Just like many other Kenyans, I am tired of continuous push and pull between politicians today. I am tired of hearing the same names that have destroyed this country and divided it socially, politically and on tribal lines.
The next general election is just around the corner and Kenya will have a new President since Kibaki cannot pull a Museveni on us. But what alternative do we have from Raila, Uhuru, Ruto, Karua, Kenneth, Balala, Mudavadi etc?
Look at for instance the shameless war of words between Raila and Uhuru… both of whom have been in government for years to end. What value have they added? Can they drive Kenya to the next level or are they interested in just protecting their wealth or have Kenyans help them massage their ego?
Must it be any of these individuals? From two debates on my Facebook Wall ( one and two) just before I posted this, I am convinced Kenyans are ready for alternative leadership as we head into the next era.
Can Kenyans look beyond these individuals who spend their time making noise than working? Is it possible that we can look beyond our tribes and get someone who can represent the interests of all Kenyans? Are we ready to give people who have been tested managing small institutions to take this country into the next level?
Or are we going to give it to the same individuals whose only language is that “we need our man here and there”? Are we stuck with individuals who cannot mange small entities such as political parties?
On Sunday, I watched part of Museveni’s interview with Jeff Koinange on K24 and found myself agreeing with most of what he was saying about Kenya. I also read Ole Kiyapi’s story in the Sunday Nation and wondered why all these individuals with great potential have been.
From the two items, I realised that we as Kenyans are our own greatest enemies. We refuse, and through the help of the media, to look beyond these noisemakers that have been part of our political and social-economic ruin. We refuse to recognise senior civil servants, parastatal heads, CEOs in private companies who have worked had to make sure that the country continues to prosper.
As we enter the last 8 years to the achievement of Vision 2030, then may be we do not need a politician to manage the next two government cycles.
Look at people like Ole Kiyapi (Education PS – previously at Environment and Medical Services), Bitange Ndemo (Information PS), Jonathan Ciano of Uchumi, Julius Kipngetich of KWS, Titus Naikuni of KQ, Vimal Shah of Bidco, Mugo Kibati of Vision 2030, Adema Sangale of Procter & Gamble, Betty Maina of Kenya Association of Manufacturers… the list is endless.
These are individuals who I believe have proved themselves without making noise about it. Our current leadership cannot even get down to conduct the simple job of implementing the new constitution without dividing the country along political and ethnic lines.
Is it possible that outside the current political class including the current Parliament, there lies the hero that Kenya needs?
I may not have answers to these many questions but I believe that this is a debate that Kenyans must take up.