Let me take this opportunity to congratulate our president-elect Uhuru Kenyatta for being declared as our duly elected president.
The Supreme Court has spoken so we all must accept their decision and move on as a nation whether we agree with it or not.
As we do so, a few thoughts have come to mind I’ll like to share as follows.
We can all agree–or at least those of us who can, that we must accept the Supreme Court’s decision dismissing Raila’s petition and move on.
As we do so on this 30th day of March, let’s all of us do something very simple; let’s all take stock of where we’re in respect to all aspects of our lives and then God willing a year from today, i.e., on April 1, 2014, let’s compare where we are and then determine how much of that progress, if any, Uhuru gets credit as our president, if at all.
Let’s do the same comparison 5 years from now as we head to the polls then, God willing, and then determine then as well how much credit of that progress will Uhuru get as our president, if at all.
For those Kenyans in the Diaspora, I am fairly certain Uhuru’s presidency will not have any effect one way or the other except for a few who may have business interests at home or those intending to do so.
That group, namely, the ones with businesses at home or intending to establish some there, it doesn’t matter to them who is president of the country.
This is actually a well known phenomena for business people from any country and in any country because for them, all that matters is that they are able to do their business–and yes happily engaging in corruption as well if that’s what it takes for their businesses to survive.
The rest of the Diasporians, including those most noisy on the Internet will be five years from now exactly where they would have been were Raila elected as president.
Home folks is a different story.
It obviously makes a difference to them who is president in the sense that if it’s a president who cares and can address successfully their needs, especially in making sure they live a quality life commensurate with a standard of living our people should have as envisioned in our National Anthem, then so much the better for them and vice versa.
What kind of President will Uhuru Kenyatta be?
From purely a constitutional law point of view, a very different president from any we have had in the past in that he will be even less powerful than his immediate predecessor, given the devolved government system.
That doesn’t mean he won’t be a powerful person; far from it quite a bit of that power he would have to earn it and creatively so as those powers expressly given to the president are limited in the devolved system of government.
Put another way, the country will see more power gravitating and being exercised at the governor’s level such that they will become the instruments of growth or regression as opposed to the presidency and having more direct impact to the ordinary lives of people than the president.
Again, that doesn’t mean the president won’t or can’t have anything to do with the ordinary lives of people; he can if he so chooses.
Which brings me to the same question; what kind of president will Uhuru be, even taking into account the devolved government?
That remains to be seen but he does as all others before him have the opportunity to be the best president the country has ever had, particularly in addressing successfully the needs of our ordinary people as described above in addition to bringing together the divided country
Let’s hope that he does so.
Peace, Unity and Truth