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Kenya at 49: Economic Journey

13 December 2012, 13:11 Maxwell Yego

So we marked 49th Independence Day for our country.

Good achievements, poor performance in leadership, and our hope for tomorrow are some of things we have seen and expect to have in future.

First, the flash back of our journey

Majority of us were not there when Kenya become independent from the British colonial rule.

However, we have seen or watched videos and images of those who were present: the celebration, togetherness, love and high expectation for a new Kenya.

That marked the beginning of African leadership and change of strategies towards a goal that was never set.

Poor planning has drawn us back and minimal progress since then.

It seems we have a good productive country, but we lack proper mechanism on how to utilize our resources for a common goal.

For those who experienced leadership from the first President, they have a say, but people like me who were born during Nyayo era, we have no idea.

Only that we feel his legacy in history - his portrait on Kenyan currency notes and coins, songs, through politicians who still emulate his leadership style, and many more.

We are innocent!

We only know the second president and the current one.

The long stretch of a sleeping Nation

From 1964, the country grew economically and surpassed all East African countries, becoming the new business hub in the region.

Unity amongst people played a major role in national development and distribution of national resources.

History says it was good, and that most people were happy.

Things changed when greed for leadership intensified in small groups of people and a coup attempt on the second president worsened - thwarting- good course for national development.

From then on, the country went into a coma, time slithered away but nothing progressive economic-wise was noted.

The ruling government faced high pressure from international community, and inevitable economic sanctions were slapped on a young country.

In 24 years, tribalism escalated as people started asking for equal sharing of national resources.

This was the toughest period: dictatorship, corruption, unfair imprisonment and torture, among other things that went on in dark chambers of a renown Nyayo House.

A new dawn

Successful election of the current president in 2002 marked a new beginning for the Kenya.

The president has tried his level best to improve the economy of Kenya amid challenges.

Personally, I applaud his last tenure in office.

He has done what the former president could have done during his 24 years of rein.

Now that we are on track again, I think we should ditch our past and embrace a new future with love, care and selflessness.

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