“Left unchecked, our political intrigues can grow into a big tree under whose shade nothing can take root. We must all agree there will be a season for politics, but that season is not with us now,”(…) “It is now time to work to create wealth and prosperity for our people“(…) “There is absolutely no time to waste: Kenyans want to see results, not recrimination; they want integrity, not corruption; and they want prudence, not profligacy” – President Uhuru Kenyatta at the Address to the 5th Annual Devolution Conference 2018 (24.04.2018).
Well, it seems like a broken record, like something we have heard before and sadly it is. This is a speech that Kenyatta has on repeat, the initial message have we all heard before. There was no breaking news, no shocking vision or something profound. Because this is just a managed message from the President.
That President says the time for Politics, is a line he has been saying since the 26th October 2017 elections, it has been his punchline. Its sort of catchphrase at this point. It has lost all meaning, as I have written before, as a politician, you deal with politics. You are directly involved in politics, just as the fish in the water/ocean. If the fish is out of the water and ocean, it dies when it comes out of that sphere. Its habitat the ocean, therefore, its the same kind of foolishness to say as a politician, that politics is over. That means his career and his work is done, since he has nothing left to do. Campaigning is over, but, never the less, the consensus and the work for policies are in full gear.
That is why these speeches and quotes are supposed to matter, but here is just rewind of old topics and usage of the same. This is like the best of hits, the McMusic of Kenyatta. That the state has to create wealth, has to see results, fight corruption and give the public trust in the government. However, the way that Kenyatta got elected counters that. That is why the IEBC, the Electoral Commission that announced his victory is having internal battles, while the Politicians are looking idly by.
Kenyatta are talking about acting on corruption, however the amount of grand-corruption and growing debt. Doesn’t seem like the talks amount to anything in his time. On his watch that been repeated, just like he has talked about fighting it. I am just awaiting his another best of hit, that the Supreme Court of law and Judges are partisan, since the verdicts are not in his favor.
So, today wasn’t staggering, but it is tiring to see a man of his supposed stature. Where his team and Press Unit is coming with the same old story. With the same speech with the same quotes. Fight Corruption, stop politics and be honorable men. Well, you have been into this for so long now. I don’t you we’re such a broken record when your were in opposition. The guts and glory has dwindled and the hunger to fight is gone. We know your eating, we know your whole team is eating and that is not a secret.
I should not be alone of the best-of-hits from Kenyatta. If he was a real Statesman, these issues wouldn’t be like that, there would be signs of changes, after all this is his second term? He pledged practically the same sort of things before the 2013 Elections. There isn’t anything significant. Unless, he would actually fire, change cabinet members and make sure the DPP and other bodies get to hunt down the ones are corrupt culprits. But if he does, then he hit his own power-base and he cannot do that.
Therefore, what he can do, is to talk about it, but not act upon it. That is why it is easy to come with Best of Kenyatta! I don’t know which volume this is, but certainly there been plenty before. Peace.