By Gabriel Oguda via Facebook
There is this talk doing the rounds that Prof. Sen. Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o is being earmarked for Kisumu County Governor in 2017. Let it be known that I would not mind Prof. Nyong’o as Kisumu Governor 2017.
Kisumu needs a think tank. A thoroughbred policy drafter, a proven doer. Prof. Nyong’o is one of the few brain boxes still hovering around. As Minister of Planning and National Development, the son of Seme was charged with developing the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper, otherwise known as PRSP, that Kibaki’s NARC government used as a development blueprint.
This paper is the idea behind the Economic Stimulus programmes you see in every corner of this country. That is Prof. Nyong’o’s handiwork.
I have shared few public forums with Prof. He is one among the few scholars who, when you invite to a public participation forum, switches off his phones, pulls out his pen and papers and makes notes.
Nyong’o will never rush out to receive an ’emergency’ call when a forum is in session. He gives you all his ears, and mouth. He interrogates all the conference papers with a tooth-comb. When he finally stands to give his contribution, he oozes rare wisdom.
In a country where scholars are treated like streeT kids and education hawked to the highest bidder, Prof. Nyong’o understands the value of investing in books. Kisumu needs a sound economic recovery plan. The son of Ratta, up in the hills of K’Atieno, has this well covered.
Another thing that will make him the ideal man for the job is his age. The good old Prof. is not an overzealous upstarter interested in looting and mass wealth-acquisition characteristic of many of our County bosses. He has been there, and seen it all. He made his name in academia, no amount of money can convince him to shelve his ideals for quick withering fame.
He travels to Harvard all the time to give lectures on Africa Rising and New Economic Frontiers. Kisumu needs a cool head, and a firm hand. He fits the bill.
This will be his longlasting legacy before he retires to the USA to help Lupita dazzle the world with Seme’s brilliance.