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Thursday, November 29, 2012

What Legacy President Kibaki?

In a few weeks from now (and not soon enough for some) President  Mwai Kibaki will ride into the sunset. Actually the whole problem is that the president’s exit from State house will not be as simple as that this time round.

Most analysts and observers are certain that when Kenya’s third president leaves office he will suddenly find himself entangled in all kinds of legal problems including a summons from the International Criminal Courts (ICC) at the Hague.

But his possible legal problems aside, now is a good time to ask what kind of legacy the Othaya legislator will leave behind. How will he be remembered? How will he compare to his predecessor President Daniel arap Moi in the eyes of historians?

In politics perception is everything but my guess is that you read this blog for a little more than that so let’s start with the hard facts.

Under Mwai Kibaki Kenya has changed a great deal and  a solid foundation has been laid for future rapid development. The CDF program for instance started under Kibaki’s presidency and despite numerous reports of looting and mismanagement of the fund the truth is that it has had a real impact on the lives of many Kenyans in many corners of the republic. The country is also better managed and the infrastructural achievements under Kibaki are nothing short of breathtaking the crown in the jewel being the recently completed Thika super highway.

Admittedly this president’s achievements have been overshadowed by his laid back management style that often left a dangerous leadership vacuum in a young nation that has been accustomed to seeking leadership and direction at every turn. Not to mention the kind of unprecedented nepotism that makes Moi look like a poor imitation. But most of all this is a president who will stand out in the minds of millions of Kenyans as the one under whose watch the country slipped into its’ darkest hour yet when in early 2008 chaos erupted after a presidential election whose real winner is still a deep mystery.

The bottom line is that Kibaki will be remembered not for his achievements but for what went wrong in the country during his tenure. Many will never forget that he went on national television to tell lies about his personal life and deny his second wife and family. Not exactly the kind of character that would inspire confidence let alone in the highest office in the land.

Supporters of the president will be quick to point to the fact that it was one Raila Odinga who messed up what would have been Kibaki’s peaceful and productive tenure by putting the country on a permanent election campaign mode shortly after the 2002 polls when Kibaki reneged on the MOU (memorandum of understanding) that his faction of the national Rainbow coalition had with Kibaki’s faction. Although there is plenty of truth in that allegation you can be sure that folks will hardly analyze the Kibaki presidency in those terms in the years to come. Rather what will be brought into sharp focus will be his failings as a leader and of that there is plenty. In fact the early Kibaki years were nothing but a collection of blunders. Still the biggest mistake this man made was to refuse to accept the people’s verdict during the 2007 general elections and his failure to protect the lives of innocent Kenyans after that when all hell broke loose.

And saddest of all most will want to downplay the fact that it was under President Kibaki that the country got a new constitution. Hardly surprising when the same President Kibaki has been at the forefront of undermining the very constitution he worked so hard to deliver to Kenyans.

At best the Kibaki presidency will be seen as one with many contradictions at worst it will be used as an example for many decades to come, of the disaster that can result from the poor management and decision-making ability of any leader or manager.

3 comments:

Mwarang'ethe said...

In 1940's, it was prophesied in Mbeere that, what will eat the Gikuyu will come from Baringo.

That prophecy has been FULFILLED.

In the 1970's, it was prophesied in Mbeere that, Kibaki cannot lead Kenya for two reasons:

(a) he is a coward, and

(b) a fool.

That prophecy has also, been FULFILLED.

With that, we leave to consult the WISE men of Mbeere.

Those who do not UNDERSTAND these strange things, just a hint:

The Mbeere themselves are renowned throughout Kenya for their skill with medicines and spirits, and were also known in the past for their blacksmiths - an art (like alchemy for the Arabs) that has long been associated with witchcraft.

NB: All these PRESIDENTIAL candidates SHALL make a trip to Mbeere!

With that, we leave to enjoy:

Kihunguiyo:

http://is.gd/CTsZxC

and,

Njukite na Utuku:


http://is.gd/9ZI4Tp



Taabu said...

Chris,

Please confirm or deny taht your FOUL mood has been induced by failure to succeed Mutua as GS.

Luka has just hinted that he also missed out the SPEECH writer for Othaya T(i)NA activists.

Meanwhile you better see Munyori Buku (ex-Std scibe) for a job in the new Uhurto dispensation.

Leave Kibaki alone and Jimmy will sue you for that picture of his mum.

Anonymous said...

Of huge value for appreciating Mzee Mwai Kibaki's legacy and his footprint on all things political in Kenya, one has to delve into the ordinary wananchi's experiences and ways of thinking that have given birth to a totally different breed of raia in the last ten years.

Mzee Mwai Kibaki's legacy will be examined or viewed differently by his contemporaries and raia in various age brackets - 18-25, 26-35, 36-45, 46-55, 56-65, 66-75 - depending on whether their standard of living tremendously improved, became stagnant, or worsened during his reign.

Unfortunately for many of us living in this day and age, it is the next generations of Kenyans who will have the benefit of being given an extraordinary key to looking and understanding the full, unforgettable richness (or abysmal presidential record) of 'Mwai Kibaki's Legacy' by 2042, 2052 or 2062.

Thirty to fourty years of history may shed some very different light on Mzee Mwai Kibaki's presidency as one among the most sublime, meaningful, and redeeming moments the country has ever had since independence.

There are many of us who would beg to differ, and rightfully so, due to various reasons, including current political inclinations.

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