Are we really doing that badly?


For one week now, we have been taken through a circus of a big brother claiming how we are doing badly as Kenya. Obama thinks that some people under Kibaki and Raila are slowing down reforms in the country.

So people, even those who were in charge of those reforms not so long ago think that Obama and his cronies are right. I beg to differ with both the opposition powers int he country and the Americans – and I am no government spokesman.

Having actively covered the reform agenda since last year, I am of the opinion that Kenya is doing it better than anyone else can.

I could take those with a different opinion through the steps that the country has taken to put in reforms aimed at ensuring that we regain our position as a leading African country. However,  I would rather spare you the agony as the writing is on the wall.

Almost a year ago, I wrote in the ‘Forgotten Agenda’ and I can now report that I feel confident that the country has made great strides. Reform is about institution that is clearly been done through the Interim Independent Electoral Commission, the Committee of Experts on the Constitution Review among others.

Reform is not about removing individuals from certain positions and replacing them with others. Did we not record cases of electoral malpractices even after kicking Kivuitu and company out after the disputed 2007 elections?

I acknowledge that core issues such as poverty are yet to be adequately addressed. But at the same time, how comes, everyday we read in the newspapers or watch on television, Kenyans who are using the little they have to create more.

Kenyans are feeding themselves and others from small portions of land. Zero grazing has become an option as drought continues to persist in the country. Domestic irrigation too has become an option as people look for new ways to feed their families and relatives.

My humble opinion is that Kenya is not doing as badly as some people want to portray us. We have a long way to go but we are getting there. But political rivalry is blocking our view from the good that is happening.

Even as we blame the government, we have failed as Kenyans in ensuring that we are part of the change we want to see. For instance, only 12,000 Kenyans gave written view to the experts putting together the new constitution and we dare say that our views have not been taken into account.

As a country, we must raise our optimism and avoid been lied to that we are doing nothing. We must stand up to detractors who are out to ensure that they will be singing; “we told you!” if things go wrong in the future!

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3 thoughts on “Are we really doing that badly?

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  2. hey, I agree with the fact that reforms are going on. Some things are changing. What I have a bone to bick with is the pace at which it is going. do we have to push each other to the wall in order to see reforms? we had to practically kick Kivuitu and his team out (which by the way nullifies the whole election, including parliamentary elections which saw malpractic3es too). Do we have to push the people doing the constitution so as to get one by the time we go for elections? do we have to practically shove Ali and Ringera out of office (though I think reforms in the institution is more crucial than pinpointing one person, an individual). And do we have to all die so that we can settle the Mau issue, or the IDP issue? Does it have to take such a long process for things that are a matter of life and death?

    More importantly, I think lack of a conscience is what is affecting us. It is impossible to fathom that a mother with 4 children would be kicked out of her home, sleep in the rain and on an earthen floor for 2 YEARS while the reasons as to why she is there are busy fighting over non core issues.

    I believe it is time to ask us how and when we will start caring for ourselves. do not wait for the leader (less), do it yourself.

  3. Yes, I agree that some reforms are in progress. Over the years I have learnt that reforms are not in personalitites but in instituitions, just like you said. that is why kicking some people out of office will not help if we replace them with others who subscribe to a similar school of thought. We need to concentrate on pressuring those who are in office now to put in place pro-reform legislation and policies. We also need to take responsibility, accept the role we have played, contribute to the constituition reform process and be the change we want to see (cliche, I know).

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