Kenya set for middle income status
04 August 2014, 14:02
Ever since the promulgation of the new Constitution, Kenyans have been optimistic of good times ahead. This is because of the clear style of governance set out in the most important and powerful document as well as the development agenda spelt out in the Vision 2030 blueprint.
One year and counting into the first government elected under the current Constitution and the future has never looked brighter. The Jubilee government took over from the Kibaki administration that was plagued by power struggles between PNU and ODM sides. Power struggles hampered development and maintenance of infrastructure and government-initiated social programs.
However, now with the government cut out from one coalition and the minority side being another coalition, government policies and programs are being implemented without much ado. Although the political temperatures might be soaring owing to the massive and spirited fight put up by CORD leaders, the government is quite stable and fully operational in all departments. Calls for a referendum have been watered down by the signing of the sharing of revenue bill where the President assented a 43 percent allocation of national revenue to counties.
Such a move clearly indicates that counties will receive an increased funding to run their affairs. From the President’s office, it is lucid that the Jubilee administration is backing the success of devolution.
Devolution was one of the fundamental pillars on which the constitution was accepted by Kenyans. It was though devolution that Kenyans knew government would be brought closer to their doorsteps.
Infrastructure is what the previous regime focused on. They worked around building and renovating infrastructure around the country so that remote and productive regions could be accessible by road and other means. One major project was the Thika Superhighway that is a symbol of Kibaki’s efforts to improve the country’s economic status.
President Kenyatta has taken up the baton from the Kibaki administration in style by focusing on basic infrastructure and other forms of relevant development. Among the most hyped projects that if implemented might set the stage for president’s Kenyatta legacy is the Standard Gauge Railway. In collaboration with the Chinese government, Kenya has embarked on building a modern railway system that will revolutionize the transport sector across the region.
On the other hand there are governance issues. Through the constitution, the country has devolved units of administration and made it possible for the public to directly participate in a myriad of governance activities. Budgets for both national and county governments have been made a public affair unlike in past regimes that left that pleasure to the minister in charge of finance. This inclusiveness means Kenyans have a say in how monies will be spent and this translates in more prudent expenditure habits.
What stand in the way is corruption and other social vices that drag the country behind. Corruption is an awful act that can derail gains made over the last four years with the promulgation of the constitution. Other ghastly traits that will seriously hamper our efforts include tribalism and nepotism. We must stand up and fight tooth and nail to salvage our hopes of a better future for Kenya and future generations.
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