF monies, who is highly sycophantic of his party boss, or one who looks for the easiest way to the cookie jar.

We are fed up of the current politicians because all they want is to push for higher perks without due regard to our struggling economy. They have stolen our maize from the national granary, petroleum from the Mombasa storage, sold off swathes of land to Middle Eastern businesses and basically run this country aground.

So, what kind of leader do we want instead?

You see the problem is that we haven’t quite defined our expectations of the leaders we elect to office. That may be why we see the same calibre of people vying for the seats, and why we get frustrated that those who are ideal leaders do not vie for posts.

Perhaps it’s time we stopped screaming about the failures of our leaders and the things that annoy us about them. It’s now time to focus on the kind of leader that we want.

When all our talk shifts to what we want, instead of what we have and don’t want, then even the current crop of ‘failures’ can realise how serious we are and (hopefully) reform.

Today, tell your colleague or friend what kind of leader Kenya deserves to have and let the word spread. By 2012, the campaigns will have shifted focus from empty rhetoric to substantive debates.

7 Replies to “What kind of leader do Kenyans want?”

  1. I agree Laura, Kenyans should start acting. It begins with you(and me). Lets act by stopping to give bribes, to speak out against ills.

  2. Laura…nice feature on your website. Anyway my point is simple. Kenyans are looking at Ruto now as a Hero. Like Artur is a BAD GUY but who wouldn’t want his autograph? Kenyan voters are everything their politicians are.

  3. The Kenya we want is one without corruption but i don’t see and end it. We have tried to be united against it, remember 2002 when Kibaki become President,but it fought back hard and won. Guys as young as 20 are now seriously discussing ways to get to parliament and government so as to get involved in highly corruption ie Trition after all once we defraud billions all we need to do is by some MPs and get an expensive lawyer.It’s a small sacrifice for the billions.

  4. How i wish more and more Kenyans got themselves engaged in the affairs of our great nation. Rally one another against relentless impunity by our leaders.
    Our leaders have lost the sense of being responsible to their employers thus continue to act recklessly in parliament (censure motion), they taint the image of our nations integrity. I dread reading news from Kenya everyday because they scream “something is not right again” and the worst is yet to come. Kenyans lets get involved in pragmatic political decisions of our nation right from our dinner tables. Lets resolve to build a better Nation on the principles of democracy. It can be done. WE CAN DO IT! I believe.

  5. I admire your courage and clearity of issues. But Kenyans dont elect the leaders they dont want because thats what they want. They are simply misled. Merchants of deceit control the media and thus, Kenyans find themselves holding on a lie. Most of them believe Newspapers are not prone to rampant lies. So whatever is written must be correct, even true! Merchants of deceit too have created another front, reform agenda, thats totally misleading. Kenyans are repeatedly told that so and so are reformers. When in real sense, thats only a song with no attachment whatsoever to reform. Whoever was not in government in yester years is presented as a reformer while he or she is a total stranger to reform. Those who have screamed on rooftops that they are reformers and are now government, have failed to initiate any reforms at all. Infact, in most cases, they have proved to be tough none reformers! 5 years are lapsing since they joined government, but there is nothing to show for their empty songs of reform. In short, if the media is not willing to guide the public in choosing their leaders, but instead misdirects them, we are in for long long haul before we realize our dreams. Needless to say, media in Kenya is controlled by one community with extremely tribal loyalty and even twisted approach to national issues. Thats why we have had to find ourselves on the defensive on clear favorable national issues. Remember the ship that was ferrying tanks and was hijacked by Somali pirates? We had to fight off claims that the Tanks were ours but not for South Sudan. But whichever way, the country was bound to benefit. That means before we rise above the heritage of tribalism nothing is going to work well for us in the near future.

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