By D S
Jubilee came to power on the platform of change. They promised us a thousand and one things. Things they would do once we elect them. Among them was provision of laptops to all standard one children, creation of jobs, eradication of corruption and tribalism, growing of the economy to two digit figures, empowerment of women and youth, building 5 new stadia among other promises.
They are in their fourth year, yet they have not accomplished any of their promises. Instead they are engaging in the theatre of the absurd, taking us round in circles, treating us to a game of musical chairs.
The laptops were to be availed to our standard one kids in 100 days. By July 2013, our kids ought to have gotten the laptops. Those children are in standard 4 now and still no laptops! All we are hearing about are pilot projects in selected schools.
Ruto told us ‘no vacancy’ stickers and boards would be replaced with job advertisement stickers! Since 2013 we have seen increased joblessness, layoffs and redundancies on account of insecurity, economic melt down and corruption.
Corruption and tribalism have always thrived in Kenya since the days of Jomo, Moi and Kibaki.
However these twin dragons have assumed phenomenal proportions in this administration. They are helpless and powerless, reduced to crying foul in foreign countries instead of tackling the dragons head on. They are at the mercy of cartels and mercenaries.
We lost billions in NYS, Eurobond has refused to die and keeps on rearing it’s ugly heads. We hear of brown envelopes. Opposition leaders are being bought to abandon their parties and defect to Jubilee. They should, however, remember they have a date with the electorate in 2017, and these guys can be unforgiving!
Uhuru and Ruto have perpetrated tribalism by appointing their tribesmen in key positions in government at the expense of other tribes. The list of cabinet secretaries, principle secretaries, parastatal heads, diplomatic postings and other government jobs consists of 2 tribes! They don’t walk the talk. Publicly they talk against tribalism but shamelessly propagate it in their appointments.
In front of cameras, they talk about uniting all Kenyans yet we know that the Jubilee Party is about usurping political power. The many parties that folded to join Jubilee are just but pawns in a political chase game . It is not about eradicating tribalism.
This government’s appetite for expensive loans is its major undoing. We don’t see viable projects being undertaken to justify the voracious uptake. Our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren will continue paying these loans, most of which go into lining individual pockets and for ostentatious displays of might in party formations.
The Prime Minister of Netherlands is a case study in frugal use of state resources. He occasionally rides into his office on a bicycle. Yet, in a third world country, with high levels of poverty, disease and ignorance, our leaders engage in extravagance, branding offices and vehicles.
Women and youth have been taken for a ride. They are being asked to avail bank statements for the last three years, yet most of them don’t even have bank accounts. Youth and women, you form the bulk of the electorate. You know what to do!