By Ndirangu Wambugu:Son of soil
The Opinion Edge
Shakespeare in his Twelfth Night said “Be not afraid of greatness.
And now, this is the Shakesperean Wit Uhuru and Ruto should borrow from. Yes, the point am trying to get on is, some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.” This tenet found its way to majority of Kenyans when young Kenyatta overcame insurmountable odds to become Kenya’s 4th president.
Relatively young of age and with a yoke of charges against humanity dangling his neck, what the man achieved was no mere accomplishment.
Haters were quick to dismiss his unmatched greatness to being thrust upon him by his political godfather, the renown self proclaimed professor of Kenyan politics, Mzee Moi while his greatest of admirers thought of Kamwana as the ordained man to get Kenyans from the leadership abyss they had been in for over a jubilee and even others saw the man as a self built, smart genius who made a hay while the sun still shone and now like Chinua Achembe described Okonkwo ‘the boy had proved his worth, cleaned his hands and was ready to sit and dine with kings.’
On justification of his greatness or lack of the same, isn’t mine to tell but for all we can agree on, the man is the Commander In Chief of the Armed forces and our head of state.
While the excitement of attaining what seemed unimaginable would certainly be justifiable in the first year at the seat of power by the dynamic duet of UhuRuto it’s already past half-time and signs are rife the duo is yet to acquire full grip of the government albeit if the massive mischief in the jubilee government isn’t their brainchild.
Mr. President, there are three things you never recover in life: word after it’s said, moment after it’s missed, and time after it’s gone.
Bearing we’re both Kenyans it’s safe to posit that politicians readily defy the odds and go after their words and as such I’ll only interest myself with moment and time.
The moment is ripe for change a fact attested by your very assumption of your tenancy at the house in the hills; the generational change of leadership.
You promised to overthrow status quo, we believed you. Your coalition brought together initially warring communities, in you we read hope for a Kenya for all and accorded you our support.
You told us digital was the way to go, and analogue we dished and overwhelmingly voted you in.
That malfeasance of our money has become our everyday news and as alleged more of our money ends up being spent to protect the accused thieves; that our children had to wait five more weeks before resuming studies; that recycling of old politicians in state appoints is your government norm; that replacement for senior positions once declared vacant entails of tribal balancing as to where fellow younger village mates replace the retiring ones, and that politically connected tenderprenuers are the new who is who in town triggers my questions for you Sir.
What’s your agenda for our great nation? Theodore Roosevelt once quipped that while it’s hard to fail, it’s worse to have never tried! I ask this in full cognizance of the fact that nothing was ever achieved by the government alone but rather everything can be achieved when the government enlists her concerned and committed citizens.
Your predecessor, H.E Mwai Kibaki, choose education and roads and despite his many fallibilities he satisfactorily did the job.
What is H.E Uhuru Kenyatta going to zero in on? Given that once you’ve clearly raid out the road map you’ll be required to make the clarion call on patriots to come on board and champion the course, my second question thereby arises.
What’s your signature tune? Kenyans are patriotic to their country, albeit Mzee Moi sowed the seeds of patriotism by having Kenyans embrace their national anthem, cherish their national days and pledge their loyalty, but again we need somebody to inspire our patriotism.
After 10 years of ‘mambo yaendelee style hiyo hiyo……..kubaff!!…bure kabisa… mavi ya kuku.,.’ treat, our patriotism took a nap. Which is that statement, Mr President, you’ll coin to encapsulate your vision and mission for Kenya? JKF posed for US citizens ‘ask not what your country is doing for you but rather what you’re doing for your country.
Get us something to arouse our patriotism conscious for this beloved country, something that will redefine our purpose for the country right from the oil mines of ngamia in Turkana, over the beautiful Lake Victoria, across the beautiful peaks of Mt Kenya to the magnificent coastal towns.
Mr. President, with reports indicating how crowded your diary for foreign trips is, it’s rational I keep short after all you pretty much have a lot to be briefed on while you were away.
However, it would be an injustice to fail asks you a question that most likely matters to you most, Sir. What legacy do you want to leave behind? What shall posterities remember you for?
The long life I pray God to grant you after you retire only means you’ll live to see your legacy subjected to queries.
Do you want to be remembered as the president who mastered the art of a modern economy and got Kenya assured of its continued growth? Or do you want to go down in the annals of history as the father who united the nation, slay tribalism and corruption, mastered the moment and rose to the occasion to take Kenya from its valleys of turmoil to high grounds of peace and prosperity? You certainly are your very own architect on that legacy.
It’s all within your control, sir, but remembers time awaits no man!!!