Mr President Sir.
First let me say that I do not, in the slightest sense regret voting twice for you last year.
The alternative was a gangland cartel.
Your message captured our hopes and rational aspirations.
The first vote of 8th of August was an expression of confidence in you and William Ruto as the most competent to manage the affairs of our country.
Without a shadow of doubt, I felt you deserved second mandate to lay unshakable socio-economic and developmental foundations as pillars which, together with the 2010 constitution, our democracy and civilization would be anchored.
The second vote on 26th of October was to reclaim our motherland from manacles of imperial regime change agents, rescue the republic from merchants of anarchy and almost certain deluge, protect our constitutional democratic continuum and defend the sanctity of the vote.
However Sir, from my little understanding of political economy, it is like our country has effectively been mortgaged to IMF, it like our sovereignty has been leased out and our independence charged as collateral to international money lenders.
As a matter of fact, I have no problem with government borrowing, the problem lies with how the borrowed money is being spent!
Corruption, daily conferences by county governments to imagine how to develop, and salaries to the bloated political edifice created by the Constitution. Little goes to development expenditure.
To cut a long story short Mr President…I think that to successfully run a high political office like yours, it is important to to always carry public trust and confidence with you.
However, I also know leadership demands that at times, a leader must make decisions which are unpopular at the spur of moment but which decisions crystalize into tangible benefits to the led in the long run. It is a delicate balancing act.
The decision to increase VAT on petroleum products was wrong in the past. It is wrong and unpopular presently, it will remain wrong and unpopular into the future. Reducing the tax by 8% is too little too late.
Widen the tax base, eliminate pilferage and wastage, intensify war on corruption, then reduce pump price to less than a hundred. When you increase the price of oil, the ripple effect is broad spectrum across all the sectors of the economy.
Mr President, you cannot speak future to a hungry man, that future will turn into anger. Your eloquence will be seen as arrogance. You cannot speak future to a man who cannot travel, a man with children out of school for lack of fees or to parents who cannot afford medical care for their children …for, to whom do that future belong? Make the present bearable with a few sacrifices here and there, not by creating a situation that could lead to mass suicide.
Yo might be in a very unenviable position Mr. president, I have no illusion over the fact that you are a true patriot. I also know you have the courage and boldness to do the right thing.
Mr. President…reclaim public trust and confidence, Wanjiku is suffering, come to her rescue. Evacuate her from want of elementary human needs, then communicate the future master plan. The must be a way of focusing on, and investing in the future without necessarily compromising the needs of the current generation.
In the not so distant future, we will have to reduce the number of political offices. We will scrap the Senate. We will reduce the number of parliamentary constituencies to utmost two hundred. We will reduce the number of counties to about ten and require each county elect not more than fifty representatives…so that we can have about three hundred mcas across the country.
By Kanyi Ndewa