We are in December. And you all know what this means. From the other end of the world, it seems like as a country, Kenya is at crossroads. From poor leadership, lack of priorities, a high-cost living which only a few can afford, to the death of doctors, people considered to be the frontline soldiers in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
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As things get worse day in day out, nobody, even the Jubilee government “elected by 94% of majority votes” seems unmoved. For the last few months, there has been a growing uproar from the public calling for the government to set its priorities in order based on the needs of the public as opposed to the needs of the few politicians. However, there is little evidence to suggest that the government will listen to any advise from the public intellectuals anytime soon. Question is, how did we get here?
The latest passing of one of the young doctors, Dr. S. Mongusu who allegedly had gone for over five months without pay, no medical cover, or any other form of financial protection gives a clear picture of how things are in Kenya. Apparently, this was a young doctor employed to spearhead the implementation of universal health coverage (UHC) in Machakos county. It beats logic to think of how this program would be successful if close to all doctors working under it feels unsatisfied and de-motivated.
If there are any Kenyans who still believe that Jubilee leaders are “God-chosen” and that this kind of “leadership comes from God”, then let’s continue suffering. As a people, it means that we are part and parcel of these problems.