Candidly honest Message to Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta
By Ndungu Wainaina
President Uhuru Kenyatta, your statement yesterday categorically dismissing Kenyans legitimate concerns of the catastrophic security situation prevailing in the country was disgracefully disdain and contempt to the people of Kenya. It was vote of no confidence against yourself and your own government.
Your statement was declaration of abandonment of constitutional responsibility and duty by the President to people of Kenya. By din of that statement, you and your government lost public legitimacy. You lost crucial embodiment of substance of democracy.
You and your government are scrambling for short-term solutions to structural policy problems to help through to the next election. The result is a crisis of legitimacy deficit. Mr. President, your government seem ill equipped to handle the tyranny of real time. Information and knowledge has been democratized. It is the driving force of the world today.
I have insisted for the last few days that Mr. President, you are the problem. I maintain my position firmly. If you are not, the entire State House and Harambee should have been swept clean. Those folks fattening with taxpayers money there and purporting to work for the Presidency should be in Siberia. You are defending, shielding and promoting ineptitude and incompetence.
You seem not to own your Presidency. You are held hostage and hence the country by â€˜owners of your Presidencyâ€™. You come out as insensitive, unresponsive and unconcern about the people of Kenya genuine grievances. You have inadvertently invited Kenyans to vigilantism. You are telling Kenyans: impeach me. I am unable to govern.
Whenever President and or leader of legitimate Government is confronted by challenging situation and or legitimacy crisis like you, there are only two options: call for fresh elections; and or dissolving and reconstituting government afresh with people of experienced expertise. You have to implement one of the two choices NOW.
Finally, your erroneous persistent statement that security begins with citizen is sadly unfortunate. First, democratic, legitimate and accountable government is crucial source of security and safety of the people. Secondly, law enforcement is a fundamental component of the rule of law. A breakdown in rule of law gives rise to high rates of crime, lawlessness and decline of individual security and safety and the internal security of the State. Effective law enforcement not only restores public law and order but also assists in reestablishing the confidence of the population in the capacity of the State to govern.
Thirdly, and perhaps most important response to your mis-advised assertions on role of citizen in security is that the strategy and philosophy of citizen role in policing can work properly only when the police organization itself is transformed in its management style, how it operates and assigns work, its personnel mechanism and information handling system. Policing cannot be performed legitimately if it is not firmly embedded within a sound system of governance.
Mr. President, your line of argument is unacceptable. You must first establish capable, credible and effective policing and law enforcement national police service underpinned by organizational transformation, problem-solving community partnership orientation, prevention and proactive response to crime before you talk of citizen role in security and law enforcement.
Mr. President, a leader loses his legitimacy if he/she fails to deliver on his/her responsibilities to citizens. It does not matter how much investment in public relations and or support of a majority few. In failing so many of citizens, your government has forfeited ethical, moral and political legitimacy.