After one year in power, President Uhuru and Deputy President Ruto have done so badly that elsewhere, they would have resigned despite their brief period in power.
When Kenyatta, Moi and Kibaki were in power, they all told us that we were developing and we believed them. But looking at their worsened conditions of life today, can majority of Kenyans say they developed in the last 50 years?
There are certain problems which Uhuru must tackle to convince Kenyans that Kenya will develop under him. If Kenyans want their lives to change, promises from Uhuru must not be taken as gospel truth.
Unfortunately, Uhuru wants to govern Kenyans without an ideological compass and commitment to which they can hold him accountable. Not to be able to complain of betrayal, Uhuru wants Kenyans to be visionless as they are today. In any case, without an alternative vision, Kenyans must assume Uhuru is steering the ship of the state using the same compass that Kenyatta, Moi and Kibaki used to take people around the desert for 50 years.
Let no one cheat Kenyans. Without land reform that will redistribute land to the landless that are also jobless and without food, Kenya will never be self sufficient in food.
And hungry Kenyans will never develop because ideas don’t grow in a hungry mind. By putting Charity Ngilu in charge of land matters, Uhuru is trying to forestall land reform forever.
So far, we have not seen any economic programme that anyone can call industrialisation. Unfortunately unlike the European and Asian middle classes that championed industrialisation in their own countries, our middle class is oriented more to consumption than industrial production.
Yet without land reform and industrialisation, development of the country is nigh impossible. Another key obstacle to development is corruption or theft of resources to enrich individuals rather than be chanelled to collective development of the country.
Yes, a country that allows its elite to steal public resources and live in homes that are more expensive, luxurious and expansive than those of the European elite may look rich, but are a person who looks wealthy because of a tummy that also cripples him.
As for devolution, the much touted flagship of the Jubilee government is hardly a foundation of development for common Kenyans because it is geared to enrich second tier elite and is driven by negative ethnicity that is number one poison for Kenya.
Kenya must also have social democracy to distribute resources to all and humanize her development. Development of a few cannot be a substitute for the development of all.
Tragically, Kenya’s war against terrorism is killing its democracy with shoot to kill orders to the police and obliterating its security with extra judicial executions and mass detentions of people at the Safaricom Stadium that sadly reminds us of mass detentions of Mau Mau in 1952, mass detention of supporters of President Salvador Allende in the stadiums of Chile and mass detentions of Somalis before the Wagalla massacre.
Ultimately, the Jubilee duo has failed most, not with development but morality by cleansing crimes against humanity at The Hague and riding to power on the back of the tiger of negative ethnicity that is now threatening to devour Duale, one of its favourite children.
With the trial of its top leadership at The Hague, Kenya will never be the same again. After one year in power, President Uhuru and Deputy President Ruto have done so badly that elsewhere, they would have resigned despite their brief period in power.