By Dorcas sarcozy via fb
In support of the NASA ticket, I offered variations of this piece back in the middle of the contentious 2017 General Elections between Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga and now more than ever, I think it is a question worth re-asking those who voted to re-elect Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto:
Are Kenyans better off now, in 2019, than they were back in 2017 when some of them opted to reject the “Angel they did not want to give a chance for the two Devils they’d already given a chance in 2013?”
– What have they – UhuRuto – delivered on that they promised during the campaign – in 2013 and now in 2017?
Can a majority of Kenyans say that the leaders they’ve repeatedly elected into office care about giving people food, clean water, health care, and quality education?
– Are they selfless in their duty towards serving and protecting those whose votes they sought so assiduously – seeking to improve conditions for the neediest among them?
– So while the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) secured peace between two erstwhile rivals Uhuru and Raila, how do Kenyans explain the palpable tension between Uhuru and Ruto and their supporters?
Does trading one ethnic-driven tinderbox for another speak to leaders who are genuinely interested in peace and stability across ALL communities or piecemeal rapprochement for obvious selfish self-interests?
– In short, are Kenyan leaders seeking to build a country in which ALL Kenyans can enjoy long-term peace and progress despite political, philosophical and dare I add, ethnic differences or are they trading in one unhealthy race for the top job with another unhealthy race for its levers of power?
In a poll conducted back in 2016, a majority of the country was unanimous in their response regarding the issues that concern/ed them; issues that precisely line/d up with elements of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.
(“Survey reveals four leading fears Kenyans grapple with daily” – Standard Digital, December 2016)
Most rated their physical comfort i.e. hunger and their inability to provide for themselves and their family as the most important serious problems facing the country. Along with food and security was the existential but direct corollary of either – corruption.
Three years AFTER the survey was conducted, Kenyans are still:
– Starving and dying of thirst. That a desert nation (United Arab Emirates) whose population and land size is respectively one-fifth and one-seventh that of Kenya’s donated 150 tonnes of food to alleviate the famine therein should not only embarrass Jubilants, it should motivate them, along with the rest of the country to send the current admin packing.
– Dying of diseases and ailments, not because their country doesn’t have the resources and/or know-how to provide basic and decent healthcare. Kenyans are dying because their healthcare system is broken and in fairness to President Kenyatta and his government, the country’s healthcare system has been broken or close to breaking for quite some time.
– Scared and afraid for their safety – inside their own homes no less! Yes, insecurity is an inevitable part of most societies but Kenya’s insecurity is exacerbated by incompetence and corruption that has reached new heights during Mr. Kenyatta’s first term.
The country runs the risk of falling further behind its neighbors Ethiopia, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania with the critical factor being good and competent governance and its corollary reduced corruption.
All the while, Kenyans continue to support the lifestyles of some of the continent’s wealthiest individuals and the world’s best-paid legislatures.
Or what am I missing?