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Has the president backtracked on his promises?

29 April 2015, 16:42 Paul Orodi

Nairobi - Their campaign platform was heavily reliant on the youth. Heavy promises were made to secure jobs for the young minds and energetic souls of the Kenyan youths. It was a campaign platform like no other.

Two years down the road and things seem so bleak to be true. The government has taken a totally different path on matters they publicly promised to achieve. From procuring laptops to fighting graft tooth and nail, Jubilee government’s house of promises seems to be falling apart.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has made over three hundred appointments to parastatals and their boards. The names mentioned in the gazette notice are so familiar with Kenyans to the extent that no one is surprised at the mention of any. It is absurd how the government has taken Kenyans for a ride by appointing a majority of political failures and sons and daughters of former political bigwigs.

It is now evident that the political class that has existed since colonial days does not intend to lose its grip on the power and resources of this country. Appointing sons and daughters of former political heavyweights is a clear signal that families want to build upon their dynasties and empires. The president has appointed these people amidst all cries from common citizens to have a change.

Political failures have also gained a substantially from the appointments. This is not what Kenyans wanted as they lined up to vote for the Jubilee coalition. The electorate disqualified these leaders at the ballot and the president comes back to hand them a seat at the table of decision makers; is this a sign of disregard for the Kenyan people?

Kenyans who are qualified, ready and willing to serve the nation at various capacities exist but the president and his government decided not to look deep into the ground but rather to appoint people who have been mentioned in various scandals, caught in a number of unethical practices and blatantly been rejected by Kenyans.

Although the deputy president has come out strongly to defend the dubious appointments, it is clear that he knows the appointments might just be the most unwise decision made so far. I am certain that he is defending the president and his appointments because that is his job. He cannot voice his concern when the concern touches on a decision made by his immediate and ultimate boss.

Apart from Charles Njagua the famous singer popularly known as ‘Jaguar’, the rest are people who have been in various dockets and offices over the years and more so originate from political dynasties, family empires or are close friends of any of the four presidents. This is a slap on the face of Kenyans which is highly undeserved especially after having so much faith in the Jubilee coalition to desist from hording power and resources at the top.

Whether or not these appointments are a strategy for the 2017 general elections is irrelevant. Truth be told, the president might be burning down his prospects of securing a comfortable win in two and a half years time. Whoever advised him with regards to appointing the parastatal heads and board members did a huge disservice to the president’s popularity.

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