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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Kenyans guilty of letting evil thrive

Nairobi City. /FILE
Nairobi City. /FILE

The underlying goal of a nation is always a good life in a good state for all citizens.

Good governance is a faster and a more efficient and effective path to build less expensive and more efficient government that would deliver a good life in a good state for all.

Good governance in this context means a strong value judgement in favour of sharing, distributing and reducing the powers of any individual institution and dispersing it to independent institutions. It involves incorporating private sector and citizens in public administration to strengthen accountability in stewardship of public resources.

Good governance is not good governance to office holders and institutions that have lost power to independent constitutional offices. It is, however, enshrined in the Constitution under the sovereign power of the people and is exercised by leaders elected by we, the people.

The basis of good governance is the new public management, which is the transfer of private sector business principles and management techniques to the public sector. The key is to strengthen administrative capacity and bring public administration reforms in line with the national aspirations.

It starts with holding credible, free and fair elections and electing godly leaders. Although Kenya holds a general election every five years, the results are slow in entrenching good governance and achieving its goal.

In the past, most Kenyans appear to have voted based on simple balanced and sustained propaganda and messages of fear or false hopes to whip up emotions.

They did not vote with their conscience and rational thinking or base their choices on leaders’ characters and the policies they stand for. Other unethical and sinful influences such as voter bribery, clannism, tribalism and cartels of power brokers have also significantly influenced the results of general elections.

The candidates were wealthy chiefs sponsored by parties affiliated to clans and tribes. The emerging phenomenon of the independent candidate is no different. These too are aligned to regional or tribal political parties and, therefore, are not better alternatives.

Consequently, Kenya still struggled to resolve and decisively deal with the results of ineffective and unethical leadership. These include corruption, looting of public resources, nepotism, tribalism, tribal clashes, terrorism, historical injustices, and voting for selfish and greedy candidates who compromise them.

The Karen Bible Study Group would, therefore, wish to call on all Kenyans to re-examine themselves and vote wisely tomorrow. Kenyans, particularly Christians, are called upon to confess and seek God’s forgiveness for the role they have played in their failure to hold leaders to account for entrenching, perpetuating or ignoring the symptoms of disobedience to God and bad governance.

According to Kiragu Wachira, most Kenyans have sat back in despair, nursing feelings of helplessness and, as a result, ignored the ills and abominations in our society. Someone who insists on justice, fairness and truth seems absurd in the presence of an apathetic majority.

We, the people of Kenya, are guilty as charged.

To quote Wachira, “Faith without action is not real faith. You can get angry at things and people but that is not enough. We might grumble and complain, but that would not change things.

“We must change our attitudes and perspectives towards the prevailing circumstances. We need to see the world as God sees it. There is a need to move from our comfort zone and put our hands in society’s life.”

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