Kenya has come of age
04 April 2013, 18:23
Among African countries, we sit at the top ranks when it comes to democracy. With the current display of application of the constitution, the country has proved to the world that it is a mature state.
What took some western countries a century to realize has taken us exactly 50 years. That is absolutely impressive as it shows how determined we are to close the gap of inequality in development. As a country we ought to be commanding the African ship with the likes of South Africa and Egypt in terms of economic development and this can only be achieved through stability.
Democracy at play
Starting from the pre-election period, the whole country was in a tense mood as campaigns came to a close to mark the Election Day. People were uncertain about the conduct of civilians and police on the material voting day. This was even evident in the business world as insurance premiums paid on the basis of election violence and political disruption increased in the months preceding March 4. However the entire nation proved critics wrong as everything went on smoothly.
Kenya was recently at a very critical stage, when the judiciary was put to task to determine the validity of the presidential election. It was a first time scenario under the new constitution and for the first time a court proceeding was done on live television. We have clearly shifted away from being an ordinary African country to becoming a state that can handle its affairs without the help of any other.
Not forgetting the current president His Excellency Mwai Kibaki who has carried the country into a new era by ushering in the constitution and rolling out endless development plans. He went further to assure Kenyans that his aim was to ensure smooth transfer of power from his government to the next government.
This statement had an impact in stabilizing the country. People are sure that the incumbent is determined to vacate office in a calm manner. Unlike other African states where leaders cling to power at whatever cost, Kibaki has displayed true statesmanship.
What next for the son of Jomo
The incoming president is a man with no vacation. He will have to fill the shoes left by Kibaki and still ensure steady growth by attracting investors, increasing productivity and focusing on infrastructure. He will have to foster cohesion among citizens to ensure equitable development and free movement of people and goods. He will have to provide social services like water, health services and housing. There are also cities that have been flagged off to be developed; he has to ensure the projects run smoothly to deliver world class cities.
Kenya has come of age in terms of democracy and proper governance. We have achieved a fete. Without a doubt we are a role model to Africa and beyond. Our maturity is something to be emulated.
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