Someone asked me on one of the fora what criteria I use to analyze the candidate I support and in response to this question, I replied as follows which also ended up answering the question why I blog and strongly support Raila:
I have previously given my reasons why I support Raila (see my blog to the right ) but I have added an answer here to the related question why I blog, which I can say in short, blogging is no fun but is costly taking as much time it does from doing other things I must do but I do so because I have a passion in what I belief about the future of our country and share same on this blog and elsewhere in the hopes others can see and support the same things I do with the same passion and belief but would settle with just supporting the same ideal of a united and prosperous Kenya.
My response to the contributor in the other forum follows:
Regarding what criteria I use to evaluate these leaders, I have one that I have proposed that everyone uses and it’s posted on my blog The Minimum Qualities, Attributes, and Qualities Our Next President In Kenya Must Possess. If you go through that blog, you’ll see your suggested criteria is included.
As I have noted before, if we elect a president with these minimums, or “non-negotiables” as someone commenting on the blog calls it, then I am confident the country will be in good shape as we chart our way forward.
To put it differently, I am a staunch supporter of RAO and believe he will be elected president but, if for some reason he is not, then I am perfectly okay with whoever is elected as long as he or she meets this criteria and will be more than happy to work with his or her administration to bring about the much needed economic prosperity and decent livelihood for all.
For example, those of us in the Diaspora that are quite comfortable living here forever would nonetheless prefer to return and invest at home–and it would not matter to me one bit whether its ODM or PNU, or a Kikuyu, or a Luo, or a Kisii, or a Mkamba (except Kalonzo) who is president as long as he or she meets the criteria above; we just need a break with corruption and impunity and a commitment to economic and political reform which can only be delivered by exceptional leadership led by a president with the qualities I describe in my criteria. Again, the best person who should be elected to lead in these efforts, is Raila.
Quite frankly, most of us in the Diaspora are quite capable of creating business opportunities at home not just for individual gain or profit for some of us, but for our country’s collective prosperity; all we need is to make sure we have the right political and economic environment to do so.
This is what motivates some of us who are so passionate about political reform, not appointments in such governments as some here and elsewhere naively believe or suggest; don’t need any of that as we are doing just fine on our own.
In fact, there is nothing that stops me or anyone else in the Diaspora who has done and accomplished what we have from running for president. Nothing.
Indeed, some like my good friend from our early KCA days and one of its founders, Dr. Matunda Nyanchama is running, if I am not wrong and if he does run and is elected, then that’s great; I just would expect him as a fellow Kisii to appoint me as his Chief of Staff.
Okay, let me say now that’s a joke before someone takes it seriously and gets worked up into a frenzy searching in the vast database of matusi to hurl at me for this nepotistic stance but the part about being okay if Nyanchama runs and is elected is not a joke.
The only reason I, for example, choose not to run is because I am okay with it and am satisfied there are others who can are better suited to run at this time, everything considered and once elected, will do the same thing I would want to do with the same passion and convictions.
Right now and this point in our history, the best person I believe is better suited to do just that and better prepared than I and everyone else who may wish to run is RAO and thus one of the many reasons I support him.
Again, that does not mean he is the only one who should run; but the only one I am supporting and the one all of us should support because I know him that well and am confident he has the same vision, passion and conviction as I do to transform the country for good and forever.
Part of my belief is shaped by what I and pretty much all of us know about the conditions at home.
Indeed, I regularly visit home, sometimes every other month and it saddens me to see peoples lives getting not better but worse each time I visit not because they can’t achieve success but because every door to success is shut through no fault of their own.
In fact, just the other day, I was walking from KICC to catch my ride outside and this fellow saw me from his car parked in the opposite direction I was heading, frantically beckoned me, calling me by my name, Omwenga, which means he obviously knew me that well so I turned around and even though I barely recognized him, after some exchanges I remembered who he was (I have very bad memory when it comes to that: how do you tell someone, yes, you seem to know me very well, even my name but I have no clue who you are?)–anyway the individual asked me how life is back in the US, etc but totally unexpectedly, he asked if I could “spot him with 5K!”
Perplexed, I asked him what for, he said his wife was at the hospital and he needed to raise some cash quick but could not do so right away. This is not an uncommon request for those of us who travel home regularly; it was an uncommon and totally unexpected request coming from this individual because I all along knew he was a successful in his business.
It turns my distant relative was conned by another businessman in a transaction complete with “official” supporting documentation that turned out not to be, leaving him penniless, with a wife and kids in school and college to support.
No wonder the wife was in the hospital. But this not be.
There are many stories like this at home and thus the reason most of us in the Diaspora have not felt that comfortable to return or heavily invest at home for fear of either being conned or having whatever investment made outright stolen with no recourse in law because of the same corruption and impunity.
I would normally not say some of what I have just said to anyone, but I think its important to do so, so that my contribution in these fora is put in perspective.
To put it differently, I do this because of my love for our country and a sincere desire to do what I, you and others can do to make it a better country so that all those who live within it can even live at least as good a portion of life as most of us have been privileged to live by the grace of God and doing what is necessary to so live by taking advantage of all available tools and opportunities and applying ourselves accordingly, which of course remain wanting back home.
We can, however, create these opportunities.
We just need the necessary political, legal and economic reforms to do so and Raila is the best man to lead us there in my view.
Peace, Love and Unity