By William Makora
When Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta and William Samoei Ruto joined hands to take Kenya from Kenyans, the people did not think it was quite a mistake because their Kikuyu and Kalenjin tribes had just previously engaged in wars that almost threw the nation to the dogs. Though majority of the citizens were cautious to endorse it, Kenyans wished it well, especially, in hope that it would bring the society together. That is not what it turned out to be.
Power without resolve
When Uhuru and Ruto took over leadership of the nation, the people knew how they were confronted with an enormous task of implementing the New Constitution. And because the two had pulled their respective communities into power against the other 40 communities in the nation, the task of uniting the rest of the nation remained daunting. The challenge was so huge that everyone, including the opposition, chose to suspend questions that would be seen to trouble minds of the new leadership. They were accorded chance to stamp their authority and validate their opportunity. Instead the two engaged the nation in chest-thumping declarations likeÂ â€˜we shall remain in power for twenty years!â€™Â that made it suspicious if they ever understood their tasks and the wider expectations of the nation.
Then there was persistent insecurity. Then tribalism! Then corruption! Then inflation! Apart from the Westgate attacks went into smokes of unknown however much conflicting information flowed roundabout from the government, grenades and bombs kill Kenyans everyday everywhere without convincing indications of security measures. One old monstrous Anglo-leasing scandal was this time round, not only endorsed but, supplied by the government thereby exposing the citizens into huge further financial burdens.
As I write this article today, the government read a budget amounting to 1.8 trillion subjecting the people of Kenya to a 90% burden of the projection. That has never happened before to people of any nation in Africa, leave alone Kenya! The people have not enough muscles in revenues to realize the budget. It is like a subjection to hard labour and suffering; just like it happened to Robert Mugabeâ€™s Zimbabweans. Now the question is: why should Kenyans be thrown into the bin of turmoil this suddenly?! Where are our development partners, or where have their contributions gone to?! It would be easier for Kenyans to supply 60% of the budget if (for example Uhuruâ€™s) China would supplement with the remaining margin!
In every analysis of Uhuruâ€™s leadership, there are signs that the man is not equal to his job. It can easily be summed that, while his deputy Mr. Ruto is mad with power, Uhuru has no burning zeal; except his henchmen. He operates with a mind fixed in failure day-in-day-out. In fact, the president can easily throw the nation into turmoil without realizing that it does not help his leadership.
Recently, Kenyan Opposition leadership offered to meet the president for talks on injurious trends hurriedly submerging the nation into the abyss of misery especially after foreign advisories cut links with Kenya on internal insecurity among others. The president has since responded quite irresolutely, where at one point he thinks it is necessary and unnecessary at another. Some commonsense tells him to declare admission that there are acute challenges to his administration. That kind of weak wisdom has not only perturbed the Opposition leadership but also the entire nation. The calls for dialogue have hence persisted.
The worst part of Uhuruâ€™s lose of touch with reality came yesterday when, like in Westgate attacks, he called press to address the nation on the fresh terrorist attacks on Kenyans at Mpeketoni in Lamu County. This time round, he clearly uncertainly declared that the heinous attacks were caused by Raila Odinga, the opposition leader who is currently rallying Kenyans for talks with the government on matters that trample upon them. That he said while dismissing terrorist involvements in the attacks, against avowal by Al Shabaab terror groups,Â Â and attributing them to â€˜political incitements to tribal hatredâ€™ in an excerpt as below:
â€œOur people are vulnerable to reckless leaders and hate mongers who manipulate them to create hate, intolerance and fanaticism â€¦ The attack in Lamu was well planned; orchestrated andÂ politically motivatedÂ ethnic violenceÂ against the Kenyan communitywith an intention of profiling and evicting them for political reasons. This therefore was not an Al Shabaab terrorist attack. Evidence indicates thatÂ local political networksÂ were involved in the planning and execution of the heinous crimes â€¦â€
Â This sounds more inflammatory than panicking. President Uhuru knows very well how Kenyans are â€œvulnerableâ€™ to manipulative leaderships; how dare he, therefore, claims that the Opposition leader planned massacre of Kenyans in Lamu?! Isnâ€™t he inciting Kenyans against one another?! Does he want to lead a nation where communities hate and fight instigated wars?! And if Kenyans may want to know; how does Uhuru know all these but sits pretty in power till it all happens?! Why does Uhuru not want dialogue about issues that bedevil the nation?! For how long are Kenyans going to die recklessly in the hands of merciless hooligans and terrorists?! Please, Mr. President, come out and address these issues.
The president has always addressed the fragile state of national security from State House. He has also acquired new security and armoured RCV Survivor I cars with bullet-proof tinted windows. He is leaving no detail for chance while the rest of Kenyans including his deputy go exposed to all the danger. Kenyans wonder whether Uhuru took power to arm and secure himself or what, especially after he shelved going to Lamu where Kenyans were dying like helpless ants! And now that he talks tough against other Kenyan leaderships and in a way that can easily turn Kenyans against one another in misguided reprisals, the people wonder what he thinks of the nation he governs! Did Uhuru really take the job he can do effectively or not?! Or, is he in power by grave mistake?!