I don’t really have time to focus on Anne Waiguru and the circus around her, my attention is on our President and his particular brand of political leadership and the economic criris that has now taken on an international following. Let me state this boldly: There were many who thought he wasn’t ready; but then, there is no training school for presidents.
What is alarming is the seeming inability to learn, to get up the steep learning curve all greenhorn presidents have to navigate. The apparent paralysis, indecisiveness and inability to weave together an inspiring narrative is cause for my deep despair.
But let’s be honest, the reason we are truly miffed and pissed off with Uhuru is when we look at the options.
What’s truly depressing about the issues that have ruled the news headlines and twitter feeds for the last two weeks is the quality of the apparent alternative.
A gentleman I had a chat with said, it’s worrying when you look keenly at Raila Odinga (not with the eyes of a fanatic) but in the hope of him as an alternative and your stomach churns. Even as Prime Minister, Raila seemed unfocused, obsessed with politics, dazzled by his own voice and words. Sadly Raila has always been better at opposing than creating. What a hole we find ourselves in, in terms of options.
Let’s be honest, this is why we are angry. We know it and those raping this country know it as well. We can’t be seen to ask Raila to get his act together because to do so would bring the tribal trolls and political misfits with their narrow thinking, out of their holes to simply spew nonsense and tribal hate. But we are all frightened and angry that even our opposition is clueless. Let’s be honest and I have said this before, many in the opposition are bidding their time, hoping there will be a reshuffle and they may get to the eating table, or they will join the “winning” gravy train in time for 2017. We are on our own.
We are angry and desperate and it shows in our comments because we are on our own and we know it and it’s scary. Raila doesn’t have the answers and doesn’t care either. I have read commentary recently saying the economy is going better than we think from reading the media. Yes the numbers from the World Bank and the IMF are impressive and they are indeed true.
However, we elected a president, not a principal secretary or corporate CEO. The latter are managers, expected to produce the kind of good economic data I believe we are achieving, notwithstanding the blunders at the National Treasury. The President is a leader, inspirer, guide, re-assurer, admonisher, seducer of our emotions.
So, yes, I am still waiting on Uhuru to lead. Leadership has a lot to doing what needs to be done and not worrying too much about being popular about it. However, the most popular thing Uhuru could do at the moment isn’t even hard, it’s the one thing that can save him and us. He simply needs to take out his gun and shoot a few people. There will be dancing on the streets when he does.
We are all looking to Uhuru to inspire us. However he seems as bewildered as we all are with the current state of things and in-there lays our fear and anguish. We are desperate for Uhuru to guide us and re-assure us that all will be well, that he is in charge and we can overcome this madness that seems to have gripped our nation and tainted our image so terribly.
How we yearn for Uhuru to admonish those in his administration with the same fire he goes after terrorists and the opposition. We need him to breathe fire and for those around him, to tremble in their shoes knowing he will act and hurt anyone who hurts Kenya.
We need him to seduce our emotions as he did when he was asking for our votes. He knows how to turn on the charm that one, he really does. Yes - he is a green horn President, but the job specification is laid out for him and actually flows in his veins. Let me repeat it again for clarity’s sake. Uhuru, I know you can’t believe that this is the job. I’ll bet there are days you want to quit. Well, tough luck, this is it.
The job description for you, goes as follows. President: a leader, inspirer, guide, re-assurer, admonisher and seducer of a Nation’s emotions.
Mwaura Samora at The Standard, sat down with Mutahi Ngunyi in January 2014 and penned an interesting piece.
What really stood out wasn’t what Ngunyi had to say about himself, but what he said about Uhuru Kenyatta.
On whether the president is inadvisable and that he might be Kenya’s first one-term president, the straight-shooting political analyst was unapologetic. “Uhuru is a political greenhorn who was pushed into the scene ten years ago. He needs help to dry those green horns,” Mutahi said.
“And he can’t get this from the bunch of people he has surrounded himself with, all of whom are driven by self-interest.” This is as true today, as it was in January 2014.
I’m on record as having said that among the people I pray for daily, I pray for the President. However I am reminded of a narrative by Elisabeth Gilbert that goes like this: “There’s a wonderful old Italian joke about a poor man who goes to church every day and prays before the statue of a great saint, begging, “Dear saint-please, please, please...give me the grace to win the lottery.” This lament goes on for months. Finally the exasperated statue comes to life, looks down at the begging man and says in weary disgust, “My son-please, please, please...buy a ticket.”
Prayer is a relationship; half the job is mine, yours. Half the benefit of prayer is in the asking itself, in the offering of a clearly posed and well-considered intention. If you don’t have this, all your pleas and desires are boneless, floppy, inert; they swirl at your feet in a cold fog and never lift.”
I shall continue to pray for the President everyday and I know I am not alone in this, but for the love of heaven Mr President, give God something to work with. Make a move.