By Ocholla Tungnyuka
Mr. President, so your government is working on a national cohesion Paper? Is that necessary? Does the Paper contain clauses about fair and equal appointment of all Kenyans to the public service? At the moment 90% of senior public servants are either from Mt. Kenya area or Rift Valley.
Kenya’s demography is not like that of Rwanda or Burundi……..we a rainbow nation of 43 communities. That is what makes us unique and strong….. but the Kenyan “engine” is running on only two engines, don’t you think this is a problem?
Achieving national cohesion is common sense, even your own father, despite his dictatorial tendencies, had a more or less balanced Cabinet and civil service. Endemic corruption and land theft were introduced into the Kenyan lexicon by your late father but under your administration corruption is running rampant with no abandon in sight.
During your national address to wananchi on Shujaa day, you not-so-cleverly danced around real national issues, like a cock does before he makes chicks with a chicken, the most important issues of the day you deliberately avoided are the questions of unbridled corruption in your government and, of course, the fact that your government is broke.
Hundreds of thousand of civil servants, including our teachers, have not been paid for the last two months. These are not issues you can sweep under the carpet with sham political Jubilee prayers. This will not wash away, believe me, Kenya has changed despite and in spite of you.
This is not definitely the Kenya of the 1960s or 1980s. May I also remind you that you are the president of a country where the overwhelming majority are people under 35 years old……educated, restive, looking for jobs and with no idea what the word “tribalism” is.
I also want to remind you that this idea of trashing the ICC and its judges is a bad idea for the simple reason that these rallies are making DP Ruto’s case of crimes against humanity at the Hague even more complicated…….unless of course, Mr. President, you deliberately want to see your deputy behind bars.
But that would be too cruel and I personally believe you do not want to see William Ruto in a European jail. I personally think you wish William well but you are probably listening too much ‘hawks’ in the TNA. But you know you are the president and your apologists on either side of the isle should stop making these excuses like, “you know Uhuru is a good man, it is his advisors”. That is one tired excuse.
Of course I did not vote for you in the last general elections. But when you won, albeit with the “hands of God”, I told my friends, and I have many, “Guys, let’s give this guy a chance, he is youthful, rich and with good ideas for the country”.
I am not seeing those attributes in you now: Again, I am not seeing those things now: were you ready for this job that we gave you? I mean we cannot even see you trying to unite the country or even reining in on your corrupt officials. Have I given up on you? Damn it, yes I have!