As the August 8th general elections draw near, President Uhuru Kenyatta is faced with another challenge of restoring the confidence Kenyans reposed in him in the run-up to the presidential election that elected him ahead of his main contender, Raila Odinga.
Despite the good intentions and good works of the Uhuru -led Jubilee government which has been lauded by the citizenry, with assurances that the President was on his way to securing a second term victory, the reality on the ground seems to suggest the government is increasingly becoming unpopular.
Barely seventeen months to elect the next President, many kenyans are on collision course with the Uhuru’s administration over some government policies affecting their lives and adversely worsening their already dire economic situation.
While many believed government was about taking a breather after couple of mega developmental initiatives launched most in the end and midst of 2014-2015 and hoping it will enjoy some goodwill from the populace ahead of the forth coming general election ; Kenyans seem to be up in arms with government and protesting recent alarming corruption cases.
It’s like each day, each week; month and year come with its own challenges as far as the Jubilee administration’s resolve to solving the problems facing the country is concern. As government strives to surmount one challenge, another rears its ugly head, often pitching the people against government.
Ominously, when new challenges rock government, it immediately pale into insignificance all the gains and achievements of the Jubilee government as the people turn to concentrate more on the new problem; bashing government left right and center, accusing the administration of being insensitive or lacking competency.
Since January this year, the Jubilee administration has been applauded for virtually bringing an end to frequent terrorist attacks committed within its borders though the impact is still felt within Somalia where Al-shabaab has a strong presence.
The Jubilee coalition’s fourth year in power has been a difficult one for the government, marked by crisis management. It has also been a difficult years for Kenya. Change is necessary, but the solutions are as daunting as the problems: structural change through transformed institutions and policies – which in turn would require a political leadership willing and able to consistently push a developmental agenda. The prospects for any of this to happen appear to be remote.
We all understand Rome, was not built in a day but even with this ancient adage, the challenges facing the Jubilee government have proved to be so gigantic that it has left many Kenyans in a state of quandary.
Many are wondering whether it is a deliberate move by the Jubilee government to create a crisis and find a quick fix in order to build public trust; which to me is a populist maneuver for leaders with a confidence crisis.
While the future looks bleak, all hope is not lost. We want the government to succeed so that our nation will be at par with the developing world. The Millennium development goals and Vision 2030 are all staring at us as a nation.
By: Abdikarim Ahmed ,
Critical Thinker, Co-founder and director at camel Bell Communications Ltd.