So while Raila looks for another tune to replace “Kibaki Tosha” let us preview the elections.
On one side the Opposition led by a group of leaders who 3 years ago could have slapped a reporter for just mentioning the other leaders name. Of course time and loosing in the last elections healed all that hatred. Now the only thing that you will find Uhuru and Raila arguing about is whose shirt is more Orange.
On the other side we have a feisty, smart woman by the name of Karua leading NARC-K and a silent presidential candidate in Kibaki in bringing back the government. Karua should be a VP in the next government. Awori and any other leader mentioned in corruption deals should not vie for any position.
It is clear by now that our president will come from one of these camps. And it is even clearer that Kibaki is still the most ideal candidate in the next general election. And it is not a case of the devil you know is better than…whatever the saying goes. But rather a matter of factual evidence that shows that our most logical course of action would be to let Kibaki rule another 5 years.
We cannot be ignorant of the flaws in his current government. Corruption still is rampant and prosecutions of suspected individuals are taking too long. Action on the corruption end is Kibaki’s main hindrance to an otherwise progressive rule.
Here are several key successes that Kibaki has brought to our country.
- Economic growth. We are playing at around an annual rate of 5 %. The last time this happened Kamotho was still working at a kiosk in Nairobi.
- Free Primary Education. There is nothing greater than education when it comes to building a country from the ground up. We might not realize what free primary education brings to Kenya until maybe 20 years from now when our literacy rates have topped all African countries. Now the government needs to work towards subsidizing costs for Secondary Schools then Universities.
- Access to better health care. Government hospitals and clinics now actually have medicine and doctors to treat patients. Health care in Kenya will take quite some time to be anywhere near the globally accepted universal level but we have made more strides in the last 3 years than perhaps the prior 15 years combined.
- Democratic space – The key reason why the Government is harshly scrutinized is because of the democratic space created by the government and freedom of speech and expression that Kenya hasn’t experienced maybe since pre 82 coup de tat. This scrutiny is good for the country and a government that allows it is also good for Kenya.
Maybe Kibaki is not crème de l crème when it comes to presidents, but he has shown he has the maturity in leadership and a clear vision for Kenya that would provide continued stability and growth for our country.