Around 2004, the then United Nation’s secretary-general Kofi Annan, acknowledged that the UN had failed to meet the needs of its members. In his submission report to the United Nation’s General Assembly, he said and I quote “the time is ripe for a hard look at fundamental policy issues, and at the structural changes that may be needed to strengthen them.” Kofi Annan went on to call for “radical reforms” of the UN system in
addressing global threats and challenges to peace.
Am drawing this attention with respect to the current challenges we are facing in Kenya as a nation. In 2017 prior to the presidential elections, one faction of the political divide called for peace as the pillar of any nation’s economic development. Approximately 3 years down the line, it has become apparent to them and everyone else that their God-chosen leaders had little or no understanding of steering the economic development of this country on the basis of peace.
Across the political divide, the leaders have failed to critically look at the fundamental policies that the Jubilee government put in place to address economic challenges, especially the high youth unemployment rate. Whilst the two key leaders established a good framework for attaining peace and prosperity, their advisors may have failed to
inform them about the key threats and challenges to achieving peace.
It’s still questionable among the majority of Kenyans, especially the youths whether BBI
is/was the “structural reforms” that the country needed to address the needs of the people. A look at social media interactions and listening to the views of the majority, more so the youths, there is discontent on the effectiveness of BBI in addressing common challenges.
Some of the issues that Annan focused his report on are poverty, disease, and organized crime. The current COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the capacity and capability of the Kenyan economy to absorb challenges that come with global pandemics. Thousands of people have lost jobs. The state of public healthcare is deteriorating by the day as indicated by the looming doctors’ strike. The ineffectiveness of NHIF during this time.
The projections of tough economic times with calls for more taxation come January 2021, and the inability of the leaders to capture/address all these issues in the BBI is a sign of an existing leadership gap.
The range of these issues are so urgent and widespread that if the current leadership may fail to address them, there is a high likelihood that ordinary Kenyans will continue to suffer irrespective of their political divide. Whether the Jubilee Government has met or failed to meet the needs of the majority of Kenyans is up to people like Alice Wahome, Ndindi Nyoro, and Onesmus Murkomen to decide. However, this pandemic time calls for structural changes and fundamental policies aimed at attaining sustainable people’s agenda-driven leadership.
Author: Vyrone Otieno