By Patrick Aluora Okot
With keen following of the recent events in this country, one can conclude with no doubt that our dear president has been behind the news on command of several activities that have been leaving Kenyans disgusted. This can be judged from the way he has been at last coming out and handling the matter at hand whenever there is a crisis. Who is to blame?
I believe as the state leader he has got the machinery in place to varnish him with all state affairs and advise appropriately. But is this really happening. Few days ago, Mr President cursed how Kenyans houses were torched in Naivasha in the presence of the Kenyan police. He expressed his dissatisfaction with the act and seemed really apologetic and sympathetic with those affected.
The president’s reaction begs the question if there were consultations across board within the the government bureaucracy. Did the county authorities follow the law? were there comprehensive consultation. Government is a large body which cannot be stable unless all the organs are inclusive and proper protocols adhered to before decision making.
Other events have been taking place but another one that struck my ears was when he, the president, decided to meet with the teachers union in person without sending emissaries to do that for him. It was barely days after the cabinet secretary concerned had confirmed to the media houses that teachers would face the music if they dared go on strike. He justified the reason for not paying teachers July salaries which was to be the reason for eruption of another strike. Not too long, the â€œCool presidentâ€ finally promise the teachers that they would get their July salaries in full.
â€œDoes it mean the president has to attend to every citizen in person if at all citizens want satisfaction of government services?
Another controversy that I am still looking at an angle is the one between Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government, Government spokesman and The former premier Prime Minister. When The government spokesman came out claiming Raila â€œAmekatalia magari ya Serikaliâ€,(Had refused to hand over government vehicles) it was the Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government who came out opposing him saying Raila, the former prime minister, was not having government vehicles(unless the reporting newspaper lied). Later on, I hear itâ€™s the same Cabinet secretary who has written to Raila to return the vehicles. Which is the stand?
Mr. President, if you are hearing me, it is my plea that you do something with the on-going gimmicks within the government. Citizens shall judge you, not the person who failed in your name. He or she is just but a civil servant.