“..what else do you want me to do?” a visibly dyspeptic President Kenyatta wondered. And with that, the statehouse summit yielded an unwanted mea culpa moment – a nineteen-minute soliloquy in which the nation was treated to the mother of all confessions. The President does not know what to do about corruption and he made it clear that as the CEO of the country, he has run out of ideas.
Keen observers will note that this is not the first time that the head of state has bemoaned runaway corruption and acknowledged that he is leading a country bedeviled with thievery and corruption. This confession was made beyond our shores.
This is the same person who was at pains trying to tell off Nandi Hills MP when the legislator went gung ho about the SGR tender. Kenyans didn’t need a clairvoyance to decipher that the real force behind Alfred Keter’s clamour for “fairness” was a very powerful individual that even the President was uncomfortable mentioning his name!
As heady observers follow the tea leaves, a clear picture emerges. And it’s not pretty. A picture of a leader who either has no clue on matters governance or a man who is President because he had to be! There is simply no other explanation for this kind of cavalier approach to serious national issues.
Political junkies may understand why this duo had to be paired for the top positions in the officialdom. And international jurisprudence exonerated them four score and seven years ago, they are now free to pursue other avenues in life. The presidency is not an ornament, it requires serious work and that’s why qualifications and aptitude are important ingredients of a great CEO.
Unfortunately, our CEO is at a point whereby he can directly face the nation and make it clear that he has no clue how to govern.
As CORDASHIANS and citizens who expect the CEO to deliver, we can only counsel that he follows the constitution by stepping down for the next capable guy. That’s why we have a constitution. There is no reason to stay in a position in which – by your own admission this morning – you clearly can’t meet the expectations. Let the next in line take over. You don’t have to be President. Even cars have spare wheels for a reason .