Kenya is destined to run
05 July 2013, 14:16
There has never been any doubt that Kenya has tremendous potential for development. Alongside natural resources and a strategic location, we are endowed with a very capable, entrepreneurial and creative workforce.
However, we have crawled for many years and walked in some short spans. Time and again we have failed to live up to expectations because rather than our people to realize their potential, we place unending roadblocks on their paths. Rather than find lasting solutions when problems arise or issues threaten to burst, we choose to play public relations and engage in empty political rhetoric.
Unfortunately, we keep losing many opportunities appearing like an athlete who is destined to run but when he approaches the track, shows signs of confusion and wants to do a walking or field event. We cannot achieve real socio-political and economic transformation that way.
The time has come for us to run as we are destined to. While it is true that the country needs many things, it is critical for us to get our priorities right and to deal with them expeditiously. If every year we focused our energies on three or four priorities, our country would be completely transformed in less than 10 years and well on the path to achieving prosperity.
It is evident from history that the countries that have prioritized reforms in their political and economic dispensation together have managed to solve their internal problems and have taken off. Why can't we?
Our focus should now be on re-engineering the country to enable us tap into our resources and opportunities so that our people can finally live up to their full potential. We must not allow ourselves to be confused nor to remain stagnant. We must instead rise up to the occasion, seize the moment and propel our country to greater heights.
We must strive to run to bring comfort to the restless Kenyans who have remained helpless on many fronts.
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The writer Peter Kenneth is a former Presidential aspirant in Kenya's March 2013 General Elections and also a former Member of Parliament for Gatanga.
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