Yardsticks For Measuring the Success or Failure of President-Elect Uhuru Kenyatta’s Presidency

04 Apr


There is no doubt there is a vast majority of Kenyans who firmly believe Uhuru is an illegitimate president-elect and will remain so in their view even after being sworn despite the fact the Supreme Court unanimously decided he was constitutionally and validly elected on March 4th, 2013.

Some of us have accepted the Supreme Court decision and moved on with the caveat we await the written opinion to determine whether to respect the decision as well.

Respecting the decision or not, it remains a fact barring the unknown, Uhuru will be sworn as our next president on April 9, 2013 and as Kenyans who first and foremost love and care for our country, not the characters in it, we must wish him well and be prepared to do our part to make his presidency a success but he, too, must do his part to make this possible.

The way I see it, Uhuru has these 10 basic choices of which he can do one or the opposite of each with corresponding success or failure:

[1] He can take this opportunity to break with his predecessors and take real and concrete steps to unite the country, which can only be done by ending tribalism as we know it, even though it’s by virtue of that fact he got to power and, to be fair, Raila too would have gotten to power on account of some of the same. One way of doing so is reaching out to Raila and finding a way he can help him govern and that need not be a formal position I am sure Raila would not accept but there are any number of ways Raila as a statesman can help Uhuru in governing and especially in uniting the country. On the other hand, it cannot be payback time for that would have dire consequences, not the least of which is further dividing the country.

[2]He must absolutely end the domination of Kikuyus in all of key government positions and running of parastatal bodies, which is a related albeit worst manifestation of tribalism.

[3] It would not be the end of Agikuyu nation were Uhuru to break with his predecessor and ensure all Kenyans have a shot at government opportunities, including jobs; he certainly cannot try to match or even come close to Kibaki, who suddenly became the worst tribal president in as far as directing plum jobs and business opportunities to his community is concerned worse than Jomo Kenyatta and Moi neither of whom anybody thought could be beaten in this vice.

[4] He must not be tempted to stall or retrogress the progress on Constitutional reforms underway, especially in the implementation and strengthening of the devolved government system.

[5] He must work closely with governors and county governments to ensure business opportunities avail for those who wish and are able to pursue them, while creating opportunities for significant job creation in the private sector to address the chronic high unemployment bedeviling our country.

[6] He must cooperate with the ICC. I am on record having said from the beginning none of the ICC indictees will ever see the inside of jail and have thus far been vindicated in the dismissal of charges against Kosgey, Ali and Muthaura. I also analyzed and long ago concluded in Who Is William Ruto Part V that Ruto will walk from the Hague and so will Uhuru albeit less so now that both have been elected to the highest and second highest office of the land, I can definitively state neither will ever be convicted by the ICC and even if they’re, the convictions will likely be thrown out on appeal.

It’s therefore imperative that Uhuru cooperates (Ruto has no choice) with the ICC knowing he’s in the end not going to face the slammer as many hope; anyone breaking things for my saying this should accept the reality of life much as those who believe Uhuru stole the election must accept the reality he’s is going to be our next president.

Doing otherwise, namely, not cooperating will have dire consequences even he I am sure would not wish for this beloved country of ours.

[7] Uhuru must now deliver on his promise to the Kalenjin to resolve historic injustices related to land not just in Kaleland but also in Coast province and other areas. This is the test of whether his dalliance with Ruto pays ultimate dividends or his presidency will be a one term proposition.

[8] Uhuru must deliver on his promise to “digitalize” our country. It’s stylish and habitual for politicians to promise all kinds of things during the campaign yet deliver none of them but this is one Uhuru must be held to account if he doesn’t by being booted in 2018 for he made such a big deal of it; indeed, his whole campaign was about analog v digital let’s now see how digital the duo is.

[9] Uhuru must genuinely want to fight to end corruption and this really goes without saying and affects everything else his administration does.

[10] Just as Kenya was the shining star in the sky for Africa when his father was president, Uhuru has the opportunity and can return our beloved country to its glory days where being a Kenyan among the rest of the world that looked down on Africa meant you were different but better than all. It certainly cannot be the case now someone looks at you and laughs or shakes their head knowing you’re Kenyan.

These then, are the yardsticks by which we shall measure the success or failures of Uhuru presidency.

Let the measuring begin and good luck to our soon to be new president.

His Excellency President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta.


Posted by on April 4, 2013 in Politics


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8 responses to “Yardsticks For Measuring the Success or Failure of President-Elect Uhuru Kenyatta’s Presidency

  1. magnumsecurities

    April 4, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    great article, I hope someone somewhere will bring this to the attention of Uhuru.

    • Samuel N. Omwenga

      April 4, 2013 at 11:29 AM

      Thanks Magnum; I actually texted the link to him directly and several of his lieutenants I know as well as Ruto’s people I know. The country must move on.

      • marvin

        April 10, 2013 at 3:54 AM

        writing to your self is just low beyond all crazy stuff people do

      • magnumsecurities

        April 17, 2013 at 12:09 PM

        good job.

  2. Ng'oa nanga

    April 4, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    I tried reading this your latest effort at “analysis” but could not get past the very first line.

    What you have, I’m sorry to say, is a “head in the sand” problem. Your blind bias has led you to a state of such self-delusion, you have taken complete leave of reality. Therefore, you end up writing metope matupu kama “the vast majority of Kenyans firmly believe” ati Uhuru sie rais halali.

    Care to quantify what you mean by vast majority? 70%? 80%?

    Who, precisely, is your audience? The “insignificant minority”?

  3. Harry

    April 4, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Uhuru won by 800,000 votes only a mad man/woman can believe that Raila won.Uhuru wont touch Raila with a 50 feet pole by giving him a position in government.What can a 70 year old bring to the system?.Raila is only good in opposition.Uhuru got young digital Luos like Onyango Oloo,not a 70 year old who should be bouncing his gradkids on his clicky knees.

  4. tina

    April 5, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    your one of the Karl Rove to Romny of Kenya

  5. Moses Kakai

    April 6, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    I think you all ignore that majority of Kenyans aren’t Kikuyus. Without the intelligence services infiltrating the IEBC and the excecutive infiltrating the supreme court we would be starting a new chapter in Kenya. The simmering anger will get into the bones of more every 5 years and enough will be enough with this deception. Uhuru can be sworn in but respect and dignity can only be earned. I concur with Sam on this


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