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The Kenya we ought to be

29 November 2012, 15:35 Paul Orodi

Back in the 60s and 70s our beloved country used to boast about being in the same economic ranks as South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia and other Asian power houses.

How this changed, only our fathers can really tell.

However, we as the generation Y have the chance to overturn this unfortunate happening and make this country an African power house both economically and socially.

Agriculture has been our backbone for ages now and yet we have never thought about improving it so that it can take a leading role in injecting funds into the economy and feed the people at the same time.

Countries that exist on pure plain deserts are producing much more food in a year than we can ever produce in a span of five years.

This is pure embarrassment.

Being a country located in the equatorial region, our climate is superb for any kind of crop.

However, we ignore all these and focus on things that do not improve us in any way  - like indulging in tribal politics and increasing the salaries of our ever greedy politicians.

Having a coastline is a rare blessing.

Very many countries wish they could have just a kilometre of a coastline.

We, on the other hand, have over 300km of coastline that we merely boast about without doing anything about it.

Uganda has a lake shore and the way they are reaping millions from that small piece of asset is amazing.

They have build houses around the area, a magnificent hotel - Munyonyo Speak Resort - and a beautiful beach that hosts a number of top musicians for their shows.

This is a true illustration of how small resources can be utilised to rake in a fortune.

Coming back home, our beaches have been left like parks in Sierra Leon and the hotels along the coastline have no ambition of raking in millions from the locals as well as foreigners.

We cannot be waiting for December to make money; we can as well sleep all year and wake up in December.

Moving on to the northern part of our country, we happen to have a semi arid region.

This is a very incredible asset that we have turned a blind eye to and instead made it a humanitarian region.

Look at our competitors in tourism; South Africa, for instance, have the Kalahari Desert touching their northern quarters and they have made a fortune from this feature.

The famous Sun City is actually as a result of the presence of this desert that is considered the hottest in terms of temperatures around the continent and beyond if I’m not mistaken.

This should serve as a lesson to our country.

We ought to build resorts and cities to attract tourists and make the locals own businesses instead of waiting for the Red Cross to announce  that they need humanitarian aid every year to facilitate feeding of the hungry.

These are just but a few of the millions of opportunities we have lost in taking this country to the heights of the Asian giants.

Marginalization of communities has contributed a great deal in achieving our current status quo around the world.

At this point of our independence and self rule, we are supposed to be competing to host the world cup if not Olympics but instead, even hosting the continental football tourney is a major hustle.

This need not be the case.

With the entrance of devolution we need to take up our roles of advising those we elect to power in order to propel our country to the heights we desire.

Vote wisely and in an informed manner to get leaders with two ears to listen more, one mouth to talk less and two hands to work like his life depended on it.

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