Uhuru has a full tray
10 April 2013, 11:07
Having been sworn in as the fourth president of the republic of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta finds himself in a position where vacations will be rare if any.
The former president Kibaki has now vacated office at a time when Kenya is facing more hurdles than can be ever imagined.
Although development projects are at an all time high, the division between communities is very ripe - in a negative way.
Investors are showing confidence with the business climate while insecurity around our boarders and even within is at an alarming scale.
We boast of providing world’s best tea, flowers and tourism but unemployment and food insecurity are hanging over our heads.
As he takes over the reigns of power, Uhuru has a full plate to take care of.
He might not find the environment he had hoped for during the vigorous campaigns.
First off, he must reassure the spirit of liberty and peace among Kenyans so as to bring about cohesion and reconciliation.
The deep divide that is within our communities is shocking and unfortunately it is slowly spilling over to the youth.
Malicious politicians might see this as an opportunity to cut out their niche of voters but in the long run, the country might fall apart.
It is unfortunate however that even after forming the commissions to foster peace, reconciliation and cohesion,s little has been realized so far.
During the campaign mood, Uhuru and his deputy released a document that they named their manifesto.
It had various sections that I won’t delve in but most important was the promise of rebooting the economy through various means. One of them was infrastructure development.
Former president Kibaki set the ball rolling as he launched numerous projects and successfully oversaw the opening of the super highway, industries, Lamu port, Isiolo airport and many others.
With all these success stories and much more on the way, Uhuru needs to balance between rapid development and sustainability.
Kenyans are looking up to him in terms of continuing with Kibaki’s work and going further by doing his own.
However, with the new crop of legislators right from county assemblies to the Senate, the president might have a tough time as they are already in the mood of inflating our already unsustainable wage bill.
Kenya has gone to the extent of trooping into Somalia to rout out the Al - Shabaab militants.
This was a call made by Kibaki while in office and it went on to escalate the grenade attacks in major towns and cities.
As if this was not enough, militia groups in the Coast region started killing police officers in random attacks aimed at destabilizing the region.
To add on, Tana area started experiencing retaliatory attacks between communities inhabiting the area.
All these signs of insecurity made Kenyans feel vulnerable and therefore considered themselves as very insecure.
Uhuru Kenyatta pledged to restore security within the country and to reinforce boarder security. This is very vital to Kenyans and investors because if he fails then we will be very fragile to say the least.
Agriculture is claimed to be the backbone of the country but we have people dying of hunger. This is irony of the highest order.
Kenya is said to have the capacity to produce food capable of feeding a whole continent and this is attributed to the good climatic conditions and fertile soils.
In their manifesto, Uhuru and Ruto pledged to improve the state of agriculture by enhancing agricultural practices like mechanizing processes and providing subsidies.
These and much more will be waited upon by Kenyans as they seek to become a food secure nation.
We are tired of always waiting for food aid yet we can feed a continent.
These might just be some of the many problems that Uhuru will want to fix as quickly as possible.
However, we cannot forget the most vital of all; unemployment.
The youths are bulging in numbers and the jobs in the market are not capable of accommodating all of them. This has left many of the youths to do odd jobs, indulge in immoral acts and take part in criminal activities.
The newly formed government promised to create jobs at the rate of half a million to a million per year. They also promised to give interest free loans to youths all over the country in order for them to set up businesses. They went further to ask Kenyans to vote in large numbers to avoid a run-off and consequently the money intended for the run-off could be used to roll out the interest free loan program.
With barely a week in office, Uhuru looks poised to undertake these and many more promises but the question remains, will he make the desired impact and further more will the desired results be achieved?
He clearly has no vacation; he has a full plate already.
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